Off Course: Brisbane

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Brisbane long ago shook off its reputation as a city heavily populated by noisy beer-barns. So after a day at Doomben or Eagle Farm (opening in May this year), there are options aplenty for continuing the fun in style.

Treat yourself to tapas

Gerard’s Bar in New Farm may be the little brother to the lauded Gerard’s Bistro but the bloodlines mean you’ll find some seriously good Spanish tapas backed by a solid, wide-ranging drinks menu and polished service.

Oysters and wine, what more could you want?

The Cru Bar + Cellar is a sleek wine bar with a relaxed but sophisticated vibe. Boasting a coravin wine system, you can enjoy a tipple from perfectly cellared top-end drops with share plates and briny Coffin Bay oysters.

Award-winner (and they have whiskey, too)

Set in a 19th century sandstone building in the CBD, The Gresham, 2016 Australian Gourmet Bar of the Year, meanwhile does brilliant cocktails and an eye-watering array of whiskeys in a relaxed room. There are also daily changing lists of craft and tap beer.

Something a little more causal

Across the River, the Tipplers Tap whets the whistle of beer lovers on Southbank’s buzzy shores. And if you’re not keen on going to the city, Byblos at Portside is just a few blocks from the racecourse and serves up a filling Lebanese menu with views across the water.

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