Ready yourselves for all the nail-biting action of the 2016 State of Origin series. Things are heating up for the first match, when rivals the NSW Blues & QLD Maroons go head to head. There is no better place to catch all the action than the Pineapple Hotel.
Join us at the Pineapple Hotel to watch all three games live, with tap beers, our infamous pizzas, burgers and share plates all available to help you get into the spirit.
Game 1: June 1 2016
Game 2: June 22 2016
Game 3: July 13 2016
Rally the troops and join us at the Pineapple Hotel before, during or after the games to support and celebrate being a Queenslander. Our fingers are crossed for a Queensland clean sweep!
Come on by to enjoy the game or book a table for you and your mates.
For more information, call: 3393 1111
Birthday Speech Tips
Birthdays: cake, presents, parties … speeches. Yep, Dad’s getting on and wants to reminisce, friends are celebrating their 30th birthday and want jokes that’ll dull the pain, and your third cousin just wants some filler while the candles are being lit. If you’ve been “privileged” with the task of presenting for a shindig, we’ve lined up a few birthday speech writing tips to keep the event as quick and painless as possible for everyone involved.
Scan the room
Ask the party planner about the guests rocking up. If toddlers or grandparents with heart conditions are in the front row, you may want to steer clear of any risqué anecdotes. Your buddy’s wife probably doesn’t want to hear an extended speech about his dating record, either. Know your crowd.
Let everyone get a few drinks in
Barring drunk uncle Larry, who’s bound to have tottered in half-cut anyway, most guests will probably take a little while to loosen up. Give them an hour or so to pound back a couple of beers before trying your hand at entertainment. Trust us: the jokes will seem infinitely funnier.
Chuck in a joke
On that note, it’s a good idea to keep birthday speeches light and fluffy. Let’s face it, half the guests are probably annoyed at how long the cake’s taking, and the other half are probably trying to break up a family brawl across the room. A funny speech can set a great vibe and act as a welcome distraction.
Sadly, you’re not immortal
Before you start teasing the birthday boy or girl relentlessly, be aware that you probably don’t have the power to stay 29 forever. Your time will come, and they will find you.
The best speeches end with a toast to the guest of honour. Whether that’s in an effort to tug at everyone’s heartstrings or simply dull the pain with a tonne of alcoholic beverages, it doesn’t really matter. Grab a boozy drink, raise your glass, and breathe easy. You’re done.
Our best tip? Tell Dad you’re out of town for next year’s festivities.
Your best bud, brother, or anonymous acquaintance is getting hitched. Woohoo, it’s party time! But wait: the groom’s asked you to handle a speech for their wedding reception.
Try not to pout too hard – while it may seem like a big chore, presenting a wedding speech doesn’t have to mean your night (or your buddy’s) will be a total bust. Grab a brewskie, find a pen, and use these four speech writing tips to ensure your speech doesn’t end in bored guests, shocked in-laws, or an escort from the room.
Keep it simple, stupid!
Look, it’s a wedding, not your congressional speech. Keep it short and punchy so your buddy’s great-aunt Ida doesn’t start dozing in her seat. A good rule of thumb is to limit the speech to a couple minutes (or maybe half a beer). You don’t really want your moment to end with that please-shut-up music they play at the end of an Oscar acceptance.
Hey, hey, we’ll willingly admit that a funny speech is a great way to lighten the mood (as long as the groom’s father-in-law doesn’t drop his eyebrows too low), but don’t be too mean. It’s all in good fun to tease your mate with some embarrassing stories and inside jokes, but if things get too brutal it can definitely harsh the evening’s buzz. Remember, grandparents will be in attendance.
Look, you might not be a fan of your buddy’s new bride, or maybe your estranged brother has asked you to speak and you’re not feeling the love. If you’re struggling to think of anything nice to say about the happy couple, it’s probably best to bow out before the big day and suggest they pick another guest to speak. Let someone else take that heat!
Be a bro
Most importantly, remember that this isn’t your day. The groom has probably forked out a bucketload of moola for this day, and you’re getting free booze and food out of the deal, after all. Rather than saying things for your own amusement, try to think of what will make your buddy happy. Say some nice words, thank them for a great night, and remember to raise a glass at the end.
Now you’ve got your biggest chore for the wedding handled, it’s officially time to organise a buck’s night to unleash everything you couldn’t say in front of those elderly wedding guests.
Clear your schedule! This Saturday is shaping up to be one of the biggest sporting weekends Brisbane has seen in a long time and there is no better place to be than the Pineapple Hotel!
Suncorp Stadium will be buzzing with Queenslanders this weekend with a massive NRL double-header on the agenda. Reigning champions, the North Queensland Cowboys will be playing against the Melbourne Storm at 5.30pm, where we will the Queensland State of Origin greats go head-to-head. The following game is crowd-favourites, Brisbane Broncos, taking on the Manly Sea Eagles kicking off at 7.30pm.
The sporting bonanza doesn’t end there! The mighty Brisbane Lions are playing on their home turf this Saturday night taking on Collingwood. Kick-off is at 7.00pm at the Gabba, conveniently located around the corner from your go-to drinking spot before the game, the Pineapple Hotel!
More of rugby union fan? The Hurricanes vs. Reds match will be playing live on our big screens at 5.30pm all the way from Wellington.
This Saturday at The Pineapple Hotel table reservations are only available at the Steak House and bookings are filling up fast! The Park Bar $10 menu and normal menu will still be available until 3pm, however no bookings are being taken. Later in the evening, our local act, Tuffy will be playing in the Park Bar after the game at the Gabba.
Rally up the troops and join us at The Pineapple Hotel before, during or after the games to support and celebrate being a Queenslander this Saturday night. Our fingers are crossed for a Queensland clean-sweep!
For more information, call: 3393 1111
COWBOYS vs. MELBOURNE STORM @ Suncorp Stadium – 5.30pm
BRONCOS vs. MANLY SEA EAGLES @ Suncorp Stadium – 7.30pm
BRISBANE LIONS vs. COLLINGWOOD @ The Gabba – 7.00pm
REDS vs. HURRICANES @ away – 5.30pm