Why Brisvegas

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:15
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Been meaning to ask about this for some time.

Why do people call it that. It would be hellishly confusing for O/S visitors. Imagine the argument in a map shop in Amsterdam. "No I vant the the City map of Briswegas, I read about it on a forum"

Does Brisbane have a lot of casinos, or lots of high class hookers, do places have theme parks in their front gardens do people wear especially LOUD clothing. Can you get married at three in the morning?

What's the go and when did it start?
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:25

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:25
I believe the term was initially coined as a swipe at the LACK of night life a few years back.
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:25

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:25
Bright lights ,drug addicts , themed nightclubs , strippers , illegal casinos , "ladies" of the evening on the street corners , "massage" parlours all in 1 sq klm in the "valley" ergo Brisvegas.
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Follow Up By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:31

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:31
Yes,...... but every other Capital City has the same. (OK maybe not Canberra, I can never even find a pub or shop there)

You never hear Melvegas, Las Adelaide, or Sydvegas.
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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:55

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:55
Canberra ... ????? hehehehe


If you find a shop ... you have a found a pub.

Was the first place to allow grog to be sold alongside the cheese and crackers ....
( N.T. by default of course )

Saved the pollies all the stress and exertion of having to manage parking the car twice after a hard day at work .........

Also the first with those taxpayer money storage devices ... pokies ... I think they're called ???

Not to mention the centre of australias mail order porn industry .....

Has more right to be called "Vegas" ... than all of the other capital cities combined .... LOLOL
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 11:03

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 11:03
Troppo , Brisbane has the "valley " no other capital city in Aus has the same , first time that heard the term Brisvegas was round 20 yrs ago from visiting friends from Toowoomba ,all the lights ect , they thought they were in a different country ,LasVegas USA.
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Follow Up By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 18:46

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 18:46
Axel..... ever heard of Kings Cross???

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Brian
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 19:09

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 19:09
Brian , Kings Cross Sydney has always been known as the "Cross " never heard it called anything but , whereas FortitudeValley in Brisbane was allways the "valley" and nowadays Brisvegas , all our capitals and major cities have a "redlight" area and the Cross was the first and still the largest but the "valley" had / has a 'different ' feel ,vibrance ,to the rest. ,,lol.
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Follow Up By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 07:33

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 07:33
Sorry Axel, I misunderstood your Follow-up (621716)..... I get it now! LOL.....

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Brian
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Reply By: Member - Porl - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:55

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:55
Yep, term was coined in the mid 80's I think when you could get a park in the middle of the city on a Friday night because no-one was in it. We had a casino open but nothing else.

Now you can't even get a street parking spot on a Monday night.

So it was certainly a tongue in cheek sarcasm that kind of was funny and has kind of stuck.

The other one that doesn't roll off the tongue as well is brisneyland so probably for that reason alone didn't gain much social traction.

But you know I miss those days cause the parties were fantastic, bands in lounge rooms, parties in every street, now kids go to the valley with their parents credit cards and get smashed and get in fights.
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 11:27

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 11:27
Doin the lap of Queen St, with a casual wave to Rock & Roll George, impressing the sheila's with a drink or two at Top of the State...


Siigghhhh
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Follow Up By: Member - Porl - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 11:30

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 11:30
I still wave to Rock & Roll George and he still waves back, he walks around now, in West End all the time, the local fruit and vege ship alongside the tobacconist and downstairs from Huongs has a deal with him, he can take whatever he wants whenever he wants, their little contribution to keeping him alive. He popped in last saturday morning, picked out a peach, gave me a wink and walked out.
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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 14:03

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 14:03
Geez

I still remember Rock & Roll George in his F J Holden doing the laps in the city, he is an Icon, even when the Trams were there, he would cruise around all night lap after lap, I'm happy to here he is still around.

PS, We used to do the laps to, in an FC Holden and then a E H Holden, but not as often as R & R George.

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Daza
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 15:19

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 15:19
Geez that takes me back, Top of the State and Rock & Roll George......
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Reply By: Lotzi - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 13:33

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 13:33
Gday GoneTroppo
Back when Deluxe coachlines were going, late 80's early 90's, we used to arrive in towns and call out, here we are folks in the bright lights of... Rocky - Rockvegas, Prossy - Prosvegas and then Brissy - Brisvegas .... grew from there... as people would ask, who turned out the lights or are they having a blackout.

Cheers
Lotzi
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Reply By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 13:43

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 13:43
Any others? I know that in the Navy, Geelong used to be referred to as 'Geelongapo' after Olongapo in the Philippines, famous to sailors for the delights it offered.
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Follow Up By: George_M - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 14:18

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 14:18
Compliments of Wiki...

"Bris Vegas, is a name given to the Australian city of Brisbane in Queensland. The source of the nickname, which some believe to have come from the relatively more cosmopolitan cities of Melbourne and Sydney,[1] has never been identified with certainty, although it has been connected with a Sydney Morning Herald headline, an Elvis Presley tribute CD[2] and the city's growing live music scene.[3] It is believed to have been first used in print in a 1996 edition of the Courier Mail,[2] also approximately the time of the opening of the Treasury Casino in Brisbane and the popularisation of poker machines in Brisbane bars and clubs. The name has also been attributed to the city's nightlife[4], relatively compact size of the central business district and previous lack of sophistication when compared with more populated Australian cities[5][6] and also to Las Vegas.[7]"

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Follow Up By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 15:41

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 15:41
Matt
I've been to Geelong heaps of times and never had any delights offered to me. LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - William H (WA) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:05

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:05
Matt,... were you in the Grey funnell line???????????, Pussers was a good learning curv for all of us.

Cheers for now...William H...Bunbury...WA.
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Follow Up By: Lotzi - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 08:25

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 08:25
Geeez, all the ol pussers on this site.

Have a mate who's parents wanted to surprise him on his first voyage, flew over to Singa, was told he was out with his mates, they went down to boogie st, yep walked into the bar, there he was ..... dance of the flames ..... mum was shocked, dad had a grin ..... the rest is history... lol

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 16:49

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 16:49
William,

Yep, just got out last year after 24 years. Kind of miss it in some ways, but not in others. Family life much easier, but now I have to pay to go out on a boat as well....

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 12:51

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 12:51
Just mention you are having thoughts of getting back in and you will get permission to buy one.

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Reply By: BenDiD - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:12

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:12
As a former local who lived in Brisbane through the 80s, 90s and part of this century I can definitely say its a tongue in cheek reference to the lack of nightlife or anything exciting in Brisbane.

It came into use in the 90s. In true Brisbane tradition its not even original - its stolen from Rockhampton's "Rockvegas" which has been in use for a lot longer.



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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 21:37

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 21:37
Garn - its just a gamble driving there!

Max
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