I'm posting this article, mainly for the comments people have written on the Courier Mail website. It appears that it isn't just Adelaideans who love to unleash vitriol on their home town.....
It's official Brisbane we're so hip to be (King George) Square that travel bible Lonely Planet names River City nation's coolest
Jeremy Pierce •
The Courier-Mail •
January 07, 2014 12:00AM
IT WOULD be enough to make the southern hipsters choke on their chai lattes.
The latest Australian edition of travel bible Lonely Planet has named Brisbane the country's coolest city.
That's right, the once-boring business centre home to XXXX beer, Broncos and bland office towers is now cooler than Sydney and Melbourne, according to the writers from The Lonely Planet, publishers of the world's most widely-read Australian guidebook.
The new edition, released just before Christmas, describes Brisbane as Australia's "hippest city" and a star on the rise.
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"Booming Brisbane is an energetic river town on the way up with an edgy arts scene, pumping nightlife and great coffee and restaurants," the guidebook says.
"Brisbane is Australia's most underrated city.
"Sub-culture undercurrents run deep here with cool bookshops, globally-inspired restaurants and cafes, bars and band rooms aplenty."
The generous praise might mystify Melburnians and stun Sydneysiders, who have long regarded themselves as Australia's true culture vultures and coolest cats. But the praise comes as no surprise to locals in the know.
Emily Nunes, 33, who co-owns newly opened bar and restaurant Papa Jack's with her husband Marco, said Brisbane has "come into its own".
"There are new bars constantly opening," she said. "I do think that people are really striving for high-quality and quirky offerings.
"We have a really good coffee culture, some of the best bartenders in the country, and we've got a fabulous climate."
Bardon hipster Hannah Rowe, 27, said Brisbane was picking up its act.
"I've definitely noticed that in the last year or two there have been so many new bars, restaurants and cool little venues popping up," she said.
"The culture aspect of Brisbane has really come along."
Bar and restaurant owner Adrian Mezzina said it was an exciting time for the river city.
"There's been a lot happen over the last few years," he said.
"It was this big, sleepy town maybe 10 years ago, but you couldn't say that any more.
"Even friends of mine who visit from down south are kind of blown away with what Brisbane has to offer these days, whether it's restaurants, or bars or clubs."
WHAT THE LONELY PLANET SAYS ABOUT BRISBANE:
* Pumping night-life
* Edgy arts scene
* Cool book shops
* Globally-inspired restaurants
* Great cafes
* Abundance of live music and band venues
Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said Lonely Planet's verdict reaffirmed what Brisbanites already knew.
"When you have a great place to live, people will want to come and visit you," he said.
"The word is spreading and people are starting to appreciate the different textures and vibes to Brisbane."
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said he was delighted Lonely Planet shared his enthusiasm for Brisbane's fantastic lifestyle and tourism offerings.
"Brisbane is a New World City with an enviable subtropical climate, lively alfresco dining scene, green spaces, world-class art galleries and premier events," Cr Quirk said.
He also said the G20 summit in November would place the world's spotlight on Brisbane.