Mondays can be a drag: the weekend seems a world away and even if you do want to shake off the start-of-the-working-week blues, your choices for dining and drinking in Brisbane can be limited.
Many restaurants and bars are closed for “hospo” night – giving hospitality workers a night off from their duties.
But never fear, Monday-itis sufferers, there are options!
Why not turn Monday into a magic evening with a cocktail masterclass at The Emporium South Bank?
For just $75 per person, you and a friend can prop yourself up at the gorgeous, backlit marble counter at the hotel’s elegant Piano Bar – and learn how to mix 3 of The Emporium’s signature cocktails. (And, yes, you get to drink them too).
The experienced bartender will also give you plenty of tips for putting together your own delicious cocktails at home.
The cost of the masterclass includes a charcuterie board to share. And classes can happen for a minimum of two people (date night?) up to 15 people (a great way to kick off a night on the town).
If Monday doesn’t suit, the cocktail class is available 7 nights a week.
Ok, you’re all primed from the cocktail class – so what’s for dinner?
Spicers Balfour Kitchen in Brisbane’s New Farm offers a Bao and Bowls Monday night deal. For $49 per person, you get 3 amazing Asian-themed courses – including an extraordinary dessert. It’s also a BYO night so you can keep the finances tight by bringing your own favourite tipple.
Chef, Nick Stapleton, came up with the idea to give locals and Monday-night diners a relaxed alternative to staying home at the start of the working week. Plus it’s a chance for hospitality staff to have a great night out too.
If a change of scenery would help banish the Monday blues, why not take a virtual trip to Bella Italy?
At Gianni’s Kitchen in Newstead, buy a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and you can tuck into all you can eat pasta (hand-made on-site) or pizza (cooked in the authentic oven). The ambience is lively and fun – with photographic murals of typical Italian street scenes adorning the wall.
Here are some other suggestions for kicking the Monday blues to the kerb in Brisbane:-
Ariba! Get your chilli fix at this bright and lively licensed restaurant in Paddington. It’s open Monday nights from 5pm and offers a 2 for 1 deal. Check the Facebook page for more great weekly deals.
Another great 2-4-1 deal on Monday nights involves delicious pizzas at The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane. If you want to skip out for a cheeky Monday lunch, The Fox also has half price pizzas and burgers every day from midday to 2pm.
Want to splurge on a Monday night and set up the rest of the week in style? Blackbird Bar & Grill is open Monday through to Saturday until late, offering fabulous 180-degree river views and a lush, seasonally-inspired menu.
For a New York-style start to the working week, head to Red Hook – tucked away in a funky Brisbane laneway. Get a selection of awesome burgers for just $10 each on a Monday evening – as part of their “99 Problems, a Burger Ain’t One” deal, from 4pm every Monday.