In two weeks September will be officially over, and that means that Riverfire, Brisbane's biggest social event, is back. Remember last year when you left you Riverfire plans to the last minute? This year is not going to be a repeat performance.
Fire up the group chat and start discussing the pros and cons, these are the best Riverfire 2019 events to hit up this year.
Howard Smith Wharves
Taking over the breezy deck outside of ARC Dining, Ciao Papi will kick off your night in style. Unobstructed views of the Story Bridge mean you won’t miss a moment of the action, while a shared Italian feast menu will ensure you won’t go hungry, instead sitting down to dishes like antipasti, pasta and a sweet dessert. For a riverside celebration with bite, it doesn’t get tastier than this.
If you’re looking for a little groove to go with your fireworks, better secure a spot at Mr Percival’s. Tickets to their Riverfire shindig will include three hours of oysters, prawns, pizzas and fritto mistos, as well as Veuve Clicquot, Cape Mentells and Mr P’s Spritzes to really get the party started. DJs will be spinning tracks while you get your fill of all the goods that Mr P’s has to offer on Brisbane’s night of nights.
Lounging on a patch of grass by the river is the classic way to spend Riverfire, but if you want to ensure you have bars and nibbles on hand, Howard Smith Wharves’ Riverfire Parklands packages will net you a patch of grass on their exclusive lawn, with pop-up food stations, bars and a gelato cart to keep you fed and boozed. Tickets include tokens for a main meal and a gelato, so you can grab the likes of yakitori, paella and crispy bug, while drinks will be available for purchase.
Felons Brewing Co.
To celebrate the limited release of their new Red Ale, Felons will be open from 11am to the public, so you’ve got plenty of time to score a sick spot to watch the fireworks unfold, no tickets necessary. If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat you can snack on a wood-fired pizza or a scrumptious shared plate at the restaurant, but personally, we’d get there at the crack of dawn to nab a spot on the lawn and eat fish and chips all day and night long.
No tickets needed.
Find out more here.
If you decide to go all-out book a room at The Fantauzzo for Riverfire, you’ll get exclusive first access to their rooftop bar, Fiume. Probably one of the closest views you can get of the Story Bridge (you’ll practically be dodging sparks), it’s the perfect spot to escape the crowds and sip on G&Ts while you enjoy the show.
Rooms start at $399.
The snazzy new Emporium Hotel is really bringing it this year. Opt for their open-air rooftop party and you’ll enjoy four hours of bottomless champagne, cocktails, canapes, grazing stations, live music and performers—basically everything you need for an epic Riverfire. For a more intimate celebration, dinner at their Signature restaurant will feature champagne and oysters before dining on an Australian-inspired menu with matched wines. But the cherry on the cake? A specially crafted dessert to tackle while you watch the fireworks from the private dining room. Talk about fancy.
Tickets: $299pp (The Terrace) or $350pp (Signature Restaurant)
Carb-loading is always deserving of fireworks, but Popolo is making all your dreams come true with a three-hour Italian dinner and drinks package. Stand-outs from the menu include the forest mushroom arancini with preserved lemon aioli and a duck ragu pappardelle served with garlic and rosemary roast potatoes. Forget the fireworks (though they do have an impressive view), this night is all about the feasting.
One of Brisbane’s favourite waterfront dining spots, Stokehouse Q isn’t just dishing up one of the best city views in town, but also a delicious four-course menu experience designed by Head Chef Marcel Nogaski. Head Sommelier Aleks Balodis will also be around to amp up the experience with matched wines—we could get used to this treatment.
Tickets: $150pp or $215pp with wine pairing
Eagle Street Pier & Surrounds
Not only is The Bavarian a killer spot for a cheeky Sunday sesh, their balcony also doubles as a prime Riverfire viewing location. With a special event menu on offer for the night you can enjoy some signature Bavarian dishes and a drink on arrival all for only $75 per person. We’re down for any celebration that includes beer, pretzels and fireworks.
Riverbar & Kitchen
Proving themselves to be a Riverfire hotspot year in and year out is Riverbar and Kitchen, and they are back at it again with this year’s bash. Sporting unbelievable views of the river and Story Bridge, this is the ideal spot for groups to gather and celebrate with the fireworks. At a more than reasonable price there will be the standard three-hour drinks package, complete with a live DJ, roving canapes, and decadent food stations scattered throughout the party.
Dishing up one of the greatest vantage points in the city as well as some seriously drool-worthy feeds, OTTO will have you enjoying a four course Italian feast with front row seats to the sparkling Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Guests will be able to choose from a specially curated menu with the option of a beverage package to take the ease out of your wine selection.
If you aren’t sure what you will be in the mood for on Riverfire night, Riverland is your best bet to cater to all eclectic taste, with free entry all night - an absolute steal for some of the best views in Brisbane. Signature cocktails and street kitchen style fare will be available, with live tunes to get you all amped up for the big show.
No tickets needed.
Find out more here.
North Quay & City
Three Blue Ducks
Fancy a little cocktail party scenario? Three Blue Ducks at W Brisbane will have to-die-for wrap-around balcony views to enjoy the fireworks from in all of their electrifying glory. Guests can enjoy a mouth-watering spread of locally sourced foods straight from the woodfire oven and grill, while plenty of cocktails, bubbles, beer and wine will be flowing throughout the night with live tunes to kick off the epic fireworks display.
Westin Sky Tower
Boasting Brisbane’s highest viewing point, The Westin is taking over Sky Tower for one night only to provide sweeping views of the river. Starting your night with a glass of Laurent Perrier upon arrival you can bask in the phenomenal views while sampling canapes and grazing station goodies. Then all you need is a glass of vino to sip on while the fireworks go off. Let the good times roll.
The terrace level of the Treasury Hotel will be transformed into an exclusive rooftop party for Riverfire for the first time ever, and frankly, we can’t believe they’ve never done it before. The three-and-a-half-hour package will include Moet & Chandon, premium wine, sparkling, cocktails and beers, with mouth-watering grazing and dessert stations all night. This is the party to be at people, but tickets are extremely limited, so we’d get in quick.
W Brisbane is turning up the heat for Riverfire 2019, with pumped up party vibes will be taking over their poolside WET Deck overlooking the river. Pair incredible views of the fireworks with live beats from Little Fritter and friends, flowing cocktails, bubbles, beer, wine and live culinary stations, plus a glass of Moët on Ice Champagne to enjoy when the fireworks light up the sky.
The Yot Club
Being by the river still not close enough for you? How about being ON the river? The Yot Club will be setting sail for the best view in Brisbane, departing from Hamilton Wharf at 4pm and cruising the river for the night, with multiple package options available depending on how luxe you want your night to be.
Tickets: From $149
Check out what else to do at Brisbane Festival this month here.
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