Iglu Students Sydney and Brisbane

Brisbane by night

Settling in to your new student world can be a daunting task. Working out how to operate the washing machine can take hours off your life, let alone locating a supermarket.

Fortunately, all these teething issues can easily be resolved, but what you will need PDQ is a snapshot idea of what’s going on around you so the fun can really begin when the books are put away. Shared experiences are the perfect way to cement those newfound friendships, so grab your mates and get involved in some of these fun activities just waiting to be tried out.

No wholes barred

Students love going out, right? Well, as luck would have it, you’ve chosen the perfect place to see out your studies. Brisbane’s bar culture has been gaining momentum over the years so that it no longer looks towards its southern sister states for comparison. This news was officially acknowledged when our very own The Gresham topped the podium as Bar of the Year, 2015 as nominated by Australian Bartender Magazine Awards. This ex-bank chamber is unmissable for its unrivalled drinks list, as well as for preserving the historical ambience of transactions past. Cashing in until 3am, you won’t be disappointed.

But don’t leave us there… The Cobbler in the West End is another great haunt to check-out. It’s drinks only here, but in an unexpected twist you can BYO your own food! Stay on in the West End for BOSC – the Bar of Social Conscience where 20% of all profits go to charity. There’s no better way to feel good when you’re supping on a cocktail whilst waiting for your turn on the giant jenga… For something entirely different, head on over – or should I say under – to The Farrier Bar and Supperclub in Fortitude Valley, an old underground stables complete with original sandstone walls and cowhide stools. Serving up pan-asian food until 2am complete with craft beers, cocktails and boutique wines, it’s your subterranean heaven.

The best part about student living is that every night’s a Saturday night – why limit yourself to the weekend when you and your mates can take advantage of some awesome midweek deals flying around? Check out The Sling Lounge on a Monday night for the $10 cocktails, or The Royal Exchange Hotel in Toowong (right next to the station) for $4 spirits. If you don’t mind sweating it out with the backpackers, The Downunder Bar – or The Dundy as the locals call it – lets it all hang out on a Tuesday night with free drinks and entertainment galore. Not for the fainthearted…

Check out some tunes

But we know it’s not all about the beers; Brizzy has so much more on offer. City Sounds is a unique live music incentive that operates across nine inner-city locations including Queen Street Mall, Post Office Square and South Bank. From jazz and folk to electro and indie there are sounds for all tastes – and best of all, completely free. Check out the gig guide for details. Head on over to Bar Soma in Fortitude Valley for more live music and listen to some tunes while you pick up a pizza and a beer for $10 every Wednesday and Thursday night, also available on Fridays between 5-8pm. Supporting local talent at the more indie end of the scale is The Beetle Bar, and if you’re after a Moroccan-themed music venue look no further than the Alhambra Lounge hosting DJs as well as indie acts. For the father of all live music venues, the crown surely has to go to Max Watt’s in the West End, where in the next few months alone you can let loose to The Biscuit Factory, Ocean Colour Scene, and The Charlatans. Tickets now available.

Get out and about

If you feel like stretching your legs after a day of studies, be sure to check out the Craft Beer Walking Tour, a perfect way to ease into the evening ahead. For just $69 per person, discover the impact of the beer industry upon the city as well as learning about the brewing process – and of course, handle a few samples along the way. Alternatively try out the West End Food Night Safari designed to introduce you to those restaurants hidden from sight, exploring diverse eateries and meeting passionate culinary creators – all on your local doorstep. The artful amongst you will jump at a 3-hour night-photography course also incorporating a walking tour of Brisbane, and if that really gets the creative juices flowing, you can always slip off at the end into The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts where you’ll find an eclectic blend of theatre, music, dance and circus perched alongside modern art exhibitions.

It looks like the supermarket and the washing machine will just have to wait.

By Jael Livingston 

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