Staycations coming to five Brisbane venues this summer

Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain … destinations we can only dream of visiting right now. But with Australian Venue Co’s Staycations launching across five venues in Brisbane, guests can escape for a while through internationally inspired food, drinks and experiences – no passport required.

A calendar of events and unique activations at some of Brisbane’s favourite bars, restaurants and pubs, Staycation is inspired by favourite holiday destinations. Staycation pop-ups are rolling out now and will be live until late January/February 2021 at Kingsleys, Fridays, Riverland, Cleveland Sands and Regatta Hotel.

AVC’s Staycation Guide – Brisbane

Destination: Italy – Amalfi Coast
Where: Kingsleys Brisbane
Dates: Live now until 21st Feb, 2021What’s on offer: A coastal Italian-inspired haven, perfect for relaxing afternoons. Think antipasto, spritz menu and Amalfi-influenced cocktails. Featuring:

  • Antipasto Platters – a delicious platter for two including generous offerings of Italian cured meat and cheese, marinated vegetables, mixed olives and house-made grissini paired with two refreshing Quincy Seltzers, $50 for two people. Available every day.
  • Three-course set menu – a celebration of Italy, the menu features the antipasto platter, Moreton Bay bug and vongole risotto and Kingsleys ‘Lemon Meringue’ (limoncello curd, violet meringue, mustazzoli and torched lemon meringue gelato), $95 per person.
  • Menus here


Destination: Japan – Spring in Tokyo
Where: Fridays
Dates: Live now until late Feb 2021
What’s on offer: Celebrating cherry blossom season in Japan – an Instagrammer’s dream! There’s cherry blossoms, lanterns, water views, Japanese-fusion bites and limited-edition sips. Featuring:

  • Bottomless Karaage Fried Chicken – bottomless karaage and matching sides will make guests feel like they have just touched down in Tokyo, $30 per person. Bottomless wine and tap beer package available for $25pp. Wednesdays from 5pm.
  • Cherry Blossom Sunset Sessions – there’s nothing like riverside sunsets and now they can be enjoyed surrounded by cherry blossoms and lanterns. Guests can choose from the Japanese-inspired menu and enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless cherry blossom slushies, house wine and select tap beers, $49 per person. Tuesday to Thursday, 4pm–7pm.
  • Menus here


Destination: Mexico – Summer Fiesta
Where: Riverland
Dates: 6th Nov 2020–21st Feb 2021
What’s on offer: A slice of Mexico in the heart of a Mexican Summer Fiesta, complete with colourful skulls, bottomless sessions, tacos and a margarita menu (spicy and fruity). Featuring:

  • Tacos and Bottomless Frozen Margaritas – Three tacos with choice of pulled pork, spicy chicken and fish plus two hours of bottomless frozen margaritas, $49 per person. Available every Saturday & Sunday at 12noon and 2.30pm.
  • Live Mariachi Band – viva la fiesta with a live Mariachi band every Friday from 6pm–8pm, kicking off from 6th November.
  • All details here


Destination: Mexico – Summer Fiesta
Where: Cleveland Sands
Dates: 7th Nov, 2020–15th Feb, 2021

What’s on offer: A taste of Mexico as the courtyard at Cleveland Sands is transformed into the ultimate Mexican pop-up with cacti, frozen margs, bottomless Mexi-brunch, tacos and more. Featuring:

  • Bottomless Tacos – did someone say unlimited tacos? One hour of bottomless tacos with choice of four fillings – chicken, Mex beef, pulled pork and vegetarian, $25 per person. Every Tuesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
  • Bottomless Frozen Margs and Mexi-Brunch – guests will feel like they just took a trip to Mexico with their choice of brunch dish, such as chorizo baked eggs, smashed avo (with eggs and tomato salsa), chilli chocolate churros waffles, brekky beef burrito and Mexican salad. Accompanied by bottomless frozen margaritas with flavours on rotation. Every Saturday 10.30am–12pm.
  • Bottomless Sunset Sessions – an epic Mexican-inspired spread and flowing margaritas. Two hours of bottomless margaritas and a shared Mexican platter including mixed tacos, jalapeño peppers, salsa, warmed corn chips and more. Bookings essential. Every Sunday, 5pm–7pm.
  • All details here


Destination: Spain – Basque Country Coast
Where: Regatta Hotel
Dates: Live now–31st Jan, 2021What’s on offer:The open-air courtyard has been transformed into a beautiful San Sebastian-inspired pop-up for the summer months. Bougainvillea foliage winds in the ceiling canopy and into the booths, creating a sea of bright pink and orange that culminates in the grand tree in the centre of the courtyard. Featuring:

  • Sunday Fiesta – the ultimate Sunday Fiesta on Sunday, 15 November from 2pm–6pm! Indulge in traditional Spanish paella cooked to perfection, or enjoy a range of tapas, frozen sangria and cocktails, along with live Spanish music from 3pm to bring all those Mediterranean feels. Gather your amigas and amigos, this is going to be FUN! No reservations required.
  • European holiday feels every day with frozen sangria, pintxos share boards, jamon serrano flatbread, tortilla de morcilla and navajas grande.
  • Menu here


“With many Australians missing out on overseas holidays this year, we’re bringing the summer holiday vibes to some of our venues in Brisbane,” says Kylie Moncur, AVC Chief Marketing Officer.

“Our specially curated series of pop-up events will transport those in Brisbane to dream destinations Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain, without the expensive airfare.”

Keeping it local never looked so good with Australian Venue Co’s Staycations.

For details of each pop-up visit

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