Brisbane has really come into its own and gives other cities a real shake in the "best of" stakes.
Restaurant Two won the best modern Australian restaurant award in 2002. This casual, chic restaurant is in a 100-year-old building opposite the Botanical Gardens and is Brisbane's first restaurant to be awarded three red stars from Australian Gourmet Traveller.
Co-owner Michael Conrad is a man with savoir faire and that, combined with business partner David Pugh's unique cooking style, has put Two in the top dozen dining rooms of Australia.
Hotel Conrad is Australia's finest example of Edwardian Baroque architecture. Its wonderful sandstone walls are a century old and were brought back to life during refurbishment. The 97-room boutique style property is in the heart of Brisbane. No two rooms are the same; there are high ceilings and rooms feature extra large bathrooms.
A favourite room for meetings and lunches is the former cabinet room which has been restored to its original condition. The Gallery Bar is now a modern restaurant and bar with the beautifully carved shipping counter from Brisbane's Naldham House. The Government's former document vaults became the perfect wine cellar and house one of Queensland's best collections, including Grange Hermitage. The casino and hotel run around the clock and it takes 2000 staff to keep everything going smoothly.
Hotel Conrad offers views of Queens Park and Brisbane River and, like Restaurant Two, is the recipient of many city, state and national awards.
Family Nightclub in Fortitude Valley is not just a club it's an entertainment extravaganza. It is on four levels, plays three styles of music and national and international DJs play for up to 2000 partygoers.
Level one is the best place to dance and 1000 people at a time can do that. Level two is a mezzanine of lounges and has a members bar where people sit and chat and watch other people. Level three is a VIP room and level four has a frozen bar, spaceship-like dance pod and a non-smoking bar.
There are a number of themed booths such as Indian, Mongolian and Chinese and a "royal" balcony similar to the legendary balcony in The Muppet Show.
So, if you ever thought Brisbane wasn't quite "with it", think otherwise! It has loads to offer.
Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland.
Restaurant Two luncheons start at $38 and they are open from Monday to Friday, with dinner served from Monday to Saturday.
Hotel Conrad rooms start at $215 a double a night.
Family Nightclub entry starts at $8 after 10pm. They open from Friday to Sunday from 9pm to 5am.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
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