Things to do
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.
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!
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!
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!