Like the great prophet Rihanna once said, ‘Work, work, work, work, work, work.’
It’s true; the 9 to 5 grind takes up most of our waking lives (and that one dream where the end-of-month reports chased us through a building). We’d love to tell our five-year-old selves that lying around eating cereal and watching cartoons was a feasible retirement plan, but it didn’t exactly pan out.
Luckily, there are some perks to adulting. Yup, we’re talking work dinners. Open bar, email-free, all-you-can-eat-cause-it’s-on-the-work-card dinners. Whether you’re looking to network, want to impress a client, or just need to improve your office rep since the Christmas party of 2016 (shudder), we’ve got the spots to do it.
The Henley Room | Regatta Hotel | Toowong
Now here’s the glass-half-full. Sure, you might need to don that corporate gear as those clients talk your ear off, but you’ll do it in style in the Regatta’s Henley Room. Part private dining room, part wine cellar, you’ll have everything you need – be it a celebratory Champagne or an end-of-night Merlot.
1889 Enoteca | Woolloongabba
Whisk those big wigs off their feet with a slice of the Roman life (private jet sold separately). Half of Brisbane’s already fallen head over heavy carbs for Enoteca’s rigatoni, but here’s something you might not know: they’ve got a private cellar dining room. Exchange words over wines (and the compulsory tiramisu) and thank us later.
Treasury Brisbane | CBD
Even the boss won’t mask his poker face once you’ve stepped through these doors. Cash in some annual leave for an early mark to Ryan’s Private Dining Room, a tucked-away treasure in Treasury Brisabne. From chandelier to champagne, the odds are looking pretty darn good.
Aria | Eagle Street Pier
Yeah, you’re gonna want Moran more of this spot (*punpunpun*). Matt Moran’s flavours pair with views of the glittering river and Story Bridge. Have we responded to yesterday’s ‘Incredibly urgent’ email? No. Do we know the difference between an oyster fork and a salad fork? Unlikely. But with a table in the double-chef-hatted spot’s private dining room, we’re not too fussed about it.
Bacchus | South Brisbane
Get that work week Bacchus on track. Nope, we’re not talking about a sneaky under-the-table wine (no? Just us?); instead, tea up a dinner date at South Brisbane’s fave. Share work banter over a scotch before taking dinner into the sultry private dining room. Yes, Janet from accounting’s sure to have a few too many wines, but with plates of seasonal mushroom risotto, Moreton Bay Bugs in Chardonnay sauce, and coconut and lime cheesecake, we’re unlikely to care.
Baedeker | Fortitude Valley
Bae, it’s been too long. If you haven’t swooned over the Mad Men-esque idea of sharing cigars, scotch, and censored language, do you even work in an office? Tee up an evening in the Baedeker lounge for quality wines and work chatter.
Urbane | CBD
Three chef’s hats? Check. Seven courses of degustation goodness? Check. Chic, secret cellar? Triple check! Take those business meetings to new heights in Sub-Urbane, the tucked-away gem beneath Queensland’s most awarded restaurant. Whether you’re looking to become partner at your firm or send a coworker off in style, count it sorted.
Saké | Eagle Street Pier
Sa-ké to me, baby! Brush up on those chopstick skills, ‘cause this month’s team-building meet-up is looking soy, soy good. Set over the river and decked with your own private dining room, it’s time to show the boss that you’re all gyoza, gyoza, gyoza.
Let’s get down to business.
Words by Samantha Chariton, the gourmet who definitely didn’t drink seven margaritas at last year’s Christmas party