Riverfire is set to light up Brisbane skies again on Saturday the 28th of September, and this is one event when snagging the best seats in the house is vital, and missing out can mean the difference between a great night and a total dud.
Because we'd never want you to have a bad night out, we've put together our picks of the very best spots to catch Riverfire this year. We have venues that you'll want to get your party on at while the sky's a-glow, and family-friendly spots for the whole gang. Some old faithfuls make the cut, as do a few newbies.
Here are our picks for where to watch Brisbane Riverfire 2013:
What's better than watching Riverfire from a prime, river-front location? Watching Riverfire from this spot while eating sand crab lasagne, that's what. The lovely Il Centro gang want you to join them for their very special Riverfire menu (which features their world famous sand crab lasagne, among other tempting Il Centro favourites). And they would love to welcome your little people in as well, with a kids menu for the under fives. The Riverfire menu features three divine courses and is all yours for $95 (children: $50).
The uber-fab, Bacchus is open for business this Riverfire, which is awesome if you are the type who enjoys cocktails by the pool, surrounded by friends and beautiful strangers (read: everyone). We suggest you drop in for dinner with friends, then claim a corner of the pool-side bar and watch the fireworks over a bowl of punch, amazing cocktails, or a glass of Dom Perignon (Bacchus is one of only a select few venues in Australia who pour Dom by the glass). Better yet, entry is free!
You won't get much closer to the action than this! Riverlife's Riverfire event is the perfect spot to catch the show, while you enjoy canapes, drinks, and entertainment with friends in a this beautiful riverside setting. Riverlife's open-air, boathouse-style venue is a great choice if you're after a relaxed, party atmosphere on Riverfire night. Tickets start from $69 for a group, and you can buy them here.
The Story Bridge Hotel is hosting a killer street party to celebrate this night of aerial pyrotechnics—they are cordoning off the whole of Baildon Street in Kangaroo Point from 5pm. Hang out, grab some chow from one of the market stalls serving up delish gourmet street food, a drink from one of the street-side bars, and catch the fireworks from one of the best vantage points in Brisbane.
For a very special Riverfire experience, head to Spicer's Balfour off Brunswick Street. Sip French champagne as you watch the fireworks display from the Spicer's gorgeous rooftop bar, then, when the excitement dies down, move on to the Balfour Kitchen for a sublime 5-course dinner (how sublime? Check out our Spicer's dinner verdict, here). Why not make a night of it, and stay at the Spicer's Balfour Hotel for the night? Spicer's have a special Riverfire package that includes a room, as well as this amazing dinner, and a gourmet breakfast the next morning. Book a spot here. You won't regret it.
Celebrate Riverfire with Matt Moran, and catch the night's show from one heck of a beautiful spot. Aria have a special Riverfire menu on offer for their lucky patrons: On arrival you'll be greeted with a glass of sparkling Bartlett's wine, with three heavenly courses to follow. Menu highlights include ocean trout with hickory-smoked fennel, whitlof, and pink peppercorn dust, and twice-cooked pork belly with green tomato, and jalapeño and celery salad. For dessert, there's a banana and brown sugar parfait with banana sorbet and toasted marshmallows. Yes please. Tickets are $145 per person ($60 for children under 12).
Fireworks AND seriously good, contemporary Japanese, with killer cocktails to boot? Er, where to do we sign up? Sake has a prime view of the Brisbane River making this a no-brainer Riverfire dining destination.
Don't feel like fighting the crowds? No problem. Head to the Gasometer at Gasworks Plaza, in Newstead's hottest new dining and shopping precinct, Gasworks, and catch the entire show on a giant screen. There will be beanbags for lounging, and giveaways from the Gasworks Plaza retailers (is there anything better than a giveaway?). If fireworks aren't your thing, they'll also be screening the AFL Grand Final from 2pm! (We predict you're going to want to get in early to make sure you get yourself a well-positioned beanbag.)
Image Credits: Spicer's Balfour, Bacchus, Stories My Nan Tells