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Are you Ready for The Urban Weekender Brisbane?


The weather is perfect and you are desperate for something to do.

Did you know that The Urban List and American Express are teaming up to host Australia’s first Urban Weekender? What does this mean? It means that if you are an American Express Card Member and you head out to Brisbane & South Bank this weekend, you will be able to enjoy a weekend dedicated to eating, drinking and shopping!


What: Urban Weekender, presented by Shop Small.
Where: Various locations around Brisbane
When: Saturday November 4 and Sunday November 5, 2017


All of these everyday merchants accept American Express for payment, which means that you can earn points on every dollar that you spend, and save money on these special deals at the same time. WIN!


A Closer Look at some of the Deals:

You will be able to find Shop Small participating merchants across various locations around Brisbane, but for our trip, we decided to hang out around South Bank.

Deals vary from merchant to merchant, so it would be best to visit the Urban Weekender list to find the deals that excite you the most!

Here are some of the merchants that have exclusive deals on offer:


Brooklyn Depot

South Brisbane, QLD

Brooklyn Depot South Bank

The Brooklyn Depot is a popular restaurant situated on Grey Street. For the Urban Weekender they have their Special BOM (Burger of the Month) on offer for $18. If you are keen to try out something unique and something different, order their Chicken Fried Steak Burger. It is a milk bun burger with chicken fried steak, some mushroom pepper sauce, sautéed onions, a few slices of pickles and provolone. We loved the Brooklyn Depot cocktails as an accompaniment to the burger! Yummm!


Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar

South Brisbane, QLD

Cowch Dessert Bar

The Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar is a truly adorable and colorful little bar, situated on Grey Street. They have a super deal on for the Urban Weekender. Any one who comes in and buys a cocktail each (minimum 2) will receive a FREE small churros valued at $9.95. Those churros were WAY too yummy!! Probably the best churros I have had in Australia! The trick at Cowch is to resist trying out every single item on their menu! Go check it out and you will see what I mean!


Bucci Restaurant

Fortitude Valley, QLD

Bucci Resaurant is one of the favourite Italian restaurants amongst the locals in Brisbane. Head to James Street in Fortitude Valley to get your Aperol Spritz fix, with a side of arancini balls for FREE!


Other Participating Small Shops:

  • Malt Traders (South Bank) – Grab one of their picnic boards and enjoy a picnic on South Bank.
  • Calexico (Brisbane) – Enjoy a personal styling session.
  • Chouquette (New Farm) – Buy a bostock (aka almond french toast) and receive 6 chouquettes for FREE.

For the full list of participating merchants, visit the Urban Weekender.


Reasons why we love our American Express Card:

See more benefits of American Express here.

1.  We love that we can earn reward points on every day purchases, such as at these participating Urban Weekender merchants.

2.  We love that American Express is accepted at small businesses, as well as at the large retailers.

3.  We love that the reward points at American Express never expire!

4.   We love the convenience of having the option of paying via three digital wallets – Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay.

5. We love the awesome offers that we can snap up through our Amex App. For the month of Shop Small Card Members can receive $10 credit for every $20 they spend in participating businesses, up to a total of $50!

Do ensure you take along your American Express Card to this weekend as all of these merchants are happy to receive payment via your card.


Enjoy the Day Out at South Bank

South Bank is perfect for a day out! So, whilst you might be lunching & dining yourself to bliss, do take some time out to also enjoy a stroll around South Bank itself! The flowers are in bloom and we especially loved the Jacaranda trees lining the river.

South Bank Brisbane

Of course, with the hot weather we have been having, we also highly recommend you take your swimmers along, so you can enjoy a refresh and cool down. The Streets Beach is also popular amongst the adults, whilst the kids will enjoy burning some energy at either the Boat Pool or the Aquativity.

South Bank QLD

We had a lovely time at South Bank! We hope you make the most of the weather and head out to Brisbane for the first Urban Weekender.


Leave us a Comment:

  • Will you be heading to the Urban Weekender this weekend?
  • Which of the above deals do you want to try out?


Disclaimer: This article was produced in partnership with American Express.

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