Here are some awesome things you can get up to in Brisbane during the week: from date night fun to unique events, new openings, epic eats and more.
1. Join the lovers, dreamers and storytellers at this romance film and book festival
If you’re an enthusiast of love stories in film and literature, then you won’t want to miss BLUSSH Romance Festival, which will take place at Woolloongabba’s Angelika Film Centre from February 22 to 25.
Here, you’ll be able to catch a range of romance films on the big screen, from classics like Romeo & Juliet to cult favourites such as Twilight and even an Australian premiere: the Brisbane-filmed One Perfect Match.
On the jam-packed program is also three in-conversation events from emerging and established authors, who will be chatting about the world of romance literature.
2. Relax and unwind at a brand-new wellness spa
The north side’s stunning new day spa is a perfect spot to unwind after a long day at work. Merse is home to a sleek range of facilities including hot and cold plunge pools, traditional and infrared saunas, magnesium float therapy, as well as massage offerings, spray tanning and more.
3. Tuck into a special Three Margarita Menu
In celebration of World Margarita Day, The Inchcolm Bar is serving up a week-long margarita menu from February 19 to 24. For $79 per person, you’ll get three margaritas and two courses of food.
Think classic spicy margs, watermelon margs, as well as blueberry and basil Tommy’s margaritas accompanied by an entree and main.
You can choose between entrees such as buffalo mozzarella salad, oysters and steak tartare, whereas main meal choices include gnocchi primavera, crispy skin barramundi with baby leeks, and roasted chicken served with corn puree and black garlic salsa.
4. Karaoke to all your favourite Taylor Swift songs
Funlab has launched a karaoke deal for Swifties who couldn’t make it to the Eras tour in Sydney or Melbourne. Until February 26, you can use the code ERASFUN to get 30% off karaoke sessions at Strike Bowling and Jukes.
5. Feast on a $50 banquet
Eagle Street’s Italian restaurant and bar Massimo have launched their new eight-course Pronto Banquet, which includes freshly shucked oysters, steak, pasta, dessert, plus more – for just $50 per person.
Fosh at Portside Wharf is also serving up a nine-course steak and seafood banquet for $50, which includes tasty dishes such as scallop crudo, fish curry, sirloin with mushroom sauce and more.
6. Make your own signature gin
Calling all gin lovers – Bavay Distillery’s gin blending classes are such a fun activity with friends. For $65 per person, you’ll get to blend your own 200ml bottle of gin to take home with you, learn all about the distilling process, and enjoy a signature drink on arrival.
7. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a giant cookie
Pizza Hut has teamed up with Nutella for a new giant cookie. The freshly baked 8-in-1 vanilla cookie is drizzled with the delicious Nutella, making for a great sweet treat addition to pizza night this week.
It’s available at Pizza Hut from this Thursday, February 22.
8. Check out Brisbane’s newest green bridge
Since Brisbane was announced as the host city of the 2032 Olympics, a slew of new developments have been planned, including new bridges, a revamped riverfront precinct, public parks, a 100-metre-high Sky Deck and more. Now open for walking, cycling and scooting is the Breakfast Creek / Yowoggera Green Bridge, which delivers a new car-free route over Breakfast Creek and into Newstead Park.
9. Get messy at Brisbane’s first paint splatter room
If the idea of throwing paint at a canvas without worrying about mess sounds like fun for you like it does for us, then gather the gang for a visit to Rose Soiree’s paint splatter room at the Canvas Art Factory in Woolloongabba.
10. Hit up a local market
You can browse a bunch of Brisbane markets this week, including Redacliffe Markets every Wednesday, Carseldine Markets on Saturdays, as well as Milton Markets and Nundah Markets on Sundays.
11. Watch Disney’s Beauty and the Beast musical
The utterly magical Beauty and the Beast musical is finally here in Brisbane. After captivating Sydney audiences, this production is now playing at Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
12. See a free flick at Felons
When it comes to films, sometimes new releases just don’t compare to the classics. Felons Brewing Co is whipping out the bean bags, beer and big screen for more weekly movie nights. Felons’ Cinema Sessions will take place in the brewery’s Barrel Hall once a week during summer, so come along, sink a schooner, and enjoy a free flick.
13. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat taco feast for just $25
Undeniably, we’re spoiled for choice of epic restaurants and Mexican eateries here in Brisbane. But sometimes eating out can be expensive. So if you’re feeling a taco date night during the week — without breaking the bank — then head to Mucho Mexicano in Hawthorne.
Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, this popular Mexican joint serves up all-you-can-eat tacos for just $25 per person. The epic weekday deal is available with the purchase of any drink (including soft drinks), and there are eight different taco varieties to choose from.
14. Cool off at The Westin’s swim-up pool bar
Now that the warmer weather is here, the search begins for a place to cool down, preferably one with swimming involved. Thanks to The Westin Brisbane‘s super chic pool bar, we don’t have to travel too far to relax by the pool with a cocktail this summer.
15. Paint a cookie cake book at this fairy tale-themed high tea
W Brisbane’s high tea experiences often take edible art to a new level, and their newest is no different. The Ever After High Tea, inspired by GOMA’s grand Fairy Tales exhibition, features an array of magical bites that emulate classic childhood stories, as well as a fairy tale-themed cocktail and a chance to unleash your inner artist.
16. See a show at Brisbane’s new cabaret club
The second Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub has officially opened in a semi-permanent pavilion at Northshore, just in time for the summer fun.
Like its Gold Coast predecessor, you can expect a wild ride of glitz and glamour, with 1920s art-deco décor, intoxicating performances from an array of talented artists, as well as cocktails and bites while you enjoy the show.
17. Spot nocturnal wildlife at an immersive after-dark experience
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has launched its newest wildlife experience, where you can spot creatures that go bump in the night.
The nocturnal experience is a 90-minute guided twilight tour through a vast eucalypt plantation, where you’ll take an enchanting one-kilometre stroll spotting the sanctuary’s residents using a non-invasive red torch and picking up their unique heat signature using a handheld thermal imaging device.