Whether it’s a romance, bromance or something in between, nights out don’t come much easier than the classic dinner and a movie combo. Is there any better way to spend a Friday night (or Tuesday if you’re on a budget) than a feed and a flick?
Usually where there’s cinemas, there’s also bunch of eating options close by. These are our picks of where to go…
La Quinta - Bulimba
Shop 1/189 Oxford Street, Bulimba QLD 4171
Good Mexican restaurants are few and far between in Brissy, and what better way to spend your time after demolishing some burritos, tacos or enchiladas than to sink back into a seat in the cinemas? La Quinta is one of our favourite spots on the busy stretch of Oxford Street in Bulimba. They have a variety of authentic Mexican street food share plates on offer for large groups, along with your traditional dishes. They adequately accommodate for vegetarians and children, but make sure you book! These guys get pretty damn busy, especially on a Friday/Saturday night. An extra bonus with this combo is the Cineplex (located opposite) is well-known for its cheap movie tickets. Woop Woop!
St Baxter - New Farm
693 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005
Sticking with the Mexican theme (kind of), this Californian restaurant boasts a selection of traditional Cali dishes with a Southern twist. One thing you’re guaranteed when you visit St Baxter is a whole lot of flavour. Their Chorizo con Papas is a must order from the street food selections, while the Roast Suckling Pig served in iceberg cups is outstanding. If you’ve already eaten, but are looking for something to satisfy the sweet tooth after a movie, the Dulce de Leche Icecream Sandwich will not disappoint! The New Farm cinemas is just around the corner, and these guys are open all nights of the week bar Mondays.
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Kinn - Upper Mt Gravatt
679 Kessels Rd, Upper Mt Gravatt QLD 4122
Who would have thought one of our favourite local Thai restaurants would be housed within the Piazza of Garden City? To put it simply, ‘Kinn’ means ‘eat’ in Thai, and you’ll find it hard to stop after your first bite here! While the food at Kinn will more than crunch your hunger, it’s the atmosphere of the restaurant that we really like. Its big and open layout is perfect for large groups, and the movies are literally a 20 metre stroll across. Our pick of the dishes would be the Chilli Jam Soft Shell Crabs, while their traditional Pad Thai is also a crowd pleaser.
Pho Hung - Sunnybank
Shop 39, Market Square, 319 Mains Road, Sunnybank
If you’re keen for Asian but don’t want to pay the couple of dollars to park at Garden City, head up the road to Market Square for some of the best Pho in Brisbane! We love Pho Hung for their fresh ingredients and extensive menu. This is a place we would recommend for a date, or double date, but any more than four people and you may find it hard to squeeze everyone together at the one table. Sunnybank Cinemas are a brief walk adjacent to Market Square, but recent renovations to the venue make it one of the best places to catch a film in Brisbane. Fully reclinable seats for around $15 a ticket? Yes please!
Ole - Southbank
B12 Little Stanley St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
There’s a handful of restaurants we would recommend in Southbank, Ole being the pick of the bunch. I mean, who doesn’t love Tapas? We certainly do, and if there’s a group of you heading to Cineplex in Southbank to watch that movie you’ve been hanging out to see, do yourself a favour and book dinner here. If you’re like Sam Kekovich and love your lamb, you have to try the slow cooked lamb shoulder.
Haveli Indian - Victoria Point
7/15 Bunker Rd, Victoria Point QLD 4165
Baysiders – we can’t forget about you! If you’re up for a bit of Indian before/after a movie, Haveli is THE best on the bay! Located in close proximity to Victoria Point Cinemas, this place conjures up some seriously tasty curries with endless vego options. Their Tandoori Chicken is a personal favourite, and their Vegetable Madras is another solid selection. If you’re on a budget or just wanting to crash at home after a busy week at work, this is the ideal pairing with a DVD and beanbag!