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Going To Riverfire 2018? These Are The Best Events Happening Around Town

By Erin Curtain
17th Sep 2018

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. 

These are the best riverfire 2018 events to hit up. 

Eagle Street Pier

Jade Buddha

If you are looking for unbeatable firework views, the first place to look would be on Eagle Street Pier. Jade Buddha’s Shadow Lounge Deck boasts 180-degree views of the Brisbane river spanning from the Story Bridge to Kangaroo Point. While you wait for the big event, enjoy a three-hour food and beverage package including rolling canapes, beer and wine, and Pimm’s cocktail buckets, because what night isn’t made better with buckets of cocktails?

Tickets: $119pp
Book tickets here.


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 tastes. Tickets to their party will include three hours of beer, cider, ginger beer, wine, sparkling, spirits, soft drinks, and their exclusive special of the night, the Riverfire cocktail, so no matter your vibe you will find the perfect beverage to wet your whistle. You will also get a $25 street food voucher to spend at any of the five kitchens that will be serving up the goods until 9pm. 

Tickets: $164pp
For more information, click here.

Riverbar and 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.

Tickets: $99pp
To book tickets, click here.


If DJs and canapes just aren’t your thing, book in for a three-course meal at the restaurant with a view, Jellyfish. This one is perfect for families to indulge in some of the finest seafood Brisbane has to offer, with the decadent menu featuring sashimi, tiger prawns, seared scallops, Moreton Bay bugs, and a selection of freshly caught fish. Wrap the night up with your choice of peanut butter parfait, chocolate mousse, or a cheese plate to make for the perfect accompaniment to the explosive display on the river.

Tickets: $120pp 
For more information, click here.


Have a front row seat to the story Bridge fireworks at iconic Brisbane restaurant, Aria. They will be adding a touch of class to the event, serving you a glass of champagne on arrival followed by a boujee three-course dinner. With entrees of Sydney rock oysters, prawns, cured duck, and smoked pork jowl, mains of baby octopus and blue-eye trevalla, and bombe Alaska, gingerbread, and chocolate treats for dessert, you really can’t go wrong with Aria if you are looking for a fancy Riverfire.

Tickets: $160pp
For more information, click here.

The Bavarian

If you are scrolling through to find the most affordable event on the list, scroll no further. The Bavarian will be hosting their Riverfire spectacle from 4:30pm so that you can indulge in a very German Riverfire experience. Tickets include a drink on arrival and your choice of meal from their special events menu, plus kids meals are only $20 making this a great pick for the family. Seats are first come first serve, so make sure you get in quick so that by the time the fireworks start you will have the best view of the river with a stein in one hand and a pretzel in the other.

Tickets: $70pp
For more information, click here.

Madame Wu

Our final Eagle Street Pier party spot is the elegant and iconic Madame Wu. Offering a four-hour beverage package, Madame Wu will be serving up the goods all night in the form of bottomless cocktails and endless spirits. There will, of course, be canapes making the rounds as well as your selection from an array of main bowls. This combined with an epic view and entertainment throughout the evening makes for a sure-fire Riverfire hit.

Tickets: $160
For more information, click here.

Rooftop Bars

The Fox

Moving right along to the rooftop bars that will be hosting their own Riverfire parties up high, the first on our list is The Fox. Climb your way up to the trendy Dandy’s Rooftop Bar to watch the fireworks from a bird’s eye view. As well as being one of the most Instagrammable spots in town, Dandy’s will be serving up a drink on arrival, roaming nibbles, and a live DJ to play you through the night.

Tickets: $59pp
For more information, click here.

Eagles Nest

Even higher still will be the view from Eagles Nest Brisbane. This has to be one of the most luxurious parties on this list, with their platinum package pulling out all the stops to take your night to the next level. We are talking exclusive balcony access with table service all night so that you can see every firework in the city from 12 stories up.

Tickets: $190 - $260
For more information, click here.


The Jetty

If you are looking to be smack bang in the middle of the Brisbane Festival action, Southbank is the place to be. There are plenty of parties taking place, including a four-course dinner with three-hour drinks package at The Jetty. Enjoy the riverfront views as you chow down on delicious local meals and sip on house drinks. Plus, kids under five eat free so if you have a few little ones this is your best bet.

Tickets: $135
For more information, click here.


If you have a hankering for an Italian feast to accompany your Riverfire view, there is no better restaurant for you than Popolo. They will be serving up all sorts of Italian fare, including classic antipasto, carpaccio, rigatoni, and wrapping it all up with dolcettini. If you have no idea what that all means, just trust us that it will be delicious. Throw a three-hour drinks package and a stunning view of the show on top and you have a night to remember.

Tickets: $150pp
Click here for more info.

Southbank Beer Garden

Our final recommendation is at the iconic beachfront spot itself, Southbank Beer Garden. From here you will not only be in the heart of the action but have an all-inclusive view of the Brisbane river and city skyline. No need for fancy hors-d'oeuvres or black-tie attire, the beer garden is taking it back to basics with a three-hour food and beverage package featuring delicious nibbles, house wine, cider, and of course plenty of quality beer.

Tickets: $95pp
For more information, click here.

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