The round-up: where to light up the night for Sunsuper Riverfire 2019
Let’s set the scene – a cloudless night, a cool breeze, a glass of something sparkling in one hand and an entire skyline illuminated by the snap, pop and fizz of fireworks. If this mental image was enough to give you goosebumps, then we’d hazard a guess that Riverfire is one of your favourite nights of the year. If that’s the case, then you’d probably know that Riverfire is back for 2019, ending September once more with an incredible display of city-spanning pyrotechnics. A plethora of Brisbane venues are hosting Riverfire parties all over town, so if you are keen to secure a spot ahead of time to catch the action, have a gander at this list and decide where you’ll be on Saturday September 28.
Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City: If you want to get up close and personal with the Riverfire action, you can’t do much better than Howard Smith Wharves. Every inch of space under the Story Bridge will be given over to those keen to watch the fireworks from the banks of the Brisbane River. The River Luxury Packages offer guests a reserved beanbag chair in prime position on the riverfront stairs with a bottle of Chandon on arrival to boot. Those that select this package will also be treated to food from one of the nearby outlets and gelato for dessert – not to mention waiter beverage service for extra tipples! The Riverfire Parklands Pack will give groups the chance to stake out a space on the lawns, with tickets also including meals from vendors and access to nearby pop-up bars. That’s not all – several venues along the Wharves will be getting into the Riverfire action, including Arc Dining, Ciao Papi, Mr Percival’s and Felons Brewing Co.
Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane City: There really is something for every kind of crew at Eagle Street Pier during Riverfire – after all, its position means you’ll have the best seats in the house no matter where you go! For some free fun, stroll down the riverfront and take advantage of all of the Spring Colour Party happenings – think giveaways, Instagram pop-ups and more. After some food? Spots like Pony Dining and Il Centro are putting on mouth-watering set menus for the night, while George’s Paragon and The Bavarian have got families covered with special kids menus also included. Those wanting to go a la carte can nab some of the last available bookings at Sake and Cha Cha Char – get in quick!
Eagles Nest, Kangaroo Point: The best way to watch Brisbane’s skyline ignite is from up high, and vantage points don’t get much higher than at Eagles Nest. This rooftop bar is promising good times and incredible views, with a fabulous four-hour package of handmade canapes, grazing stations and drinks, paired with some great live music, a doughnut wall and an on-site photo booth for you and your crew to get some memorable snaps. To book your spot (and to check out the incredible top-tier packages available), click here.
Persone, Brisbane City: Boasting some incredible panoramic views of South Bank and beyond, Persone at Brisbane Quarter has a prime vantage point for the Riverfire festivities. The restaurant will be serving up an incredible evening of dining, cocktails and fireworks, with a special a la carte menu being designed specifically for the night. To make a booking, give Persone a call on 07 3505 1417, fire off an email to [email protected] or visit the website.
Riverlife, Kangaroo Point: At the base of the Kangaroo Point cliffs sits Riverlife – a phenomenal riverside venue that boasts unobstructed views of the city skyline. By this reason alone Riverlife should be at the top of your Riverfire hit-list – your view of the fireworks will be some of the best going. That’s not all that Riverlife has going for it, though. Guests at Riverlife’s Riverfire soiree will also be treated to signature dishes made by Riverlife’s executive chef, decadent dessert and drinks to get you into the party mood. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then book your spot here.
Jade Buddha, Brisbane City: Eagle Street mainstay Jade Buddha is as close to a sure thing as you’re likely to find on Riverfire night. The institution has been hosting Riverfire parties for years, and every year they seem to take things up a notch. Tickets to Jade Buddha’s celebration will give guests access to the Shadow Lounge (boasting 180-degree views from the Story Bridge to the Kangaroo Point cliffs) and a three-hour canape and drink package, which includes beer, cider, house wines and tap cocktails. If you’re keen to keep your options open, the Jade Buddha level will be open to the public with a cover charge of $20 between 4:00–8:00 pm. Secure your tickets here.
The Westin, Brisbane City: Because Riverfire is a fireworks display, it’s impossible (and illegal) to take in the festivities by helicopter. Therefore, the highest vantage point available to you is at The Westin’s elevated party at Sky Tower on Margaret Street. Guests are invited to ascend to level 82 of the tower, where they will be able to enjoy live entertainment, three hours of drinks, roaming canapes and grazing stations. This spot is nearly unbeatable in terms of sheer height, placing you perfectly in line with the pop and fizz of the pyrotechnics. Tickets for this elevated extravaganza are available here.
Aquitaine Brasserie, South Bank: Perfectly positioned on the edge of South Bank’s waterfront is Aquitaine Brasserie. This refined eatery is hosting a sumptuous three-course Riverfire menu that comes with a two-hour drinks package included in the cost. Sittings can be booked between 5:00–8:30 pm, with options for a standard package or a deluxe offering (with added Pol Roger champagne) available for those keen to splash out. Make your booking here.
Madame Wu, Brisbane City: If you select the lush surrounds of Madame Wu as your party location for Riverfire, you’ll be in for a real treat. This soiree boasts a whopping four-hour beverage package, which includes beer, wine and premium spirits. That’s not all – gourmet canapes will be available in abundance and main bowls will also help fill up tummies. Don’t fill up too much though – you’ll need to stay limber to boogie away the night to Madame Wu’s live entertainment. Click here to snag some tickets.
The Terrace, South Bank: The rooftop cocktail bar at the pinnacle of South Bank’s Emporium Hotel might just have the best view in town. Don’t believe us? Book a ticket to its Riverfire celebration and see for yourself. From 5:30–930:pm you could be getting jiggy with it in subtropical-luxe style thanks to bottomless champagne and cocktails, a host of exquisite canapes, grazing stations, live music and performers. Sound good to you? Make it a reality by booking here.
Blackbird Bar & Grill, Brisbane City: The past three years have seen Blackbird close each Riverfire for private events, but the popular riverside bar is now opening for a ticketed event – and you’re invited! The night will feature an all-inclusive three-hour package, including mouth-watering canapes, premium beer and wine, and entertainment by Blackbird’s resident DJ. The food and drink menu has been expertly curated by Blackbird’s head chef Anthony Donaldson and group sommelier Penny Grant, so rest assured that you’ll be sampling the best that the venue has to offer. Don’t sleep – guarantee your spot here.
Popolo, South Bank: South Bank’s preeminent riverside Italian restaurant Popolo is hosting some Riverfire revelry with a tasty Italian spin, serving up a jaw-dropping banquet alongside a three-hour beverage package. Morsels include forest-mushroom arancini, beef carpaccio with truffle-pecorino mousse, slow-roasted porchetta, pumpkin and ricotta ravioli, duck ragu pappardelle, and dolcettini for dessert. You can book your spot here.
Three Blue Ducks, Brisbane City: Three Blue Ducks at W Brisbane has some of the best seats in the house for Riverfire this year, and the bar and eatery will be lighting up the night with a lavish soiree. Sample a mouth-watering spread of locally sourced produce cooked up on the woodfire oven and grill, while also sipping on cocktails, flowing bubbles, beer and wine. Once you’ve had your fill, have a boogie to the live music or head out onto the deck to check out the Riverfire fireworks. Purchase tickets here.
River Quay Fish, South Bank: Another South Bank staple is putting its best foot forward for Riverfire this year. River Quay Fish is doing what it does best (serving up phenomenal seafood, duh), putting on a three-course affair with views of the Brisbane River and the sparkling city lights beyond. Make a booking (and let the team know if you want to add a three-hour beverage package. Hint: you do) by clicking here.
Riverbar and Kitchen, Brisbane City: It’s hard to get any closer to the Brisbane River than at Riverbar and Kitchen. One of Eagle Street’s most beloved watering holes will be celebrating Riverfire with a top-notch offering – we’re talking a three-hour beverage package, roving canapes, grazing station and a live DJ for only $99 per person. That’s an offer that’s hard to refuse! Make your booking here.
The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane: Dandy’s Rooftop at The Fox Hotel is a heaving party destination on a regular night, so imagine how fantastic it’ll be come Riverfire. As the sky lights up with stars and fireworks, guests at The Fox’s Riverfire festivities will be treated to a two-hour canape and beverage package, which will naturally lead into plenty of dancing with DJs spinning all night long. If you subscribe to a ‘go hard or go home’ ethos, consider upgrading your ticket to include a VIP booth. The lucky ducks who score these packages will receive your own personal waitress, a magnum of Ciroc vodka and canapes delivered straight to you. Head to The Fox’s website to book.
The Bavarian, Brisbane City: The Bavarian at Eagle Street Pier is hosting what is being described as a ‘Riverfire spectacle’. What does that entail, we hear you ask? Well, guests will score access to a special menu and a drink on arrival for only $75 per person.There is a kids menu available as well, so families are encouraged to come along. Throw in the fact that The Bavarian boasts one of Brisbane’s best vantage points and you’ve got one heck of a deal. Book here.
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