Insect-inspired cocktails and egg shaped desserts are just some of the quirky additions you’ll find at Portside Wharf restaurants while the circus is in town, with the much anticipated Cirque du Soleil show OVO – a teaming world of insects, coming to the Northshore Riverside Park between July 14 and September 2.

Restaurants and retailers across the riverside dining precinct at Hamilton, Brisbane, are getting into the Cirque-spirit, creating their own world of crazy cocktails, fancy foods and sizzling specials.

Famous for their cocktails, Byblos will add two limited edition Cirque-inspired concoctions to their list – the Queen Bee Martini and Orvalho Treacle, with those who present their Cirque ticket receiving the two for one offer.

Gusto da Gianni is turning into a Bug Kingdom filled with special cocktails and mocktails such as Heimlich and Francis the Ladybug. Ticket holders will enjoy 20 per cent off their bill.

You’ll also save 20 per cent at Portside’s newest riverfront dining venue, Belvedere Bar and Grill, where you can enjoy pre-show dinner in the stylish restaurant or drinks and tapas on the huge deck.

Sono Japanese Restaurant is serving a special Sono-Ovo dessert in a glass egg, while Mövenpick Ice cream at Portside is offering guests attending Cirque a free hot beverage with the purchase of a plated dessert.

Manx is offering an early bird special for pre-show dinner, with guests seated before 6.30pm receiving  lunch prices on the dinner menu.

Cruisers Café Bar & Grill is offering a $35 banquet including bread and dips, choice of main course and  home made dessert and a glass of wine or coffee.

Take your ticket to Chez Laila for a free beverage with any meal order during lunch Monday to Friday or 15 per cent off your bill on Friday or Saturday night.

Dendy Cinemas Portside is offering ticket holders two for one regular daytime movie tickets from Monday to Friday and Ella Bache Hamilton, a one hour Signature Facial for only $55 (normally $92) or a one hour Spa Pedicure for only $45 (normally $75).

And for some Cirque retail therapy, visit Urbbana with your Cirque du Soleil ticket to receive $50 off any Urbbana men’s or women’s shirt or a pair of Urbbana men’s shoes, or Tracey Mathers for 15 per cent off all full priced merchandise.

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