How to enjoy cool summer nights in the Swich

Enjoy an evening drink or meal, catch a live show or enjoy the night markets.
07 Nov 2021
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

We all know the summer days in Ipswich can get hot, but as the sun goes down it’s the perfect time to head out and enjoy a drink with friends and family in the cool night air.

Do your shopping at the Ipswich Twilight Markets

Ipswich Twilight Markets

As the afternoon sun gets ready to set the Ipswich Twilight Markets are opening up with great stalls, food and entertainment.

In the same location as the markets is a zero depth water playground which will help keep you and the kids cool.

Held the first Friday night of the month from 3pm-8pm.

See a show at Banshees

Banshees Bar, Ipswich

Banshees Bar and Art Space hosts live gigs on the weekends.  In fact they’ve single handedly brought over 500 bands to Ipswich since they started operations five years ago.

And recently they were a nominated in the Queensland Music Awards Metro Venue of the Year awards category.

They’re also great at whipping up cocktails and a great meeting place to kick off your night.

The bar opens at 5pm – 12am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 7pm-12am on Saturday.

Take in some theatre at the Civic Centre

Ipswich Civic Centre

The Ipswich Civic Centre features national and state touring shows as well as local theatre companies.

There’s comedy, music, theatre and kids shows on offer.

You can enjoy a drink pre-show or dinner at the venue then enjoy your evening in airconditioned comfort.

Watch a live gig at Studio 188


Studio 188 is a live entertainment venue in the Top of Town featuring local and touring artists.

The great thing is it’s within walking distance of bars and restaurants.

Sit on the verandah at the heritage listed Indian Mehfil restaurant

Valentine's Day at Indian Mehfil

Indian Mehfil is an authentic Indian restaurant set inside a heritage building that used to be a bank.  If the night air is cool sit outside on the verandah and sip on a delicious cocktail.

Open for dinner from 5pm-9.30pm seven days a week.

Enjoy a meal under the stars at Pumpyard Bar and Brewery


The Pumpyard Bar and Brewery has laneway dining which allows you to down some craft beers as the sun sets and have dinner under the stars.

Open from 12pm-9pm Wednesday and Thursday, until 10pm Friday and Saturday nights.

Dinner on the deck at Fourthchild Cafe and Restaurant

FourthchildFourthchild beef lasagne

Fourthchild Cafe and Restaurant is a great café for breakfast, lunch and dinner, fully licenced with craft beer, wines and spirits.

They also have a large deck area out the back, which has views of St Mary’s Catholic Church, and is a great spot to catch up with friends for a sunset drink or dinner.

Fourthchild are open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights until 9.30pm.

Drinks on the Dovetails deck


Dovetails Restaurant offers relaxed dining with modern classics, they have also won an Australian Winelist of the Year Award and are finalists in the Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence.

If you’re planning on heading out book a spot on the deck to enjoy some afternoon drinks and dinner, it’s a sensational spot.

They are open for dinner from 5.30-9pm Tuesday-Thursday and until 10pm Friday and Saturday nights.

German hospitality at Heisenberg Haus

Heisenberg Haus

Located in the Top of Town Ipswich Heisenberg Haus offers German inspired cuisine in a beautiful contemporary environment.  They also have some great German beers available.

Book a table outside if the night is cool or inside for airconditioned comfort.

Open for dinner from 5pm-8pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Cocktail jugs at Memories of India


Memories of India offers authentic Indian delicacies inside one of Ipswich’s beautiful old corner pubs.

They also make up some amazing cocktail jugs which are great to share with friends.

Open for dinner from 5pm-9.30pm seven days a week.

Tackle an epic burger at Ruby Chews Burgers and Shakes

Ruby Chews burger tower

Ruby Chews Burgers and Shakes offers a modern twist on a classic American Burger Bar.

They are also right next to Limelight Cinemas so perfect to enjoy dinner and a movie.

You can dine inside in the air-conditioning, take your food into the movie, or sit outside overlooking the Bremer River.

Open from 5pm-8pm for dinner Monday- Wednesday and 11am-8pm every other day.

Fine dine at The Cottage Restaurant

The Cottage Restaurant

The Cottage Restaurant is a fine dining venue set inside a charming heritage Queenslander offering modern Australian cuisine.

You can sit inside or book a spot on the verandah.

Open for dinner from 6pm-9pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

Sit under the fairy lights at Essence of Indya

Essence of Indya restaurant

Essence of Indya offers tappas and small plates as well as traditional and fusion Indian.  You can choose to sit inside or wander out the back door to the fairy lit courtyard.

Open for dinner from 5pm – 9.30pm seven days a week.

Steak and cocktails at Bakehouse Steakhouse

This contemporary steak restaurant, set inside a century-old bakery, was named the best informal steak restaurant in Queensland in the 2020 Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence.

Bakehouse Steakhouse is open for dinner from 5pm-9pm Sunday to Thursday and until 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

They also have a killer cocktail menu and a courtyard out the back which has a great vibe for Friday or Saturday nights.

Try up to 72 craft beers on tap at the Prince Alfred Hotel

Prince Alfred Hotel

With the largest numbers of craft beers on tap in the Southern Hemisphere, the award-winning Prince Alfred Hotel isn’t hanging it’s hat on it’s beer offerings only.

The restaurant also offers fresh red claw transported directly from Gympie every week, delicious steaks and more!

Open for dining from 11am until late seven days a week.

Other places to enjoy the night air

Commercial Hotel Redbank, Ipswich

Just outside of Ipswich Central you can head to The Racehorse Hotel, The Barn Family Restaurant, Casa Mia Restaurant and Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich.

A bit further away at Grandchester you can find the award-winning Homage Restaurant.  Famous for it’s paddock to plate dishes the hatted restaurant sits inside the Spicers Hidden Vale resort.

Up the Warrego Highway heading towards Toowoomba at Marburg you can find the Marburg Hotel open for dinner offering great pub fare and a deck area to enjoy a few drinks.  There’s also a fine dining restaurant at the Woodlands of Marburg estate.  The Sugarmill Restaurant is set inside the mansion, bookings essential.

At Springfield you can find Indian Tadka and Ballistic Springfield – a craft beer brewery and restaurant open for dinner.

If you’re out Redbank way don’t go past The Commercial Hotel Redbank and if you’re in Goodna head to Big Belly.

For more places to eat including cafes see our Eat and Drink page.


Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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