The worst thing about going out in Brisvegas particularly the Valley or City, is the effort. Maybe it's just me, but although I love my girlfriends, I find it difficult to muster the effort to actually leave the house knowing what is ahead of me.
Don't get me wrong, as a female I enjoy the ritual of doing my hair, applying my makeup, picking out an outfit, then picking out another, then another, and finally you are happy with the end result.
Then at the last minute, you change back into the very first outfit, leaving all your clothes and shoes strewn across your bed.
Then you wait for the rest of your friends to get ready, you start thinking about the down sides of going out and the small fortune it's going to cost.
Booking a cab, waiting for the cab. Waiting in line for the ATM. Then waiting in line for the bar/club/pub. Waiting to get served at the bar. Then waiting for the bathroom. And finally, after a fun night with your friends (but also a night of waiting), you have to wait for a cab in a line of drunken people who are fighting with their partners, being sick, crying or doing a mixture of all three.
Thankfully my friends and I don't see the necessity of going to all that extra effort to spend time with each other. We're all about the company of the people, where there are yummy cocktails and a place to actually talk where you can be heard.
So this is a typical night out for the girls without all the fuss of waiting!
A good idea is to book a hotel room in the City or Southbank. If you split it between four or five of your friends, then that saves on cabs home! My fave website is www.booking.com or www.expedia.com – sign up for their email 'deal' alerts.
Stop 1: Dinner at Cafe Mondial on Albert Street. It's a really understated cafe that people just walk past without giving it a second glance. Check out my article on this place for a full run down.
It's cheap, friendly and the staff are friendly and helpful. I recommend the Linguine Al Ragu with a suggested glass of wine by the waiter or from your own selection (it's BYO). End the dinner with a slice of their New York Cheesecake – you can justify this by halving it with a friend!
Stop 2: Time for a cocktail and where else does some of Brisbane's best cocktails? Walk off that pasta and head up to The Villager on George Street in their Gastrobar downstairs.
Situated across from the Casino, The Villager is known for their classy cocktails, delicious food and great function rooms. Now it's getting a bit warmer, you can sit outside or by the window and sip on their delicious creations. The bar staff are very good at picking what cocktail suits you, so have a bit of fun with them. My suggestion is the Lychee & Blackcurrant Martini which is sweet, with just the right amount of bite to it.
Stop 3: Completely up to you – I've pointed you in the direction to be fed and liquored so far, so where you go next depends on what you feel like!
I usually don't mind a bit of a live band show or try my luck at one of the tables at the Casino. Also, I can't resist the daiquiris – fresh and sugar filled.
Head down Queen Street Mall and make a point to stop into Rush Bar in Post Office Square (depends on the night though) and try their delicious Upside Down Sauvignon Blanc or a Jam Jar Cocktail. Or if you walk further, you can head down to Riverside where you there are lovely views of the Story Bridge, cool tunes and a relaxed atmosphere.
Check out my other articles on where to go and what to do in Brisvegas!