The round-up: ring in 2020 at Brisbane's best New Year’s Eve soirees
The round-up: ring in 2020 at Brisbane's best New Year’s Eve soirees
The round-up: ring in 2020 at Brisbane's best New Year’s Eve soirees

The round-up: ring in 2020 at Brisbane’s best New Year’s Eve soirees

They say how you spend New Year’s Eve predicts how the coming year will unfold. So, unless you’re cool with spending all of 2020 at home in your pyjamas eating left-overs, you’d better get planning. May we suggest skipping the desperate Google search this year for a concise and informative list? Here, we’ve put together a guide of the best places in Brisbane to welcome 2020.

Mr. Mista, Fortitude Valley: Why not try a different approach to this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations with a throwback bash. Cocktail bar Mr. Mista will be transporting guests to 1970’s New York with their Studio 54-themed party. A disco-inspired soundtrack will surely fill the dance floor while Mista’s infamous asian-inspired buns and bottomless champagne will be on offer. If you’re looking to turn up the glamour, why not book a VIP booth experience? Get your tickets here.

Customs House, Brisbane City: Welcome the new year surrounded by history at Customs House. With the heritage landmark as your backdrop, celebrate in style along its riverside terrace. Customs house has two events running simultaneously on the big night – its New Year’s Eve Dinner and the New Year’s Eve Moet Rosé Garden. Dinner guests will enjoy a five-course meal paired with deluxe beverages from 8:00 pm while those frolicking through the Moet Rosé Garden will sip bubbles and beers alongside indulgent canapes. To secure your spot, book now.

Jade Buddha, Brisbane City: It wouldn’t be the eve of 2020 without a Great Gatsby-themed bash. Jade Buddha is bringing the glitz and glamour of the roaring decade to the present this New Year’s Eve – gather your feathers and beads and dress to impress your fellow party-goers. Booking packages include three hours of sliders, skewers and unlimited drinks so you can fuel your partying all night long. Grab your tickets before they’re gone.

Cloudland, Fortitude Valley: Iconic nightlife spot Cloudland has always known how to throw a new year’s bash and this year is no different. If you’re thinking of Cloudland you have multiple packages to choose from including the Crystal Garden Soiree – a decadent party where you can sip spritz by a waterfall, the Elyx Cocktail Lounge – a Gatsby-inspired heritage room where you can enjoy cocktails and live music and the Play Among the Stars VIP Ball – a glamorous ballroom bash filled with live entertainment, canapes and premium drinks. Make your bookings here.

Bacchus, South Bank: At a certain point, some of us outgrow the frivolity of a New Year’s Eve blow out. That’s where Bacchus steps in with a more refined way to pass the time until midnight – a degustation. Head Chef Massimo Speroni and Head Sommelier Andrew Giblin have combined their talents to produce an unmissable culinary experience. Guests can choose to indulge in a three-course menu at 6:00 pm or a five-course menu at 8:30 pm. All guests are welcome to enjoy a glass of Moet as they view the fireworks from 8:00 pm. Book now to secure a seat at the table. 

Rydges Rooftop, South Bank: We’re honestly surprised there aren’t more 1920’s-themed events this year. Rydges Rooftop Southbank know a good theme when they see one and they’re set to welcome 2020 in roaring style. Described as a speakeasy in the sky, Rydges Rooftop will transform on New Year’s Eve to transport guests to the jazz-age. Champagne will be served on arrivals and at midnight to toast the new year while a live performance by Funk ‘n’ Stuff is sure to have you dancing all night long. Book your tickets now to avoid missing out. 

Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City: It’s been a good year for Howard Smith Wharves. While they officially opened in November 2018, 2019 has been the year this location has truly blossomed and it’s time to celebrate. A range of events will be running from 6:00 pm including the ticket-less option to BYO picnic and snag a spot on the lawn – if you’re after more, a River Luxury Package can secure you reserved bean bags, wood-fired pizza, a bottle of Moet and waiter service. Enjoy the Family Fun Fair which will run from 6:00 pm and offer face painting, arcade games and more. You can feel fancy at Rendezvous with Ruinart at Bougainvillea House and if you’re hungry, Ciao Papi are throwing a la famiglia style feast. Mr Percival’s and Felons Brewing Co are also throwing their own respective bashes – both of which are free entry (yes, please!). Tickets can be snapped up here.

Donna Chang, Brisbane City: Ring in the new year with Donna Chang’s deluxe four-course banquet. The menu, prepared by Head Chef Jason Margaritas, will be served between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm with live entertainment scheduled from 8:30 pm. Packages can be purchased if you desire premium beverages to accompany your evening. Make you booking now to secure your table.

Three Blue Ducks, Brisbane City: Local foodie favourites Three Blue Ducks are plating up a delicious spread this New Year’s Eve. Three courses of flavourful, ethically sourced meals will be served with free-flowing bevies. Diners can choose one of two sittings – a family-friendly seating from 5:00–6:00 pm or a later session from 8:30-9:30 pm. Secure your spot or risk going hungry. 

OTTO Brisbane, Brisbane City: If views and food are your top two priorities this New Year’s Eve, look no further than Otto Brisbane. The inner-city establishment will be plating up four courses of its signature Italian fare as diners enjoy the vantage point of a balcony overlooking the Story Bridge. Those planning an early mark can partake in a 5:30 pm siting while diners looking to celebrate until the clock strikes 12 can book for the 8:00 pm main event. Make a booking now or risk missing out.

The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley: New Year’s Eve is best spent with those closest to us, that’s why The Elephant Hotel has put together a live line-up of hometown favourites to play 2020 in. Midnight countdown duties have been assigned to headline act Port Royal while supporting acts King Coyote, Whiskey Grinn and Good Will Remedy will to take the stage throughout the evening (and into the morning with bar service going until 5am). Did we mention entry will be free all night long? Set times and more details can be found here.

Stokehouse Q, South Bank: Boasting some of the best river views on offer, Stokehouse Q is a prime venue to ring in 2020. The award winning restaurant will be hosting two sittings on the evening of the 31st – a 5:30 pm session will include four courses of modern Australian cuisine, wrapped up in time to enjoy the 8:30 pm fireworks, while at 9:00 pm, a later session offers a five-course meal to take you until midnight. Premium wine matchings can be added on to any dining session for a finishing touch. Secure your reservation here.

Treasury Brisbane, Brisbane City: One of Brisbane’s most iconic landmarks will be lit up this New Year’s Eve. Guests are encouraged to dress to the nines for a night that will see the hotel’s entire ground floor transformed into celebration central. Expect a generous supply of champagne and gourmet bites to the tune of an in-house DJ and various live acts. Get your tickets here.

ZA ZA TA, Fortitude Valley: Say shana tova (Happy New Year) at ZA ZA ZA while you experience the restaurant’s soulful blend of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. The hip new eatery is hosting two lavish dinner seatings on New Year’s Eve, each offering a sumptuous and special menu put together by head chefs Roy Ner and Daria Manca. Knock back freshly shucked oysters before tucking into dishes such as goat’s cheese pretzels, local calamari, smoked market fish and lamb neck with delectable sides to match, finishing with a dessert of honey braised capsicum with halva and white chocolate ice cream. Secure your seats now!

Press Club, Fortitude Valley: Real talk – for some of us, New Year’s Eve is all about the drinks. Boutique bar Press Club is the place to be if a getting a good tipple is at the top of your to do list on the 31st. Guests can look forward to premium basic spirits, select premium tap beer, sparkling wine and cocktails served up with a bartender’s precision (live entertainment is also on the cards in between sips). We’ll raise a glass to that! Book your tickets here.  

Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane City: Get funky this New Year’s Eve in the city at the Brooklyn Standard and Fat Angel NYE19 Laneway Party! Eagle Lane will be transformed into a New York City block party with glitter-covered dancers, stilt walkers, and live music all night long. Plus, your ticket gets you a four-and-a-half-hour drinks package and tasty American eats from Fat Angel. Make haste and secure your tickets here!

Blackbird Bar & Grill, Brisbane City: Those looking to party big won’t be disappointed by Blackbird Bar & Grill’s multi-level, riverside celebration. This cocktail event will be packed with entertainment including live musicians, DJs and roving acts. Appetites will be well taken care of by chef-prepared canapes and food stations while thirsts will be quenched by free-flowing drinks. Book your five-hour package now to avoid missing out.

Riverlife, Kangaroo Point: Sip and snack your way into the new year at Riverlife’s ultimate summer street party this New Years Eve. The riverfront Kangaroo Point venue will have unlimited mouth-watering street food, washed down with a four hour beverage package of premium beer, cider and wine. Live entertainment will get you grooving on the dance floor and unobstructed riverside views will make the space a prime place to watch the city skyline come to life with fireworks. Book your tickets here.

Nostimo Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane: Take in impressive city skyline views whilst savouring a decedent Mediterranean banquet this New Year’s Eve at South Brisbane hotspot Nostimo Restaurant & Bar! Live DJs will provide the beats whilst thirsty diners can take advantage of a four-and-a-half hour beverage package including prosecco, white wine and local beers. Nab your tickets here!

Saké Restaurant & Bar, Brisbane City: Countdown to the new decade bubbles in hand over a mouthwatering banquet menu at Saké Restaurant & Bar at Eagle Street Pier. Be greeted by beautiful river views, flowing champagane, live Japanese drumming and DJs as you wait for the fireworks to light up the city skyline. Book here to not miss out!

Rico Bar & Dining, Brisbane City: Feast on Latin-inspired delicacies and sip on tasty tipples at the New Years Eve celebrations at Rico Bar & Dining at Eagle Street Pier. Choose from a 5:30 pm a-la-carte menu sitting or the second sitting at 8:00 pm with a set course menu at $110 per person. Don’t miss out on counting down until midnight at this riverside hotspot – call 07 3188 1444 to book now!

Osbourne Hotel, Fortitude Valley: Get ready to party like its 1989 with double-breasted suits, loafers, and dramatic v-necks – Osbourne Hotel is bringing back the 80’s fashion, music and so much more at their Miami Vice 80’s themed New Year’s Eve party! The four-hour food and beverage package, running from 8:00 pm until midnight, includes basic spirits, tap beers, wine, cocktails and a glass of G.H. Mumm Champagne for only $99 per person. Grab your tickets now!

Altitude at Foresters, Fortitude Valley: With skyline views, flowing champagne and delectable canapes, Altitude Bar in Fortitude Valley is hosting the ultimate New Year’s Eve rooftop experience. From 8:00 pm to 1:00 am, enjoy a five-hour food and beverage package including a delicious assortment of canapes and a selection of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails with a glass of champagne at midnight. Book your spot here.

The Bavarian, Brisbane City: Be greeted by a glass of bubbles, live music and festive eats at the Munich Brauhaus New Years Eve Haus Party! For only $69 per person, revellers can indulge in a festive feast including a two-hour beverage package, with three tasty appetizers and a main platter to share or $55 per person without the drinks package. Book your place here.

Cha Cha Char, Brisbane City: Soak up the lively atmosphere and enjoy a prime position to watch the fireworks at Cha Cha Char this New Years Eve! With a mouthwatering menu and an extensive wine list, all your signature steakhouse favourites will be available to order. Doors open from 4:00 pm so you can enjoy a celebratory drink before settling in for dinner. Lock down your spot here.

Il Centro, Brisbane City: Take in sweeping riverside views as you raise a glass to 2019 and the year ahead this New Year’s Eve at Il Centro in Eagle Street Pier. Enjoy the cool breezes sweeping off the Brisbane River as you graze delectable seafood platters and sip wine. Plus, you get a front row ticket to the fireworks. Make a reservation here. 

Keen to see what else is happening on New Year’s Eve? Scope out our events calendar for more options.

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