Classic Spanish flavours, art and culture, have to be a foodies delight. Here are a couple of ways you can enjoy Spanish cultured experiences around Brisbane. We can either DANCE Spanish or EAT Spanish - so let's look at some places where we can do that.
However firstly, before moving on to have a look at this may I mention for serious high class foodies there is a ball happening on November 4th to coincide with the Queensland Art Gallery's 'Portrait of Spain' Exhibition.
Tickets are available from $200 or $1,850 for a table of 10 to enjoy an evening celebrating Spanish culture and experiencing the soul and heart of Spanish music, food, wine and art". Check in here to find information on this ball, but, you'll have to be quick.
And now, for the rest of us foodies, here are the other ways we can indulge 'Spanish Style'.
DANCE SPANISH Rio Rhythmics, Boundary Street, West End. Foundation Latin and Cuban Salsa are just two styles of Latin American (Spanish influenced) classes that are run regularly. Rio Rhythmics has been around for a long time, opening in 1994. If you spend some time navigating around their website you will see that you can even take a 'big step forward' and go on tour to South America, to celebrate and experience this culture live and on location!
Smooth Latin Groove, Ipswich Road - Annerley Salsa, Tango and more. Enrol for a 7 week term for maximum benefit. Occasionally they have social dance days and these are advertised as they happen. Check their website before taking your next step.
ENJOY being ENTERTAINED with Spanish influenced styles of dancing held at the Sofitel in Brisbane each Friday from 4pm - 7pm in the Curvee Lounge. Currently the dance style is Jazz and Bossa, which has a Brazilian flavour. (similar to Spanish since the origins are from Latin America).
The styles of dancing may change periodically, since it has just changed from the Flamenco Dance to the current Jazz and Bossa style. While soaking up the atmosphere, enjoy a platter of cheeses, olives or foods from their sophisticated menu.
EAT SPANISH Pintxo Spanish Bar- 2011 Winner of City New Business Achiever Award, 561 Brunswick Street, New Farm. Enjoy a glass of Sangria and some Spanish Tapas at this place, located across the road from the Judith Wright Contemporary Art Centre. Arrange to attend a show there afterwards for a complete night out.
Check out their restaurant offers via their weblink.
Spanish Tapas Bar– 455 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley.
Ortiga - 446 Brunswick Street,Fortitude Valley.
In 2010, the doors to Ortiga opened to offer a street level Tapas Bar and a stylish ground floor dining room. For anyone familiar with this location, this used to be the home of the ISIS Brasserie. (now closed)
Peasant – Barracks, Shop 4, 61 Petrie Terrace.
Winner of the Qld Restaurant of the year in 2011.
Offering sophisticated Spanish Cuisine with Sangria and Sounds on Sundays. For more information best to call as information on their website is limited.