Tis’ the season to be decadent. Everyone else may have hightailed it up the road to Noosa for the break, but if you’re sticking around this festive season Brisbane's has got your back. We’ve prepared a list of what's open in Brisbane over Christmas that are both naughty and nice, and we promise they will sleigh your celebrations.
Here's what's open in Brisbane this Christmas.
Riverbar and Kitchen
If you need a bit of the ol' hair-of-the-dog that bit you, Riverbar and Kitchen is your go-to destination. It doesn’t get much more euphoric than a lychee mojito and the grilled swordfish and green mango salad accompanied by beautiful views over the Brown Snake. Open Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, they won’t let you down this festive season.
Forget your traditional ham and turkey and say Hola! to Olé’s Spanish-inspired dishes. Treat yourself to dinner and a beautiful light show as Southbank literally get’s lit for Christmas. Our recommendation? No matter how naughty your 2016 was, if you leave the feta-stuffed deep fried olives out for Santa, you definitely won’t wake up with coal come Christmas morning.
Waking up in a sweat just thinking about the piles of dishes waiting for you on Boxing Day? Worry no more! Christmas Lunch at the Spicers Hotel Balfour's Kitchen will be one to remember, and hopefully not just because your uncle nodded off into the plum pudding again.
Cha Cha Char
Burnt the Christmas lunch? Never fear, Cha Cha Char has saved your bacon. They’re open Christmas Day for a special Al La Carte Lunch with all your favourites on the menu. Fingers crossed the Wagyu Fat Potatoes are on it!
What better way to use up your Christmas lunch leftovers than taking them down to Cobbler's Bar and wash them down with some of their 400+ varieties of whisky or a cocktail or ten. Don’t forget to toast them for their BYO Food rule! These legends are open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve for all you whisky lovers out there.
It wouldn’t be a Queensland Christmas without seafood! Or to describe our approach to eating this festive season; see food and eat it all. Jellyfish can fill even the most seasoned eater with their whole market fish with chilli, coconut and lime dressing. Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve for dinner.
Bavarian Bier Cafe
Ever heard of a Reinbeer? It’s a thing, and this Christmas the Bavarian Bier Cafe has all your brew needs sorted. Who said Schnitzel wasn’t festive? Prost!
Chester Street Bakery
Stuck on what to make for dessert for Christmas Lunch? Leave it to the experts. Chester Street Bakery's drool-inducing sweet treats are available on Christmas Eve, ready to take home for the next day.
The Yiros Shop
Do you know what this means? Your feta covered chips and heaven-in-a-mouthful yiros are available ALL CHRISTMAS thanks to The Yiros Shop. There is such a thing as eating too many mince pies and glazed ham, so get your Greek on and hit these guys up on Christmas Eve and New Years.
If you haven’t experienced Brisbane’s newest Turkish restaurant Downtown Istanbul, there’s no time like the present! The east side’s newest gem is open Christmas Eve and Boxing Day for all your pide needs.
Darling & Co
Given Terrace’s newest darling isn’t one to be missed this festive season. Boasting a scrumptious menu selection and extensive wine list Darling & Co is guaranteed to help you get jolly.
If cooking for the family this festive season sounds too much like hard work, let the guys at e'cco do all the hard work for you.
Madame Rouge Bar & Bistro
Ooh la la! Call the fam, we’re vibing a Parisian-style Christmas Eve dinner this year and Madame Rouge Bar & Bistro does one hell of a Parfait. #sofrench
Planning on winging Christmas Eve dinner? We’ll back you all the way, and so will the guys at Winner Winner Chicken in Paddington. They’ll even cure your New Year’s hangover, open New Year’s Day from 11am.
Did someone say a five-course degustation featuring a twice-cooked pork belly? Tucked away inside the Treasury Casino, the guys at the Lab Bar+Restuarant are open for Christmas Eve, Christmas Dinner and Boxing Day.
You don’t have to stay in a fancy hotel to take advantage of a buffet lunch this Christmas, the Morrison Hotel has a buffet to end all buffets. Featuring all the Christmas essentials including ham off the bone, fresh prawns, Moreton Bay Bug and pavlova you’ll definitely be heading back for secondies.
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