Christmas Eve is a beautiful time to catch up with family, enjoy the last advent chocolate, sing carols, and leave out a mince pie and snifter for Santa. That’s the ideal anyway, but, dare I say, for most families, it is a ticking time bomb of distant relatives in close quarters set to explode at T-minus Christmas lunch. This year is a bit of a downer double-whammy as Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, but there remain some noble souls who are keeping their doors open for anyone wanting to cushion the potential horror of Christmas Day.
Because the best way to wake up on Christmas morning is with a blinding hangover and somebody else’s Santa suit on, gather round with some family of your choosing and get into the pre-Christmas spirit at one of our top ten spots that will be thriving in Brissy this Christmas Eve.
Pop into Prohibition this Christmas Eve for Prohibition’s XMAS Eve Party. Kicking off at 7pm there will be much jolly merriment on site as you join in the countdown to the most giving day of the year. As well as the obligatory lights and decorations there will be egg nog and candy cane cocktails to really get you in the spirit. On top of all the festive tunes there is free entry, so don your Santa costume and hit up Prohibition for the ultimate Christmas Eve.
Sixes And Sevens
Nothing brings the squad together faster than the promise of a sesh at Sixes and Sevens. If, like most, you’ve all been so scattered with pre-Christmas prep you’ve had no time to hit the chillax button, an afternoon at Sixes and Sevens is guaranteed to restore your sense of calm. Get yourselves a couple of cocktail pitchers and a cheeseboard to share and wile away a sunny arvo on their grassy steps.
The Bearded Lady
Hit up Boundary Street for a mellow Christmas Eve at The Bearded Lady. This year Lawrence & Clare will be performing their dulcet folk tunes for an afternoon session, followed by Ofa Fanaika’s CHURCH collaboration to carry you through the night. Take a seat in the front bar, sit back, and enjoy what has to be the most relaxed Christmas Eve party in Brisbane.
Riverbar And Kitchen
With their premium waterside real estate and flowing tides of hooch, Riverbar epitomises summer. They’ll be open early on Christmas Eve and trading until 10pm so roll by and get your major chill on. Along with their shared cocktails and expansive wine list, all of Riverbar’s usual food offerings like halloumi sliders, calamari and pizzas will be available for snacking. What could be more perfect way to enjoy the calm before the storm than at Brisbane's premier waterfront bar?
Hit up The Fox for the ultimate Soho Sunday of the year. The Fox is throwing a midday to midnight party that is bound to satisfy any pre-Christmas party needs. There will of course be a legendary dancefloor as well as pitchers of cocktails for all to enjoy, as well as $4 pizza which is just about the most festive thing we have ever heard. Make sure you reserve a table so you don’t miss out!
Darling & Co.
The summertime funsters in the hanging gardens of Darling & Co. aren’t about to call time on pre-Christmas festivities. They’re gonna be rocking all the way up until late on Christmas Eve, so see if you can steal away for a relaxing sundowner or a bite on the terrace before the Yuletide extravagance really begins.
For all those lonely souls of Brisbane, Fritzenberger is holding an Orphan’s Xmas just for you. Share your Christmas Eve with fellow travellers and family avoiders and be taken in by the warm glow of beers and burgers. Serving up a $20 Christmas Eve dinner including a burger, fries, and a beer, there will be plenty of other drinks and Christmas cheer to go around as you play Secret Santa, join in on the festive games, and have a jolly evening in preparation for the big day.
Little Big House
Little Big House has an ongoing Sunday sesh arrangement and they aren’t crying hold just because Christmas looms close. Open from 11am and swinging until 10pm this Christmas Eve, LBH will be a feast all their usual delights and merriments including frosé, cocktails, slammin’ bar snacks, and the best breeze in town. Get around it, yo.
Looking for a slightly more hard-core Christmas pregame? Crowbar will be putting forward plenty of live entertainment for you to party to at their Xmas Eve party. Have a beer and listen to Buck Dean and The Green Lips, Port Royal, and Fatal Aphrodite to amp you up for Christmas Day. Santa has even RSVP’d to make an appearance, though something tells us that most of the patrons at this party will likely be on his naughty list, with one heck of a hangover the next day!
Well know chillery and laugh factory Barbara might just be someone’s saving grace this December 24. Their beats and brews will be available for all’s enjoyment until late this Christmas Eve with cut-price bevvies for all the strung-out hospo workers who nobly served us this holiday season.
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