As far as boozy beverages go, nothing beats the espresso martini. It gives you a buzz, it's a crowd-pleaser and most venues have one on their menu. In fact, they're so beloved, Brisbane scored a whole festival dedicated to them last year — and it's back for 2018.
A separate event from Melbourne and Sydney's own fests, the Espresso Martini Festival will take over Fish Lane between 5.30pm and 10pm on Tuesday, August 14 — and, because that date sold out quicker than the jolt from your favourite beverage, between 2–6pm on Wednesday, August 15 as well. In a stroke of savvy planning, it's all happening before and on the Ekka public holiday, meaning that you can either get your caffeinated cocktail fix without worrying about the alarm going off the next morning, or spend your day off feeling mighty energetic.
Of course, there's no prizes for guessing what's on offer — but don't just expect the usual 'tinis combos of coffee and alcohol. There'll be a condensed milk ice cream cold-drip vanilla martini, a rum salted golden syrup espresso martini; a tequila, agave and coffee liqueur tipple; plus versions made with Irish whiskey and cinnamon whisky.
If that sounds like enough to make you bounce off of South Brisbane's walls, then that's the point; however spicy fish cake bao, potato scallop szechuan curry, prawn crackers and fish dim sims from Fish Lane eateries Hello Please and Ol' School will help bring you back to street level. Tickets cost $45, and include a free espresso martini and a selection of food on entry — and a lack of sleep that night, obviously.
Updated August 6.