It was a wintery Wednesday night when Yelp's Brisbane Community dressed with warmer temps in mind and made their way to The Jubilee Hotel for Brisbane's first Yelper Party. More than 250 Yelpers celebrated Brisbane’s biggest Yelp event since its launch in the city in 2012.
With tiki-torches lighting the entrance, guests were welcomed by Lei greeters and tribal tunes before entering a tropical oasis of floral arrangements (thanks to Flowers in Hand), the cutest pineapples you have ever seen from Food Connect and a sea of costumes.
There was plenty to eat thanks to our great food partners with Yelpers dining on a feast of gourmet delights. Who could deny themselves a gourmet “haute” dog from Snag Stand or the resoundingly popular sriracha marshmallow which won Maria Palitos a legion of new fans. There was also pineapple coconut fairy floss from Spun Fairy Floss, a selection of steamed buns from Happy Little Dumplings (let’s stop for a moment and think about the custard bun) and a selection of samples from The Jubilee’s new menu.
Last but certainly not least, closet brownie lovers came out thick and fast for I Heart Brownie’s exclusive creation for the evening.Yelper Cynthia W spills the beans: “May I say I heart I Heart Brownies? Coconut rum brownies. Are you geniuses over there? Why can’t you bake in my home everyday?”
Lines gathered at the Patrón pop-up bar for their passionfruit coconut cocktail and samples of their XO Café. Mexican Bulldogs or Margoronas (a margarita with a Corona) appeased happy drinkers as they made their way around the dance floor. For the craft beer enthusiast local beer guru Matt Kirkegaard hand-picked a range of craft beers and ciders for guests. From Stone & Wood to Dr Pilkington’s Miracle Cider - there was a drink for everyone.
Of course, what’s a Tiki party without some cheek? The Bombshell Burlesque and Beauty Academy upped the cheek levels with two performances rousing the audience. Fire twirling, hip swaying and more left us all wanting more when Heilani Polynesian Entertainment Group captivated the crowd with their moves. A few game Yelpers even tried their own hand and shaking a tail feather. Shakira’s hips have nothing on these guys!
When feet were tired and tummies full, guests could kick back in the IKEA lounge manned by Sidekickers,Chloe and Nikita.
The evening would have been nothing without the support of two very special partners on the night. Our venue, The Jubilee Hotel and our charity partner, headspace (auspiced by Aftercare).
To all who came along and celebrated with Yelp Brisbane - thank you! You can see all the photos by Andrew Watt Photography here, read the reviews and share your experience of the night and keep your eyes peeled for more great events.
See You On Yelp,
Lani P (Brisbane Community Manager)