20 things to do at Caxton Street and the Barracks

As one of Brisbane's oldest party and entertainment destinations, Caxton Street (fondly known as The Cacko) continues to host lively and loud post-game parties, but is also home to fine dining restaurants, boutique bars and high class cinema along the street and in The Barracks. If you're looking for a fun night out, impressive food or even some daytime entertainment, Caxton Street and the Barracks will be a surefire hit.

Read on to discover 20 things to do next time you visit.

1. Catch a game at Lang Park and take a selfie with the King

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane’s iconic Lang Park, more recently known as Suncorp Stadium is the toast of the town. The most iconic of games happens here from State of Origin to rugby internationals and soccer matches galore. If you’ve never been you absolutely must, and build in a little time to experience Caxton street before or after the game for a true Lang Park experience.

2. Sip on a whiskey apple at Lefty’s

If you haven’t been to Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall have you really been to Brisbane? This local favourite is everything you want from a night out and more. Live music every night, a secret bar through a fire escape and the famous freshly squeezed apple juice with whiskey make this one of Caxton Street’s finest establishments and an absolute must visit.

3. Tuck into Brisbane's best fried chicken

Fat Belly Jacks is serving up Nashville-style hot fried chicken – and it's not for the faint of heart. Choose from southern-style (no spice) all the way through to really f*cking hot!! chicken burger, wings, breast or tenders encased in a secret batter and served with one choice of side. Do you dare to try the spice? 

4. Eat and drink all the Spanish tapas and wine at Moda Restaurant

Inspired by head chef Javier Codina’s Spanish heritage, this Mediterranean restaurant in The Barracks serves an exquisite range of fine cuisine using fresh local produce. Be tempted by the entree menu for small plates such as tempura monkfish with passionfruit aioli or Spanish tortilla with smoked tomato dressing.

5. Swim at the historic Ithaca Baths

Establishes as a man-made waterhole in the early 1900s, Ithaca baths is now a beautiful 25m swimming pool nestled among fig trees. There’s lots of shade, chairs, grass and even a snack bar so you could spend a whole summer’s day here just jumping in and out of the pool as it takes your fancy!

6. Eat a childhood treat for dinner

Fritzenberger

Head along to Caxton Street's resident burger bar and brewpub Fritzenberger. The burgers are delicious, the beers are flowing and the wings are moreish – but what will have you coming back is the loaded fries, complete with cheese sauce, candied bacon, green onions, Fritzensauce and twistie salt. Revolutionary.

7. Take your movie date night up a notch

Movies at the Palace Barracks cinemas are simply better. The seats are comfier, the ice-cream is homemade and the popcorn is dowsed in olive oil instead of butter. All of that before we’ve even mentioned the diverse movie selection, big wine selection and cheese platters. Movie dates will never be the same again.

8. Treat yo'self

When the world is a little too stressful, there’s nothing better than grabbing your bestie and sharing a beauty treatment together. Brooklyn Beauty Bar is everything. Not only will you be treated to a manicure, but it's topped off with a gin cocktail or glass of champers. If there’s a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon we challenge you to find it.

9. Get your casino royale on

The Lord Alfred is more than 140 years old and a real Brisbane institution. With several bars and a grill restaurant there’s always something happening here. Drop in on Tuesday for trivia night. There’s cash and prizes up for grabs and the chance to meet some fellow trivia buffs in the process.

10. Experience the ultimate Queensland steak

Black Hide Steakhouse

Skip the salad and try one of Brisbane’s best steaks at Black Hide Steakhouse. The menu is a carnivores dream with every cut and style you could desire. Our tip? The rib on the bone. It is truly something to be desired, admired and devoured. 

11. Watch the world go by

With the City, Milton, Paddington and Petrie Terrace at its borders, the people watching at Caxton Street is always prime viewing and Streetside Bar is the perfect spot to watch with a beer in hand.

12. Indulge on home-style treats 

Pamela's Pantry

With over 30 years in the business, Pamela's Pantry certainly know how to bake the goods. Pop in for flaky pies, fresh salads, moreish pasta and a whole range of sweet treats ready to fill that dessert-sized hole in your tummy. best of all, everything is made with quality ingredients and a whole lot of love. 

13. Gorge yourself on gorgeous seafood

Queensland is famed for its seafood, and rightly so with the glorious Moreton Bay bug calling Brisbane home. It is one of the most iconic seafood experiences you can have at Brisbane institution Gambaro Seafood Restaurant and it never disappoints with house specialties such as crayfish, lobster and delicious, delicious bugs.

14. Spend a night in the lap of luxury

The Gambaro empire also includes a stunning boutique hotel, aptly named the Gambaro Hotel. Every inch of the hotel whispers luxury, and there’s no better place to experience all that the precinct has to offer. 

15. Lunch the long way

Libertine Bar and Restaurant

Two of Brissie’s best long lunch locations are Peasant and Libertine. The former is a tapas-style Spanish restaurant with a wine list to die for. The latter is French-Vietnamese style with plates made to share. Both have outdoor areas lush with greenery, comfy seating and moody indoor bars reminiscent of their grown-up wine and cocktail offering.

16. Get your sweat on

The Barrack’s is home to a Lorna Jane Active Living Room, which is a nice deviation from this food and drink heavy list. Here you can get a little balance back with group classes ranging from the intense to the zen. Refuel post workout with a selection of super nourishing treats. Halo restored!

17. Guzzle beer to your heart’s content

Brewski are famed for its huge selection of beer. There’s more than 200 bottles and an impressive regularly refreshed line-up of tap brews from local, national and international makers. You’re sure to find a frothy soulmate here.

18. Devour wood fired pizzas in a rock n roll Italian restaurant & bar

Enzo & Sons is built on the three classic elements of Italian dining – good food, good times and good music. Stop in for a classic pizza and stay for the late night coffee and cocktails while lounging in the bar or taking in the expansive courtyard out back. 

19. Dance til dawn at the Caxton Hotel

Sure, the Caxton has a great steak restaurant. Yes, they have a huge variety of beer on tap. Yes, they throw a mean State of Origin carpark party. But the Caxton’s crowning glory is the D-floor on Friday and Saturday nights. There is no better place to dance like no one’s watching with like-minded boogiers, trust us on this one.

20. Finish your night with a full tummy

Caxton’s venues know all too well that their patrons are often creatures of the night and provide late-night eats accordingly. There’s the classic greaser, Harry’s Fine Foods on Petrie Terrace and both kebab and pizza shops on Caxton Street. The folk at Lefty’s also keep the kitchen open super late (sometimes ‘til 2am) to make sure you never leave this fine establishment hungry.

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