Another year older? Happy birthday! But with another year comes the stressful task of organising a celebration that will cater to you, your friends, and your family. You don’t have to be a city socialite to realise that while not impossible, it definitely puts a dampener on the grand plans you envision year after year for your big day. But this year, don’t settle for another birthday in your own backyard just because it seems ‘easier’. It’s time to branch out with six birthday options that’ll cater to your nearest and dearest without stomping on that celebration you’ve been just dying to throw.

 

1. High tea and bubbles

Whether it’s a flutter of anxiety about having another year creep up on you (don’t stress, you don’t look a day over 25), or work, life and family has gotten in the way of an all out celebratory bash, it’s often hard to make time for a little sparkly with your nearest girlfriends. Book a table at Darling & Co and feel the height of femme surrounded in draped fringing, boutique tables and a high tea to boot. Indulge in a selection of local favourite tea, West End Tea Co, while you enjoy an assortment of bites with your closest darlings, or go all out and order the Tanqueray G&T high tea set. Unique to Darling & Co, enjoy four gin-based cocktails and a selection of high tea bites.

 

2. Lunch and cocktails

Celebrating a milestone and need to fit the family into the equation? Don’t fall short by shoving them out the back by the barbecue, invite them to Darling & Co and show off your new favourite lunch venue to all your loved ones. Nothing will impress them more than sharing a dozen fresh oysters, or passing around a plate of Sunshine Coast yellowfin tuna tacos. Make it a liquid lunch and enjoy a selection of unique cocktails off our menu, made with passion and locally sourced small batch liquors and liqueurs.

 

3. Espresso martinis and finger food

Of course, if you want to throw everyone in the one room with an arancini ball in one hand and an espresso martini in the other, there’s no better place to mingle with everyone in your life than Darling & Co. Lay claim to one of our function spaces for an evening and party your night away with a selection of canapés and cocktails. Whether you’re inviting 50 of your closest friends or everyone in the extended family, office and all 6 friendship groups, we’ve got a space, a menu and a cocktail list with your name on it.

 

4. Gatsby Inspired Soiree

Are you about to hit a significant milestone? Don’t sell yourself short with an average backyard birthday party. Do something special that you are sure to remember. We suggest hosting a Great Gatsby-inspired soiree. The Garden room at Darling & Co is decorated with Gatsby-inspired geometric carpeting and can create the perfect magical atmosphere for an evening of 1920’s glitz and glamour. Your guests will love having the opportunity to dress up and step back in time. Add some extra magic to the evening with a classic champagne tower.

 

5. 80’s Themed Party

In case you haven’t heard, the 80’s are back. Finally! With puffy sleeves, leg warms and teased hair making a comeback on high fashion runways worldwide, there has never been a better time to release your inner Madonna or Whitney with an 80’s themed birthday party. Your guests won’t be able to stop themselves from hitting the dance floor when you crank up your epic playlist of 80’s bangers.

 

6. Classic Dinner Party

What could be a better way to celebrate your birthday than enjoying a feast with your favourite people. This is what makes the birthday dinner party a classic birthday choice. This year, save yourself the hassle of cooking and cleaning by booking a group dining experience at your favourite restaurant. Most birthday party venues offer group dining packages with a selection of dishes as well as a beverage package. High-quality food and drinks shared with even better company, this is a birthday formula that never fails.

 

7. Gourmet Picnic

For a low-key affair that lets you enjoy great company with minimal fuss, a birthday picnic is a great way to celebrate your birthday party in Brisbane. Choose one of our gorgeous parks and ask everyone to bring a plate, or consider a gourmet catered picnic to keep things super simple!

 

8. Bottomless Brunch

Consider a bottomless brunch for a fresh, great value option for a birthday party! Celebrate with friends over a delicious brunch, and carry the good vibes on with bottomless sparkling, mimosas, or Bloody Marys!

 

9. Weekend Away

For a birthday party theme that gets you out of Brisbane, a weekend trip to some of South East Queensland’s stunning hotspots is a great excuse to take a trip! Ditch town for the weekend and head to areas around Maleny, Lamington National Park, and Mount Mee to enjoy the serenity with a close group of friends or family.

 

Happy birthday to you indeed!

A Christmas party should be a festive and relaxing time for all, including the organiser! Take the stress out of event planning with our list of Christmas party activities and ideas to help you plan a seasonal soiree to remember.

 

1. Parking

Not everyone will drive to your Christmas party, some might be planning on having a few cheeky drinks, but it is worth considering those who do want to drive. If the Christmas party venue you have chosen doesn’t have easy parking, be sure to alert your guests in advance.

Include some possible public transport options in your invitation rather than leaving it up to your guest to figure out how to get to the event. You could also help organize a car pull or ride share to make it easier and less expensive for your guests to get to the party. This will ensure your guests arrive in good spirits and not filled with frustration after driving around the block for an hour looking for a park.

 

2.  Hire Fees (Save with midweek events)

When organizing your 2018 Christmas party, don’t forget to budget for venue hire. It is always nice to enjoy a party at Brisbane’s latest watering hole, but venue hire is not always cheap. If you do want to hire a function room or venue for your Christmas function, choosing to host a party mid-week is a good way to save some money without sacrificing your dream party location.

Function venues in Brisbane typically offer reduced rates and incentives for midweek events. These may range from reduced minimum spends to complimentary food and beverage packages.

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3. Location

Everybody knows it’s all about location, location, location. If you want to host a Christmas party that stands out from the hundreds of other Christmas obligations of your guests, one of the best ways to do it, is pick a beautiful venue that will make your event something the guests feel excited to be a part of.

Brisbane’s CBD has traditionally been the ‘go to’ destination for Christmas functions, however a range of new function venues have recently popped up in suburbs such as Paddington and Red Hill. If you are choosing to host your Christmas party outside of Brisbane’s CBD, it’s important to consider whether guests will be able to travel to the location and arrive on time.

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4. Styling & Theming

This is often something you don’t think about when planning a Christmas Party, or if you do, you leave it until the very last minute. Putting some thought and effort into the styling and theming of your event will give it a unique touch. Consider some small decorative features, such as flowers or tinsel which will give your party a fun festive vibe without feeling too over the top or tacky.

Brisbane has a range of expert stylists, florists and entertainers available to hire for private Christmas parties. We suggest reaching out to these suppliers to see how they can help transform your function into an event to be remembered.

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5. Catering

Catering can be the make or break element of any party. At Christmas functions, food is part of the tradition and even more of a focus as people are expecting to indulge themselves after a long year. When deciding food options, first consider how you would like your party to function. Are you opting for a casual cocktail style affair? If so consider pass around canapes. If you would like to indulge your guests in a formal sit-down meal, take time to consider some options for each course so there is something for everyone. Don’t forget to ask your guests about any special food requirements or allergies so you can organize some alternative options for them in advance.

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6. Gifts

Gifting is an iconic Christmas ritual, however this activity can often place unnecessary strain on the wallet. When planning a corporate Christmas party, it’s important to indicate whether guests should bring gifts. If so, it’s worth providing some christmas gift ideas, along with a suggested budget.

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7. Style of Event

When choosing which of your Christmas party ideas to bring to life, ensure the style of event that you choose matches the style of your guests.

The style of event that you choose, from intimate seated dinners to cocktail-style affairs, should take into consideration the time of day, the number of guests, and the demographics of guests.

It’s a good idea to choose a Christmas function venue with a range of bar and seating areas, so that guests can make the space their own throughout the Christmas party.

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8. Determine Your Budget

The most important factor when realising your Christmas party ideas is your budget. Determining everything from catering packages to entertainment and functions space, your Christmas party budget should always be the starting point. Remember to include a little extra for the inevitable collateral expenses that emerge.

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9. Choosing the Music

A surefire way to leave a fab impression on your Christmas party guests is with great entertainment, even it that just means a carefully-curated Christmas playlist! Go all-out with a live band (if your budget allows it) or get the dancefloor started with a DJ.

 

Start Planning Your 2018 Christmas Party

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Hi there Brisbane! Did you miss us? We certainly missed you. Being apart while we had our little nip & tuck has been almost too hard to bear, but dry those tears because we’re back bigger than ever and we are putting on one hell of a party to celebrate. Just in time for the holidays, we’re throwing our doors open this Easter weekend to reveal our brand new look and we just know you’re going to fall in love at first sight.

Stop on by and be blown away with our latest transformation when we finally peel off the bandages from our stage 2 renovations. Bringing the wow factor back to your cocktail hour, relax in the chic comfort of our main bar. Featuring high ceilings and warm timber framing, our new bar is Brisbane’s very own stylish oasis right in the beating heart of Paddington.

And did we mention the food? With a firm focus on showcasing quality local produce, our head chef has pulled out all the stops to present our best menu yet. Think fluffy butternut pumpkin gnocchi with creamy goat’s curd and sage, and melt in your mouth 12 hour slow cooked lamb shoulder served with seasonal vegetables.

Our dedication to all things fresh and local has been carried over to our revamped cocktail and wine list that is filled with Australian boutique spirits and rare finds, all carefully curated (and sampled) by our resident expert, Maui Manu.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Good Friday right through to Easter Monday, there’s no better excuse to clear your schedule and and join us for some much overdue dining excellence. Better yet? There’s no public holiday surcharge all weekend.

Like any truly great woman, tequila can be a cruel and seductive mistress. Treat her with respect and you’ll be rewarded by her full bodied and aromatic charms, treat her with carelessness and you’ll curse the day you met her. So if like so many before you, you have licked, sipped and sucked your way into a very bad relationship, then it’s time to get back to that lovin’ feeling with a little help from the tequila whisperer himself Nick Reid of Tequila Tromba. Put down that shot glass and get ready to get reacquainted with Mexico’s most sultry mistress, because on Wednesday, 16th of March we’re letting it rain Tequila Tromba at Unforgiven – and we want you to come and get wet.

Treat your tastebuds and delight your senses as you sip and savour your way through four varieties of tequila and learn first hand from the professionals how Mexico’s favourite tipple is meant to be treated. But don’t worry, we know you can’t work on your relationship on an empty stomach, which is why the team at Darling & Co will be on hand with a selection of sumptuous Mexican delicacies designed to pair perfectly with the cocktail menu – we just love a perfect match.

 

Uno

Any therapist worth their salt (and lime) will tell you that the first step to fix a broken relationship is to try new things together. So why not start the night off with a jaunty little twist on a classic, like a Lemon Myrtle Margarita blended over finely crushed ice? Pair it up with a selection of authentic Mexican canapés and you’ll be back on track in no time.

 

Dos

Looking to rekindle those flames of passion? Fire things up with a punchy Reposado Tommy Margarita mixed with agave and desert lime, then cool off with a serve of our signature seafood tacos and ceviche, packed with local flavour and fresh produce.

 

Tres

Now you’re getting back into the swing of things why not introduce something a little exotic into your relationship? Be dazzled by the fruity Paloma; a bold mix of Tromba Blanco and grapefruit, matched with traditional street style tortillas made to your liking. It’s the vacation away you’ve always been meaning to take together – before life got in the way.

 

Cuatro

Now that you’re on the road to recovery it’s time to consider renewing your vows with our Aged Tromba Anejo with house made coriander and lime verdita – we’ll be right there to catch the bouquet.

 

So hit the refresh button on your relationship with tequila and take another shot at true love when you join us for Let It Rain Tromba. At just $75pp, it’s the couples therapy you need – minus the awkward roleplaying.

Is there something in the water cooler or does it feel like things around the office are already feeling a bit flat? After all the glitz and glamour of the silly season, sliding back into your regular working routine feels a little a dull, and it’s starting to show. So when IT stops talking to HR and the PR department is threatening to go MIA, perhaps it’s time for a little R&R with some team building ideas that are guaranteed to get you back on track.

 

There’s no “I” in “team”, but there’s definitely one in “wine”

Does the thought of name tags, motivational speakers and trust exercises make you flinch? We don’t blame you, that old routine has been done to death! While doing a “trust catch” seems like a neat idea at the time, we all know how quickly that’s going to unravel when Debby from marketing ‘accidentally’ drops Sue from accounts down a flight of stairs. Take a departure from tradition and treat the team to a whiskey or wine appreciation class instead and see how quickly the team bonds over the Yarra Valley vs Hunter Valley debate.

 

Launch into lunch

There’s only one solution to an office that’s hungry for a little excitement, and it involves lunch – lots and lots of lunch. So ditch the desks and think outside the cubicle, it’s time to get back in touch with the team the good old fashioned way, with a long lunch in your very own private slice of paradise. With four exceptional corporate function rooms to choose from, let our expert team take care of all the details so you can spend more time getting back in touch with your urban family.

 

Let us cater to you

Don’t have time to flee the office? We’re like the Field of Dreams, “if you book us, we will come”. Just choose a selection from our extensive function packages and we’ll deliver delightful bites like tiger prawn linguini, roasted spatchcock with green chilli and pork belly banh mi sliders right to your desk – it’s your move, party pie.

 

So don’t let the post-Christmas slump get your office in a slump. Secure your nomination for world’s best boss and put Brisbane’s team building experts to the test. Because getting back in touch is so much easier with a cocktail in your hand.

 

We know first hand that looks aren’t everything, but that isn’t going to stop us from getting a nip and tuck here and there anyway. So we’ve cleared our schedule for the next four weeks and booked ourselves in for one hell of a facelift. But don’t despair, just because the cats away doesn’t mean the mice can’t play, there’s still lots of fun to be had while we’re ‘resting’.

Our main bar may be undergoing a makeover, but you don’t have to go very far to get your hands on your favourite caffeine hit. Our barista, Tom, is set up out front at Darling & Co’s new coffee cart, decked out with our house blend, cold pressed juices, baked goods and flowers from 6am, 7 days a week, so you can still get your morning coffee hit until we’re ready to peel off our bandages.

Or were you planning on snapping up one of our four gorgeous function spaces? Party planners rejoice! Just because the doors are closed doesn’t mean we’re shutting down our celebrations. All of our unique function spaces will still be available for your next great event while we’re getting our facelift.

So turn that frown upside down, we might be taking a little break but that doesn’t mean we’re breaking up with you – after all, absence only makes the heart grow fonder.

From the creators of much such loved romantic stories like “The Unforgiven: A life-long affair with small-batch spirits” the team from Darling & Co proudly present this Valentine’s Day latest uplifting box office smash hit. Full of more passion and intrigue than the newest offering from Nicholas Sparks, join us on a dramatic journey of boundaries crossed and love found as we explore this year’s feel-good set menu of the year, Valentine’s Day at Darling & Co.

 

Canape: Vanella Mozarella Arancini

Nothing could ever shake the unbreakable bond of lifelong sweethearts, tomato and basil. But when sexy, smoked mozzarella came to town, everything changed. This tantalising love triangle is a bite-sized tale of lust and longing that’ll have you begging for more.

 

Entrée: House Cured Huon Ocean Trout

A tale as old as time but a guaranteed crowd pleaser, when our leading lady, asparagus crossed paths with the always hunky house cured ocean trout there was just no going back. Dive head first into a summer of love with this refreshing tale of two soul mates bound together forever by passion and crème fraiche.

 

Main: Northern River’s Veal Cutlet

He’s from the Northern Rivers and she’s just a city herb looking for her big break, so when veal cutlet and sage finally met, let’s just say there was more than just dinner cooking in the kitchen. Co starring Golden Fork nominees kipfler potato and black cabbage comes this year’s biggest romance. Can you say love at first bite?

 

Dessert: Darling Bombe Alaska

Love is sweet and so is this latest mouth watering offering from Darling & Co. Fall in love with a double helping of fun on this romantic twist on a classic Bombe Alaska. With an all-star cast including macadamia, mango, cointreau and Australia’s favourite sweetheart honey, it’s the old story you know with a fresh new take you’ll love.

 

So skip the “Notebook” reruns this Valentine’s Day and catch this year’s hottest new romances with our “Be My Darling Valentine” menu – coming to a Darling & Co near you.

Available Sunday 14th February for lunch and dinner, book now to avoid disappointment.

Hold onto your hats Brisbane, cupid’s bow has struck us right where it tickles this Valentine’s Day and you can officially colour us smitten. So to celebrate our new amorous mood we’ve decided to make a bold statement with a whole new list of lovers that we just can’t wait for you to meet. Because if there’s one thing that the French have taught us about love, there’s always room for one more love in your life. Which is why we guarantee that you’ll fall in love with these three cocktails come Valentine’s Day.

 

The Darling Spritz

We just can’t resist the refreshing confidence of our signature twist on the Aperol Spritz. This rose scented smooth talker might look sweet and bubbly, but with more than a dash of West Winds Saber Gin it’s got a cheeky side that’ll sneak up on you and catch you unawares. All dressed up with a twist of orange, it’s effortlessly stylish and bang on trend – just like you.

 

Passion in Paddington

Is it just us or is it getting hot in here? Exotic, adventurous and insatiably passionate, if there’s one cocktail that’s got us feeling faint it’s Passion in Paddington. With a generous dash of Ketel One vodka, notes of orange blossom and tangy passionfruit, it’s as tropical as a steamy rainforest romp with Tarzan – just call us Jane.

 

Old Fashioned

While short and stiff may not be what you usually look for in a cocktail, isn’t it past time you went out there and tried something new? Seduce your senses and get in touch with your inner vixen when you visit the talented mixologist at Unforgiven for a bit of a good Old Fashioned fun. Don’t let its short stature fool you, made with locally sourced Starward Whisky, gently crushed sugar cubes and a generous dash of bitters, it’s the grown up cocktail that knows how to crack a joke, rub your feet and build you a log cabin with its bare hands. Be still our beating hearts.

Whether you’re consciously coupled or sensationally single, there’s always room for a few new loves of your life and you’ll find them all on Valentine’s Day right here at the Darling & Co bar.

When it comes to choosing your favourite coffee there’s lots to consider, but has your choice of milk ever been on the top of your list? Maybe it’s time to start giving a cow about dairy, because believe us, it’s important.

 

The key ingredient

We’re always focused on bringing the best from the farm to your table at Darling & Co, and this effort doesn’t stop at the espresso machine. The first step to the perfect coffee here at Darling & Co is (and you’re probably not surprised by this) our coffee beans. Sourced locally from an award-winning Brisbane roaster, our signature blend is the key ingredient to your favourite daily pick-me-up that never fails to impress.

 

But wait, there’s more…

What might be a little more surprising though is the importance of the milk you choose to top off your coffee with. Since so much effort is focused on sourcing the perfect beans, it’s just as important that we complement them with the perfect milk. But with what feels like a hundred options these days (full cream, skim, soy, almond, oat, rice, coconut, cashew… seriously, you can make milk from anything) its hard to know what the best option is for your morning brew.

 

To top it off…

Here at Darling & Co we have a favourite and we’re bringing its smooth and delicious goodness straight to you in the form of truly quality coffee. Another renowned local supplier, Maleny Dairies in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland provide us with the most natural milk on the market. The famous creamy top on their milk gives our coffee an unmistakeable melt-in-your-mouth texture and an impressively high good-for-you factor, packed with beta-carotene, omega 3, calcium and vitamin D. We told you we focus on bringing you the best.

 

So if you don’t know, now you know. At Darling & Co, it’s all good, right down to the froth.

No matter what game day looks like for you, we’ll make sure it’s a winner. Whether you find yourself with a (Suncorp) stadium sized hunger or just fancy throwing back a few cold ones before the match, we’re just a hop, skip and a kick-off away from the main event!

 

The Bucking Bronco

Share your excitement and relive the emotion of the Broncos match while you share a few drinks after the game at Darling & Co. Start your night right and sample Brisbane’s finest food coupled with a handful of nibbles and a couple of drinks, then kickback and commemorate the evening that was with a few more. Darling & Co’s bar and restaurant has something for everyone this game day, with a new pre-game menu and complimentary game day parking for bookings for four or more.

 

The regular Roar’er

Just because we’re Paddington’s local sweetheart doesn’t mean our guests can’t let out a mighty big roar – especially if it’s in support of the greatest A-league team in Australia. But for the true soccer enthusiasts among us, you need to prepare yourself to make sure you get the most out of the match. Maybe you’re after some sustenance to fuel your roaring appetite? When you’re roaring for a soccer game to remember – think Darling & Co for all your pre and post game needs.

 

The whole family

Is watching your favourite team a family affair? Don’t pay through-the-roof prices for fries! Our bar is the perfect all-round spot to enjoy some drinks and nibbles before heading in to Suncorp Stadium. Had something a little more substantial in mind? Darling & Co’s pre-game menu has something for everyone – the whole pack is invited to feast on the finest food Brisbane has to offer, and then wash it down with a drinks menu sure to get you roaring.

 

Next time game day comes around, think of the newest player in the game – Darling & Co – for your pre & post game entertainment.

Darling, we’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, they just don’t make ‘em anywhere else in the world like they do in Australia, and the time has come for us to get a little bit spiritual – with the country’s premiere range of locally brewed spirits and aperitifs. So before you meet your maker, meet the makers of pleasure and add these three tipples to your bucket list this summer.

 

The Melbourne Gin Company

Adopted by English explorers as a tonic to ward off dreaded malaria – that’s their story and they’re sticking with it ok – the humble gin and tonic has had a much needed facelift from the Sunday afternoon tipple your grandmother used to quaff, thanks to the clever team at The Melbourne Gin Company. Hailing from the world’s most liveable city (we’ll let them win this round) this fresh and vibrant spirit incorporates eleven locally sourced botanicals, individually distilled and blended to create a unique flavour that encapsulates the very essence of Melbourne. Subtle notes of macadamia, sandalwood, lemon myrtle, cassia and coriander seed mingle with the more traditional juniper berry, grapefruit peel and rosemary base. Oh and did we mention the final component? How about pure rainwater from Gembrook in the Yarra Valley ranges. Now pour this miracle spirit over ice, add a splash of sparkling tonic water and a sprig of fragrant rosemary and just like the great explorers of yester year you’ll be ready to tackle the jungles of darkest Africa – or you know, our cocktail list, whatever’s easier.

 

Ink Dry Gin

James Bond may have made her popular but when we tackled the challenge of perfecting the classic martini, it was Australian, not British intelligence that her an ‘it girl’. It’s the unique incorporation of native flavours and alluring colour in the Unforgiven’s Ink Gin that puts our Australian Wet Martini in pride of place on our cocktail bucket list. Sourced from the lush rainforests of Calderra, NSW this unusual gin blends Australian native pepper berries, lemon myrtle, and valenica orange peel with imported botanicals like cardamom and Egyptian liquorice root and distilled using volcanic rock filtered rainwater. But it is the rare butterfly pea petals that give this crisp spirit it’s unique hue that has got everyone talking. Mix this lovely local with a generous serving of Australia dry vermouth and watch its colour change from deepest indigo to a blushing pink, Forget 007, this is 00-oh my god.

 

Applewood Distillery

Stolen from the Italians and perfected by the Australians the team from Applewood Distillery are showing those suit wearing, pizza eaters how we Campari, with their answer to everyone’s favourite bitter aperitif. Made from a staple in every Australian garden the Lilly Pilly, Red Okar uses the pronounced cranberry like tartness of the native berry to produce a smooth blend of bitter and sweet. Mixed with our locally sourced Mchenry’s and a generous splash of Castagna and you’ve got yourself our bona-fide Australian native Negroni, please form an orderly queue.

 

So when it comes to nailing down your cocktail bucket list for summer, forget travelling abroad, visit the talented team at Darling & Co and find out why local is the new exotic.

When it comes to the hen’s night, not all brides-to-be wish to have phallic shaped objects all over the place, just as others don’t wish to sit in a quiet room eating sandwiches with their crusts perfectly removed. Darling & Co caters to all varieties of hen’s nights, offering several sophisticated spaces and versatile function options to make your farewell to maidenhood particularly special.

 

The High Tea in The Garden

A modern twist on the classic High Tea, take to town with your ladies and enjoy our Tanqueray G&T High Tea set in the glamorous Garden space. With four delicious gin based cocktails and your choice of six bites, such as our honey glazed ham and grain mustard fingers or lavender and coconut sables, you will be celebrating in style in The Garden’s decadent environment, embellished with lavish black and white carpet and a botanical inspired ceiling.

 

The Ladies Lunch in Swayze’s Backstage

For our ladies who lunch, we offer a large range of indulgent function menus to sink your teeth into, best enjoyed in Swayze’s Backstage, radiating old world charm, alluring lounges and an exclusive bar. Indulge in four courses of culinary delightfulness, choosing from a variety of tempting dishes such as our wagyu bresaola with quinoa, truffle mayo and watercress, and our decadent white chocolate panna cotta with mango brulee, roasted macadamia and white chocolate soil, then shimmy over to the bar for a cheeky afternoon cocktail.

 

The Cocktail Party in Unforgiven

Kiss goodbye to single life in style with a private cocktail party in our Unforgiven space. Exuding opulence and glamour, this space is hidden away from the rest of the venue, with dark corners lit by candlelight. Enjoy boutique spirits from around the world while you are served your choice of sophisticated canapés, such as freshly shucked oysters with Yuzu pearls and pork belly with pomme puree and cabbage. The Unforgiven’s cosy bar and elegant atmosphere make the perfect space for an intimate and memorable cocktail party.

 

The Girl’s Night Out in The Foyer

If you’re looking to go out with a bang and boogie all night, grab your girls for a private pre-party cocktail and nibbles in The Foyer. Choose from generous function platters, such as our cold seafood, antipasto or sushi platters, while mingling and preparing for your big hurrah, in our tropical Foyer space. With a lush central garden and cocktails aplenty, you will be ready to hit the town after a relaxing sip and bite in this summery space.

 

No matter your hen’s night style, Darling & Co has the versatile function spaces and function packages to accommodate your big celebration.

Call us crazy, but there’s something in the air this time of year that has got us feeling all kinds of giddy. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and we’ve swapped our Adele playlist for back-to-back Marvin Gaye. Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming up fast and we’ve got romance on our mind. But if the thought of the most romantic day of the year sends you into a panic, it’s time to take a deep breath and calm down, because when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day 2016, the team at Darling & Co know how to show you a little love.

 

Beloved Breakfast

They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing. Strike a romantic tone for the rest of your day and treat your beloved to their heart’s desire with our full a la carte menu. Whether it’s a long and lazy brunch with your main squeeze or a giggly, champagne breakfast with your favourite gals, there’s nothing like thick, fluffy pancakes with summer berries, mascarpone and a sticky slab of locally sourced rooftop honey to make you believe in love again. Just be sure you nab yourself a bouquet of flowers from our Flour & Bloom selection on your way out the door!

 

The Love Lunch

True love lasts forever- or at least for the length of four courses, and that’s kind of the same thing right? When it comes to stretching out your Valentine’s Day, Brisbane’s home of the long lunch is right here at Darling & Co. Be seduced by an exclusive selection of delicacies including our Borrowdale pork terrine with foie gras and Queen Garnet plum and our Cone Bar barramundi with delicately smoked gnocchi, Kinkawooka mussels and chorizo. Who’d have thought you’d find your soul mate right in front you – on your plate!

 

The Darling Dinner Date

Let’s turn the lights down low and get wine-ing and dining, because if there’s one Valentine’s Day tradition worth your attention it’s the allure of the romantic dinner. Think soft lighting, a glass of Chandon, and darling little hand crafted canapés. Whether you’re treating someone special or looking out for number one, our team will be on hand to turn your dining fantasies into a reality with our 4 course set menu. The best part? With dessert included you’re guaranteed at least one happy ending to your evening.

 

Whether it’s a day spent with your soul mate or your sensationally solo, there’s more than enough to go around when you spend your Valentine’s Day 2016 with Darling & Co.

Don’t settle for instant coffee and a lagging internet connection. Pack up your laptop and your caffeine addiction and take advantage of Darling & Co’s free WiFi and superior brews. Whether you’re flying solo or bringing the whole team to Brisbane’s best corporate event venue, we’ll keep the quality coffees coming to fuel your latest project while you melt into our alluring lounges.

 

The Signature Darling & Co House Blend

Darling & Co has worked with local Brisbane coffee roasters Bellissimo to create a signature blend that consists predominantly of beans of Ethiopian and El Salvadorian origin. The blend is balanced and designed to taste wonderful in both black and milk-based coffee. We use this same coffee blend in our espresso martinis, with a butter-infused vodka for a divine flavour. So if your project takes all day and that 3pm coffee just isn’t quite cutting it, treat yourself to one of our espresso martinis for an extra caffeine kick – it’s five o’clock somewhere.

 

The Locally Sourced Milk

With coffee this good, we can’t help but be picky when it comes to choosing our milk. We source our milk from a local, family-owned dairy farm, Maleny Dairies. They pride themselves in producing milk that tastes the way it used to, and they have been doing so for fifteen years. Their delicious milk is the perfect complement to our signature coffee blend.

 

The Corporate Function

Nothing drives a corporate function quite like coffee. We have private function rooms that accommodate anywhere between 25 to 150 people, so no matter the size of your event, we have the seats (and the coffee) to accommodate you.

 

Whether you’re completing a project or meeting the team for a work event, ditch the dodgy coffee pods and forever-buffering internet and enjoy Darling & Co’s free WiFi and quality coffee.

Quality cheese is our lifeblood, it makes us happy and it tastes simply divine. So, when we designed our menu, choosing the cheese was perhaps the most difficult (and rewarding) part.

 

Cheese unlike any you’ve tried before

Which cheese came out on top? Burrata – a specialty cheese originally from Apulia, Italy. It has a thin spun casing and a soft and creamy center, which oozes Stracciatella (a teased and stretched curd that is combined with fresh cream). This handcrafted delight is at its best served fresh alongside ripe heirloom tomatoes. So, apart from a sneaky slathering of salsa verde and a serving of focaccia, that’s exactly how Darling & Co’s Vannella Burrata is served!

 

Born in Italy, made in Sydney

The burrata on our menu comes from the Vannella Cheese Factory, which was born when Italian cheesemaker, Vito Minoia, made the decision to bring his expertise to Australia after a trip in 1999. But it wasn’t until 2004 that he, along with his family, opened their cheese factory in Cairns. Fast-forward to now, and Vannella operates out of their state-of-the-art factory in Sydney and although time has passed, Vito continues to use the methods he perfected as a teenager to produce this outstanding cheese. This is particularly evident with the burrata – with every single piece lovingly crafted by Vito himself. Talk about handcrafted!

 

Vannella Burrata, now serving in Paddington

Put your palette to the test and experience Vannella Burrata for yourself, without even leaving Brisbane city. Available as part of our locally sourced menu for lunch and dinner, you’ll be thanking us from when you first cut in to the Vannella Burrata and marvel at its silky texture, to when the first taste reaches your lips.

 

Next time you’re headed out for lunch and dinner, taste our take on Vannella Burrata for yourself. This is one dish you can’t afford to miss.

Corporate functions Brisbane, private dining Brisbane, meeting rooms Brisbane, end of financial year, mid-year parties – it’s miraculous we can actually feel your eyes rolling into the back of your head as you’re reading this. But just hold your horses because if you haven’t already closed down your browser in a huff or back clicked like a demon to your pressing work project (online shopping, same difference), then you are in luck. What you’re about to read is something so miraculous, so gosh darn fascinating that you just can’t help but share it (although if you do need help sharing we suggest Facebook). So strap yourselves in and get ready for a wild ride as Darling & Co proudly presents, a useful blog.

“What’s that? A useful blog?” you say? Why yes! This ain’t no regular list-icle, this is a bona fide party planning ticket to success and with End of Financial year looming, it’s just in time for your next corporate boozer. So take our hand and let’s get down to business with not only 4 great corporate function rooms, but 4 great ways to use them.

 

1. The End of Financial Year Party in Unforgiven

Congratulations, you’ve squared away another financial year and your accountant has only threatened to quit twice (love your work Terry). It’s time to put down those pencils and pick up cocktail and there’s no better spot to do it then our very own Unforgiven. Perfect for those who like a firm handshake and a stiff drink to match, this moody and sophisticated little nook hidden is dripping with classic charm. Cosy up with the boss on one of the stylish leather lounges and bond over an exclusive range of boutique spirits and rare top shelf finds. With enough room for 50 of your closest work chums, it’s time to slip out of that suit and into a dry martini as you tip your cap to another successful year done and dusted.

 

2. Mid Year Professional Development at Swayze’s Backstage

So your dream team is running out steam? It’s ok, it’s no big deal, it happens to everyone (or so we’ve been told), and it’s only too easy to get your engine back on the track when you’ve got Darling & Co guiding you. Gather up the crew and get into Swayze’s Backstage for an afternoon of team building and professional development. Featuring plush lounges and stylish interiors, this versatile meeting room is Brisbane’s very own little slice of paradise just a stones throw away from the CBD. Fully equipped with a private bar and all of your AV equipment needs, it’s the perfect choice for any business looking to put a little spark into their working environment.

 

3. The 6 Month Review

Ok, so it’s time for the dreaded 6-month review, and while you know you may not make employee of the year this time around (and we all know Barbara from HR only got it because she – well, never mind) you can rest assured that you’ll lock in the nomination next year with this hot tip. Skip the scary function room and take the sting out of the grisly process with a very civilized long lunch in our restaurant. Warm up that chilly atmosphere with a decadent three course lunch featuring Moreton Bay bug raviolo with charred leek and shellfish emulsion followed by juicy Cape Grim eye fillet steaks. Featuring a menu oozing Brisbane’s best quality, locally sourced produce, it will be hard to argue when you’re busy bonding over your next course.

 

4. Conferences in the Garden Room

Got a big conference coming up and you really need to make an impression? How about you make it a good one and book your next big conference in our Garden Room. Perfect for sit down meetings or stand up networking events, this versatile function space can fit up to a whopping 150 guests – so there’s no excuse not to invite Kevin from accounts. Featuring luxurious interiors and a lush botanical ceiling, the Garden Room has all the ‘wow’ factor you need to blow your guests away and keep them talking until the next one. With a huge range of packages available to suit any taste or budget, you can finally enjoy the freedom to customize your event to your liking.

 

So whatever your style, take the stress out of planning your next corporate event and leave it in the hands of Brisbane’s favourite function venue, Darling & Co.

Gone are the days when a meal is a meal and that’s the end of it. Nowadays all you savvy food fanatics want more…well, we’ve got just the dish and the fish for you.

Set sail on a smoky voyage of sustainable proportions with Darling & Co’s House Smoked Sustainable Fish – but what makes this dish so special?

 

Nobody smokes better than the house

At Darling & Co, we give this delicate dish the love it deserves with an intricate cooking method. First, the Huon Ocean Trout is cured in salt, sugar and citrus spices for a couple of hours. Next we wash and dry the fish before it’s laid on a pillow of ice and steaming wood chips and covered with plastic wrap. Before long, the Huon Ocean Trout gets its signature smoky flavour. Then, it’s in the pan for that delicious crispy skin before it’s served with horseradish, poached eggs and potato hash.

 

Hu is HUON?

Suppliers of our menu’s Ocean Trout, Huon Aquaculture Company, have been farming fish in the beautiful waters of Tasmania since 1988. What began as a diversification to the family cattle and sheep farming enterprises has grown into a business that relies on farming with care, precision and with quality always at the forefront of everything it does. It is this commitment to quality and innovation that sees Huon raise some of Australia’s freshest fish. The company is also the only food company in Australia to show a sustainability dashboard – your fish doesn’t get better than this!

 

What does sustainability have to do with food?

Sustainable agriculture is a way of raising food in an ecologically and ethically responsible manner taking into account environment protection, the safeguarding of human health and fair treatment to workers. Huon’s fish are harvested at night, as this is when the fish are most relaxed. A conscious effort is also placed on the fishes’ diets – ensuring the fish have enough energy to live and thrive and also have the nutrients (proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals) to grow. What’s that? Food has more to do with sustainability than you thought?

 

Next time you pop in for breakfast, darling, remember these two words ‘smoked’ and ‘sustainable’ and you’ll be the talk of the table!

It’s no secret that ladies like to lunch, but does your pick from the menu say more about you than you think?

At Darling & Co, our Ladies Who Lunch special means we’ve seen our fair share of ladies lunching…and we couldn’t help but see some similar lunch personalities start to stand out from the crowd.

 

The Citizen Journalist

You’re here, you’re there, you’re everywhere – you’re probably juggling an intense job with a busy family life alongside a glamorous social life and in between all the chaos you take pleasure in sampling some of Brisbane’s finest eateries. You know what’s soooo last year thanks to your regularly updated Instagram and you’re ordering:

 

The Domestic Goddess

You’re a natural in the kitchen and your palette is well attuned to which flavours work. You’ve had years of experience watching Nigella and plating up a different delicious meal almost every day of the week. Always the first to surprise your family and friends with hearty homemade and rustic cuisine, when it comes to eating out, you gravitate toward something with a whole lot of heart, but a touch of pizzazz:

 

The ‘Free’ Spirit

You’re conscious of all things in life, from the environment to the food you eat. But, being free doesn’t stop you from knowing a good dish from a bad one and you know where to find food that’s sustainable and scrumptious. So, whether it’s for legitimate reasons or whether you’ve jumped on the ‘gluten free / dairy free / everything free’ bandwagon because it’s ‘better for you’ we have an inkling you’ll pick:

 

This is just 3 of the possible 36 scrumptious mix and match course combinations from our Ladies Who Lunch menu. So, whatever your lunch personality ladies, we’re sure to have an ideal combination to match.

Australia, we think you’re tops! Our crystal clear waters, perennially gorgeous weather and stunning natural resources have helped us produce some of the world’s greatest achievements. We’re the nation that gifted the world with wi-fi, Tasmanian salmon and Elle McPherson circa 1990. So if there’s one thing we just can’t figure out, it’s why every year on January 26th we collectively seem to lose sight of our better selves and fall into very bad habits. Southern Cross bikinis, meat pies and those semi-patriotic singlets that cut all the way down to – who knows where, we’re sorry to say it friends but it’s time to get the scissors and cut it out for good. Let’s put a little class back into your Australia Day in Brisbane and spend it at Darling & Co with some true-blue Aussie icons.

 

The Wine

From the pristine rolling hills of the Yarra Valley to the spectacular untamed wilderness of South Australia’s Riverlands, if there’s one piece of iconography that this great country can boast, it’s our ability to produce a quality drop. Whether it’s a fruity and fragrant Sauvignon Blanc from the exceptional crew at Adelaide Hill’s SC Pannell, a ballsy, full-bodied small batch of chardonnay from Save Our Souls in the Yarra Valley, or the peppery youthfulness of Kaesler’s Barossa Valley Grenache, it’s easy to remember why we’ve been labelled “the lucky country.” Until the third bottle is ordered, that is, then we might struggle to remember which country we’re in at all.

 

The Food

We might be an island nation stuck below the equator but when it comes to world-class quality produce, the land down under always comes out on top. It would be a shame to assault your palette with a backyard snag this Australia Day when you have exquisite delicacies like locally sourced Noosa spanner crab, perfectly plump Mt Zero olives and Sunshine Coast yellow fin tuna tacos to sample instead. Brimming with ethically sourced and sustainable produce, our seasonal menu is more than just delicious, it’s a homage to everything great about this country – minus Kylie Minogue.

 

The Venue

Most importantly, an elegant Australia Day in Brisbane is just not complete without a venue to match. Forget the local barefoot bowls club, this is your nation’s birthday we’re talking about, and that requires just a little glamour. How about wiling away your afternoon in the city’s newest icon, Darling & Co? Tucked away in the charming and historical suburb of Paddington and just a hop, skip and high-heeled teeter from the CBD, our freshly renovated premises is the perfect balance between old world glamour and new world sophistication.

 

Don’t fall into the same patriotic slump this January 26th, join us at Darling & Co for an Australia Day in Brisbane with a whole lot more panache.

Gentlemen, we need to have a serious discussion about the state of your current nights out on the town. Pub-crawls have done their dash, so leave them and the basic spirits in the past and join us at a place that knows a rare Japanese whiskey from a double malt scotch – Unforgiven. Just one night in Unforgiven and you’ll know your way around the boutique liquor list, your double from your triple distilled and exactly why they’re calling it Brisbane’s newest intrigue.

 

Cocktail hour is not just for the ladies

Frank Sinatra, Sean Connery and Humphrey Bogart all knew how to do it, and if you’re planning on joining the big leagues, it’s time you learnt how the art of ordering a proper cocktail is just about the manliest thing you can do – but only if you do it right.

Skip the fruity spritzers and head straight to Unforgiven’s signature Hibiki whiskey range, almost impossible to find and impossible to forget. After all, it’s past time you learnt the difference between a scotch and a bourbon. Channel your inner James Bond and get acquainted with a proper martini like Unforgiven’s Australian Native Wet Martini. Made on Ink Gin, distilled at the bottom of Mt Warning and coloured with butterfly pea petals – you’ll be an international man of mystery in no time.

Or, if you’re not sure what you feel like (or where to start), ask Luke behind the bar what he’s been working on that week and you’ll find yourself with a glassful of mysterious and perfectly balanced flavours in no time.

 

Swap seedy for stylish, dive bars are over anyway

You’ve got the suit and you can order a proper drink without blushing, the only thing left to do is find a venue as stylish as you are. Ditch the dingy dive bar for leather couches, low lights and a serious dash of old-world sophistication. After all, in the age of social media it’s only fair to give your night out the backdrop it deserves.

Take back the time-honoured art of ordering a cocktail or a glass of boutique spirits (complete with a carved block of apple ice) at Brisbane’s new favourite drinking den. Visit us at Unforgiven and learn firsthand how to separate the boy’s night out from the men’s night in style.