Where to eat, drink and get the best view for this year’s Riverfire
With September on the horizon, so too is the arrival of Brisbane Festival. The month will serve up a bevy of theatre, music and art and will cap off with Brisbane’s biggest party. Following a one-year hiatus, Sunsuper Riverfire will light up Brisbane’s sky once again on Saturday September 25, and the banks of the Brisbane River will be lined with revellers keen to see the fireworks displays and aerial antics. If you’re searching for the perfect vantage point to take in the display and fill your rumbling belly at the same time, we’ve rounded up some of our top picks …
Will & Flow, Brisbane City: Riverfire’s cracking display of pyrotechnics can only be improved with some sumptuous sips and snacks, and that’s exactly what event-goers will get in spades at the Will & Flow Riverfire party. From 6:00 pm, revellers can kick off the evening with delectable seafood bites from an impressive oyster and caviar station whilst they enjoy decadent drinkables included in the lavish three-hour beverage package – think Veuve Clicquot champagne, refreshing spritzes, house spirits, a clutch of Australian and international beers, a selection of red and white wines, and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests won’t go hungry either, as there is plenty more feasting on the cards with delicious canapes and sweet waffle cocoa cones for dessert. Tickets to this waterfront soiree are $279 and can be secured here.
Fiume Bar at Crystalbrook Vincent, Brisbane City: Escape the bustling Howard Smith Wharves below and take in sweeping river and city views from underneath Brisbane’s Story Bridge at Fiume Bar at Crystalbrook Vincent. Good vibes will be in high supply from 5:00 pm with three hours of spuntino canapes, a luxe beverage package of high-end wine, brews, classic cocktails and local spritzes, and a local DJ providing the beats. Tickets to this elegant event are $220 and can be purchased at the Crystalbrook Vincent website.
Riverland, Brisbane City: Riverfire is best enjoyed as close to the river as you can get, and you can’t get much closer than Riverland. For $99, you can snag a three-hour house beverage package (kicking off from 5:30 pm), a $15 kitchen voucher, unobstructed river views and priority bar service or for $149 you can get all of that but with a three-hour premium package. Pinching pennies? Opt for the $25 general admission and you can still watch all of the action from one of the best vantage points on the Brisbane River. Snag a ticket here.
Jade Buddha, Brisbane City: Join the Jade Buddha crew in its Shadow Lounge for a very special Riverfire party. From 5:00 pm, indulge in an unlimited three-hour food and drinks package for just $125 per person, with amazing views of the fireworks over Story Bridge and Eagle Street Pier. Tipples included in the package are Mudhouse Sauvignon Blanc, Days of Rose, Innocent Bystanders Prosecco, Tatachilla Shiraz Cab, XXXX Gold, Hahn Super Dry, Kirin, James Squire 150 Lashes, James Squire Orchard Crush Cider, James Squire Ginger Beer, Aperol spritz and Pimms fruit cup. Purchase a ticket here.
WET Deck at W Brisbane, Brisbane City: WET Deck is setting the scene for an unforgettable Riverfire with incomparable views of the fireworks over Brisbane River. From 6:00 pm, live chef stations will be plating up Asian street food and charcuterie, gourmet canapes and desserts like rainbow popcorn and choc-covered strawberries dipped in pop rocks. Signature cocktails like the Bangin’ Martini and Poppin & Rockin’ Margie (garnished with pop rocks for a bang) will be making an appearance alongside a bevy of DJs. To secure your ticket (which are $242 each inclusive of booking fee), head here.
Three Blue Ducks, Brisbane City: Soak up the pyrotechnical energy with front-row seats to the fireworks at Three Blue Ducks, which is offering exceptional views of the river alongside live acoustic tunes by ELEEA. The Three Blue Ducks culinary crew will be serving up a four-course feast and two-hour drinks package. Start with wood-roasted Harvey Bay scallops or beef tartare with Marky’s special sauce. Mains include well-loved favourites like wood-roasted half lamb rack with smoked potato, spring greens and dutch carrots and crisp skin coral trout with celeriac, peas, broad beans, clams and ham broth. Round off the evening with salted chocolate delice and rhubarb and strawberry gum frangipani tarts. Tickets are $250 per adult and can be snagged here.
The Terrace, South Brisbane: A smorgasbord of decadent eats await at The Terrace inside Emporium Hotel, where a delectable Riverfire dinner will be served up on September 25 from 5:00 pm. Think bottomless Mumm Champagne, limited-edition Queensland cocktails, canapes, fork dishes, late-night bites and more. Tickets are $299 and can be bought here.
Popolo, South Brisbane: With kick-ass view across the river, Popolo is a primo place to perch for Riverfire. On Saturday September 25 from 5:00 pm, guests can enjoy a three-hour premium beverage package and a delicious set menu prepared by head chef Francesco. Tickets are $195 per person and can be bought here.
Eagles Nest, Kangaroo Point: Watch the night sky light up at Eagles Nest in Kangaroo Point when Riverfire rolls into town. From 5:00–9:00 pm, enjoy a four-hour all-inclusive party package including a themed cocktail on arrival and live DJ beats. Early-bird general access is $189, gold tickets will set you back $229 with platinum tickets going for $289. Get your tickets here.
Otto, South Bank: Riverfire is set to light up the Brisbane skyline on September 25 and South Bank restaurant OTTO offers one of the city’s greatest vantage point to take in the year’s most anticipated event. With special offers at both OTTO Osteria (a set $95 menu with beverages charged on consumption or a beverage credit to the value of $95) and OTTO Ristorante (a three-course choice menu for the adults or a two-course children’s menu) with unparalleled views of the main fireworks display in an open air setting, it promises to be a spectacular evening.