Ipswich dinner and a show

Want to experience Ipswich's cultural side? Check out the multiple shows and plays on stage with a great dinner!
28 Jul 2017
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

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Ipswich dinner and a show

Some of life’s greatest experiences revolve around food and entertainment. When you want to combine the two in Ipswich, there are various locations to check out a great show and even more options for the actual eating aspect. Here’s a few ideas so you can plan your attack on the dining/entertainment precincts.

Ipswich Civic Centre

Ipswich CBD is where it’s all happening. If you’re after quality entertainment at a fraction of the price you’d pay in the big smoke, the ‘swich is great. The dining options are endless too, with quality restaurants, cafes and cosy dining nooks plotted along the Top of Town and surrounding streets – more on that later. With entertainment in mind, the Ipswich Civic Centre has a year-round program and regularly hosts big-name comedians, major productions and sell-out shows.

A great thing about the Civic Centre is the abundant nearby parking – something you’d definitely be hard-pressed to fine in a capital city. It’s also located right next to the Metro Hotel, so if you’re not keen on driving a long way home, there’s an extended weekend stay option.


One of the huge upcoming productions at Civic Centre is Les Misérables, running in September 2017. Tickets  to the Victor Hugo classic, presented by the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company, are available here. You can check out what else is on at the Civic Centre here.

Les Mis Ipswich

Before you catch the show, you can treat yourself to some quality fine dining in the CBD with a stop at The Cottage Restaurant nearby. One of the newest venues to open in Ipswich, this popular spot will impress any first date! The 1800’s renovated building provides a delightful backdrop with a view of the historic St Mary’s Church from the verandah. Recommendation: try the rabbit or pork belly!


Incinerator Theatre

The Walter Burley Griffin designed Incinerator Theatre is a local treasure! Its two now-retired chimneys (once used to burn the city’s rubbish) are visible from the street and Queens Park precinct, where it’s located. The stacks tower over you as you walk into the venue. This venue is great for history buffs and true theatre lovers, with intimate seating to fit just 80 people! The venue is managed by the Ipswich Little Theatre, which has recently presented The Sum of Us and holds an annual One Act Play festival.


Heisenberg Haus is a great dining option nearby, it’s just a short drive from the venue. The German restaurant is renowned for its huge servings and Pork Knuckle challenge. The great thing about Heisenberg is that you can take your leftovers home and attempt to eat them again after the show!

Heisenberg-Haus pork knuckle

Studio 188

You would’ve driven by Studio 188 and marvelled at its beautiful Art Deco facade. The historical building was once a Baptist Church and is now a regular host for events like Groove and Grape and many other musical performances. It’s one venue that’s certainly worth making time for, to see what’s on check here.


The recently-completed 88 Limestone precinct is now home to Pumpyard Bar and Brewery and sister restaurant, Dovetails Restaurant. Newcomer Dovetails serves modern cuisine with a fine dining twist, while Pumpyard is well known for its easy burgers and tasty share plates like frickles. 4 Hearts beer is available on tap at BOTH locations!

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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