Brisbane is preparing to show off its exciting new food and drink venues for a super sporting weekend in May.

Brisbane is preparing to show off its exciting new food and drink venues when the NRL Magic Round returns in May.

Thousands of interstate travellers are expected in Brisbane for the super sporting weekend.

It’s only the second time NRL Magic Round has been held after last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

NRL Magic Round 2021 will be held at Suncorp Stadium from Friday, May 14 to Sunday, May 16.

Ticketing is available now through the NRL Magic Round ticket page and includes three-day, single day and travel and hospitality packages.

All 16 teams featuring the league’s biggest names and best players will be in one place for three days of action-packed excitement.

NRL Magic Round 2021 draw:

Friday, May 14: Wests Tigers v Newcastle Knights (6pm), Manly Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos (8.05pm)

Saturday, May 15: Canterbury Bulldogs v Canberra Raiders (3pm), Cronulla Sharks v Souths Sydney Rabbitohs (5.30pm), Sydney Roosters, North Queensland Cowboys (7.45pm)

Sunday, May 16: NZ Warriors v Parramatta Eels (1.50pm), Melbourne Storm v St George Illawarra Dragons (4.05pm), Gold Coats Titans v Penrith Panthers (6.25pm)

This year’s theme will be about bringing everyone together for one magical weekend in Brisbane.

And the city is ready to show off a host of new bars, cafes and restaurants that capture the special spirit of the River City.

Here’s a selection to check out when you’re in town.

Coppa Spuntino, Brisbane City

The love affair between Brisbane and Italy continues with the much-awaited opening of COPPA at Eagle Street Pier. COPPA brings Italian flavours and flair to the table with indoor and alfresco spaces available when it opens in mid January.

Will & Flow, Brisbane City

Treasury Brisbane has launched its newest venture – Will & Flow at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. The overwater bar and eatery is the first venue outside the heritage Treasury buildings and promises a new experience in the city.

Felons Barrel Hall, Howard Smith Wharves

Felons Brewing Co has expanded, the new Felons Barrel Hall is a Brisbane take on the German beer hall experience with fresh beer, a modern menu and live music.

City Winery, Brisbane City & Fortitude Valley

A winery in the city? We’re sold! City Winery is bringing wine making to the heart of Fortitude Valley and has opened a space that houses not only Gerler’s wine barrels and bar but also a restaurant and private dining area.

Joey’s, Kangaroo Point

Joey’s is your answer to sippin’ spritzes cliffside this summer. Perched on the Kangaroo Point cliffs, the European Summer inspired décor, iconic city skyline views and a Mediterranean food and drinks menu to match make Joey’s the perfect spot for a Sunday sunset soirée.

Bisou Bisou, Fortitude Valley

Craving caviar for breakfast? No worries. Brisbane’s newest French brasserie and aperitivo bar awaits you in Fortitude Valley, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner plus lobby snacks (it’s conveniently located under Hotel X on Brunswick Street).

Naga Thai, Brisbane City

With the sweet-sour-salty-savoury hallmarks of Thai cuisine, head chef Suwisa Phoonsang brings a regional restaurant menu with bold flair to Eagle Street Pier. Enjoy views of the Brisbane River with delicious dishes and cocktails amid vibrant design by Anna Spiro.

Southside, South Brisbane

Fish Lane has welcomed a very stylish addition to its mix with the arrival of Southside. Situated under the train line, Southside serves up quality East Asian dishes from its industrial and pared back restaurant. Dim sum, share plates, noodles and banquets are all on offer here.

La Costa, Fortitude Valley

Indulge in Italian delights at the Valley’s new La Costa restaurant. Offering restaurant and bar dining, you’ll feel the laid back atmosphere of a coastal Italian city town smack bang in the middle of Brisbane. Seeking antipasti? Done. Craving a pizza? Sorted. Want mouth-watering pasta dishes? All yours.

Eterna, Fortitude Valley

Indulge, explore and delight in dishes that draw from the history of Rome’s Testaccio Market at Eterna. Touting classic Roman cuisine, you’ll find a simple line up of pasta, antipasti and share plates for the evening meal, plus wines and cocktails to match (of course). There’s a vegan menu on offer here, too.

Boom Boom Room Izakaya, Brisbane City

Newly opened Boom Boom Room Izakaya is a reimagined Japanese-style restaurant and bar that takes over from the Boom Boom Room cocktail bar under Donna Chang’s. There’s plenty of Japanese-inspired eats to share and stunning cocktails still on offer.

Ping Pong, Newstead

The restaurateurs behind Morning After and Yolk can do no wrong as far as we’re concerned, and new addition Ping Pong is no exception. Head along to enjoy Thai street eats and killer cocktail slushies served alongside mood-altering light installations and a secret oasis in Newstead’s Gasworks precinct.

La Patrona, Teneriffe

This venue serves traditional style Mexican food from the Bajio region which is known for it’s slow-cooked flavoursome dishes, soups and spice-filled marinades. We recommend the Gorditas (corn pockets filled with smokey Chile ancho shredded brisket), Alitas de Pollo (chicken wings in a strawberry chipotle glaze sauce and the Tostaditas de Pulpo a la Sinaloa (grilled octopus with citrus pico de gallo).

Agnes, Fortitude Valley

In a beautiful old brick warehouse, tucked away in the Fortitude Valley, you’ll find the now launched wood-fired cooking delights of Agnes. Formerly a pop-up bakery adored by Brisbane locals, this beauty is back in its final incarnation. The ethos, cooking stripped back to its primordial elements, food cooked over a flame and flavoured with a variety of different woods and prepared in exciting ways. From the brilliant minds of sAme sAme and Honto, Agnes is sure to set your heart ablaze.

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