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Ironic yet affectionate term for the city of Brisbane, Australia (population nearing 1.7 million these days). It's also a city a lot of people - especially southerners - like to rag, however I personally love the place and consider the people to be intelligent and friendly, and the weather fantastic. There's nothing hick-like about this town. Perhaps there was in the Sir Joh era (circa 1980s), but certainly not anymore.

As far as I am aware, the term "Brisvegas" originated as an ironic association with Las Vegas, to pay out on Brissy's less-than-perfect nightlife scene and perhaps its general "things to do" factor (at the time). And yet, while meant to be an insult initially, recently Brisbanites have "reclaimed" the word, of sorts, as an endearing term for a city that, while not exactly being "where it's at" in any sense of the word, is still a pretty cool place to live.
by Richard December 22, 2003
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Briefly, "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own." Originally from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which has a lot more beautiful neologism definitions like this you might enjoy.
I felt deep sonder thinking about the all the people who looked up this word along with me.
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In the early 90s, Brisbane was just starting to wake up from being a sleepy big country town. The alternative scene of musos and general party animals still saw the town as the aforementioned sleepy big country town where restaurants shut early and pubs closed at midnight.

To take the mickey they started to nickname their town 'BrisVegas' because it was nothing like the 24 hour American party city.

The nickname stuck, and as Brisbane emerged as a modern city sometimes the origins of this nickname as mistaken and taken to mean that Brisbane was likened to Las Vegas - when it was the opposite.
Regurgitator, that quaintly strange BrisVegas band, took the nation by storm with their mix of electronica and rock.
by Stormin_Norman August 21, 2010
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Affectionate but irritating term used for the city of Brisbane.
According to The Age: 'A staffer from Brisbane's Time Off magazine reckons it was coined as a result of an Elvis tribute CD it put out in 1994.'As do I. The term never existed before this, but within a few years was adopted idiotically by Brisbane yuppies, who had no idea of said indie CD compilation that coined the term. Another example of indie culture seeping into the mainstream, and its origins being forgotten.
Brisvegas rocks! Let's go to Friday's!
by kitty November 27, 2003
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Slang that Australians use for Brisbane, the capital of Queensland on the east coast of Australia. Refers to sun-loving, carefree lifestyle associated with the city and Queensland generally by many Australians (mirroring the way the US feels about Los Vegas)
I'm staying with a mate in Bris Vegas for a few months, just kicking back, been hitting the surf. I'm sleeping on his floor.
by Johan21 June 01, 2006
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Local term to describe Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, and declared the most livable city in Australia several years running. Brisbane has a population of around 1.5 million, and is the centre of the South-East Queensland corridor that runs from the Sunshine Coast to the New South Wales border (although some would include the northern coast of New South Wales around Kingscliffe in this definition.) This area has the dubious distinction of being the fastest growing region in Australia, with the Gold Coast hosting an annual drunken debauch called "Schoolie's Week" in November-December.

Connection to Las Vegas... It seems to have been coined when they decided to turn a lovely, but derelect building in the heart of the city into a casino.
Going to Brisvegas to learn how to live.
by The Sidhe October 22, 2003
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A nickname used by Australians to lovingly but very much ironically call the Queensland capital. Brisbane, although beautiful and my home of homes, is NOTHING like Vegas.
When you "pary it up in Bris Vegas" you come home well rested, with a tan. Unless you are unlucky enough to visit on one of the 20 days a year it rains. Then you are just bored.
by Luci Lockette June 22, 2011
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