2023 has been a bit touch and go, with some incredible highs and the lowest lows. Whether this was your shining year or it’s one you’d just rather forget, we’ve got all the Brisbane/Meanjin party goers covered to wave “bye-bye” to 2023 this New Year’s Eve.
We here at Urban List have done the hard yards for you and found the biggest parties happening around the entire city to celebrate this year’s long awaited end. Prepare your liver and gather all your partying pals because these are the wildest celebrations happening this New Year’s Eve.
New Year's Eve Parties
Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
Round up your squad and prepare to welcome in the New Year while singing your lungs out. Wildlands Festival, a one-day music fest popping up at Brisbane Showgrounds on New Year's Eve, has just dropped its 2024 lineup and it's an absolute belter. Gracing the stage this year, you've got certified Aussie floor-fillers RÜFÜS DU SOL, club icon Peggy Gou, grime star Central Cee, rapper A$AP FERG, plus other festi legends like The Jungle Giants, G Flip and more. And yes, you will be able to dance your way right through to midnight, with the festival not finishing up until 12.30am.
145 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD
We're beginning to understand why the city of Babylon stayed hidden because who in their right mind could resist all-night indulgence with the ultimate Levantine-inspired bash, where you can dig into four hours of canapés and beverages, complete with grazing and spritz stations? Just kidding–we’re talking about the CBD’s poppin’ rooftop bar Babylon. Still though. From live beats to sultry saxophones and even fire twirlers, this shindig has it all–because a New Year's celebration without a touch of extravagance is just a regular night out.
458 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Head up to the rooftop to welcome 2024 in style at Iris Rooftop, whose views of the Story Bridge are worth the ticket price alone. If you need a little more incentive to hit ‘buy,’ there will also be substantial food stations, gourmet canapès, live entertainment, and five hours of bottomless beverages to gee you up for a midnight countdown.
Soko Rooftop Bar
Level 14/470 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley
A night of mystery and elegance awaits you at Soko’s masquerade party this NYE. A feast of Japanese canapes, DJs, bongo players, Latin dancers and a first class seat view of the midnight fireworks overlooking the serene cityline await you while unforgettable and intriguing moments will unfold as you become someone else for the evening and hide the worries of the year away behind an elegantly sexy mask. Expect the unexpected of this sensual night.
Lefty’s Music Hall
15 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace
72 Queen Street, Brisbane CBD
Hibiscus Room’s Let’s Groove Tonight NYE Party promises to do just that—it will groove, move and transport you into the new year as you lose your grip on time under the flashing lights and live beats. Shimmy under the disco ball and enjoy a four-hour feast of specialty cocktails, house beverages, a charcuterie station and canapes as the night progresses further away from you. Enjoy photo-worthy moments and brace yourself to be disappointed by all future years’ NYE parties because this one is set to be the one to remember (or forget).
43 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley
Hope you're stocked up on Napisan, because Summa House’s Annual White Party is back. Don your crispiest, most blindingly white apparel to boogie away the year under the stars in Summa House’s lush backyard. Splurge for the Pow Wow Package with three of your closest friends to get access to the six course tapas menu and two hours of beer, wine, and spirits.
74/80 Tribune Street, South Brisbane
If you haven’t been out much this year then NYE will be your last chance and why not do it with a view at Lina Rooftop where you’ll welcome 2024 with open arms. Get keen for an all inclusive four-hour drink package and a selection of canapes as you watch the fireworks from the best seat in the city. Party the evening away with local DJs and even a saxophonist set to deliver an indescribable last night of 2023.
Level 4/81 N Quay, Brisbane CBD
It’s a poolside party at WET Deck for New Year’s Eve. W Brisbane and Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose have teamed up to create the perfect cool girl summer party to help you forget this year. WET Deck is providing a huge range of hot and cold bites, as well as a three-hour drinks package with live DJs and a breathtaking view of the Brisbane City fireworks. Make sure to show up in summer chic attire and get some snaps beside the pool to heat up your Hinge profile in 2024.
167 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD
Party in the new year with the best view of Brisbane’s beloved brown snake. Riverland’s NYE party is sure to be popping off, with three hours of canapes and a four-hour drink package to match. Their 80ft of bar frontage will be full of good times and good vibes, with a spectacular view of the Story Bridge for the midnight fireworks.
Pullman & Mercure Hotel, Brisbane CBD
Manifesting a life befitting an A-list celeb for 2024? Start off the year strong with an affair they’re all flocking to. Sixteen Antlers are dishing up high-flying festivities, complete with jaw-dropping city views from the 16th floor, a five-hour premium beverage package, and delectable roaming canapés to tantalise your taste buds. Dance into the new year with the beats of DJ Liam Conner, fire confetti cannons and soak in the magic of the midnight countdown amidst the glittering lights of the CBD.
757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Though it’s admittedly a bit too late to sing Feliz Navidad, Maya is hosting a Mexican-style NYE bash complete with–yes, you guessed it–Mexican canapés and four-and-a-half hours of drinks. Help yourself to the tequila and Tito’s as you spin around Maya’s rooftop bar under the stars. With live DJ sets and pyrotechnics to emulate ancestral Mayan rituals, an experience at The Lost Temple is meant to unleash your spirit animal into the new year. Arriba (Let’s go)!
119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Unleash the party phantom in you at Mary Mae's Masquerade, where glamour meets revelry along the Brisbane River. With roaming canapes, deluxe drinks, and an all-night DJ lineup that's more magical than disappearing midnight kisses, it's a soirée where you can don a mask and be who you want to be at the start of the new year.
Eagle Lane, Brisbane CBD
Step into a neon-soaked time capsule at Brooklyn Standard's NYE bash, where the 80s will be back in style. Rock your raddest outfit, indulge in a $99 four-hour feast of spirits and beats, and dance your way into 2024 with live performances by Berst and Ramjet-–because who needs resolutions when you can have revolutions?
Fiume Rooftop Bar
3/5 Boundary Street, Brisbane CBD
Prepare to sip, savour, and shimmy your way into the New Year at Fiume Rooftop Bar's swanky soirée. With a four-hour beverage package featuring more bubbles than a disco ball, luxe canapes that'll make your taste buds do the cha-cha, and live entertainment to keep the groove alive, it's the only place to be when the clock strikes midnight–just be quick, tickets are disappearing faster than 2023.
39 Hercules Street, Hamilton
Byblos aren’t only known for their delectable Mediterranean food, they also know how to host a NYE event that will send 2023 off with a bang. Putting on a vibrant night filled with gourmet canapés, live entertainment and food stations, this shindig also includes five hours of beverages, including spirits, cocktails, wine and beer, all of which will definitely set the tone for a memorable night.
Mr Chester's Wine Bar
2/850 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
If you haven’t properly dressed up for a night out since last new year’s eve, then Mr Chester’s is hosting the shindig for you. With a dress code of “your finest attire”, theirs will be an evening of glamour and sophistication filled with delectable canapes from Epoca Osteria, handcrafted cocktails and live entertainment to set the mood as the countdown begins.
New Year's Eve Dinners
River Quay, South Bank
South Bank’s new Greek spot, Ithaka, is making the most of its riverside location with a night of feasting, sipping and of course, incredible views of that midnight fireworks display. The late night package kicks off at 9pm and includes a banquet menu of culinary Greek classics plus a three-hour drinks package that includes spritzes, tap beers, wines and of course, bubbles to toast the new year. Not the partying type? They've also got a 5pm seating that will finish up just in time to catch the 8.30pm fireworks along the river.
Howard Smith Wharves
5 Boundary Street, Brisbane CBD
2023 has been jam-packed and so will NYE at Howard Smith Wharves with eight events happening across various locations set to entertain and fit anyone’s celebratory desires. Bring in the new year the mouth-watering way with a full belly and a full heart at Yoko, Greca, Ciao Papi or Stanley, where they each have two dining sessions on offer—one at sunset and one that stretches over midnight. If you prefer to just hit the bar, Felons Brewing Co. and Felons Barrel Hall also have multiple packages on offer, so whatever you’re keen for, HSW has it.
W Brisbane, Brisbane CBD
There won’t be a ball drop at New York-style grill house The Lex, but there will be a three-course dinner conjuring a fusion of elevated American cuisine and only the best Brisbane produce. As you countdown to midnight, feast on caviar-topped tater tots, Hiramasa Kingfish crudo and a juicy steak. As if it couldn’t get better, make your resolutions overlooking the Brisbane River dining, and, of course, wining, with three hours of bevvys included.
81 North Quay, Brisbane CBD
Step into the chicest New Year's Eve bash at Persone's Cocktail Party–because your entrance into 2024 deserves nothing less than a cocktail in hand and unrestricted views of the fireworks. For $195pp, relish a five-hour beverage package that's got it all–beer, wine, spirits, and even a sparkling welcome to kick off the night. With DJ Diggler dropping the bass, gourmet canapés circulating, and your very own antipasto box, this is the black-tie affair promising scenes that’ll have you howling ‘Mamma Mia’.
ZA ZA TA
1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Step into a gastronomic time machine this New Year's Eve at ZA ZA TA, where Chef Michael Jackson is taking taste buds on a veg-led journey through the ages. Bid farewell to 2023 with a ten-course menu that's like a greatest hits album of ZA ZA TA dishes–from halloumi cigars to jackfruit dumplings–all for just $99pp, because who says history can't be both delicious and a bargain?
Opa Bar + Mezze
123 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD
Get ready to break plates (figuratively, please) and dance your way into 2024 at this Mediterranean extravaganza. With Greek eats that are more exciting than a Zorba dance-off, a live DJ dropping beats fresher than tzatziki, and Brisbane River views to make even the gods jealous, it's the opa to end all opas this New Year's Eve in Brisbane.
123 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD
Say "Ciao!" to 2023 and ring in the new year the Italiano way–because what better way to farewell the year than with a feast that's more bellissimo than a Roman sunset? Enjoy a feast for $150pp, featuring delights like prosciutto e melone, flash-fried calamari, and a live fireworks show–because nothing says "buon anno" like a plate of deliciousness and a front row seat to the sparks.
39 Hercules Street, Hamilton
Ditch the resolutions and indulge in a NYE feast with Fosh. From whipped taramasalata to a black onyx rib fillet that's more marbled than a renaissance masterpiece and a Live DJ spinning tunes from 7.30 pm, it's not just dinner; it's a culinary countdown to another delicious year.
3 Stratton Street, Newstead
Don’t want to commit to buying a ticket in advance? At Stratton, it’ll be business as usual—only with a few celebratory additions. Just book yourself a table for the night and order from their a la carte menu, with a DJ providing the soundtrack for a delicious night. As for those celebratory additions, you can also take advantage of a build-your-own Four Pillars spritz station, a frozen margarita station and a pimp your prosecco station. We’ll be hitting them all.
3/171 George Street, Brisbane CBD
We’ve been told Donna knows how to party, and this new year’s eve, you’re invited to join on in. If you are the ‘asleep by midnight’ type, then the first seating from 6pm-8pm is for you. However, if you’re here to party, grab tickets to the 8.30pm-12.30am seating, with four-course shared banquet menu and a live DJ to set the mood.
Boom Boom Room
49 Elizabeth Street, Fortitude Valley
Would you prefer to spend your new year’s eve somewhere underground—literally and metaphorically? For a more private dining experience this NYE, hit up Boom Boom Room, who are hosting two seating experiences featuring decadent Japanese banquets. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a few of their exotic yet refreshing cocktails.
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