The round-up: say sayonara to 2016 with these New Year’s Eve celebrations
Whether or not 2016 has treated you kindly or has been a real menace, the end of one year and the start of another is always worth celebrating. Start jotting down your resolutions, cue up ‘Waiting for Tonight’ by Jennifer Lopez and pick your end of year celebration spot – we’ve helped you out by putting together a spiffy list of locations turning up for New Year’s Eve this time around.
Sazerac: Four Points at Sheraton’s Sazerac will be a great place to get elevated for your New Year’s Eve celebrations with its vibrant Sparkle celebration! Two packages are on offer for revellers depending on if your New Year’s resolution is to Treat. Yo. Self! Both packages come with four-and-a-half hours of canapes and live entertainment from host and singer Rachael Beck.
Eleven Rooftop Bar: Brisbane’s summer nights require a suitably cool locale to hang out at, and while Eleven fits the bill perfectly it’s going to be turning up the heat even more for its Hot Havana New Year’s Eve party. Get steamy with a six-hour canape and beverage package, Cuban-themed cocktails, live sets from the Afro-Cuban salsa ensemble Chukale, a cigar lounge and a mojito bar.
Vintaged Bar + Grill: If you’d rather kick back with a great meal and some choice wine instead of seeking out a wild and rambunctious party this New Year’s Eve, Vintaged Bar + Grill will be open for patrons to come in and sink their teeth into its a la carte menu. Start 2017 with a meal you’ll be sure to remember.
WATT: Set beneath the iconic façade of the Brisbane Powerhouse, WATT’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will be a party to remember. The newly created marquee area will be the scene to be seen as the countdown approaches, with canapes, grazing stations, beer, wine and bubbles, plus Bombay Sapphire cocktails being mixed all night long.
The Jetty South Bank: Frock up and rock up to one of two sittings for dinner at The Jetty South Bank. The first sitting is a sizeable banquet dinner offering perfect for families looking to catch the early fireworks display at 7:30 pm, while the second sitting that commences at 8:30 is ideal for those looking to see the night through. Indulge in a three-course meal and cocktail on arrival before boogieing to the sounds of live DJs all night long.
One Fifty Ascot: Racecourse Road’s newest bar and eatery is transporting revellers to the glitzy era of the Roaring Twenties this New Year’s Eve! Libations will be flowing, the music will be swinging and two dinner sittings will be on offer for those looking to nibble on some nosh before hitting the dance floor for a foxtrot.
The Regatta Hotel: As if Brisbane’s summer wasn’t hot enough, The Regatta Hotel is turning up the thermostat even more for its Havana Nights New Year’s Eve Party. Here’s what to expect if you snag yourself a ticket – a four-hour beverage package that includes Moet Champagne and mojitos, access to a VIP laneway street fiesta, the Walrus Club and the Havana Club party, food stations galore, canapes and live entertainment. That’s some hot stuff, right there!
Jade Buddha Bar & Kitchen: If you are celebrating without popping a few bottles, are you even celebrating? Jade Buddha is uncorking plenty of bubbly for its Champagne New Year’s Eve, which includes a glass of sparkling on arrival and dibs on a mouth-watering pig on the spit roast.
Shadow Lounge: If you like to party like a true baller, Shadow Lounge can cater to your tastes with a standard or a VIP package. Very important people can indulge in tap beer, wine, Thai bucket cocktails and premium spirits until the fireworks light up the night at midnight.
Summit Restaurant & Bar: If it is a great view you are after, you could do a lot worse than the top of Mt Coot-Tha. Summit is boasting some great views of the fireworks for its New Year’s Eve celebration in addition to drinks on the deck, a sumptuous feast and live entertainment.
Saké Restaurant & Bar: New Year’s Eve isn’t all about partying – if you are a serious foodie there will be plenty to take advantage of this year. Saké is offering dinner sittings for the night, which includes a seven-course menu with a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight.
Soleil Pool Bar: South Bank’s Soleil Pool Bar never does New Year’s Eve in half measures and 2016 will be no exception. Indulge in the extravagance of Soleil’s A Night in Barcelona party, which will include luxury offerings such as six hours of premium drinks, pop-up bars, a smorgasbord of canapes, Spanish-inspired food stations, roving entertainment and one of the most pumping dance floors you are likely to find that night.
Cloudland: Fortitude Valley’s Cloudland is getting creative with its New Year’s Eve celebrations this year with a grand ballet experience that is taking some stylistic cues from Black Swan. Enter a world of hedonistic delight as fantasy blends with reality from dusk until dawn.
Sixteen Antlers: Brisbane’s newest rooftop bar is looking to make a splash with its first New Year’s offering, which includes no less than six hours of premium food and drinks as well as plenty of live entertainment. Watch the City Hall clock tower wind its way down to midnight from one of the best vantage points in town.
The Fox Hotel: South Brisbane’s multi-level home of revelry is turning Japanese this New Year’s Eve, with a massive sumo-sized party boasting two great packages to sign up for. The Fireworks Package offers five hours of all-you-can-eat Japanese treats, Tokyo-inspired cocktails, live entertainment, premium beverages and amazing panoramic views of the fireworks. The Sega, Sushi & Sumo Package gets you a range of Japanese street eats, five hours of beverages and more.
Woolly Mammoth Alehouse: Take shelter from the Fortitude Valley scrum on New Year’s Eve at Woolly Mammoth, which is taking the stress out of the celebrations with a great five-hour drinks and canapes package. Resident DJs will be spinning good vibes throughout the Alehouse and Garden Bar well into the morning, so make sure you get your tickets quickly before they go extinct.
Riverlife: River views don’t get much better than at Riverlife. The venue it putting it’s front-row location to good use for New Year’s Eve with a spread of food offerings, cocktails and live entertainment all night long.
Limes Hotel Rooftop Bar and Cinema: The open-air bar at Limes Hotel Rooftop Bar and Cinema is a perfectly picturesque spot to ring in 2017, but this party offers more than just a sweet view. With free-flowing Moet, tap beer, wine, cocktails, canapes and mini doughnuts from Doughnut Time, you’ll be wishing times were this good all year.
Byblos: Positioned perfectly on the river at Portside, Byblos has been a hot spot for New Year’s Eve celebrations for years. This year will be no exception with the venue turning it on once more for the big night – drinks will be flowing freely, the food will be tasty, the beats will be thumping and two fireworks will be special as always.
Blackbird Bar & Grill: Normally when you are looking for a great place to party the bird is the word – Blackbird to be precise. This year Blackbird is upping the opulence as it rings in 2017 with a gold-label experience boasting a deluxe array of drinks, food stations headed by executive chef Jake Nicholson, roving performers, DJs to amp up the dance floor and more.
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