Hardwell: Brisbane Itinerary

From the archives: This post is from our original site, MyCityLife back on 2 October 2014

We know Brisbane is the coolest city in Australia; so cool we’re really careful about being too cool, cos that’s not cool at all. For this here small town, we have an incredible lifestyle, with amazing places to eat, drink and enjoy city living, which – incidentally – is why MyCityLife exists in the first place.

We’re the directory that guides locals and tourists to WhatsOn in events, and the best places Where-To-Go. So when the world’s #1 DJ comes to town, we’re pretty sure we know Dutch prog and electro maestro Robbert van de Corput well enough to build the ideal itinerary that will suit every need for his entire weekend here. It’s not about playing with koalas (cute as they are), or visiting death-defying crocodiles; it’s about the awesome stuff we as locals get to really soak up as the capital city of the eternal Sunshine State. And because Hardwell is so awesomes, of course, we’d be able to go that extra length and get him that VIP treatment. 

So in the spirit of Hardwell making his way north to Brisbane as part of his I Am Hardwell Tour this Sunday, MyCityLife sits down and sorts out Hardwell’s Brisbane Itinerary. 

SUNDAY

Arrive refreshed from Sydney and ready to enjoy Brisbane 

Get picked up by Vogue Limousines; because nothing says DJ Superstar quite like a Chrysler 300c Stretch Limousine. Make sure Coldplay’s Ghost Stories is playing.

Check into TRYP Hotel, Brisbane. Admire street art by local graff artists Rone, Beastman, Fintan Magee and Numskull

For instant energy, refresh with an espresso martini complete with fresh shredded coconut from UP On Constance and admire the surrounding Valley cityscape.

Jump into the limo for a scenic drive to Mt Coot-tha. Grab an ice-cream from the Kiosk and bask in the panoramic view.

Drive down Sir Samuel Griffith Drive back to Alfred Street for Dutch Courage: Officers’ Mess – not just because the name will make De Heer van de Corput feel right at home, but because 250 types of spirits with 105 types of gin will be all his for the savouring. 

And for the funnest slice of amusement this side of The Valley, walk around the corner to Limes Hotel‘s rooftop for Sunday Funday, where plunge pools and girl-on-girl-action will make Robbert feel like he’s in Vegas. 

Pop into Grape Therapy Wine Merchants & Drinking Den and be regaled with the best Australian wines by Darren Davis, our very own wine man. 

Enjoy a nice walk by the riverside past Riverside Centre and Eagle Street Pier

Wander through The City’s Botanical Gardens and enjoy each and every encounter with our wildlife, from frill necked lizards, to carpet snakes and our local city people. 

Soundcheck complete at Riverstage, wander across to Moo Moo Bar & Grill where any meaty fine dining needs will be served up in style. The Master Kobe Beef dish of Kobe Beef, succulent, tender and finely marbled will go down a treat with a bottle of 2012 Shaw & Smith Shiraz. Finish with a fine glass of Hennessy‘s ‘Richard Hennessy’ Cognac. Robbert will feel right at home with Dutch compatriot Paula Pietersz and her iphone playlist of hardcore and gabba. 

Settle the nerves and get all prettied up for the big event from Aquarius Health & Medispa on Mary Street. Because there’s nothing like a massage and a facial to make youthful Robbert feel all dewy and good looking. 

And since one is in the vicinity, jump across to local designers Harrison James for a gorgeous bespoke suit and pair of ar-cyzk Tricolour Metallic brogues to complete that upmarket local look that fits right in anywhere in Europe.

Head to Riverstage Brisbane, and prepare to kick ass well hard.

Finish the gig to screaming adoration from tens of thousands of Brisbane fans. 

Head to 127 Bar & Bistro for a glass or three of Ardbeg Uigeadail and a commiseration with Venue Manager Tjardo Hilberts that the Dutch still didn’t make it to the finals of the World Cup – and are very unlikely to ever make it. 

Vogue it back to TRYP Brisbane in The Valley, and pop into Fourth Wall to escape the Public Holiday eve madness. Enjoy a Stone & Wood Pacific Ale. Because it would be unAustralian to not sink a Stone & Wood while down under.

Jump into The Beat for some hardcore gabba and hard dance as a nod to Robbert’s dutch traditions and marvel at the exotic creatures that wander back and forth between Ann Street and GLAM at Family Nightclub from McLachlan Street. Stick to Jagarmeister from here-on-out while alternating with jugs of water of course.

End up in bed at TRYP in the wee hours of the day. 

MONDAY

Wake up without a hangover (thanks jugs of water) and refuel around the corner from TRYP at Rogue Bistro & Bar with their spiced mince pot with poached eggs, avocado salsa, creme fraiche and sourdough soldiers. Enjoy with green tea. 

Pre Order an espresso to go from Ltd Espresso Bar, jump into a Vogue Sedan and collect.

Escape the sweltering sub-tropical heat with a trip to Mount Tamborine. Indulge in wine tastings and then enjoy a wonderful lunch of garlic prawns with the char grilled vegetable stack and a selection of inhouse wines from Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery

Walk off the food baby with a wander around the Glow Worm Caves and through the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. Rebuild the appetite through the Gallery Walk shopping precinct, and munch on fudge from Granny Macs while wandering through the German Cuckoo Clock Nest.

Enjoy a disco nap as the Vogue sedan drives Robbert back to Brisbane.

Drop into Bacchus from South Bank and admire the view from the Soleil Pool Bar while refreshing with a Patron Espresso Martini. Inside the restaurant, enjoy premium service over a chocolate brownie with Hazelnut Mousse and Frangelico Ice Cream and wash down with a wine specially selected by Sommelier Andrew Giblin.

Head to the River Quay for a glance of the cityscape from another perspective to then jump into the Vogue Chrysler for the trip the airport that will take dear Robbert away from Brisbane – until the next world Hardwell tour brings him back to our wonderful city and experiences.

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