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Freshies: Exciting and Vibrant New Brisbane Openings to Add to Your Must-Visit List in 2023

Discover your next favourite dish or drink at one of these fresh Brisbane haunts.
By Sarah Ward
October 17, 2023
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By Sarah Ward
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  • Food & Drink

    Vertigo

    Always wanted to eat dinner 17 metres up while hanging over the side of Brisbane Powerhouse? Now you can.

  • Food & Drink

    Short Grain

    Martin Boetz has launched a Thai restaurant and Asian food store in Fortitude Valley.

  • Food & Drink

    Rich & Rare

    This West End steak haven takes its cues from Manhattan — and encourages upscale surf 'n' turf combos.

  • Food & Drink

    Bird's Nest Yakitori Portside

    This Japanese-inspired Brisbane chain has started serving its grilled skewers at Portside Wharf.

  • Food & Drink

    Slim's Quality Burger Kippa-Ring

    This 50s-inspired burger chain has arrived in Brisbane with its first retro-themed drive-thru diner.

  • Food & Drink

    Zazu Dining & Bar

    Head to this West End restaurant for Gillian Hirst's famed sand crab lasagne, tiger prawn cone spring rolls and a wall of wine.

  • Food & Drink

    Single O Newstead

    Single O has launched its first Brisbane coffee bar in Newstead, complete with self-serve taps.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Gusto

    This 190-seat Bowen Hills restaurant boasts big Italian Riviera vibes and a terrace perfect for after-work drinks.

  • Food & Drink

    Midtown

    This Fish Lane 40-seater bar hails from the One Fish Two Fish team and heroes martinis.

  • Food & Drink

    Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq Bowen Hills

    After its Toombul venue was closed due to the floods, this circus-themed arcade bar has moved to Bowen Hills.

  • Food & Drink

    The Brew Baron Beer Co

    West End's Parched Brewing has relaunched under new owners, complete with a revamped food menu and new pool room.

  • Food & Drink

    Joe's Deli

    After first launching on the Gold Coast, this NYC-Inspired sandwich joint and bar has opened a Brisbane diner on Albert Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Antico

    This Italian-style cocktail bar in Burnett Lane hails from the Death & Taxes and Dr Gimlette crew, and is located in Super Whatnot's old digs.

  • Food & Drink

    The Aviary Terrace Bar

    A sibling to Queen Street steak restaurant BŌS, this cocktail spot features an 800-square-metre al fresco space and river views.

  • Food & Drink

    Ardo's Hawthorne

    The City Winery crew keeps adding to its neighbourhood vino bar chain, this time in Brisbane's inner east.

  • Food & Drink

    Claw BBQ & Grill Brisbane

    If you're after seafood, boozy slushies and watching sport, King Street has just the 1000-person crab shack for it.

  • Food & Drink

    Fruitbowl

    Meet Fishbowl's new offshoot, which is serving up acai and froyo snacks in Newstead.

  • Food & Drink

    Royal Hotel

    This 135-year-old Nundah pub has relaunched with a new music venue after a $1.1-million makeover.

  • Food & Drink

    Fosh Bar & Restaurant

    Portside is now home to a Hamptons-inspired seafood restaurant with caviar bumps and river views.

  • Food & Drink

    Carmen Tequileria

    James Street's new tequileria heroes agave cocktails and small-batch mezcals.

  • Food & Drink

    Rise Bakery Portside Wharf

    After proving a hit at Sanctuary Cove, this French-inspired pastry haven has opened its first Brisbane outpost.

  • Food & Drink

    The GPO

    This Ann Street favourite is finally back with three venues in one after a massive $9-million makeover.

  • Food & Drink

    The Gatsby Lounge Bar

    The revamped GPO now boasts a 1920s-themed lounge bar, complete with the venue's old vault.

  • Food & Drink

    TAMA

    Executive Chef Richard Ousby oversees this new 100-seat restaurant on The GPO's ground floor.

  • Food & Drink

    The Lex Brisbane

    W Brisbane has replaced the now-closed Three Blue Ducks with a New York City-inspired restaurant, complete with a bagel bar and cocktail trolleys.

  • Food & Drink

    Patio

    Rosalie's new neighbourhood bar features a sunny beer garden, takes its cues from 80s Aussie pubs and hails from the Range Brewing team.

  • Food & Drink

    Riverland

    This Eagle Street bar is back after a $3.5-million revamp with a new three-tier waterfront deck.

  • Food & Drink

    Hawthorne Coffee

    Riding Road just scored a new go-to for gourmet toasties and a top-notch caffeine fix.

  • Food & Drink

    Rosé Gelateria Portside

    This Gold Coast favourite has arrived in Hamilton with its rosewater gelato, Biscoff gelato and pet-friendly gelato.

  • Food & Drink

    Ardo's Graceville

    This fast-growing chain of Brisbane neighbourhood wine havens has expanded to the city's west.

  • Food & Drink

    Viva La Cali

    The 1st Edition crew has added a new laneway bar and restaurant to Fortitude Valley's California Lane.

  • Food & Drink

    Frankie's Food Hall

    Meet Ann Street's new Euro-inspired sandwich diner, carvery and deli.

  • Food & Drink

    Oasis

    This new $10-million floating bar is hosting parties on the Brisbane River.

  • Food & Drink

    Sorelle Eatery

    The Tognini's team also runs this Italian-inspired cafe and homewares shop in St Lucia.

  • Food & Drink

    Isla Cantina

    This waterfront Southern California-meets-Mexican bar and eatery is now serving crab tostadas and margaritas on the Isle of Capri

  • Food & Drink

    Ippin Japanese Dining

    This new 140-seat Japanese restaurant pairs popcorn lobster, 24-piece sashimi sets and yuzu panna cotta with sake and Matcha-gronis.

  • Food & Drink

    The Wickham

    This Valley favourite is welcoming Brisbanites back in after a $3.1-million makeover.

  • Food & Drink

    Hijinx Hotel Chermside

    This OTT challenge-room bar chain launched its first Brisbane location, joining Holey Moley at Chermside.

  • Food & Drink

    The Victory Hotel

    This 168-year-old Edward Street pub has reopened under new management ahead of a big revamp.

  • Food & Drink

    Los Felix

    Woolloongabba's new hole-in-the-wall taqueria serves up Southern California-style Mexican bites over mezcal, tequila and margaritas.

  • Food & Drink

    Lait Noir

    This Edward Street newcomer is adding Parisian vibes to Brisbane's cafe scene.

  • Food & Drink

    Ardo's Newstead

    The City Winery team has opened a new neighbourhood wine bar and bottle shop in Newstead.

  • Food & Drink

    Babylon Garden

    This two-tier waterfront bar on Eagle Street cascades down to the river, and serves up Middle Eastern and East Mediterranean bites and cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Settimo by Guy Grossi

    This Amalfi Coast-inspired newcomer is star chef Guy Grossi's first Brisbane restaurant.

  • Food & Drink

    Da Biuso

    Brisbane's first fine-diner on a bus seats 12 and serves up Mediterranean-inspired six-course degustations.

  • Food & Drink

    Future Magic Brewing Co

    This old warehouse on Manilla Street is now home to a brewery pouring its own tipples, slinging pizzas made in-house and showing nearby beermakers some love.

  • Food & Drink

    La Boca Bar and Grill Brisbane

    Stamford Plaza Brisbane is now home to an Argentinian bar and grill by the river.

  • Food & Drink

    Melt Brothers Chermside

    Melt Brothers has expanded its cheese toastie empire to Brisbane's north.

  • Food & Drink

    Babylon Brisbane

    Sydney's Babylon has launched a 120-seat Brisbane restaurant by the river on Eagle Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Archer Brewing

    This new brewpub from aviation-inspired brewery Archer has landed in an old WWII hangar in Wilston.

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