New Year's Eve | Where To Welcome 2013

As a seasoned NYE celebrator, I have a few tips to ensure a glamorous, enjoyable evening. First, don't worry too much! There's a lot of pressure on the 31st, but who cares? Just have a good time. Second, glitter. So much glitter. Third, pace yourself, it's a long evening ahead, and you want to be able to scout out worthy talent come midnight-kiss time. And, finally (and most importantly), find a good venue! 
Here are my picks for spots to bring in 2013... (Update: Once you've scrolled through this list, here are another 8 last-minute NYE ideas!)


With five individual spaces, all with their own theme, there will be many adventures to be had at Cloudland come the end of 2012. The Rainbow Room will be transformed into a disco space, with Diana-Ross- and Bianca-Jagger-inspired lovelies shaking their groove thing to the classics. ‘Step It Up’ will supply live music in the beer garden and dance music in the private room will ensure that all tastes are catered for. For a single ticket price, you can enjoy all this craziness, as well as canapés and an inclusive drinks package.
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Always a guaranteed good time, the Limes Hotel & Roof Top Bar's ever-popular New Year's Eve celebration sees festive revelers perched in a birds-eye position for the countdown. The six-hour drinks and canapés package will be in typical high-quality Limes fashion, and partygoers can look forward to ringing in the New Year in style.
Tickets | $195pp
Indulge in a night of cocktails, excitement, and riverside antics at Byblos bar + restaurant, from 8pm this New Year’s Eve. Featuring that signature Middle-Eastern, Byblos feel, a luscious mix of canapes, cocktails, and spirits are on offer at this Portside event. Live DJs will play all night, along with a prime display of fireworks twice throughout the night. 
Complimentary shuttle buses will take guests into Ann St from 12.30am – 2.00am, with Byblos throwing open their doors to the public between 1am and 3am.
Tickets | $199pp 
This New Year’s Eve, Laruche are offering the opportunity to fly Air Laruche direct to Cuba! Their package for the night includes 5 hours of premium beverages including spirits, and Cuban-inspired cocktails, along with delicious gourmet canapés. Guests will be entertained with some of the best DJs on the decks from 9pm – close. 
Tickets | $130pp 
Portside's, Manx will be offering a delicious, three-course set menu for their New Year’s Eve celebration. Fireworks will explode on the river at 9pm and midnight, with complimentary shuttle buses taking guests to Fortitude Valley from midnight – 1.30am for those who want to continue the party!
Tickets | $95pp 
With spectacular views of the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge, Aria is the perfect place to celebrate the coming of the New Year.
Aria will be offering a three-course, set menu of typically intricate and delicious choices. The menu for the evening, designed by chef Matt Moran, will have a selection of 4 dishes for each course available.
Tickets | $130pp
Il Centro offers what can only be described as a majestic view out across the river, which would be absolutely perfect for viewing those one-night-only New Year’s Eve Fireworks. The Il Centro team are offering a set menu of three courses, finishing the night with a choice of three desserts. I've said it before and I'll say it again—any excuse for the sand crab lasagna is a good excuse.
Ticket | $130pp
The Euro have a set menu of three courses, each with three different, and decadent, options. Offering a more low-key ticket into 2013, The Euro would be the perfect choice for a smaller group, or a decadent choice for a party of two over a glass of bubbly.
Tickets | $140pp
6 hours premium open bar? Need I go on? Canvas’s black-and-gold-themed NYE party is sure to be a classy affair, where friends can get together to enjoy drinks and canapés until 2013 has well and truly arrived. 
Tickets | $140
Head over to the new South Bank restaurant-of-the-moment and party on at their Miami Vice White Party. Cold & hot canapés will be on offer, along with a some delicious desserts, and you can wash it all down with drinks from the premium beverage package (including premium spirits, Louis Roederer NV champagne, and a selection of fabulous wine and cocktails). Entertainment will be provided by DJ, Sean Doyle (from the Hed Kandi network), and promises to be something special.
Tickets | $199pp
Keen for more ideas for for New Year's Eve in Brisbane? Check out our list of the Top 8 Last-Minute New Year's Ideas!
TUL Note: Read about Sarah’s exploits in the kitchen, and beyond, on her blog, The Sugar Hit. With a no calorie wastage policy, if it’s no good it doesn’t get past her lips. You can be sure only Brisbane's finest passes this fine food aficionado's test. Find her on Twitter @TheSarahCoates, and Facebook.

Posted by Kate Dixon at 11:41AM on 7th December 2012

Love it! Great round up of Brisbane options for NY.