The round-up: farewell the year that was at Brisbane’s best New Year’s Eve soirees
Is it just us, or has it felt like 2018 has only been going for a fortnight? Although the passage of time is pretty scary, the end of the year gives us plenty of great opportunities to party like there’s no tomorrow. 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 2019 in style.
Stokehouse Q, South Bank: Perched on the banks of the Brisbane River, Stokehouse Q is in prime position to make the most of the New Year’s Eve festivities. The waterfront institution is hosting two dinner sittings – a three-course feast with a glass of Bollinger ‘Special Cuvee’ on arrival, and a four-course sitting which is perfect for lingering until the clock strikes midnight. Get all the info you need and book in before spaces disappear. Over at Stokebar Q, a soiree will be in full swing complete with a stellar beverage package, delicious canapes, DJs and unimpeded views of the fireworks. Purchase tickets for Stokebar Q’s celebrations here.
Treasury Brisbane, Brisbane City: Look, New Year’s Eve is best enjoyed when to commit wholeheartedly to celebrating to the fullest. With that in mind, Treasury Brisbane’s rooftop party is looking to be the ultimate party destination for when the clock strikes midnight. A three-hour package offers revellers free-flowing Dom Pérignon champage, Hennessy cocktails, an oyster bar, decadent food stations and plenty of entertainment (nab a ticket here). That’s not all that Treasury Brisbane has up its proverbial sleeve – the Shimmer and Shine party will also offer a glamorous setting for celebration. Tickets available here.
Portside, Hamilton: Let the constellations illuminate your night as you party under the stars at Hamilton’s Portside precinct this New Year’s Eve. Byblos’s riverside soiree will boast a free-flowing beverage package, food stations and much more. The kitchen at Belvedere Bar & Grill will be working overtime, dishing out a fantastic three-course affair, while Gusto da Gianni will also be pulling out all stops for its fab set-menu New Year’s Eve sittings. Out in the precinct, boogie to the sounds of Stereo Blonde before taking in two fireworks shows – one at 8:30 pm and again when the clock strikes midnight.
Press Club, Fortitude Valley: We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the start of 2019 than with a drink in hand and beats pumping. Press Club’s New Years Eve celebrations are shaping up to be an unforgettable night of drinks, friends and live entertainment. For $99 per person, Press Club’s New Year’s Eve party includes a four-hour beverage package of selected tap beer, wine and sparkling, substantial canapes and live entertainment. That’s not all – Press Club will pumping until 5:00 am and will have some seriously deadly live dance-floor fillers all night. Get tickets here.
NEXT Hotel, Brisbane City: Sipping sparkling wine poolside is the height of luxury, and few pool bars encapsulate the luxe factor quite like The Pool Terrace & Bar at NEXT Hotel. On New Year’s Eve the bar will be open to all comers – no charge or ticket required! Lennons Restaurant & Bar is hosting two dinner sittings if you’re angling for more of a formal affair. Get in touch with the Lennons team now to reserve a spot.
Rydges Rooftop, South Bank: A rooftop party is the ideal locale to catch all of the illuminating action this New Year’s Eve. Get elevated 12 floors for the Under the Roof Top Party at Rydges, where a carnival atmosphere will provide a thrilling vibe all night long. Six hours of drinks, canapes and entertainment should be plenty to help make a memorable experience – don’t forget to dress to impress. Tickets for the party can be purchased here.
Bacchus, South Bank: Partying until the wee hours is fun and all, but sometimes we just want celebrate at a different pace. Bacchus is the perfect spot for those looking to indulge this New Year’s Eve. A degustation menu will see you through the evening, with two sittings to choose from. Enjoy the likes of fluffy gnocchi with sturgeon caviar, king prawn with beetroot risotto and scotch fillet with truffle and foie gras jus. You can book your spot for the 6:00 pm or 8:00 pm sitting right here.
Cloudland, Fortitude Valley: Cloudland’s New Year’s Eve Ball will be a sizzlingly decadent, super-lavish, multi-level soiree filled with maxed-out glamour that will truly ignite your 2019. Set across three levels and five exclusive rooms, guests will be treated to a range of premium food and drink packages, spectacular live entertainment, immersive visual displays and pop-up performances. Tickets can be snapped up here.
Soliel Pool Bar, South Bank: While New Year’s Eve is far from a low-key affair, Soleil Pool Bar is making celebrating easy. Enjoy a poolside gathering complete with DJ tunes, delicious cocktails, and a kitchen open until midnight. Entry is free from midday, and private booths are available to hire.
Shadow Lounge, Brisbane City: Eagle Street’s riverside den of merriment is getting in on the New Year’s Eve action once again with a sparkling soiree. Shadow Lounge’s party will include a three-hour package with everything needed to take you into the new year. We’re talking sliders, skewers, tap beer, house wines and the famous Thai bucket cocktails. If you want to take things up a notch, why not look into VIP packages? Secure a place here.
Nostimo, West End: Fancy a trip to the Greek Islands this New Year’s Eve? West End’s Nostimo will be transporting guests to the idyllic surrounds of Mykonos with its fabulous fare and atmosphere. Chef-in-residence David Tsirekas will be working his magic in the kitchen, creating a sumptuous buffet of traditional Greek eats, paired with a four-and-a-half hour beverage package and views of the fireworks over the skyline. Tickets are available here.
Darling & Co, Paddington: Speaking of balmy Mediterranean vibes, Paddington’s breezy locale Darling & Co will be farewelling the year that was with a Mediterranean-themed bash. Five hours of European-inspired food and drinks will be on offer, as well as plenty of live entertainment to get you in the party mood. Get your tickets here.
Customs House, Brisbane City: Those eager to get as close to the Story Bridge as they can without risking the fireworks singeing their eyebrows should consider partying at Custom’s House. Tanqueray Terrace will be serving up Tanqueray G&T’s, cocktails and live entertainment all night, with one of the best views of the Story Bridge in town simply the icing on the cake. Get your tickets here.
Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City: This massive dining precinct may be a new kid on the block, but you’d best believe Howard Smith Wharves has got you well and truly covered for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Whether you want to start early with some bevvies at Felons Brewing Co., take in a delicious meal at Mr Percival’s, kick it with the fam at the Parkland Picnic, get fancy at the Moët and Chandon Lawn Party or indulge in a three-course feast, every crowd is catered to. Howard Smith Wharves is also a ripper vantage point for those riverside fireworks, so get in early to nab prime position.
Pony, Brisbane City: Eagle Street institution Pony is mixing things up for New Year’s Eve this year, starting with an a la carte dinner service and a three-course option. If you’re more in the mood to party, the venue will also transform for a secret garden-themed cocktail party, serving up mouth-watering canapes, entertainment and a five-hour beverage package for $169. Download the booking form here, for get in touch on 07 3181 3400.
Moda Tapas Brasa Bar, Petrie Terrace: Moda is getting retro for its New Year’s celebrations this year – bringing back the best bits of the 80s and 90s for a terrific throwback soiree. Moda will be reviving the old Underground Nightclub for the evening, with all the jam on hand to get jiggy with until 2019 arrives. Get all the details here.
The Terrace, South Bank: If sweeping views of the Brisbane River and The City, five hours of free-flowing beverages, mouth-watering canapes and live entertainment sound good to you, then you might want to pencil in New Year’s Eve at The Terrace this year. Few views can rival the breath-taking vistas available at this rooftop bar, so fireworks fanatics will be sure to have a blast. Tickets can be purchased here.
Three Blue Ducks, Brisbane City: If you fancy ringing in 2019 with a full belly and an incredible view, Three Blue Ducks has got you covered. The stellar restaurant is hosting two sittings on New Year’s Eve – one for families and one for revellers. The first sitting includes a three-course sharing menu, while the second option bumps dinner up to four courses alongside a four-hour beverage package. Second sitting diners can party on with live music and perfect views of the fireworks display. Make a booking now.
Popolo, South Bank: We’re all for partying the night away on New Year’s Eve, but we’ve also got a lot of respect for those that just want to eat, drink and be merry. Popolo is hosting two dinner sittings this year, plating up the likes of porchetta with spiced stone-fruit compote, pumpkin and sage ravioli, four-cheese arancini, a selection of mini desserts and more. Book your spot here.
The Boom Boom Room, Brisbane City: Inner-city newcomer The Boom Boom Room will be partying like a veteran this New Year’s Eve, with its premiere end-of-year event looking to make a splash. The beautiful subterranean space will be packed with revellers enjoying five hours of Veuve Clicquot, cocktails, spirits, beer and wine, plus authentic Chinese canapes, live music and DJs spinning well into the morning. Contact the Events Team on 07 3243 4800 or via email to secure your spot.
Heya Bar, Fortitude Valley: Celebrate New Year’s Eve a bit differently this year by catching a special edition of Rumble at Heya Bar! Rumble All Stars will see the return of the outrageous improvised game show, starring fabulous contenders and shows by some of Brisbane’s best burlesque and drag performers. Tickets are available here.
Blackbird Bar & Grill, Brisbane City: Fancy immersing yourself in a lavish multi-level riverside party? Eagle Street’s Blackbird is increasing the opulence factor this year with a flowing Moet & Chandon, bespoke cocktails, canapes and food stations overseen by executive chef Jake Nicolson, three feature areas with roving entertainment and plenty of space to catch a glimpse of the fireworks. Tickets can be nabbed here.
OTTO Ristorante, Brisbane City: Brisbane City’s incredible OTTO Ristorante is giving diners a handy degree of flexibility when it comes to planning their revels. If you’d like to hit the streets and get amongst the action, opt for an early dinner sitting and enjoy a three-course menu of delights. If you’d like to take advantage of the killer views afforded by OTTO’s impressive location, book in for the late sitting and devour four-courses of primo fare before catching the illuminating display from OTTO’s balcony. Make a booking now or risk missing out.
The Charming Squire, South Bank: South Bank’s popular home of craft-beer is celebrating New Year’s Eve a bit differently this year, choosing instead to hose a fun-filled roundtable dinner party. Guests will be treated to a hearty spread – five courses, to be exact – alongside the James Squire core range on tap, cocktails, premium sparkling and wine. When 11:30 pm hits, either stick around to get the party started to head to the Wheel of Brisbane to get a glimpse of the fireworks from inside the eye-catching monument. Interested? Book your spot before they’re snapped up.
Il Centro, Brisbane City: Boasting an incredible location to catch the New Year’s Eve fireworks and electric night time atmosphere, Il Centro should be high on your hit list of party destinations. Two dinner sittings are available offering Il Centro’s famous sandcrab lasagne, grilled tiger prawns with roasted red pepper, fish of the day with saffron linguine and Cloudy Bay clams, and a selection of decadent desserts. Book here.
Keen to see what else is happening on New Year’s Eve? Scope out our events calendar for more options.
The Stumble Guide is our comprehensive Brisbane dining guide with more than 2400 places to eat, drink, shop and play.