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Iconic Kirra Beach Hotel returns to add a fresh new chapter on southern beaches

Kirra Beach Hotel has been the go-to spot for post-surf feeds and frosty beers since opening in 1957. After a three-year hiatus, the much-loved pub is back, turning the page on an incredible new chapter that sees the entire site transformed into Kirra Point precinct, which will include two distinctly different – yet equally exciting – hospitality destinations. On the street level is where you will find the new-look Kirra Beach Hotel with the soon-to-open Kirra Beach House perched on level one.

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Fiery ēmmē promises to set James Street alight in 2024

Next February, Fortitude Valley’s high street will welcome a brand-new dining concept focusing on woodfired morsels. ēmmē, the brainchild of a rising culinary talent with a flair for improvisation, will be serving an ever-changing menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes from a prime site off James Street. It’s shaping up to be one of 2024’s headline openings – here’s what we know …

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Time for Thai as Isle of Capri newcomer is the very definition of good taste

Aromatic and full of flavour, Thai cuisine is undoubtedly the ultimate crowd pleaser. Whether you’re in the mood for a cheeky takeaway massaman curry and spring rolls from the neighbourhood noshery or something a little more elevated for a dine-in experience, Isle of Capri’s brand-new Valyn Thai Restaurant & Bar has you covered with excellent eats, fanciful sips and impeccable vibes. Here’s everything you need to know about the newcomer …

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Tassis Group is moving its signature steak and seafood restaurant Fatcow to James Street

The team behind Rich & Rare, Fosh, Opa Bar + Mezze and Massimo Restaurant & Bar is set to continue its breakneck run of restaurant openings well into 2024. In autumn the crew will reopen its steak- and seafood-centric restaurant Fatcow on James Street, with plans underway to transform part of the old David Jones space into an elevated eatery. Here’s what we know …

It may soon be “Happy Days” for Queensland’s screen industry, with Ron Howard set to lead a post-strike comeback for big budget Gold Coast productions.

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Film & TV

How Boy Swallows Universe conquered the small screen - not to mention the (second) best restaurant in Darra

Brisbane’s outer suburbs will soon be on the cultural tourism map once the world watches the Netflix series Boy Swallows Universe – but just make sure you dine at the right restaurant.

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Defying the sands of time, Aida reigns as one of the greatest shows on Earth

Ancient Egypt time travels to Brisbane in December with Opera Australia’s epic digital production of one of the greatest shows on Earth – Verdi’s Aida.

Visual Art

Bouquets to flower power and trippy cosmic vibes

Eschewing curatorial trends, the much-loved Museum of Brisbane branches into the enchanting and timeless beauty of floral art.


Cultural tourism in Queensland? It's definitely a thing

Those pesky southerners no longer laugh at the thought of Queensland as a cultural tourism destination because we’re now a hotbed for the arts, which a new State Government fund aims to expand on

Visual Art

From Chuck Taylor classics to pumped-up kicks, this exhibit's a walk on wild side

The latest exhibition at HOTA Gallery on the Gold Coast turns out to be a shoe-in – as it explores step-by-step the international style and culture of the humble sneaker, writes Heidi Maier

Books & Poetry

In a world of deep fakes and artificial intelligence, it still pays to be authentic

In an age of deepfakes and post-truth, as artificial intelligence rose and Elon Musk turned Twitter into X, the Merriam-Webster word of the year for 2023 is “authentic”.


Up close and personal with Paul McCartney

Brisbane music writer Sean Sennett flew to Adelaide to see Paul McCartney and host a conversation with him at an exclusive fan event and he says we are all in for the treat of our lives when the former Beatle’s Got Back tour arrives in Queensland

Food & Wine

Treats from the streets at Tapri, an Indian street-food specialist from the Old Monk team

One of Brisbane’s most beloved Indian restaurants is swapping chicken tikka masala for crispy kale and palak chaat, vindaloo for vada pav and dal for dosa at its new eatery, Tapri. Specialising in Indian-style street food, this casual spot is showcasing the sheer diversity of the country’s snack scene, serving everything from killer kulcha to sensational samosas.

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New look, new chef, new menu – Gerard’s has reopened in Fortitude Valley

Even in a year filled with exciting new restaurant arrivals, the biggest opening might actually be a reopening. In early November, lauded Levant-inspired restaurant Gerard’s opened its doors after a substantial renovation, showing off an earthy and textural aesthetic rejig alongside a fresh menu masterminded by new executive chef Jimmy Richardson. We took a peek inside the new-look Gerard’s, which is poised to remain one of Brisbane’s most esteemed eateries for a long time to come. Here’s what we saw …


Nothing ordinary about it: Northshore warehouse will soon house arts space and cultural hub

Next month, a 1700-sqm industrial warehouse in Northshore will officially become home to Superordinary – a multi-arts space dedicated to furthering local artistic endeavour. Encompassing artist studios, gallery spaces, live-music capabilities and an on-site kitchen and bar, Superordinary will host everything from exhibitions and gigs to festivals and pop-ups from guest chefs. Here’s what you need to know …

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Mermaid Beach’s fine diner Little Truffle reopens after a floor-to-ceiling renovation

Thirteen years is a long time in any industry, but in one as fickle as hospitality, it’s almost unheard of. Little Truffle Dining Room & Bar has been a stalwart on the corner of Gold Coast Highway and Bondi Avenue since opening its now-iconic timber doors in 2010. Now, thirteen years later, the Ridgeways have debuted Little Truffle Dining Room & Bar’s long-awaited renovation. Take a peek inside …