It’s the season to kick-off your proverbial heels – or brogues – and cut loose. We’ve rounded up some excellent December activities, with nary a Christmas carol or cheesy festive film in sight.
For the cynics: Seinfeld Trivia Night
If you’re tiring of forced cheer by mid-month, pop down to the compact but brilliant Goodgod Small Club in the CBD for a dose of 90s cynicism. We recommend ordering a jug of the Midnight Man – its signature whiskey cocktail with aged bitters and dry ginger ale.
Wednesday 11th December from 8pm. More information here >
For the foodies: House of Crabs
The newly-opened House of Crabs, upstairs at The Norfolk, is a winning hybrid of popular Americana food and classic seafood restaurant. Take your other half for crab, blackbean and chorizo balls, washed down with a pineapple sour.
For Christmas Eve: Watson’s Bay Hotel
One of our favourite waterfront bars is putting on a Hawaiian-inspired Christmas Eve bash, with fire twirlers, hula dancers and a pig on a spit. Perfect for those who don’t mind feeling ropey on Christmas Day…
For unusual gifts: BrisStyle Indie Christmas Markets
Brisbane’s King George Square is being transformed into a sophisticated twilight market on Friday 13th, featuring over 100 local artists, a jazz band, a bar and a great view over the city.
Friday 13th December, from 5pm. More information here >
For lovers of Modernist art: California Design Up Late
The Queensland Art Gallery is opening its doors after-hours for a limited time only, to celebrate its California Design 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way exhibit. Enjoy talks from local artists and curators, and sample a Californian-inspired menu in the gallery’s restaurant.
Running now until Friday 13th December. More information here >
For the literary: Twitter and Text Poetry workshop
Grab a boutique beer and get your literary geek on with a free poetry and twitter (really) workshop, held in the retro Railway Pub in South Melbourne.
Tuesday 10th December, from 6:30pm.
For pizza lovers: Ladro
This Melbourne pizza institution is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a night of pizza, prosecco and DJ tunes.
DJ starts at 6pm. Find out more here
For a mid-month mini-break: Torquay
This once-sleepy seaside town is enjoying something of a revival, with a slew of quality coffee joints, pop-up restaurants and pubs opening in recent months. Its slightly faded, retro feel is the perfect antidote to cheesy festive fare.
Look out for our Perth, Adelaide and Canberra guides, published tomorrow.