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    The Entertainment Centre Boondall: Dolly at Boondall

    by wise23girl Updated Feb 24, 2014

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    In Brisbane , Queensland, Australia you will find the BIG stars usually entertain at the Entertainment Centre (Sports centre too). We went last week to see and hear Dolly Parton.

    First check out it is the Entertainment Centre you want.... right out in the sticks at Boondall and not in the Brisbane CBD at the Convention Centre....a long long way from each other. and folk do get confused.

    Now getting to Boondall from anywhere is a do you arrange transport and avoid the massive parking area (2014 @ $12.50) and the long long horrific traffic queue at the end of the performance?
    Not easy.....maybe you will be the guest of Treasury Casino and you will be carried in style in a stretch limo...yes! That happened to me....once!
    Maybe you need a taxi....long way in a taxi unless you stay in a nearby motel at Aspley /Chermside...but still the meter ticks over as you wait to exit....and the same applies to some extent if your arrival is have to queue for your parking spot even in your own car.
    Oh you do not choose either you are directed...and be sure to get your bearings..

    There is a train station...Boondall actually...a train from the Brisbane CBD...and if you are driving a car parking spot ( I am told) is sometimes available at the station and saves you the massive parking experience in the centre itself.
    But wait if you come by train sometimes the trains do not coordinate with the show...oh boy!

    Now there is food at the Centre...heaps of greasy spoon stuff...We were fortunate in that I had sussed out The Stars Restaurant .... our experience was good...
    So we arrived early....had an early dinner booking at The Stars and enjoyed a pleasant meal while waiting for the show. Not a la carte of course but some approptiate choices.

    And for goodness sake buy your souvenirs on arrival and time your toilet run....half time well "there is only the quick and the dead' for ladies anyway.
    Which seats to choose?...Well we had 3 choices...we were in the middle price bracket...a long way from the stage....the photo is taken from our spot in the gallery
    "You pays your money and you takes your pick"

    Dress Code: Well I am sad to say there is not much glamour these days...Seems one only has to be decent...but please do not wear your work boots or thongs.

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  • The Indie Temple: Rock N Roll

    by indie Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Indie Temple is an excellent Brisbane rock venue. It has free entry, inexpensive drinks, and great live music non-stop from 7pm til late, Wednesday to Sunday.
    There is an electric stage and an acoustic stage, playing in turns.

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  • The Indie Temple: Rock N Roll

    by indie Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Indie Temple is an excellent Brisbane rock venue. It has free entry, inexpensive drinks, and great live music non-stop from 7pm til late, Wednesday to Sunday.
    There is an electric stage and an acoustic stage, playing in turns.

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    Cloudland - Fortitude Valley: Go during the day

    by em_76 Written Jul 7, 2009

    Cloudland, Brisbane's newest hip nightspot, is a fantastic place to go if you are looking for something a bit different.
    My first big tip is, go during the day. The place opens at 11am. Night time can be crowded and the proprietors can get very picky in relation to dress standard.
    I recently went for an afternoon session with friends on a Saturday and we had a great time. The atmosphere was relaxing, with a waterfall near the entrance and an abundance of plant life, the place was serene and it felt like we were having a few drinks in the middle of a rainforest.
    There was plenty of room to move about which would not have happened if we had turned up at night.
    Opulence comes to mind when I think of Cloudland, millions of dollars went into the construction of this place, even the bathrooms blew me away.
    As far as eating is concerned, my friends and I ate from the bar menu, which was very reasonable. The restaurant menu, I can't comment on as didn't eat from the menu.
    The staff were helpful and friendly too.
    The only downside is the drinks are a little bit too pricey. Expect to pay around $18-$20 for cocktails.
    Well worth a visit.

    Dress Code: During the day, I saw guys in jeans and t-shirts. I saw one girl dressed very casually with jeans and a hoodie on. Daytime dress standards are relaxed. At night though it is a completely different story, dress up!

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  • Mick 'O' Malleys: Relax, you're in Brisbane!

    by cyclops25503 Written Apr 18, 2008

    I went in at about 11 pm last night, left at 2 am, after having a night that I didn't want to end. Its a great place - they often have live bands there, which are good, and the staff and other people there are all very friendly, and willing to have a chat. Great place to either sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday, or get up and dance (and maybe get lucky in the process ;))

    Dress Code: Long pants, closed shoes, neat casual basically

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    The Powerhouse: Chill out at the Powerhouse

    by Colzy Written Aug 9, 2007

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    The Powerhouse is such a great chill out venue. Situated on the river in New Farm, at the bottom of New Farm Park, it takes its name from the old powerhouse situated here. The design of the building incorporates many of the features from the original building which gives it a kind of unique and interesting look.

    There are restaurants here as well as a few different bars to hang out in. They quite often have free live music and comedy acts which is fun. There are often travelling exhibits featured here as well which can be quite interesting.

    There are also awesome views of the river as well as being really close to the Valley with lots of other cool night spots.

    Dress Code: Fairly casual

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    Brunswick Street: Drinking side of town

    by Travel2write Written Jun 25, 2007

    I happened to go to Brunswick mall looking for the Sunday afternoon market. The smell of stale beer and the night before still lingered in the air. Not a great place to shop, unless you need incense, pipes and 70's memorabilia. I wasn't there at night, however if peep shows and girlie Bars are your thing, the Brunswick street area is where you want to go. You get a backpacker laid back kind of crowd here.

    The mall area has several pubs that serve food as well as close proximity (1 block) from China town. Sailors sometimes get bad reputations as always getting into trouble. However, I think if you’re going to find trouble in Brisbane, the Brunswick street area at night would be the place it would happen.

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    Irish Murphy's: Irish folk to Rock and Roll

    by Travel2write Updated Jun 25, 2007

    Irish Murphy's offers a traditional feel of an Irish pub and the music of local artists. They have different music six nights a week from Thursday to Tuesday.

    If you staying in the Centre City area, this is a casual place to hang out and drink a few pints. They have a wide variety of brews and some decent pub meals as well.

    Nice feel in a safe area.

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    The Troubadour: Live rock music

    by cybergenic Written Mar 6, 2007

    Cool little venue to see some good live rock and acoustic performances of mainly local acts.
    Smoke Free

    Sunday: 8pm-3am
    Monday: Closed all day
    Tuesday: 8pm-3am
    Wednesday: 8pm-3am
    Thursday: 8pm-3am
    Friday: 8pm-3am
    Saturday: 8pm-3am

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Rocafellas: the dodgy end of town

    by kranstonakov Written Dec 20, 2006

    If your anything like me, sometimes its nice to sit a dodgy, stinking, rough club, its where i feel at home. If you fancy a bit of rough, check this place out, its up next to the train station and attracts the seedier side of the Brisbane population. we were sent here to collect our 'supply' for the weekend. Please do not be ofended by some content of my travel tips, its just i feel it will be beneficial to people similar to myself, please dont get a bad impression of me!

    Dress Code: Look Hard,

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    Fortitude Valley's many clubs: Fortitude Valley Nightlife

    by Jez79 Updated Mar 8, 2006

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    The Valley has a variey of clubs and pubs, which tend to be a different scene to the city clubs. The Valley is home to the more alternative style (for want of a better term), with sneakers, t-shirts and cool hair a more common occurence than the collared shirt and dress shoes requirement of the city clubs. If you're into the big dance clube scene, Family or The Beat are good options, or the Moon bar if they have a DJ playing. The Press Club, The Empire (or Moon Bar), Ric's, GPO, Dooley's and the Elephant and Wheelbarrow are some of the places you can check out if you prefer to sit around with your mates. There is often touring bands playing at the Arena, The Zoo, The Tivoli, Waterloo or The Rev. Some of the other clubs showcase some great local acts. Clubs vary dramatically for week to week, depending what's on, so it may be worth checking out a few. The advantage of the Valley clubs is that if you don't like one, it's a short walk to another!

    Dress Code: Trendy casual. No dress shoes or bad taste (eg hawaiian) shirts. Suit are not uncommon. GPO is fairly formal. One of my mates was refused entry into one club because he was wearing Doc Martins and not skatie shoes (this is rare). I've also heard of people being refused entry for being too dressed up or conservative, but with places like GPO and the Press Club, this shouldn't be a drama either. This is becoming a growing problem as door staff get to decide the tone of the club by selecting who is cool enough to come in. The best advice is to suss it out as you go.

    There is a huge variety of people in the Valley, and the area is moving towards a trendy inner city suburb. This means the whole face of the valley is changing, but I think the clubs will always be home to the less mainstream crowd who prefer techno or a live band to Brittany Spears or Beyonce.

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  • Wickham Street and the Valley: Wickham Street and the Valley

    by mke1963 Written Feb 25, 2005

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    Just to the north of the city centre, is a small area of Chinatown which is also a great area of nightclubs, bars, restaurants (not just Chinese) and cafes. It's small and doesn't really feel very Chinese, but it is packed at the weekends, and felt a very friendly place to be.
    Everyone was eating out on the pavement, the doors were all open and it was just a 'happening' place to be.
    Try this area during Chinese New Year or the Lantern Festival to get extra activities and fun.

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  • Lyric Theatre: A Night for Culture

    by grantravel Written Feb 8, 2005

    I have been to the Lyric Theatre many times over the years, and have seen all the big shows there.

    There is always something playing, so just check the website or phone the theatre to see what is on. Tickets can be purchased by phone, online, mail, fax or in person at QPAC.

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  • The Valley !

    by grantravel Updated Feb 7, 2005

    Most of Brisbanes live music venues and popular nightclubs are in the Fortitude Valley. It has plenty of great clubs and restaurants to choose from, along Ann and Brunswick Streets you'll find DJs and live bands for all alternative musical tastes. This area also boasts all hours bars, coffee shops and restaurants.

    With the advent of local talent recognition in the form of Powderfinger and Regurgitator the city has been strongly established on the pop-culture map of Australia. The place is pumping on Friday and Saturday nights with quality live entertainment, whilst Sundays offer a nice chilled atmosphere before the arrival of Monday.

    Brisbane's best live music venues are Arena, The Zoo, Ric's Bar & The Troubadour. The best dance club with live DJ's is the Family Nightclub.

    Dress Code: Depends on the club, but most dance nightclubs in Brisbane are very strict with clothing and shoes, so dress to impress. But most of the live music venues are not strict at all, just dress neat.

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  • The Island: Wild party cruise

    by rhino25 Written Jun 4, 2004

    Had a mates birthday on there was an awsome night with good value the steaks were awsome and its unlimited drinks food and $1 spirits, was a great kickstart to the night!!!

    Dress Code: Just wore what i was wearing out after and none of us had any dramas.

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