From the best places to enjoy the fireworks to the top spots to eat, here’s everything you need to know about New Year’s Eve in Brisbane!
Baby, you’re a firework
As always, Brisbane’s biggest and best New Year’s Eve celebration comes amid the glow of fireworks at South Bank. There’ll be two shows — one at 8:30pm for the kids, and one at midnight for the big kids.
Both shows will feature 10 minutes worth of spectacular pyrotechnics, set to a killer soundtrack.
The best vantage points are the Clem Jones Promenade, Streets Beach and River Quay. It’s worth noting that the NYE fireworks are set up differently to Riverfire, and won’t be visible beyond South Bank and the Kangaroo Point cliffs.
While you’re waiting for the fireworks, there’ll be free movies in the Cultural Forecourt from 12:30pm to 8pm, including Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (12:30pm), Inside Out (2:30pm), The Good Dinosaur (4:30pm) and Zootopia (6:30pm), as well as live music from City Sounds artists at Rainforest Green from 3pm to 8pm.
If you’re not heading to South Bank, there are also fireworks at Portside Wharf at 8:30pm and midnight, and Eagle Street Pier at midnight only.
Of course, you could always watch the fireworks from the couch at your place. We’re not judging — it’s comfy, it doesn’t require you to catch public transport, you can invite as many (or as few) friends as you like, and you’ll have the best views a camera crew can provide.
What not to bring
If you do venture into South Bank Parklands and you try to bring any of the following items with you, you’re going to have a bad time. Alcohol, bikes, scooters, pets, skateboards, metal picnic cutlery and unsealed water bottles are banned, and will be confiscated by security.
If you’re not sure whether it’s a good idea to bring your vodka-guzzling, skateboard-riding labrador, or any other item, email firstname.lastname@example.org to check before you arrive.
Like we say every NYE, your best bet will be to leave the car at home and travel by bus, train or CityCat. Public transport will be free from 8:45pm on New Year’s Eve to 5:30am on New Year’s Day. For more info, visit Translink.
There will be road closures in effect — you can read up on those here — but if you do insist on driving, tolls on the Go Between Bridge will be waived from 6pm on Saturday to 2am on Sunday.
New Year’s Eats
Like any event in Brisbane worth its salt, there’ll be food trucks at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt for the fireworks, including Pizzantica, Kraut N’ About, The Doughnut Bar, Perfect Poffertjers, Cafe Nemo and Ice Berg Frozen Drinks. They’ll be open from 11am.
Of course, there are also plenty of great restaurants around Brisbane offering NYE deals and packages. Here are a few notables…
99 Mary Street, Brisbane City
Bring in 2017 high above the city at this rooftop bar with spectacular views and live entertainment from guest host and singer Rachel Beck. For more info, visit sazeracbarbrisbane.com.
Corner of Ann & Roma Streets, Brisbane City
Spend your evening in the clouds and watch all the action from a bird’s eye view at Pullman Hotel’s rooftop bar when the City Hall Clock Tower winds its way into 2017. Enjoy six hours of premium food and drinks and live entertainment, all while admiring Brisbane’s skyline, 16 floors up. For more info, visit pullmanbrisbanekgs.com.au.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Perched eleven stories high, overlooking the Valley and City skyline, enjoy a Hot Havana NYE at Eleven with a four-hour summer canape and beverage package, including Cuban-inspired cocktails, champagne, premium wine, spirits and beer, as well as DJs, roving dancers and Cuban-inspired band Chukale. For more info visit elevenrooftopbar.com.au.
1 Eagle Street, Eagle Street Pier
Boasting unparalleled views of the Story Bridge fireworks over the Brisbane river, ARIA is the perfect location to see off 2016 with a bang. Guests will enjoy a delicious menu curated by chef Matt Moran and head chef Ben Russell, while award-winning sommelier Ian Trinkle will be at the ready to recommend wine pairings perfectly matched with your meal. For more info, visit ariarestaurant.com.
Cha Cha Char
Waterfront Place, 5/1 Eagle Street, Brisbane City
Enjoy an à la carte menu by head chef Richard Brown with multiple sittings available from 5:30pm. Dine on the river with the ultimate flexibility and enjoy Cha Cha Char’s extensive wagyu and steak offering. For more info, visit chachachar.com.au.
100 Boundary Street, Brisbane
As one of only six restaurants in Brisbane with a coveted two hats, e’cco bistro is inviting guests to enjoy a unique New Year’s Eve tasting experience with menus by local legend Philip Johnson and head chef Simon Palmer. For more info, visit eccobistro.com.
Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane City
Renowned for delicious seafood and Story Bridge views, Jellyfish are serving up their à la carte menu for New Year’s Eve. By head chef Sean Calliste, the menu celebrates the fresh flavours of summer and the sea. For more info, visit jellyfishrestaurant.com.au.
543 Coronation Drive, Toowong
What better way to bring in the new year than with a mojito in one hand and a Moet in the other, dancing to the rhythm of Cuban swing at the Regatta Hotel? As well as a four-hour premium beverage package featuring Moet, mojitos, spirits and draught beer, tickets include canapes and a variety of Cuban-style street food stalls. For more info, visit regattahotel.com.au.
Breakfast Creek Hotel
2 Kingsford Smith Drive, Breakfast Creek
Have a Caribbean NYE at the world’s biggest rum bar, The Substation No. 41. Enjoy special cocktails prepared by rum experts, Caribbean-inspired meals, and live reggae and calypso music from Afrodisia. For more info, visit breakfastcreekhotel.com.
1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Emporium’s Mumm at Midnight event invites guests to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a live DJ and the venue’s signature cocktails, canapés and champagne, including a flute of Mumm champagne at midnight. For more info, visit emporiumhotels.com.au.
The Charming Squire
3/133 Grey Street, South Brisbane
The Squire’s Midnight Tropical Oasis party will ring in 2017 with cocktails in fresh coconuts, a seafood station and unlimited beverages for five hours. Count down to midnight on the big screens, and stay tuned for a special surprise at midnight! For more info, visit jamessquire.com.au.
Soleil Pool Bar
9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane
Soleil turns up the heat for A Night In Barcelona, bringing the flavours, atmosphere and passion of Spain to South Bank for the night. Enjoy a six-hour premium drinks package, pop-up bars, sumptuous canapés, Spanish-inspired and interactive food stations, live roving entertainment and a few surprises. For more info, visit soleilpoolbar.com.au.
Pig ‘N’ Whistle West End
Corner of Melbourne & Merivale Streets, West End
Take a step back in time to the decade of decadence and prosperity with the Pig ‘N’ Whistle’s Great Gatsby NYE Party. The venue will be decked out in black and gold, and guests are asked to wear their finest flapper dresses and tuxedos. For more info, visit brisbanetickets.com.au.
Madame Rouge Bar & Bistro
100 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley
For its first NYE event, the newly opened Madame Rouge Bar & Bistro will spoil and treat you to delicious French fare, tansporting you back to vintage Paris with cocktails, wines and a classic French menu. There are no minimum spends or packages, so you can enjoy Madame Rouge’s menu to your heart’s content. For more info, visit madamerougebistro.com.au.
130 William Street, Brisbane City
Treasury will see in the New Year with non-stop entertainment, from Ronda Rousey’s highly anticipated UFC comeback and Oz rock legend Jon Stevens in the LiveWire Bar to the stunning high-wire spectacle of the Aerial Angels three floors above the main gaming floor. You’ll also be able to tantalise your taste buds with spectacular à la carte and degustation menus in The Lab Restaurant & Bar, cradle a glass of Tanqueray while you get carried away by live smooth jazz sounds in The Kitty, and enjoy a variety of pop-up food stalls and bars around the casino. For more info, visit treasurybrisbane.com.au.
Riverbar & Kitchen
Riparian Plaza, Promenade Level, 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane City
Brisbane’s riverfront party spot is hosting a tropical NYE to see off 2016 with non-stop music, a pop-up bar, cocktails and food that will knock your Hawaiian shirt right off. Wear your tropical best and dance the night away under the stars with sweeping views of the Story Bridge as your backdrop. For more info, visit riverbarandkitchen.com.au.
Shop 905/47, Hercules Street, Hamilton
Mediterranean restaurant Atalanta is hosting a tasty affair to see you partying well into the night at Portside Wharf. Their all-inclusive four hour cocktail party includes red and white wines, cocktails and tap beer, with substantial canapes to keep the party going until the fireworks spectacular at midnight. There’ll be a pop-up cocktail bar, marquee and entertainment, as well as an à la carte menu by head chef Dean Brewer for those who want to take it down a notch in Atalanta’s beautiful dining room. For more info, visit atalanta.com.au.
Darling & Co
157 Given Terrace, Paddington
Darling & Co will host an evening of delicious summer drinks, substantial food, entertainment and party vibes at their themed Yacht Party event, complete with sailor hats, ropes and anchors. Enjoy an all-inclusive five-hour affair with an array of beverages including Pina Coladas, Bellinis, premium spirits, beers and wines and food, including risotto stations and canapes as well as live entertainment. For more info, visit darlingpaddington.com.au.
7 Browning Street, West End
Dust off those flat caps and get into theme for Cobbler’s Peaky Blinders NYE! Yes, it’s an NYE party devoted to Peaky Blinders, the British show about a gang and their exploits following the first World War in Birmingham. Because, really, why not? Come dressed in your vintage kit and enjoy an all-inclusive four hour cocktail package including French champagne on arrival, beer, wine and sparkling all evening, and a whisky or cocktail on the hour, every hour. Food will be provided by Birds Nest Restaurant. For more info, visit cobblerbar.com.
Little Stanley Street, South Brisbane
Enjoy a feast for the senses at Ole’s NYE fiesta with a four-course set menu featuring some of Ole’s most delicious Spanish tapas and share dishes, as well as an all-inclusive beverage package with full table service. There’ll be a DJ playing from 8pm and two sittings available, perfectly timed to watch the early fireworks or the midnight fireworks. For more info, visit olerestaurant.com.au.
Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton
Raise your glasses under the starry sky and enjoy a night of delicious food, flowing beverages and the best beats. Aside from positioning you in a desirable riverside spot, your ticket will grant you a 5.5 hour premium drink package of cocktails, spirits, beet and wine, as well as plenty of delicious eats from the venue’s food stations. For more info, visit byblosbar.com.au.
Cruisers Cafe Bar and Grill
Portside Wharf, 7/39 Hercules St, Hamilton
Cruisers is offering two NYE packages — the early session includes a three-course meal and glass of bubbles, and the late session includes a three-course meal plus a beverage package with beer, wine, bubbles, apple cider and frozen Pina Colada. For more info, visit crusierscafebargrill.com.au.
Gusto da Gianni
Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton
Keep your stomach full with a three-course set menu filled with a selection of mouth-watering dishes, including pan seared Hervey Bay scallops, a rack of lamb with a fresh herbed crust and a traditional Italian cake. For more info, visit gustodagianni.com.
Sono Japanese Restaurant
Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton
Celebrate in traditional Japanese style with Sono’s specialty premium Saki, served hot, cold or at room temperature (or ditch tradition and celebrate with one of 1,800 bottles of wine available that have been sourced from France, Italy, Argentina and Japan). Enjoy dinner and a show while you watch the teppan-tricksters work their magic with a traditional teppanyaki session, available at either 6pm or 8:15pm. For more info, visit portsidewharf.com.au.
Mucho Mexicano South Bank
15 Little Stanley Street, South Brisbane
Say ‘hola’ to Mucho Mexicano’s summer menu, featuring their own twist on Mexican cuisine. There are two sittings available (both timed to coincide with the fireworks); the first sitting offers a flexible à la carte menu from 6pm and the second offers a seven-course tasting menu and a premium beverage package. For more info, visit muchomexicano.com.au.
Alfred & Constance
130 Constance St, Fortitude Valley
Alfred & Constance is offering a two-hour package starting at 8:30pm on the refurbished Vanguard Deck; they’re also hosting a no-package house party that’ll cost you just $10 to get in the door. For more info, visit alfredandconstance.com.au.
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