The first sighting of fairy lights in the home and decor aisle of Kmart means Christmas is about to come at us full throttle from every angle and it’s only a matter of time until every venue in and around Brisbane is booked to capacity from now until next February.
Fortunately, we’ve spotted the festival season early, which means you still have a couple of weeks until you’ve left it too late and have to start enquiring about party rooms at Maccas.
Office Managers and Chief Friend Officers pay attention. Here are seven northside hotspots just begging to host your Christmas party this year.
Kicking off with the funnest Christmas party option, Playtime is an arcade featuring carnival games, escape rooms, simulators, a bowling alley, table tennis arena, laser tag, karaoke and high tech games. There are over 100 games to try which means booking your entire office or friend group Christmas party is a cinch. And in true arcade fashion, Playtime’s got prizes galore. Cash your points in for awesome rewards like Apple Watches, tablets, 360 degree cameras and headphones.
If anyone knows how to party it’s Italians, which makes Casa Cibo the perfect spot for a long lunch in celebration of the festive season (or Natale as they call it in the land of the boot). The menu is packed to the brim with traditional dishes that will take your taste buds straight to the motherland, and with everything from booths that seat ten people to private dining rooms your whole crew will fit like a glove. Let the friendly team fill up your table with a family feast of pizzas, pastas, arancini and charcuterie as you and your party pals get your cheer on with a round (or three) of Aperol Spritz.
Your casual Christmas party will be right at home at Tapworks this year. They’ve got more than 30 craft beers on tap, burgers galore and chilli cheese fries so you can start stretching your stomach in preparation for the big day. The best bit, it’s incredible value. Enjoy three small bites for $25, the most expensive burger is $18 (and it’s worth every penny), you can get 20 wings for $20 and they’re slinging cocktails from as little as $15. That’s more money for you to spend on Christmas shopping this year!
You’ll be saying ho ho ho Fröhliche Weihnachten (Merry Christmas) when you see the size of the schnitzels at The Bavarian. Start a new Xmas tradition and challenge your festive friends to The Schnitzelmeister challenge—whoever finishes the 1kg crispy crumbed veal first gets dibs on your game of stingy santa. Be sure to grab a nice outdoors possie to make the most of the Brissy sunshine with some hefty brews in hand. If you’re keen to head back for more on Christmas Day, The Bavarian’s got you covered with four different menus.
The best Christmas parties should contain food, food and more food, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Landmark Restaurant—aka Sunnybank’s famed yum cha joint, which has found a second home on the northside. Landmark are down for hosting almost any sized party—they throw weddings for heck’s sake—so you’ll be in perfect hands pork bun after pork bun.
In the mood for some festive fun? Google Caga Tió to have a little lol about Barcelona's present pooping yule log Christmas tradition. It's a sight to behold! Then book yourself in for a long feast at Hermosa, aka Brissy's delicious Spanish tapas with an Aussie twist. Get a giant paella to share and load up on all of the tapas before tucking into churro ice cream sandwiches for dessert. Their vino and cerveza menu is quite impressive, which always makes for a good time at Christmas.
The Sporting Globe
Got a whole bunch of sports fanatics to feed this Christmas? Check out The Sporting Globe where there are a bunch of function packages to choose from if you've got a big crowd to please. We hear the Oreo cheesecake brownie sandwich is a must-try, who cares if it doesn't really go with beer!
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