48 hours in Fortitude Valley
We love promoting the notion of 'Live Like A Local' and we love Fortitude Valley. The area is bursting at the seams with energy and vibrancy, that 48 hours in Fortitude Valley will feel like a flash.
We all love different things and variety is what the area brings. Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of your time in Fortitude Valley and its neighbouring surrounds.
Not everything has to be about food and wine while you're on holidays. It is great to keep active, but also try your hand at something unique...
- Fancy yourself an expert in darts? Oche is Australia's first electronic darts bar located in a 115-year-old Old Flour Mill Building on Constance Street, with darts sessions running for 85 minutes, and designed to get patrons to do something that's definitely not common these days: put down your phone. The idea is that you'll head along with your friends, throw a heap of darts, and forget about your emails, Instagram feed, and the like.
- Let off some steam and stroll around to Maniax Axe Throwing. They are so passionate about what they do and have a team philosophy of making memories. With Clare at the helm who represents Australia in competitive Axe throwing, you are in safe hands. It is a fantastic activity to do amongst friends and family or even for a date night. Yes, they have date night packages.
- Fancy a stroll by the Brisbane River? There are a few places you can start and finish, but we recommend starting at Newstead for close proximity to the hotel. The clearly signposted entrance to the riverwalk can be found opposite Gasworks Plaza.
CRAFT BEER, GIN AND ALL THINGS IN BETWEEN
If you don't know where to start, why not make it a tour instead and try them all. Let the product do the talking and see which ones you like the best.
- Newstead Brewing all began back in 2013 in the backstreets of Newstead. The space used to be a 1940's bus depot and still has the feel of its original beginnings as a steel warehouse. Site and enjoy the vibe while sampling beers from 12 taps.
- At Soapbox Beer, they are raising their megaphone for real beer. Liquid gold goodness, full of fresh, local, handcrafted flavour to tickle your tastebuds and invigorate your voice box.
- Set inside the beautifully preserved heritage-listed building on Bridge Street that once held Trails Ice, Stone & Wood brewery brings a bit of the coast to the city – weaving the laidback feel of Byron Bay into the Valley’s historic streets.
- Tailor-made in Queensland, Winston Quinn Gin is a boutique small-batch craft gin company in Brisbane, Australia. This journey has been a labour of love to produce 4 gins that we’re incredibly proud to call ours.
- Green Beacon has been recognised as Champion Brewery in their size category three years running by the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA). As a proud Queensland brewery built on quality and integrity, and where flavour, balance and consistency are at the forefront; our beer provides anchorage in any port.
- Range Brewing's mission is to bring the latest innovations in modern beer from around the world to Australian shores. Built on an ethos of forever exploring, forever evolving, they're constantly sampling the finest beers from around the world to inspire new and exciting brews based on these experiences and learnings.
- Proud Henry is the perfect place to escape from the outside world and relax over a gin – from our list of more than 280 gins from all corners of the globe, or enjoy a bottle of artisan, hard to find wine , hand-selected from our travels around Australia and the world.
PUB FARE AND BEER GARDENS WITH A SPLASH OF SOPHISTICATION
If you are looking for a relaxing meal, cold beer, wine or even a cheeky cocktail, well you can't go past these guys.
- With 94 beer taps and an extensive beverage menu, the Osbourne Hotel has a place for everyone. Grab the signature Osbourne G&T outside in the heart of our beer garden, to a backdrop of lush green foliage and cascading vines. This is the ultimate spot to unwind with a cocktail in hand. Prefer something a bit more edgy, step down into The Backyard bar surrounded by graffiti-covered brick walls where you can sip on a large range of craft and local beers whilst you chat to mates.
- Imagine a collection of old English, Chelsea style pubs…. keep their historic architectural beauty, add a colour palette of British racing green and white, heritage fireplaces, a glorious staircase restoration along with rich textures and stately tones of tan against traditional houndstooth woven fabrics, features a classic bar and gantry, and bay windows opening to the street outside, and you have The Prince Consort.
THE DINING EXPERIENCE
Book in advance to secure your spot at any one of these three restaurants for a unique and memorable dining experience.
- Restaurant Dan Arnold serves modern Australian cooking, thoughtful, and elegant food in a relaxed and informal setting. Guests are invited on a culinary journey of Australian flavours and techniques, respecting the traditions Dan learnt while perfecting his craft in France.
- In an undiscovered corner of Fortitude Valley, an old brick warehouse has been transformed into a celebration of wood-fired cooking. This is Agnes, where the drama, spectacle and ancient skill of cooking over a fire are combined with contemporary hospitality to show how simple, great food can be.
- City Winery provides two spaces for customers to dine. Choose from Fireside, their 20-seat fine dining experience, or The Winery, dining amongst the wine barrels in a more laid back casual environment. Seasonal, locally sourced produce. The entire dining experience revolves around fire.
- Brisbane's home of live music. The Triffid is an old commercial hangar that merges its WW2 heritage with the unique garden to create a vibrant and diverse atmosphere.
- The Tivoli is an indoor theatre, music venue which is often nicknamed The Tiv. The Tivoli never disappoints with a large variety of live acts.
- The Fortitude Music Hall is the largest ballroom/theatre styled venue in Australia. The venue was inspired by some of the world's most loved live music venues - from classic art deco theatres to larger clubs, while still paying homage to the iconic venues of Brisbane's past.
- You can't go past James Street. From fashion, food & drink, health & beauty and lifestyle & design, James street has you covered.
- If you are seeking locally made products, head to California Lane and say hello to Molly at Dunkle (handmade makeup and skincare made here in Brisbane, with values of sustainability, wellness & connection), Zoe at Rebellious Grace (jewellery designed and made in Brisbane right in front of your eyes), and Jarrod at Finnley Home (helping you give your home as much personality as you have). The group of retailers is simply delightful and will welcome you with the warmest of smiles. Each store has something unique and local to offer.
Now you have your list of things to see and do, all that is left is to BOOK your stay.
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