What's Open this Ekka Public Holiday in Brisbane City

How are you spending your day off this Ekka public holiday? If the Ekka crowds and carnies aren’t your thing, head to Brisbane City for a relaxed lunch or dinner. We have pulled together some of the restaurants in Brisbane’s CBD that are open. 

Riverbar and Kitchen 


The resort vibe, epic cocktail jugs and prime waterfront location is the perfect way to spend your day off. When hunger strikes, Riverbar also has a delicious menu of bar snacks, pizza and burgers. 

Opening hours: 8:00am to 10:00pm

Miss Kay’s

Burgers at Miss Kays

Miss Kay’s is the go-to for authentic American-style fast food. Plus, for a sweet treat instead of lining up for a strawberry ice cream try their "Chuck Berry" milkshake topped with chocolate shavings.

Opening hours: 11:00am – 8:30pm

Otto Ristorante 

OTTO Brisbane

Inspired by southern Italian cuisine, OTTO is a fine dining experience overlooking the Brisbane River at 480 Queen St. Join OTTO Brisbane for lunch or dinner where they will be serving up delicious Italian offerings.

Opening hours: from 12:00pm for lunch and from 5:30pm for dinner

Cha Cha Char 

Cha Cha Char

If you’re hankering for a steak and that iconic view of the Story Bridge, Cha Cha Char is for you. Cha Cha Char will be serving up some delicious offerings from the full a la carte menu.

Opening hours: dinner is available from 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Lennons Restaurant & Bar  

Lennons Restaurant & Bar

Located at the top of the Queen Street Mall, Lennons Restaurant & Bar at NEXT Hotel Brisbane is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or dinner this Ekka Public Holiday. 

Opening hours: from 6:30am for breakfast and from 5:30pm for dinner

Fat Noodle 

Fat Noodle

Looking for something a bit more oriental? Award-winning celebrity chef Luke Nguyen's cooks up a storm within the doors of the Treasury Casino & Hotel in his restaurant, Fat Noodle. The 100-seater restaurant serves pan-Asian hawker-style food, including Nguyen’s signature Vietnamese as well as Chinese, Thai and Malaysian. 

Opening hours: 11.00am to 10.30pm

Red Hook 

Red Hook Gravy Fries

Dagwood Dog what Dagwood Dog? Skip the line at the Ekka and treat yourself to NYC-inspired street food. 

Opening hours: 5:00pm - late

The Gresham 

The Gresham Bar

The Gresham is a whisky bar and ode to yesteryear with chesterfield couches, rich mahogany furniture, and historic photos on the walls. Chill and let The Gresham wet your whistle with their extensive whisky menu or their array of breakfast and bar snacks. 

Opening hours: 7:00am - 3:00am

Walter’s Steakhouse

The timeless interior, featuring dark wood paneling, rich red leather upholstery and brass rails, will have you feeling like you’re in old world New York. Limited tables are available so we suggest booking ahead. 

Opening hours: 5:30pm - late

Fat Angel Sports Bar and Grill 

Fat Angel Sports Bar and Grill is Brisbane’s first ever American sports bar. Become one with American culture this Ekka Wednesday and chow down classic American snacks like wings, burgers, cheesesteaks and popcorn shrimp.

Opening hours: 11:30am - 12am

By Brittany Mohr

Brittany’s ultimate weekend involves wine (rosé) and cheese (manchego) at La Lune, seeing a live show and going for a wander along the Brisbane River. Passionate about the leafy Western suburbs, she’s a lady of fine tastes so naturally her best kept secret is #treatingyo'self to a session at luxe day spa One Wybelenna. Bliss.

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