New 24/7 Basketball Training Facility Opens in West End

Great news for summer! Did you know that a new 24/7 basketball training facility is set to open in West End?  

Introducing, The Basketball Lab, which is the brainchild of former Sydney Kings development player Jayden Hodgson. The new basketball facility will occupy space on Montague Road in West End and is tentatively set to open on 8 December 2022.

The Basketball Lab, which is the brainchild of former Sydney Kings development player Jayden Hodgson
The Basketball Lab is the brainchild of former Sydney Kings development player Jayden Hodgson | Photo credit:  Facebook / Niagara Park Stadium

It will offer 24/7 access to its resources including professional-grade shooting bays featuring brand-new Dr Dish shooting machines that can record and track a player’s shooting performance including makes, misses and percentages. 

The Basketball Lab also offers access to one-on-one coaching by professional basketball coaches who will help them analyze, evaluate and improve their shooting skills, individual sessions to help overall skill set and performance, and the Player Initiative Program that will provide hoopers with the tools they need to be highly competitive players.

Members will likewise have access to the weight room, lounge and Open gym where a squad could come in and compete in short, fast-paced games against other teams.

Meanwhile, non-members who want to give the facility a try or don’t need regular access can visit The Basketball Lab via a Casual Pass for $30 (Kids Casual Pass = $15). It already covers a one-time entry and access to free courts, shooting bays, shooting machines and any open gym runs being played.

Pricing summary:

  • Shooting session:
    Non-members=$80, Bronze=$80, Silver=$80, Gold=$64
  • Individual session:
    Non-members=$100, Bronze=$100, Silver=$80, Gold=$50
  • Open Gym:
    Non-members=$30, Free for Bronze, Silver and Gold members
  • Facility access:
    Non-members=$30/day, Bronze=$30-$35/pw, Silver=$40-$45/pw, Gold=$50-$55/pw
  • Shooting machine:
    Non-members=$30, Free for Bronze, Silver and Gold members
  • Weight zone:
    Non-members=$30, Free for Bronze, Silver and Gold members
  • Bring a kid (U12’a Only):
    Non-members=$15, Bronze=$10, Silver=$5, Gold=Free (24/7)

The Basketball Lab is located at 4/208 Montague Road, West End. Keep an eye out for more updates by visiting their website and social media.

Unit 4/208 Montague Rd, West End QLD 4101, Australia

Middle Eastern Restaurant Ehden Bar and Kitchen Debuts in West End

Craving for some Middle Eastern foods such as hummus or baba ganoush? Head over to Ehden Bar and Kitchen in West End, a new restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine, alongside flavours of the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Settle in and start off with some roasted cauliflower hummus served with fried chickpeas and cumin or get the refreshing beetroot hummus. Other options include tons of mezze (small plates of savoury snacks) like the pacific oysters, house-made Lebanese sausages, crumbed feta stuffed olives and aioli, and BBQ octopus. 

For mains, the whole grilled chicken is an ideal sharing dish, served with heirloom tomato, cucumber fattoush salad, rustic fries, coleslaw and grilled pita. They also serve freshly shucked oysters best paired with a cocktail or wine from their drinks menu.

Restaurateur Simon Barakat is behind the newest addition to the West End eatery. He also co-owns two of Brisbane’s most celebrated restaurants, The Defiant Duck in Newstead and Il Verde in Fortitude Valley. 

Mr Barakat got the name of the restaurant from Ehden, a mountainous town in the northern mountains of Lebanon. It’s surrounded by a stunning forest and refreshed by a breathtaking  water stream which bursts off it’s eastern mountain.

“For over 400 years, every summer the people of nearby coastal village of Zgharta leave their homes and migrate to Ehden to enjoy the cooler days, time with loved ones and the beauty of the area. This place is where our story begins,” Ehden Bar & Kitchen posted on their website.

True to its name, Ehden’s function venues are ideal for get-together. The ‘Garden of Ehden’ is an exclusive garden oasis that can seat 60. Those who want to keep it private may opt for The Cellar, an underground bar and dining space. Like The Cellar, the main bar is ideal for hosting a private dining event or stand-up cocktail party.

Ehden Bar and Kitchen is now taking bookings for lunch and dinner. They are located at 400 Montague Rd, West End and opens seven days from 11:30 am until late. They will be closed from 23 December 2019 and will reopen on 3 January 2020 with the normal trade hours. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

It’s World Gin Day Celebration at West End’s Covent Garden

Gin is popular for its broad categories that results to various styles, flavour profiles, and origins. To celebrate its “almost boundless” types, the biggest gin party, World Gin Day 2018, is happening at Covent Garden in West End on 9 June from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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The event will showcase over 170 craft gins from all over the world. Everybody is invited to join the fest.

If you are not (yet) a gin lover, you just might come to love it after this event. Get the 3-hour beverage package that is served along with a selection of canapés, including Gin Cured Salmon, Manchego Croquettes, Paprika Chicken Kebabs, Beetroot Bruschetta and Chorizo Tarts.

It’s the kind of party that you shouldn’t miss, plus there will be amazing prizes and live music all throughout the night.

Whether you drink it with tonic or mix it up with other drinks, there is no wrong way to drink this alcoholic beverage. The drink itself is beloved all over the world hence an entire day dedicated to it.

Enjoy palatable elixirs that will keep you all boozed up!

Get your tickets here.

Also Read: Hundred Types Of Gin, Immense Gardens At Upcoming Covent Garden Event At West End

Address: 142 Boundary Street, West End Brisbane, QLD 4101 Australia

Uber Continues To Grow With New Facility In West End, Ola Enters Brisbane Market

Ridesharing continues to be competitive in Brisbane, with top player Uber opening an in-person support hub in West End and competitor Ola entering the local market.

Uber was launched in Queensland in 2014 but has dealt with several battles against taxi companies and members of parliament for almost two years as ride-sharing then was illegal. Following the struggles the ride networking giant had to face in the past, the company continues to flourish despite the influx of other ride sharing services such as Lyft and Backseat.

As part of its growth, the first Greenlight Hub of Uber in Brisbane has opened in the West End to provide in-person support to customers. The global transportation network company has found its place at 252 Montague Road.

As Uber grows, so does the competition. Indian ridesharing giant Ola has recently entered Brisbane and the Gold Coast as it continues its rollout in the Australian market.

Since its entry into Australia, Ola has operated in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Canberra.

To celebrate Ola’s launch in Bribane, the company is offering one free ride valued up to $20. Ola also shows its leverage with its no-surge pricing. Its next target is to operate in Darwin, Hobart, and Adelaide.

Paniyiri Festival 2018 At West End

Back for its 42nd year, the Paniyiri Greek Festival will be happening on 19-20 May at Musgrave Park at the West End and at the Greek Club in South Brisbane. Get ready for a weekend of dancing, great Greek feast, music, and many more!

Over 60,000 Greeks and honorary Greeks are expected to turn up to this weekend-long festival.

There will be over 36 food stalls that will offer the distinct flavours of the renowned mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy delicious haloumi, souvlaki, moussake, baklava, and many more!

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There will also be a lot of dancing, plate smashing, grape stomping, and to Zorba till you drop! You also don’t want to miss the honey puff guzzling competitions.

On Saturday night, watch the great dance-off between Channel Seven and Hit105 stars compete against the title of Greek Dancing with the Stars.

There is also a special place for your kids are the Kids Zone area that will be offering free crafts and games along with dance lessons with the Junior Hellenic Dancers Group. Story Time, a much-awaited session, will keep the younger ones entertained

Photo credit: The West End Magazine

This festival is Queensland’s largest cultural festival. The Paniyiri was established in 1976 and it is a community initiative. The funds that they acquire are given to the South-East Queensland Greek community through the Greek Orthodox Community of St. George., Brisbane’s oldest Greek community.

Get your tickets here.

Address: 121 Cordelia St.

Hundred Types of Gin, Immense Gardens at Upcoming Covent Garden at West End

After closing Lock ‘n’ Load, the bistro’s owners are refurbishing the space to create a modern gin house.

Covent Garden will be serving more than a hundred types of gin to patrons at the former Lock ‘n’ Load location at 142 Boundary Street in West End.

True to its name, Covent Garden will feature a refreshing tropical garden, where guests can relax and enjoy the quenching drinks the bar can offer. The venue will have upper and lower courtyards, a stained-glass skydome and a balcony with a view of Boundary Street.

The multi-level gin joint will offer a wide selection of Australian craft gins, ciders and craft beers on tap. Food at the gin bar is sure to go well with the drinks. The menu would include to-share boards, roast lamb shoulder, smoked salmon and boutique sandwiches.

Adapting to Development

The new gin joint took inspiration from West End, London’s Covent Garden, which used to be a fruit and vegetable market. After massive traffic and development engulfed the area, Covent Garden was transformed to cater to the broader demand. Today, it is a popular shopping and dining destination bursting with history and culture.

The Brisbane Covent Garden can relate to the London story. As high-rise developments flourish around the West End suburb, the owners of the former Lock ‘n’ Load bistro felt that there is a need for a grander change.

The venue is expected to open on 16 November 2017.

Covent Garden will be giving away a double pass to its launch party. Sign up for updates to enter the draw.

Learn and Enjoy Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking at West End

It’s always a challenge finding vegetarian and vegan food around. That’s why the best weapon that any vegetarian and vegan can have is the ability to prepare their own food.

Three times a year, the West End branch of the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga (ASMY) presents ‘Hands-On Interactive Vegan/Vegetarian Cooking Class‘ suited for beginners and experienced cooks looking for new ideas and techniques.

Each class is different and the same class is never repeated. The next cooking classes for 2017 are on Saturday, 12 August 2017 and Saturday, 11 November 2017.

Upcoming Event Details

What: Hands-On Interactive Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking Class
When: Saturday, 12 August 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Saturday, 11 November 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Australian School of Meditation and Yoga
236 Montague Rd, West End
Cost: $60 per person


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The classes present fresh food ideas and cooking tips for vegetarians and vegans. Attendees will be able to take home a comprehensive cookbook with vegan recipes. Only 24 participants can be accepted at the classes.

All the recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts presented at the classes are guaranteed healthy and delectable at the same time. The Hands-On Interactive Vegan/Vegetarian Cooking Class is also an ideal event for those needing advice and tips as they transition into this new lifestyle.

Aside from the cooking class, participants will get a glimpse of what’s being offered at ASMY, including meditation, gentle stretching, breathing and kirtan.

Visit the ASMY website to find out more.

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