Brisbane is a city that isn’t big, and at times it often feels like it’s just a big country town, but it’s a city that rich in art and culture. Here’s our guide to having a perfect lovers weekend, full of art, culture and video games.
Brisbane is located in Queensland, Australia, where marriage equality is celebrated and some of the most progressive anti-discrimination laws exist. It is generally safe to show public displays of affection.
ARRIVING TO BRISBANE
Whether you’ve travelled by car from not too far away, caught public transport because you’re having a date weekend in your home city or you’ve flown into Brisbane via plane, the city is relatively easy to get around. The Airtrain will take you from the airport to the city centre, Uber is reliable and if you’re lucky you’ll spot a few Lime electric scooters around town that’ll help you get around quicker.
Visit the Queensland Art Gallery & the Gallery of Modern Art [conveniently located right beside one another!]. It’s easy to get lost for hours amongst the exhibitions. The gallery also has a substantial amount of indigenous art and do a really great job of telling the stories of the local Turrbal & Yugara people whose country the galleries stand on.
Take a step back into the ’80s and head to Lucky & Sons – an arcade turned bar that is bound to bring out a little ‘good competitive’ in everyone. Think Mario Kart and Space Invaders or try your luck at shooting hoops or on the air hockey table. There’s also a comprehensive cocktail list if you need a break from all the game playing!
And, if you’re not worn out from your day, stop by The Wickham Hotel. It’s a favourite of the LGBTQ+ community. Easy to spot with the rainbow flags outside, the epic beer garden frequently has live music & a rotating calendar of different events.
[Brisbane, like most capital cities, has plenty of festivals happening throughout the year. Be sure to see what’s happening during your visit!]
If ramen isn’t your flavour [which we think applies to no one], Greaser Bar is a basement dive bar that serves old-school American diner styles meals, and their crunchy buttermilk chicken burger is a speciality. Their cocktail menu starts with ‘The Pickleback’ – a shot of whiskey with a pickle juice chaser. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it will be sure to delight the odd pickle lover out there.
In the heart of Fortitude Valley [aka. close to everywhere you’ll want to be] lies a hotel quite unlike any other. Tryp is Brisbane’s only street art hotel – and it’s as cool as it sounds. This old abandoned warehouse turned boutique hotel used the original graffiti that lined its interior and infused more art into its hallways. We’d suggest their outdoor spa room for a little added luxe [a glass of champagne, good company and a good movie in a spa – sounds like the perfect date night in, to us!]