Well, didn’t the festive season just creep up on us like a snowball to the face! Season’s greetings Brisbane; after the initial shock of the fact that you’ll have to do all of your Christmas shopping in just four weekends (the horror), take a moment to realise that you’ve probably also forgotten to plan your office Christmas party. Ho, ho, holy sh…
Just because you’ve left all the fun and games to the last minute, doesn’t mean you have to settle for a table at your local RSL (it is, after all, the only time you can get wildly inebriated in front of your boss all in the name of Saint Nick), so we’ve pulled together this handy list of kick-ass Brisbane venues that will turn your floundering festivities into a jolly holly Christmas indeed.
Green Beacon Brewing
Not into all the glitz and tinsel, but still want to revel in an early mark? Green Beacon Brewing is perfect for relaxed drinks with your fave peeps. There may not be any eggnog behind the bar, but we’re sure you’ll find some ‘Christmas cheer’ at the bottom of a glass of ‘Penny Porter’.
Lennons Restaurant and Bar at NEXT Hotel Brisbane
Wanting to take your festive cheer to the CBD? Make a reservation at Lennons Restaurant and Bar at NEXT Hotel Brisbane and wow your corporate crowd. Housed inside some seriously swish surrounds, this is Christmas celebrations at its finest.
Darling & Co
Newbie Paddington bar, Darling & Co is up there as one of the prettiest drinking holes we’ve ever laid eyes on! Share a bowl of The Darling Punch with pals, and settle in for a good ol’ fashioned seasonal sesh.
With one of the best cocktail lists in town, and some of the best charcuterie and cheese platters in Brisbane, enjoy a festive tipple or two in Canvas' courtyard. Ask your bar tender nicely and they might make you up something ‘festive’.
Brisbane icon, the Regatta Hotel, is a must-do on your yuletide pit-stop. Whether it’s a glass of champagne on the balcony, or a chilled bevvie in the garden, riverside drinks have never felt so special.
To really get into the holiday swing of things, sometimes you need to get out of town. Situated in and around our fair city, the stunning scenery and locations of Spicers Retreats will bring out the cheer in even the grinchiest co-worker or distant rellie. Book yourself in for a late lunch, or splash out on dinner and an overnight stay. You won’t regret it.
Bavarian Bier Café
With unrivalled river views, a menu designed for a festive blowout (here’s looking at you, pork knuckle) and chilled beers served in steins, Bavarian Bier Café is a touch of the northern hemisphere holidays in the tropics.
Victoria Park Bistro & Bar
The perfect spot for a very merry party, enjoy city views and lush surrounds while tucking into a delicious two or three-course Christmas lunch and dinner at Victoria Park Bar & Bistro.
Corbett & Claude
Kick back with freshly shaken cocktails and wood-fired pizzas in this late night CBD laneway bar. Word on the street is Corbett & Claude have the healthiest pizzas in town, freeing up extra calories for all that xmas day feasting!
The Wickham’s outdoor courtyard is the only place to be when the temps rise and the festivities kick in. Order their infamous burgers and pitchers to share, and then party the night away under the twinkly lights.
If you want to go all out this year, or you just like a little extra sparkle at this time of year (we’re talking white tablecloths and waiters wearing gloves), book a table at Privé249. The Europeans know a thing or two about fine festive dining, so pop a bottle and celebrate in style.
Christmas is all about feasting, and there’s no better place to fill the belly than at Woolly Mammoth. With a menu perfect for sharing, gather the troops and settle in for a late one. After dinner, take it upstairs to their garden bar for evening breezes and killer tunes.
Seasonal shindigs should be compulsory at The Alliance. Stuffed to the brim with all the charm of a traditional pub, pull up stumps at the bar or reserve a table for a festive dinner with all the trimmings. These guys book up fast but have a few dates left, so get booking asap!
Statler & Waldorf
Treat yo’self and your crew to a gastronomical feast at Statler & Waldorf this Christmas. Whether you’re after a full on spread or just wanting a venue that takes you from plate to party, you’re in the right spot.
Not just for beer lovers—though they do love a cold one—Archive is a great inner-city bar if you’re after a Christmas party without all the fuss. Tuck in to a bucket of their finest chicken wings (you can pretend they’re turkey if you like) or duck upstairs to sister venue, Loft for some festive-style cocktails.