It’s a seasonal truth that Christmas parties are the bane of HR. Between coordinating Secret Santa and corralling everyone into an orderly mob, it’s an actual miracle that any of us actually make it to the designated location.
Take some of the pressure off and outsource the particulars of your seasonal knees-up to one of Brisbane’s best party venues. This year, we’ve done the hard yards for you and found 15 Christmas party venues in Brisbane that don’t suck.
Whether you’re after casual drinks or a balls out celebration for 200, we’ve got you covered. Just make sure you get booking ASAP because the Christmas party game is lawless and these places will book out fast. Godspeed.
Boom Boom Room
Down below Donna Chang, the Boom Boom Room is so named because it’s built on the site of a bank vault. They offer a few different rooms and packages for various events and for an office shindig we recommend The Vaults. Playing off the history of the building, this luxe space can provide cocktail style service for up to 30 guests. For larger groups, you can book the Trumpet room for 40 or the Bankers Lounge which can serve up to 60 guests. Christ do we love options.
Miss Kay's Prohibition Library Bar
You might not have heard of Miss Kay’s clandestine bar and for good reason. Modelled on speakeasies of the Prohibition era, this space is tucked away up on the third level of Miss Kay’s George Street digs, and is decorated with bookshelves to dupe the authorities into thinking it’s a library when actually it’s a function space with capacity for up to 100 guests.
Little Big House
The best licensed house party in Brisbane, Little Big House is multi-levelled shrine to the Sunshine State. Decked out with free karaoke, a cracking menu of revamped pub grub and a drinks list to compliment the tropical climate perfectly, LBH has plenty of attractions to allow you to choose your own adventure and can cater to all group sizes from small social gatherings to bigger corporate functions.
Newstead Brewing Co.
Newstead and Paddington
Anyone who’s ever partied at a brewery will tell you is it The Place for a festive booze up. As one of Brisbane’s earliest adopters, Newstead Brewing’s craft operation has been wetting whistles in the 4006 since before the flood. Now with a second location in Paddington, there’s twice the opportunity to take advantage of their cracking bevs. Click here to check out the different spaces and packages they have available and book yourself in pronto.
Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess
If you’ve been through a bit of a heckin' year, Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess is a perfect spot to regroup with your fellows. With a keen specialty in gin-based cocktails, the drinks at Dutch are out of this world (available as a tab or in free-flowing quantities), and their food service is slightly glorious as well with a choice of canapes, platters, a la carte or banquet dining.
B Lucky & Sons
If you’re after something a little different, tackle drinks and entertainment in one fell swoop and have your Christmas party at B Lucky & Sons. Located along Brunswick Street Mall in the TCB Building, B Lucky is an arcade bar that’s flush with games and libations of all varieties. Their event packages cater to all group sizes, featuring food and beverages and the freedom to run wild in their arcade. Giddy up.
For a smaller groups, go for quality and have your Christmas drinks at Savile Row. Run by the same mixology masters behind Cobbler, Finney Isles and Death and Taxes, Savile Row is a dark and moody throwback to Prohibition, with slamming cocktails and a glittering chandelier to match. Drop them a line to find out more about their function packages and treat everyone to the best damn drinks in the city.
If yours is the kind of team that likes a premium knock off on a Friday, the upstairs balcony at Super Whatnot is perfect for something familiar and a bit special. The space is at once intimate and vibing off the ambience from the rest of the bar, and the drinks are 11/10.
The Wickham’s outdoor courtyard is the only place to be when the temps rise and the festivities kick in. Order their infamous burgers and pitchers to share, and then party the night away to a playlist of deadset bangers.
Well-versed in entertaining corporate crowds, Heya Bar can totally handle your office Christmas do with a selection of five spaces to choose from. Designed like a party warren, Heya’s goodtimes labyrinth includes a lowkey Pantry space for parties of five to 15 people, the Cocktail Room for intimate and dapper soirees of up to 40 and the Yama Bar (complete with DJ booth and pumping sound system) for groups of up to 100.
Described as a modern gin house, having your Christmas party at Covent Garden is like booking a table in a botanical paradise. Modelled on tenets of good eating and good drinking, they offer sit down or cocktail style dining across five different event spaces, so you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your crew. Click here for the skinny on their functions packages.
The Fox Hotel
Another multi-levelled operation, The Fox Hotel is hot enough to handle whatever event you throw at it. From table feasts, to buffets to cocktail functions, their different event spaces are designed to accommodate groups of any size. Check out the full range of Christmas party packages here and make sure you get in quick to secure a premium date.
Aether has everything you need for a rollicking Christmas shindig that’ll ruin you for parties until the new year. Besides cocktail style food packages, Aether also offers a bunch of strictly libatious drinks packages. And if your crew is the kind to take their drinks seriously, why not level up with Aether’s ‘Meet the Brewer’ brewery tour and beer tasting experience? Check out all your options here.
That glorious syndicate of drinking, eating and river views, Riverland is a lowkey venue ideally located for the corporate set. Riverland outsources eats to some of Brisbane’s most beloved food vendors, so you know that the product you’re getting is premium, and their 80ft bar is well stocked offering a bunch of cocktail jugs and no fewer than 16 taps. Click here for all the details.
Whether you’re after a lowkey lunch or a thumping rager, Isles Lane has you covered. Tucked under Post Office Square, this dawn 'til dusk crowd pleaser is ideally located right in the hub of the city. Their entertainment packages offer a comprehensive guide covering everything from a sit down meal to grazing platters to bar tabs. Peruse at your leisure.
Just planning an epic long lunch for your Christmas do? Check out our favourite spots to do just that here.
Image credit: Boom Boom Room