The round-up: The best spots to watch Brisbane light up on New Year’s Eve
Can you believe that 2017 is almost over? It feels like only yesterday we were farewelling the year that was 2016 – time is flying! If there is any silver lining to this situation, it’s that the biggest party night of the year is back again. New Year’s Eve is always a cause for celebration – a night of endings and beginnings, so you really should get it right. If you are looking to paint the town red on the evening of December 31, have a squiz at this handy list of Brisbane’s must-attend parties and ring in 2018 in style.
You don’t have to be a Sam Sparro fan to party at one of Brisbane’s biggest nightlife destinations, but being a fan of both black and gold helps. Cloudland is hosting an elegant Black & Gold New Year’s Eve Ball to celebrate the arrival of 2018, complete with live entertainment, pop-up performances, food and drinks and plenty of opportunities to boogie.
The Regatta Hotel
What we wouldn’t give to spend New Year’s Eve in the city of romance. Unfortunately we don’t have the dosh to spend on an impulse trip to Paris, but The Regatta is looking to give us the next best thing. The iconic pub’s Midnight in Paris New Year’s Eve Party will offer ticket holders a four-hour premium beverage package including Moet, cocktails, spirits, wine and 35 different beers. In addition to this, gourmet canapes and food stations will be keeping bellies full, and live music will keep bodies moving in the Parisian courtyard and the Moulin Rouge on level one until the countdown.
South Bank’s River Quay will come alive with New Year’s Eve revelry, but if you aren’t as eager to join the throng and jostle for prime fireworks position, The Jetty has got you covered with it’s dinner options and unbeatable location. Book for one of two sittings – 5:00–8:00 pm and 8:30 pm onwards – and enjoy a four-course meal with a complimentary champagne or beer upon arrival.
If you aren’t keen on trekking into The City to celebrate New Year’s Eve, Portiside Wharf at Hamilton is shaping up to be a pumping party precinct in its own right. Two fireworks shows will take place throughout the evening, while live entertainment will be playing hits until well after midnight. Patrons can position themselves under the stars and beside the river for Byblos’ New Year’s Eve party, where attendees can enjoy a whopping five-and-a-half hour drink package and plenty of food stations for snacking. Belvedere Bar and Grill will be adorning attendees with party hats for its New Year’s Eve celebration, which will boast a three-course menu to mark the occasion. Sono Japanese will be seating patrons for dinner, offering a great vantage point for fireworks. Gusto da Gianni’s New Year’s Eve set menu showcases some stellar Italian delights, while Moda is hosting a guilty pleasures party featuring more than five hours of drinks, canapes, food stations, and roaming performers and surprise guests.
New Year’s Eve is the night where staying out late is encouraged, but you have to ensure you find the right place to party the night away. Press Club is throwing it’s name into the hat for your patronage, and we have to say that their offering is pretty enticing. Tickets include a four-hour beverage package, plenty of canapes and live entertainment from the incredible Juke Joint. Sounds pretty fun to us!
Even if you aren’t much of a sentimental person, there’s something nice about farewelling the year with a final sunset. Pair said sunset with a spritz-fuelled soiree and boom – you’ve got yourself a stellar New Year’s party! Customs House is putting its great location to good use, setting up a bar on its rear terrace for its annual Sunset Spritz party. Drinks, cocktail food, live entertainment and a killer view – what more could you need?
Shadow Lounge and Jade Buddha
These Eagle Street mainstays are turning up the heat this New Year’s Eve, with a couple of festive options for those still making up their minds on where to party. Shadow Lounge is throwing a champagne-fuelled soiree, with two ticket packages boasting food and drink (including the infamous Thai bucket cocktails) and a great spot to catch the fireworks, while Jade Buddha will have free entry before 9:00 pm, a full restaurant menu and salsa classes to help you get into the rhythm of the night.
This Ascot eatery is positioning itself as a handy spot to enjoy the evening with family and friends. One Fifty is hosting two dinner seatings this year, with two and three-course menus available. Live entertainment will also be on offer, in addition to a children’s menu for the little ones.
One of Brisbane City’s centrepiece nightlife destinations is putting gears in motion for it’s New Year’s Eve shindig, with two soirees on the cards this year. Dine, drink and dance under the stars at Treasury’s Dinner Dance party in The Courtyard, where a six-piece swing band will set the mood, while the kitchen pumps out a five-course dinner. Inside at The Lab Restaurant and Bar, guests can enjoy dinner and bubbles, with a menu showcasing a range of modern Australian fare before the venue transforms into a late-night hotspot complete with DJs.
Fly like an eagle into the future at the Eagles Nest rooftop bar New Year’s Eve party, where the likes of a live DJ, photo booth, cocktails and canapes (not to mention an unbeatable view) await. You can avoid having to battle the Uber surge by making a full night of it and booking some cheeky luxe overnight accommodation at The Point Brisbane – because if you’re going to wake up with a bit of a sore head, it may as well be in a swish hotel.
Kick back on the banks of the Brisbane River with Il Molo’s Italian long table dinner this New Year’s Eve. Tuck in to a three-course dinner with a glass of prosecco on arrival, then get a good spot for the fireworks display booming over the city skyline at 8:30 pm.
Let us paint a picture for you – the Brisbane cityscape lit up all around you, crisp summer evening breezes, a shimmering pool, a cocktail in hand. This isn’t a dream – it’s simply what you’ll experience if you decide to party at NEXT Hotel’s poolside soiree. The Pool Terrace & Bar will play host to the festivities, which will include cocktails, canapes, a great vantage point and live entertainment perfect for dancing in the moonlight.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
Before the clock strikes midnight and the fireworks illuminate the sky, seek out the garden of earthly delights at Eleven Rooftop Bar. Offering a near unmatched vantage point of Brisbane at night, Eleven will be hosting a Garden of Eden party that is boasting all sorts of tempting treats and tipples. The five-hour drinks package includes free-flowing Perrier Jouet champagne, beer, wine and cocktails as well as a range of bites at the forbidden feasting station. Dress in your finest floral and resort-style gear and enjoy all that Eden has to offer.
Darling & Co
It’s a bit cost prohibitive to hire out a yacht for New Year’s Eve on the Brisbane River, but Darling & Co’s yacht-themed New Year’s Eve party is guaranteed to be the next best thing. Dress up in your finest nautical attire and get ready to yell, “I’m on a boat!” at every opportunity. Passengers will be able to soak up five hours of food and drink, as well as heaps of entertainment and opportunities for dancing.
New Year’s Eve is for dancing, so if you’re feet are itching to cut a rug then Laruche is happily volunteering to be your party destination with its RNB New Year’s Eve party. Australia’s top hip-hop and RnB DJs will be spinning classic jams, while you and your crew enjoy a four-and-a-half hour food and beverage package. Pop-up bars will also be filling Bakery Lane so you can catch your breath outside while you wait for your song to come on.
Alfred & Constance
Unfortunately we don’t own a time machine, so we can’t revisit the era of flannel, platform sneakers, frosted tips, The Spice Girls whenever we want. The good news is that Alfred & Constance doing its best to give you what you want – what you really, really want. The venue is going to be partying like it’s 1999 this New Year’s Eve, with DJs playing all the hits of the decade, 90s drink prices and free entry before 10:00 pm.
Nothing says New Year’s Eve like a mesmerising fireworks display. If you simply have to have the best vantage point at midnight, Aria on Eagle Street could be your spot. The team at Aria will be serving up a sophisticated three-course menu with paired wines complementing head chef Ben Russell’s fare. Feast on rock oysters, king prawns, snapper, roast duck, and chocolate parfait then relax while the city lights up.
The Flying Cock
Sometimes we just want to get on our suit and tie shiz and party like the sophisticated people we are! New Year’s Eve is one of the best opportunities to have a ball of a time, so it makes sense that The Flying Cock’s NYE Ball sounds to appealing. Suit up, frock up and rock up to The Flying Cock for a night of free-flowing drinks, bites from The Coop Bistro and live entertainment.
Riverbar and Kitchen
Boasting a killer view of the Story Bridge and surrounds, Riverbar + Kitchen will be ringing in the new year with a lavish garden party. Dress up in your finest garden party attire and enjoy games of bocce and croquet, while snacking on cuts of pig-on-the-spit and sipping on signature flower-infused cocktails.
If you are keen to get the family included in your New Year’s Eve celebrations, Westfield Chermside has the perfect outing opportunity. The outdoor dining precinct on level two of the centre will be hosting a family-friendly event that will be alive with live entertainment, bubble machines, balloon drops and two fireworks displays at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, the new dining precinct will be open on the night so be sure to book a table for dinner.
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