City staycation: for fun-loving friends - Visit Brisbane


City staycation: for fun-loving friends

City staycations are best spent with friends. They offer unflinching opinions on purchases, convince you to stay out for “one more drink”, support your dessert-selection choices, dominate dancefloors and karaoke bars and are always there to recount the highlights.

Death and Taxes

Where to stay

Towering over the City from its central vantage point, Pullman & Mercure Brisbane King George Square offers so much more than just a bed for the night. Knowledgeable hotel staff double as party planners and can help you make the most of your stay in the epicentre of Brisbane’s theatre, retail, dining and nightclub district. Kiss the sky at rooftop bar Sixteen Antlers and take in panoramic views of the City, served up alongside cocktails and grazing plates. Grab breakfast, lunch or dinner with friends at Pullman’s onsite Mediterranean restaurant and café lounge, Goldfinch. The airy, light-filled space offers a friendly green oasis away from the City’s hustle and bustle – as well as some of Brisbane’s best coffee.

Pullman Hotel

Where to play

Grab your golfing buddy and kick some serious putt at Holey Moley Golf Club Wintergarden. The indoor mini-golf wonderland brings fun to the fore with nine holes of cute, kitsch and crazy challenges. Forget the windmills and castles of yore and try your luck on the Forrest Gump-themed A Hop, Skip and a Gump hole or the Makin’ It Rain and Drop It Like It’s Slot challenges. Treat yourself post-tournament at The Caddyshack, a fully licensed bar with a list of the most creative and colourful drinks, par none. Enjoy tee for two with pizzas, burgers and fries and cocktails garnished with everything from beds of kale to candy skewers and packets of sherbet. Go on, putt your stuff!

Holey Moley

Where to eat

By night, The Gresham is an elegant whiskey bar in one of the City’s Heritage-listed buildings. Dapper bartenders pour craft beers from the rotating taps and select top-shelf spirits from the laddered library shelves spanning the back wall. By day, The Gresham serves a simple and satisfying all-day breakfast and rich, aromatic coffee to patrons perched at the bar or reclining in leather lounges and wingback chairs. Venture a little further into the City and be rewarded at Death & Taxes, another intimate whiskey and cocktail bar tucked away in Burnett Lane, Brisbane’s oldest laneway. Leather banquettes, dark timber and exposed brick interiors complement a drinks list filled with classic cocktails and modern mixes.

The Gresham

Where to shop

David Jones is a name synonymous with fashion, fun and friends. The iconic department store turned 180 years old in 2018 and shows no sign of slowing down. From exclusive fashion brands to covetable cosmetics; from must-have gadgets to the latest in luxury goods, David Jones is the ultimate destination for a shopping spree with friends. The QueensPlaza store sprawls over two levels and makes shopping a breeze with services such as personal shopping, style consultations and in-store gift wrapping.

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