#WhatsOn: Five things happening in Brisbane

INCOMING – our busiest month of the calendar is fast approaching! Here are five events you’ll absolutely want to ink into your schedules this week…

#1. A new botanical bar *slash* tropical garden oasis opens up in West End

Brisbane meet Covent Bar, opening TODAY in your West End backyard. It’s a nod to London’s iconic Covent Garden – super-lux, super-vibrant and super lush! Think of this space as a perfect afternoon treat yourself to play catch-up’s with your nearest and dearest and try a selection of Covent’s 100 craft gins. There will be contemporary share-plates as well as Pimms and Aperol Spritz flowing. If you’re feeling adventurous, Covent also has a seasonal house speciality appropriately named The Garden of Eden. It’s a clever mix of Tanqueray gin, absinthe rinse, fresh pressed apple juice, medicinal syrup, charred lime and white pepper tincture. YUM. A haven away from the hustle and bustle of the neighbouring city and BT is all about it!

When: Thursday, 16 November
Where: 142 Boundary St, West End

#2. A beer party this Saturday with FREE entry

In the eyes of All Inn Brewing Co, rebranding the look of their beer means one thing: P, A, R, T, Y. So naturally, with the unveiling of their new look, come Saturday 18th, they’ll be a beer party with free entry at their Brewery in Brisbane’s Banyo. On top of that, All Inn Brewing Co is launching their first production run of CANS, how good! The debut will include a Robust Porter, Pale Lager, American IPA and American Pale Ale. Beer enthusiasts everywhere rejoice – there is also going to be a brand new Red IPA. Party starts at 12 PM. Bring your friends.

When: Saturday, 18 November
Where: 189 Elliot Road, Banyo

 #3. Fish Lane’s brand new fish and chippery now open

Fresh meat alert! Ol’ School Fish and Chippery are offering THE contemporary Australian delicacy name-worthy of the space it occupies. Good ol’ fish and chips, that is. Even better than finding out there exists a legitimate fangled term to coin a chip-making establishment, is finding out this venture is also the innovation of a Brisbane holy grail (the street-style Vietnamese, Hello Please). You can expect all your cult favourites cooked by Chef Jesse Stevens and with table service. Crispy thick cut chips, fish tacos with ice-cream sandwiches for dessert! Well then, that’s dinner sorted for lazy cooking day…

When: Opening end of November Eat IN, Tuesday – Sunday // Take OUT, Friday – Sunday
Where:58 Hope Street, South Brisbane

#4. Exclusive fashion laneway market opens this Tuesday…

Nothing makes me more excited than a laneway market pop-up, and with emerging Brisbane-based designers to showcase and sell their best work, this event is certainly up my alley. Excuse the pun. The event will set the stage for the designs of five local creative talents, including ILMA, a label by Caitlin Bennett that is ethically made in Australia. Enjoy this event up until the 23 of December so you can flick centre madness to the curb and enjoy a hidden treasure trove of what is an absolutely perfect Christmas giftware opportunity.

When: 14 November 2017 – 23 December 2017 (10 AM to 4 PM)
Bakery Lane, Fortitude Valley

#5. Stick hundreds of coloured dots on white walls and other furnishings

Obliterate and no, not in a Harry Potter way. Rather the term eccentric Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama uses to describe this process. It’s said when she was a young girl; she saw the world obliterated with hundreds of tiny dots. Such a motif has been an inspiration for much of the acclaimed art she has graced the world with since. You can now see the vibrant large-scale interactive Obliteration Room, along with other whimsical installations in the Life is in the Heart of the Rainbow exhibition at GOMA. It is a completely free exhibition, and also includes the vivid and glowing ‘infinity rooms’ as well as Kusama’s current art from the My Eternal Soul series. A series that is still ongoing, making her one of the few living contemporary visionaries you can continue to trail right here in Brisbane.

When: 4 November 2017 to 11 February 2018
Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane

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