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48hrs in Brisbane
brisbane insider
Friday 5pm
There’s no doubt that Brisbane has been
a breeding ground for some of the most
influential bands and artists in Australia’s music
history – The Saints, The Go Betweens and
Powderfinger among them. And there is plenty
of new talent emerging, from Kate Miller-
Heidke to Ball Park Music. So you never know
when – or where – you’re going to hear the
next big thing in this town, and it just might
be at Friday Nights on the Green (Post Office
Square, in the heart of the city). By 5pm on
Friday just about every office in town has called
time on the working week and this is when,
and where, the real weekend begins. For the
program see
Friday 6.30pm
Super Whatnot (48 Burnett Lane, city)
is one
of the small bars that is helping drive a growing
taste for craft beers (from a growing number of
local boutique brewers, see our story on page 31),
tucked away in one of the city’s laneways. Super
Whatnot is small so you might struggle for a spot
in this vibrant little nook but a glass of Stone &
Wood’s award-winning Pacific Ale or The Hills
cider is worth the trip. Food is an accompaniment
It’s easy to miss some of the gems in your own backyard if you don’t
put your mind to trying something new…
rather than a meal here but the 12-hour braised
beef burritos or the prawn skewers with mango
chutney are sufficient to stand you in good stead
for the night ahead.
Open Friday from noon, Saturday and Sunday
from 3pm until late. See
Friday 8pm
Latin Friday Nights are an institution in
Reddacliff Place (aka Brisbane Square) near
Treasury Hotel & Casino (6 Queen Street,
city). It is one of the city’s favourite free events,
attracting as many as 300 people to the salsa
rhythms filtering across the square. Passionate
salsa afficionado Glen Higgs (who owns Café
Citrus at Bulimba) leads a free half-hour class for
beginners from 8pm while DJ Rafael Agudelo
spins the tunes, and social dancing continues
until 11pm. It’s on every Friday night, all year,
unless it’s raining. But hey, this is Brisbane.
What are the chances! A great way to loosen up
after the working week. Just turn up. Free event,
from 8pm to 11pm. No partner required.
Saturday 8am
Clear your head and absorb a little culture at
the same time with a dip in the pool at Spring
Hill Baths (14 Torrington Street, Spring Hill)
– Brisbane’s first in-ground pool, built in 1886.
The heritage listed 25-metre public pool has
retained some of its old world charm in the
colourful classic changing cubicles while adding
some mod cons like heating, an espresso machine
and kiosk, swimming lessons and aqua aerobics.
Open 8am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
Entry $5 adults. Call 1300 733 053.
Saturday 10am
SisCo (500 Boundary Street, Spring Hill
earned high praise from customers who rave
about the food but, best of all, like the way staff
greet them with a smile and treat them like a
regular, even from their first visit. A cute and
cosy hole in the wall just around the corner from
From left: The South Side Diner is an American-themed milk bar in South Brisbane; Sixes and
Sevens is a new “local” drinking hole at New Farm; and science fiction is brought into the real world
at an interactive exhibition at the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, South Bank.
Spring Hill Baths
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