The Sunsuper Riverfire 2016 is back and bigger than ever, set to ignite the Brisbane skyline in a dazzling array of fabulous fireworks for another year! Unfortunately, we aren’t all lucky enough to have fantastically wealthy pals with riverside apartments to enjoy this year's show, but Brisbane has some of the best bars and restaurants with uninterrupted Story Bridge views to ensure the best seats in the house.
Here are our picks of the best spots in Brisbane to watch Riverfire 2016.
Eagle Street Pier
Riverbar & Kitchen
This long standing favourite's seats are filling up quickly! Riverbar & Kitchen's expert mixologists are guaranteed to serve up the best darn cocktail you ever did taste, and with a killer menu plus arguably the best view of the Story Bridge in town, this is one Riverfire party not to miss!
Blackbird Bar & Grill
Blackbird is sure to put on a glitzy Riverfire party, so grab a table and graze your way through their menu, before heading to their stunning balcony for prime Riverfire views.
Cha Cha Char
Cha Cha Char is the ideal spot to wine and dine on Riverfire night. Possibly serving up the best steaks in town, Cha Cha Char will be opening its doors to the Riverfire crowds for an evening of fine wine, feasting, and fireworks.
Il Centro’s sweeping views of the Story Bridge and surrounding river is prime Riverfire real estate. Fireworks + fine Italian fare = Riverfire 2016, nailed!
Why not go all out, and treat yourself to a nice seafood dinner! Jellyfish's reputation preceeds itself; flaunting a fantastic range of fresh seafood—up to 14 different species of fish on any given night—, and front row river views, Jellyfish is the perfect option if you're looking to luxe up your Riverfire night.
One of Brisbane's best Chinese restaurants, Madame Wu boasts a cracking drinks list and a banging menu, and of course stunning river views.
There’s no holding your horses here, you will need to get in quick to secure a spot at Pony. Their Riverfire special includes both canapés and a 3-hour beverage package overlooking the Story Bridge.
The man himself, Mr. Matt Moran has designed a degustation Riverfire extravaganza. The exclusive menu will feature signature Aria dishes, coupled with champagne and fine wines.
Bavarian Bier Cafe
Yet another spot to bask in the firework glow, Bavarian Bier Cafe has near 180-degree views of the river and the Story Bridge. Serving up authentic German eats plus some of the finest craft beers, it would be the absolute wurst (we couldn't resist )to miss out.
Story Bridge Hotel
Opt in for the opposite side of the river, and really get in the thick of the fiery action at the Story Bridge Hotel. This iconic Brisbane pub is located right under the Story Bridge, so you’re in for total front seat action!
Throw on your Sunday best, and head down to Aquitaine if you’re looking for something extra special this Riverfire 2016. This elegant, French-inspired spot is known for its artisanal produce and provincial fare, so raise a glass of French wine as the first fireworks go off. Ooh la la!
While the sky is alight with colour, make sure you've booked a spot at Popolo for a mean Italian feast. Everyone knows that Italian cuisine is best shared with others, so rally up the gang, and book up a spot for generous servings of delectable Italian classics.
Cove Bar And Dining
Make the riverside crowds jealous whilst you chow down on Cove’s delicious set menu. We’re talking whiting tacos, Cape Grim dry-aged sirloin, dark chocolate candied orange tart.. Oh, and the views are pretty great too!
Kick back and sit in awe of the fireworks at The Jetty. One of their classic booths will be the ultimate spot to pop some bubbly with your crew and enjoy the view.
Stokehouse's open air, pavilion-style get-up is the perfect location to take in the fireworks and enjoy a beautiful meal. If you’re not too fussed on the fireworks, Stokehouse's modern take on Mediterranean will more than make up for it!
Perched up on the eleventh floor, Brisbane rooftop bar, Eleven is the perfect spot to enjoy the show away from the crowds of the city. Their epic view of the CBD and the Story Bridge guarantees that you will have the best seat in the house to enjoy the dazzling display.
The Fox Hotel
Dandy's Rooftop Bar at iconic Brisbane pub, The Fox is offering up a killer Riverfire package. For four hours, get premium brews, food, and of course, uninterrupted city views. Enjoy the sky show to the sound of epic DJ sets and the taste of gourmet BBQ.
The Balfour Kitchen
This romantic little spot is a great place to watch the sparks fly; from both riverfire, and between you and bae. Spicers Balfour's rooftop bar boasts spectacular views of the Story Bridge and a fantastic wine and champagne list. Once the fireworks finish, head down to their award-winning restaurant, The Balfour Kitchen for their incredible five-course degustation. Better yet, make a night of it and book out one of their luxury suites!
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