Monday, November 23, 2009

A Long Day in Brisbane

Saturday was a long and enjoyable day for me.

The festivites started at around 10:40am at Melbourne airport and ended at around 3am Sunday morning at the Treasury Casino in Brisbane.

The reason for the trip was a Gentlemen's Trip Away coinciding with the Melbourne Victory playing Brisbane Roar on Saturday evening.

Some things I have learnt:

1. Brisbane has weather that is very condusive to drinking a lot;
2. A casino at 3am is a strange creature;
3. Vodka and Coke is a refreshing change;
4. Beer before noon is allowed; and
5. Apparently it rained in Melbourne.

So a few thanks have to be said to:

a) Ming the fabulous BlackJack dealer who turned my $100 into $200 in 10 minutes;
b) the 3 gentlemen who joined me on the trip and organised most of it;
c) The Caxton Hotel for somehow being able to be a sports bar and nightclub;
d) The casino bouncers for breaking a punters wrist just so the crowd at 3am had something to watch; and
e) My liver for still functioning today.

And if you are wondering the standard of cabs was excellent. And there were plenty of them still driving around at 3am compared to what happens in Melbourne.


Margarita Milonguita said...

Vodka and Coke? Hmmm.
And where's my share of that win?

Jayne said...

Voddy and coke....hope you rehydrated at some point :P

dam buster said...

Vodka and Coke - I know I had the same thoughts before trying it.

By then I had already had my fill of beer and then gin and tonics and could not look a bourbon in the eye so it was a good alternative.

Mags - shares?? It was nice to hold a $100 note!!!

Jaybe - Still re-hydrating today I think!

Margarita Milonguita said...

Buy me an old fashioned at one of the many fabulous cocktail bars in Melbourne and we'll call it even. You need to exorcise those voddy and coke demons away.

dam buster said...

Righto Mags.

A VC was good in the circumstances. I do not think i will be heading back in a hurry though!

Margarita Milonguita said...

Good to hear... but you know me and my snobby ways. If my drink is served in the wrong glass... watch out!
2 more days till old fashioned Friday! Yahoo! Never thought I'd be excited about drinking bourbon. In anything else-blah.

dam buster said...

OK.. Well better make sure they have the correct glasses then!

Margarita Milonguita said...

That's for sure- and decent bourbon. I'll throw a tanty if they don't!
That's why Madame Brussels is so wrong. Pre made jugs of cocktails.
They should be hung and quartered.
My idea of a pre mixed drink is buying a beer and drinking it straight from the bottle.
If I'm paying 16 bucks plus for a drink, you had bloody well better make it from scratch and top shelf ingredients!!!

dam buster said...

Pre made jugs of cocktails! OMG that is shameful. Like premixed Bourbon and coke.

The only pre-mixed ones should be in the form of a frozen daquiri and that only applies in tropical conditions!!

Margarita Milonguita said...

NOOOOOOOOO!!! Frozen Daiquiri's are OUT for me... pre mixed anything is foul.

Cocktails must be like making a good meal. Fresh and quality ingredients that you build into something to enjoy and savour. There is too much instant and processed in this world.
That's why I love slow food,well made drinks,quiet gatherings,books and old records. As much as I appreciate technology (such as the internet)I live an analogue lifestyle.

dam buster said...

Hey the frozen ones were like $2 so I guess you get what you pay for!

Margarita Milonguita said...

Expensive doesn't always mean good.
You can get food and drink that is both cheap and cheerful.. not just nasty.

dam buster said...


But when it comes to drinks in venues late at night cheap = nasty

Margarita Milonguita said...

Very true... but at this age it's simply a sign that it's time to go home.

dam buster said...

Yep. When I saw a few of them at the bar I started to wonder why I was there too! 15 mins later I was out of there.