Where to dine in South Bank
Long established as Brisbane’s cultural heart, South Bank also pumps lifeblood into the city’s thriving entertainment and leisure scene.
South Bank is a popular destination for residents and tourists alike, who come to the parklands to bask in glorious sunshine, swim at the man-made beach or relax at the cafes and boardwalks. Pubs, bars and clubs are the perfect meeting places, and there is a rich presence of intimate night spots and live music.
A number of restaurants lining the streets offer a range of dining experiences. Bacchus, in Rydges Hotel, provides the perfect setting for a spot of indulgence. Its menu is supported by an impressive wine list and top service. Whether you’re soaking up the sun with a cocktail in hand or dancing the night away to the sounds of top local and international DJs, Bacchus promises to deliver an unforgettable experience.
Stokehouse Q is a restaurant of choice for food lovers, with its unique riverside location and a contemporary Mediterranean menu. The head chef draws upon premium local produce, including fresh oysters, Sunshine Coast seafood, seasonal fruit-based desserts and a selection of prime beef cuts from Queensland farms. The 120-seat restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
Popolo, by the Brisbane River, delivers a home-spun dining experience with rustic Italian tapas, pizza and share plates as specialties. Adding to South Bank’s exotic landscape, Bamboo Basket showcases authentic northern and southern Chinese cuisine, particularly handmade noodles, roast duck, pork and dumplings.
For dining with a difference, Cove Bar offers between 15 and 20 varieties of oysters to be enjoyed with accompaniments such as cucumber and Pimm’s jelly, or watermelon granita and lime salt.
For a true taste of Turkey, the award-winning Ahmet’s is a popular choice with diners. It is a lively and themed venue, featuring belly dancing. Serving traditional Turkish dishes, it includes outdoor dining and caters for large groups.
The Fox Hotel, on the corner of Melbourne and Hope streets, is one of Brisbane’s most diverse destinations, offering four storeys of entertainment, events, dining, arts and culture. Built in the 1800s, the Fox has been renovated and plays a part in the city’s cultural renaissance.
Providing a further drawcard as a family destination, South Bank Cineplex screens major movies at reasonable prices and, if you are lucky, you might watch a film on the big IMAX screen.