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Where to Become Human Again in Brisbane After A Big Night Out

Some of Brisbane's best places to turn your hangover around.
By Ellie Grounds
October 03, 2017
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Where to Become Human Again in Brisbane After A Big Night Out

Some of Brisbane's best places to turn your hangover around.
By Ellie Grounds
October 03, 2017
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WHERE TO BECOME HUMAN AGAIN IN BRISBANE AFTER A BIG NIGHT OUT

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Some of Brisbane's best places to turn your hangover around.

The mark of any good city is surely the number of delicious breakfast spots on offer. The mark of a great city, however, is the number of breakfast spots that can cater to the hungover masses. Think all-day brunch, guilty pleasures, bloody marys and great coffee. There's not much worse than having to make the decision about where to eat when you're running on three hours sleep. Don't fret, we met up with our mates at American Express to do the hard work for you.

We've sifted through our directory and handpicked the best spots across the city that can help you when you're not feeling particularly human. When the morning comes, let's make you feel human again, and we promise you'll have minimal contact with others — you'll be able to tap that Amex card at all of these so there's no need to do any money maths. But for now, grab your tenth beer and let your worries about where you'll nurse your hangover tomorrow dissipate. Here's where to head when you need a pick-me-up after a big night out, aka the places that'll help kick you back into gear.

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    Doughnuts for breakfast are a good idea most of the time. Doughnuts for breakfast when you’re feeling a little worse for wear are undeniably a gamechanger. Enter Dovetail on Overend: cute local neighbourhood cafe, home of delicious meals, great coffee and stockist of the incredible Nodo doughnuts.

    Let’s not dwell on those round pastries of glory, though — Dovetail on Overend has so much more to offer.  The breakfast menu is short but sweet, with delicious options like the Bangalow Babe (toasted sandwich with Bangalow ham, gruyere cheese and tarragon mustard) and the Dovetail Supreme (their signature breakfast with free-range eggs, beef chilli con carne, goat’s cheese, grilled eggplant and capsicum).

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    There’s nothing worse than waking up after a big night out and realising you agreed to a social commitment the next day. Honestly, does drunk-you not have any respect for the kind of activity hungover-you is going to want to be doing? (Namely devouring a packet of barbecue Shapes and binging something on Netflix.) If spectating a rugby game at Wests Rugby Club in Toowong was what you signed up for, you poor unfortunate soul, you’re in luck — Pitch and Fork is about to be your saving grace.

    Run by the folks behind local favourite The Corner Store Café, Pitch and Fork is housed in the Wests’ clubhouse on Sylvan Road and offers up the same kind of delicious breakfast fare you’ve come to know and love from its older sister — cauliflower and cheddar fritters, croque madame, a big ol’ cheeseburger. Plus, the eatery’s al fresco dining area brings plenty of fresh air your queasy self may need.

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    There’s nothing like a sea breeze to wash away the sins of yesterday. If you find yourself headed out Manly way on a sore Sunday morning (or any day) swing by Banter Coffee House for some sustenance first. Arguably the most important thing about a cafe after a big night out is that they serve breakfast all. damn. day.

    Given that the menu features red velvet pancakes, grilled cheese polenta with garlic mushrooms and the Stacks On! (smashed avo, smokehouse bacon, poached eggs and haloumi), you’re sure to find something to soothe that throbbing head and whingey spirit.

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    If you were ever going to name a cafe to soothe hungover anxieties, surely you’d call it Morning After. Luckily for those who’ve had one too many the night before, this West End eatery is much more than a name.  If you’ve overindulged during a night out and crave a stomach full of soothing foods the next day, this place has got your back.

    With their menu of locally sourced bites, mother and son Soula and Yianna Passaris have designed meals for those coping with all types of post-fun after effects — and for those feeling well-rested, bright and sunny as well. No longer do you have to feel guilty about getting a Macca’s drive-through breakfast, with Morning After serving up the much more sophisticated MaMuffin with sausage, egg, American cheese, spiced pickled chutney and the saviour of all hangovers, a hash brown. Or, try their signature breakfast carbonara with pappardelle, 63-degree hen’s eggs, field mushrooms, smoked pancetta and manchego.

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    The Triffid

    This one’s for those that believe the only way to get over a hangover is to get back on the horse. Usually, The Triffid would probably be the place where you’d work on the beginnings of a hangover, but their beer garden makes it the perfect place to return to the next day — tail between legs — and sink a couple more cold ones.

    Unsurprisingly, there’s craft beer a-plenty here, but the food menu is also up to the task. Snack on delicious burgers, salads and gourmet cheese platters, soak up the relaxed vibe and enjoy whatever tunes happen to be on offer.

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    Fish may not be at the top of your hangover cure list, but when it comes beer-battered, deep-fried and served with chips, you may want to reconsider. Now settled in its new-ish Hawthorne digs, The Fishmonger’s Wife has won a spate of ‘best fish and chip shop’ awards on the state and national levels, and that’s no surprise. They cover their bases — fish can be grilled, coated in panko breadcrumbs or — what you’re more likely to go for — French beer-battered. And for those with dietaries, gluten-free batter is also available, plus jasmine rice can be ordered in lieu of chips. The menu also boasts some atypically fancy fare, like the Tahitian lime and coconut-marinated king snapper and the red Thai coconut curry with fresh fish. But don’t let the fanciness fool you. The menu may lead you to believe that this spot is lacking in the no-frills, no-fuss spirit of a dinky-di fish and chip shop, but they’re not at all above deep frying you up a Mars bar to completely cure that hangover.

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    Denim Co.

    If a hangover calls for nothing but that cheesy, salty, gooey goodness that only a solid toasted sandwich can provide, then Denim Co. is the place for you. The menu at this oldie but goodie in South Bank has recently been revamped by new head chef Steve Warden-Hutton (formerly of Montrachet and Baguette), who has also plied the menu with house-made cold-pressed juices.

    The array of famous jaffles are still there, as are the waffles, which are now being plated up with caramel popcorn and Nutella. Speaking of chocolate, this place is full of it, so if you’re the kind of hungover person who craves for the sweet, not salty, Denim Co. has you covered. The cabinet is stocked full of tasty treats, and their hot chocolate — including a peanut butter variety — is to die for.

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    Speaking from experience, a meal at Kettle and Tin can soothe your hungover self and then some. This converted Queenslander in Paddington is one of those cafes with a glorious menu offering something for everyone, and that includes every kind of meal you can dream of in a seedy, post-big-night-out state.

    You’ve got French toast (with vanilla labneh and rhubarb compote), smashed avo (with togarashi pistachio crumb and house ricotta) and Boston beans (braised ham hock beans, pork sausage, fried chilli egg and sourdough). But, more importantly, you’ve got the best breakfast invention known to man — the humble chicken and waffles. Think crispy chicken thighs with spiced mayo and maple butter oozing into those soft yet crunchy, golden brown pillows of waffle.

    Oh, and don’t forget the number one drawcard of Kettle and Tin for a hangover: hair of the dog. Drinks are offered from ten o’clock onwards, with bloody marys, bellinis, breakfast martinis and a swish take on everyone’s cocktail du jour, an Applewood spritz.

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