Bored with the traditional film and dinner date night time combo? Us too. That is why we’re at all times on the hunt for brand spanking new issues to do, scouring town for not-boring Brisbane actions — ones which are assured to take your subsequent date manner past done-before beers on the pub.
Whether or not you take somebody on a second date or doing all your one centesimal together with your vital different, we have got some killer (and, sure, cute) concepts for dates to go on this week, regardless of how a lot cash you have to spend. And, with Halloween upon us, we have saved to the theme as properly.
Simply consider us as your cultural wingman. You are welcome.
DANCE YOUR WAY AROUND FORTITUDE VALLEY
The 12 months was 1997. For the primary time, Fortitude Valley’s music scene got here collectively to rejoice. Across the inner-city suburb, Valley Fiesta was born. 1 / 4 century later and the occasion remains to be going robust, albeit after working in loads of completely different codecs through the years — and it is again in 2022 to rejoice its twenty fifth birthday with 45-plus acts hitting phases throughout 13 venues.
2022’s Valley Fiesta will run from Friday, November 25–Sunday, November 27, showering Fortitude Valley with dwell tunes, and providing you with and your favorite individual a helluva strategy to spend the final weekend of spring. On the lineup: an entire heap of musicians to see, occasions devoted to jazz and artwork, a carpark occasion and a laneway fest throughout the fest.
Main the music invoice: Holy Holy, Gordi, Kian, WIIGZ and Alter Boy, all as a part of a wholly free program. They’re joined by Jess Day, Security Membership, Scraps, Radium Dolls, Dulcie and extra, in venues spanning The Sound Garden, Fortitude Music Hall, open air at The Brightside, Woolly Mammoth, Ric’s Yard, Kickons and 4ZZZ.
The jazz afternoon will showcase each current and up-and-coming expertise, whereas the humanities session might be stuffed with artistic workshops. Bringing the enjoyable to the Winn, Bakery and California laneways is the returning Hidden Lanes Festival, running as a pop-up event — and this system additionally features a night time of voice, circus, burlesque and drag artists; Quivr DJs doing their factor a number of instances; a cultural celebration of Individuals of Color; and the return of 4ZZZ’s legendary carpark occasion.
TUCK INTO A STACK OF FLUFFY JAPANESE SOUFFLÉ PANCAKES
A second in your lips, a lifetime in your Instagram: that is the longer term we foresee for you and your plus one when Japanese soufflé pancake pop-up Kumokumo arrives in Brisbane. After already treating Perth to its wares, the dessert joint is heading to the Sunshine State to serve up super-fluffy, ridiculously photogenic stacks for ten scrumptious weeks this summer time at South Financial institution.
These thick, velvety pancakes that immediately make your abdomen rumble everytime you see a photograph of them (like whereas studying this text)? That is what’s on Kumokumo’s menu. It will be slinging its numerous varieties from Wednesday, November 23, 2022–Sunday, January 29, 2023 on Gray Road, working from Wednesday–Sunday weekly.
Whereas the pancakes look decadent — flavours like black sugar boba, creme brûlée, biscoffee (sure, Biscoff and low cream), matcha cream, tiramisu, and whipped butter with Jarrah honey additionally assist — the pop-up retains its recipe easy. Within the pancakes themselves, you will discover eggs, flour, sugar and milk. These numerous components are crushed, piped, grilled and flipped, after all, together with with a little bit of water within the pan to maintain within the moisture — and that all-important fluffiness.
The pop-up’s Brisbane setup might be a walk-in-only affair, and it will do takeaways — however Kumokumo recommends consuming its pancakes inside quarter-hour. Head alongside from 4.30–9.30pm Wednesday–Thursday, 12–10pm Friday, and 10am–10pm Saturday–Sunday.
PAIR BEER AND YOGA AT A BREWERY
The time period ‘better of each worlds’ definitely applies to beer yoga. Train, alcohol — what’s to not love? And also you and your particular somebody can fortunately overlook the truth that one counteracts the opposite as a result of concurrently sipping and stretching is simply a lot enjoyable.
This batch of brew-fuelled active sessions boasts slightly one thing additional, nonetheless. Once you’re doing all your greatest downward-facing canine after which pausing to take a drink, you will be doing the entire above in a brewery. Simply be a part of the oldsters at Ballistic Beer Co fortnightly on Thursdays, together with on November 24.
You will wish to head to Ballistic’s Salisbury digs, and arrive at 5.45pm for a 6pm begin.
The session will solely set you again $15 every, which incorporates the category and a Ballistic beer — and it is a BYO yoga mat scenario.
CATCH LIVE TUNES AND COMEDY GIGS, THEN HIT UP A CONTAINER BAR
Wynnum Fringe lives as much as its identify, giving Brisbane’s bayside its personal fringe competition. The fest is upon us for an additional 12 months, and it simply retains getting greater. First staged in 2020 as a 3 day occasion, then returning in 2021 for six days, the competition is again for a 3rd go within the seaside suburb — this time, with virtually three weeks of arts and tradition on the lineup, working till Sunday, December 4.
At Wynnum Fringe 2022, you and your vital different will discover every little thing from cabaret and comedy to music and dance on the invoice, and even a ferris wheel. The occasion is aiming to entice 35,000 people alongside throughout its 19-day run, so you will additionally discover ample firm at a spread of venues.
Highlights embrace Marcia Hines getting her disco on in Velvet Rewired, an all-ages beginner dance eisteddfod led by Frequent Individuals Dance Venture, Head First Acrobats’ circus performances GODZ and Crème de la crème, Dane Simpson’s Didgeridoozy, a neighborhood Battle of the Bands and a flowery gown parade for canine.
The 2022 competition additionally boasts a brand new backyard hub at George Clayton Park, which is the place Wynnum Fringe’s spiegeltent will sit — and a ferris wheel, meals vehicles, pop-up day by day gigs and roving leisure. For drinks, the brand new fest base features a cocktail-slinging container bar, too, full with rooftop seating.
ONE BIG BLOWOUT
LISTEN TO DISCO AND FUNK OVER A JAPANESE FEAST
James Road scored a brand new go-to, and in addition gifted Brisbane a brand new must-try Japanese fine-diner, when Sushi Room opened its doorways in The Calile Hotel earlier in 2022. Nobody wants an additional excuse to drop by, particularly if you happen to love the titular dish — and caviar rolls and wasabi cocktails — however here is one anyway: a new weekend pairing of vinyl and sushi sets.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the Fortitude Valley spot is welcoming DJs behind the decks to spin disco and funk tunes, and in addition serving up set menus. The vibe: pure Tokyo, all in a spot that is designed to be immersive, sensory and theatrical anyway, with a must-try menu to match.
Do not anticipate the sort of beats you’ll be able to simply hear anyplace — with the tunes kicking off at 5.30pm and working until late. As for the set menus, you and your date have two choices, all showcasing Head Chef Shimpei Raikuni’s wares. The $65 lunch set consists of six items of nigiri, three of sashimi, a selection of fish or steak, miso and salad. So, you get a chef’s choice of recent sashimi and nigiri, then a essential of your selection.
Go for the $140 model and you will get the extra full Sushi Room eating expertise, which suggests a sashimi platter, a tempura platter and a nigiri platter — then a selection of fish or steak, plus dessert.