What’s new in Brisbane

The latest round-up of new and noteworthy restaurants, venues and attractions.

With an array of new venues, refreshed dining options and new experiences on offer, there’s more reasons than ever to pay a visit to Brisbane when restrictions ease.

Here are just a handful of the latest venue launches, re-openings and refurbishments:

BCEC reopens

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has reopened this month. BCEC has implemented a Site Specific COVID Safe Plan, which is integrated with VenueShield, a new environmental hygiene protocol developed by BCEC’s parent group, ASM Global and rolled out at ASM Global’s 325 venues worldwide.

Additionally, a newly developed BCEC Safe Event Guideline is assisting clients in planning their events and encompasses all the necessary health hygiene safeguards, food safety measures and social distancing required under the current opening conditions.

Adina Anzac Square’s million-dollar facelift

The 96-room Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square has thrown open its doors on a million-dollar-makeover, which has transformed the inner-city heritage gem into a sophisticated spot for CBD stays.

Each of the studio, one or two bedroom apartments boast a new kitchen fit-out, new furniture and fixtures and refreshed flooring.

Adina Anzac Square

BlackCard Cultural Walking Tours

Explore Brisbane with local Aboriginal tour guides and walk together in the footsteps of our ancestors through the heart of Meeanjin (Brisbane City).

Choose from a three-hour Aboriginal Art Walking Tour, a three-hour Riverside and Parklands Walking Tour, or a 90-minute Cultural precinct and Kurilpa Bridge Walking Tour.

Sofitel Brisbane Central reveals new event space

Sofitel Brisbane Central has unveiled its newly renovated event space, Lyon. Incorporating two distinct rooms, the pillarless, 240-square-metre space offers integrated audio visual displays at either end of the room and a retractable wall for added flexibility in this space.

Natural lighting fills Lyon through large windows that span from one side of the room to the other, while dynamic lighting and blackout blinds can easily transform the space. Other event spaces Concorde, Bastille, St Germain have been refurbished and elevated to align with the look and feel of Lyon.

Former MasterChef contestant opens venue

Former Masterchef Australia 2014 contestant, Emily Yeoh (aka Emily Loo) is serving up Asian-fusion dishes in a casual dining atmosphere at her newly opened Emily Yeoh Restaurant .

The restaurant will showcase street food from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong in the suburb of Paddington, Brisbane.

Emily Yeoh Restaurant

QPAC prepares to reopen

The reopening of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has been set for late August, with a waitlist for events and “reimagined” smaller events and spaces to ensure safe and unique experiences.

Eterna arrives in The Valley

The Valley is home to a brand new late-night Italian restaurant, Eterna. From the team who delivered Salt Meats Cheese, Eterna celebrates the food of Rome, dished up in a venue inspired by the energy of New York. Eterna is located in the heart of Brisbane’s premier entertainment precinct, Fortitude Valley, in the spot formerly occupied by Longtime.

New twilight cruises on offer

Join Mirimar Cruises as they sail you down the river to the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse on a 22-metre catamaran. Let your groups relax and unwind on this two-hour trip as they sip a complimentary cocktail and admire the beautiful cityscapes.

Step off the boat and enjoy drinks and canapes in an exclusive spot at the Brisbane Powerhouse then cruise on home as you pass through South Bank, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Riverside, Howard Smith Wharves and Dockside.

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