Dram good Mexican
South Brisbane’s El Planta will this Sunday afternoon play host to a tequila and mezcal tasting with friends and Mexican craft spirit retailer Agaveria. Guests can expect a cocktail on arrival and guided tastings of two tequilas and two mezcals with a paired plant-based Mexican dish for each tipple made specially by El Planta. Tickets will set you back $79 but with experts in both spirits and Mexican cuisine on the ground, this one is not to be missed. Buy yours here.
Brunch at the W
Three Blue Ducks is now sending off the weekend with bottomless brunch every Sunday from 11am to 2pm. Choose from a seafood-focussed menu designed by chef Andy Allen, which features Moreton Bay Bugs with fermented chilli and lemon; raw kingfish with chilli ginger dressing; freshly shucked oysters; and grilled local prawns with pickled seaweed alongside more classic brunch dishes like harissa scrambled eggs with grilled chorizo, pickles and red onion. A $90 ticket will get you your meal and access to the W Brisbane’s Wet Deck for a post-brunch swim – or add on a two-hour drinks package for $36 more. Head here to book.
Milton Common is celebrating Oktoberfest this year with a weekend of German-inspired specials. The team at Common Ground Brewing (the venue’s house brewery) have gotten into the spirit of it with a limited edition Marzen (a German lager), which will be available in half steins on October 16 and 17. The kitchen will be dishing up German sausages and jumbo schnitzels with mashed potato and sauerkraut so bring an appetite and your best Oktoberfest outfit. To secure a table, drop a line to the team at email@example.com.
City Winery’s most popular drop (the rosé) is getting a summer treatment from now on every Sunday at the winery. The Gerler frosé slushie is available from 2pm with a pop-up oyster shucking station and a ceviche station run by the City Winery chefs. The Sunday session is of course, backed by live music and DJs; local saxophonist Ryan Livings was the musician of choice to kick off the vibes at the first Sunday a couple of weeks ago. Already proving popular, you’ll want to secure your spot ahead of time here.
Beer imitates art
Newstead Brewing Co. and QAGOMA – alongside local Brisbane artist Stephen Mok – have teamed up to release their second Art Series beer. The limited-edition Sunshine Sour was inspired by Mok’s colourful and eye-catching work, which is printed on the can. It’s a brew that holds a bright citrus flavour, a hint of passionfruit and a clean finish – and it’s available at both Newstead Brewing Co. locations as well as independent and national bottle shops.
World Pasta Day is on Monday October 25 and Salt Meats Cheese is celebrating with an all-you-can-eat feast. For $25 – which is usually the cost of one bowl of pasta – plus a drink, indulge in bowl after bowl of the restaurant’s signature pastas: lamb pappardelle, crab linguine, carbonara rigatoni and a vegan zucchini and pesto tagliolini. Try them all or stick to your favourites – and book ahead to avoid disappointment.