A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published January 1st 2013
Try Something Different in Brisbane
What happens when you are playing tour guide to someone who has been to Brisbane many times but wants the thrill of trying "something weird & different?" This can be a bit difficult because what's strange to one person can be perfectly normal to another, especially if someone is well-travelled.
For people who want to claim to try something new in Brisbane, why not try these dining, theatre and bar experiences below:
This restaurant is perfectly normal if you are in bustling Tokyo, Japan but definitely different if you are in the middle of Brisbane. Once you enter the restaurant, you can pretend that you've just gotten off the plane and landed in a different country. Famous for their Harajuku Gyoza dumplings and beer, the waiting staff will happily greet you loudly upon entering the restaurant. If you order their popular shots, they will also merrily cheer you on, adding to the fun atmosphere. The restaurant is lined with colourful plates on the wall, depicting different scenes and the surroundings is dark, similar to Japanese izakayas in Japan.
The Regatta Hotel is included in Lonely Planet's Top 10 Weird Bars and Restaurants. Not because of its old historical building (140 years old) but due to it "loo with a view." For such a historical place, it has applied new technology in its interior, especially in the male toilets where customers can look out into a huge one-way mirror while getting down to business. It can be a bizarre experience especially if a passer-by looks in, seemingly straight at you and it takes a few big breaths before you realise that you can see them, but they can't see you.
Once a month, the Tribal Theatre has a cinema-screening gala for those who like things a little bit kooky and strange. The Tribal Theatre normally screens movies which have been turned down by the mainstream cinemas as well as smaller local made movies, so it doesn't balk at showcasing some of the world's strangest, outlandish, cult, surprising and frowned upon films. The venue is BYO and very historical; it used to be the most prominent art house cinema in Brisbane. Come and enjoy a great night with one of the last independent cinemas, owner operated and supporting the up-and-coming film industry.
2/94 Boundary Street West End (Brisbane) QLD 4101
The Lychee Lounge has weird and quirky barbie doll head chandeliers, delicious tapas and a large selection of cocktails. Sip a La Floridita Frozen Lychee Daiquiri which is a frappe style cocktail consisting of lime juice, havana especial, triple sec, and lychees while you watch the cool inner Brisbane set mingling and chilling out on the lounges. The trendy Oriental themed interior will amaze and leave you feeling comfortable all at the same time.
Nominated as one of Brisbane's most romantic restaurants, Garuva Restaurant has its own hidden tranquillity charm. The lighting is dim, and you sit on low tables with cushioned rugs on the floor. Don't worry about your back as there are supported back rests with plenty of privacy through sheer curtains surrounding each tables. You have to be in the know as there is not sign outside and most of their customers are return customers or through word of mouth. Take your pick from braised chicken wings in Chinese marinade, Thai Chilli Prawns, which are sautéed tiger prawns in a chunky tomato & chilli sauce and Japanese Salad, which consists of crisp lettuce hearts tossed with fresh fruit & nut segments, finished with an orange cream dressing.