West End with its eclectic mix of cafes and restaurants, bars and nightlife, live music, street art and quirky shops is a dream for the culture vultures among you.
Here’s a look at 10 cultural things to do in West End:
1. GET YOUR GREEK ON
West End has a strong Greek culture evidenced in their many restaurants, Greek Orthodox Church and the annual Panyiri Festival. Greek food is delicious, so stop by The Greek Club, Lefkas, Little Greek Taverna, Kafe Meze or Ouzurifor a feast.
2. TASTE SOME LOCAL BREWS
Taste some of the craft beers at one of West End’s two microbreweries, both located on Boundary St. Both Catchment Brewing Co or Brisbane Brewing Co will sort you out with a beer and a feed.
3. BREKKIE OR BRUNCH – IT’S YOUR CHOICE
West End’s cafe scene is thriving with good old favourites, The Gunshop Café and The Burrow, and some newbies such as Morning After, Billykart and Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen.
4. CHECK OUT THE STREET ART
Wander through West End’s alleyways and venues that are filled with inspiring street art.
5. BECOME A BOOKWORM
Do a bookshop crawl through West End and check out Avid Reader a must-stop, Where The Wild Things for kids’ book, up the road, Bent Books for second-hand novels. Drop by Junky Comics for new and old comic books.
6. FIRE TWIRL BY THE FULL MOON
Head down to Orleigh Park every full moon for the West End Fire Festival for an evening of fire spinning and twirling and drum beating.
7. DISCOVER YOUR INNER ARTIST
Learn how to paint in a relaxed, social setting at Cork & Chroma studio, giving the basic techniques of painting with acrylics on canvas to create your very own masterpiece.
8. TRAWL THE MARKETS
You never know what you’ll discover at some of West End’s markets. Davies Park Market is held every Saturday from 6am – 2pm at Davies Park, West End, featuring music with fresh produce and healthy fast food, fashion and gifts under a canopy of glorious giant fig trees. Or Every Friday and Saturday night explore the Boundary Street Markets take up residence behind the Rumpus Roomand in the rooftop car park of the Boundary Hotel. Pop by for a smorgasbord of cuisines.
9. FIND FUNKY FASHION
SWOP, Brisbane’s first clothing exchange,is located above the main street offering a range of clean, quality vintage and second-hand clothing at a reasonable cost. Or browse the selection of op shops where you might bag a bargain at Vinnies or Lifelife on Boundary St and dig for treasure at St Veronica Thrift Shop on Hardgrave Rd.
10. SAMPLE SOME WHISKY
A specialist whisky and cocktail bar in Browning St, Cobbler, has more than 400 different whisky types behind the bar. BYO food and sit down to learn more.