Don’t pretend like you’re not looking forward to Riverfire and the spectacular light show it brings. If you want to give Riverfire the attention it deserves this year (and by attention, we mean food and booze), we’ve rounded up a few spots that are definitely worth ditching the couch for – and won’t have you fighting crowds along the riverfront for a spot to catch the show.
Riverbar & Kitchen | CBD
Celebrate with a 3-hour beverage package at one of Brisbane’s best riverfront venues. The package includes Chandon sparkling, wine, beer and roving canapes. Tickets $140pp.
Wake up feeling dusty on Sunday? They’ve got your recovery sorted too, with free entry, giant games and lamb on a spit. Sip on a Bloody Mary or ginger beer cocktail and try your hand at ping pong, you’ll be feeling better in no time. Book now (07) 3211 9020, you don’t want to miss out!
Pig ‘N’ Whistle | Riverside
A Brisbane institution, the Pig ‘N’ Whistle is a long-time favourite of Riverfire fans. For traditional British pub fare with a twist, cold beers and wines on tap and a stunning view of the festivities, the Pig ‘N’ Whistle has you sorted. Grab a beer, a plate of arancini and watch the sky light up.
Woolly Mammoth | Fortitude Valley
If you’re more about beer and band t-shirts than cocktails and Camilla, Woolly Mammoth has the Riverfire experience you’ve been looking for. Avoid the stampede and book in for a mammoth feast with starters like popcorn chicken and fried pickled peppers (try saying that quickly) meat boards and mouth-watering sides at just $45 a head. Cherry on top? Groups of 10 or more will receive a $100 bar tab, yabba dabba doo! Book in on (07) 3257 4439.
River Quay Fish | South Bank
Waterfront dining, exceptional seafood, an elegant wine list and fireworks . River Quay Fish will make you forget about the hoards of people congregating along the river. With fresh grilled QLD prawns, crispy skinned whole fish and desserts like baklava and strawberry Eton mess, you are in for an absolute treat at just $99pp. Book in now on (07) 3844 or book through Dimmi .
Jetty | South Bank
With a glass of bubbles on arrival and a four course feast of premium seafood – Jetty has Riverfire covered. Starting with canapes and champagne, Jetty is no crowds, no fuss, just delicious fare and one of the best views of the river for just $110pp. Bookings are a must, so get in quick and contact The Jetty on (07) 3844 8838.
Popolo | South Bank
For a monochromatic good time, Popolo has you covered with their Black and White Party. Dress to impress in ebony and ivory and enjoy the river views plus a four hour canape and drink package for just $150pp. At the risk of developing FOMO we recommend booking on (07) 3846 7784.
Aria | CBD
Celebrity chef Matt Moran and Aria’s head chef Ben Russell have designed a decadent three-course menu that will make this a Riverfire to remember. Enjoy a selection of elegant dishes like their signature roast duck, and beautiful desserts like apple tarte tatin and apple sorbet. You’ll be so captivated by the menu you’d be forgiven for forgetting it’s even Riverfire. For $160pp wo settings are available, 5-7pm for those wanting to watch the fireworks from Aria, and 8pm for those who want to get down and dirty with the crowd before ascending to the award-winning restaurant. Bookings are essential so call (07) 3233 2555 now!
Spaghetti House Trattoria | South Bank
Located conveniently close to all the Riverfire action, on the corner of Little Stanley and Grey Street in South Bank, The Spaghetti House has some of Brisbane’s best pizza and pasta. It’s the perfect place to treat yourself before or after the fireworks. Get in early and treat yourself to a delicious plate of something fabulous like the lobster gnocchi or after the fireworks for something equally wonderful like their 4 cheese and honey pizza. It’s going to be busy – reservations are definitely recommended.
Bavarian Bier Café | CBD
We never need an excuse to drink steins at the Bavarian Bier Café, but Riverfire is good as an excuse as any! With unobstructed river views and a spectacular food, drink and entertainment package, this will be one night at the Bavarian Bier Café you won’t forget! (No guarantees.) For $110 + BF, you will be part of an exclusive group on the balcony area with a four hour drinks package including beer, house wines and sparkling and their exclusive RiverFire cocktail – as well as delicious canapes. Book in on (07) 3015 0555.
Fox & Dandy’s Rooftop Bar | South Brisbane
Set your evening alight at one of Brisbane’s most beloved rooftop bars this Riverfire. With a Brazilian inspired BBQ menu and a glass of sparkling Jansz or Heineken on arrival you’ll be feeling foxy in no time. Fireworks not enough to hold your attention? The Fox has live performances and DJ’s all night long, being bored is not an option. Tickets are just $49pp and will sell out! Get yours now !
Fireworks are beautiful, but let’s be real, everything’s a lot prettier with a drink in your hand!
Words by Emma Callaghan