It seems to happen every year without fail – we forget about Christmas, December inevitably rolls around, and we all start to panic.
Don’t want to spend this holiday period grasping at straws for a Christmas party venue in Brisbane this year? Save yourself the hassle and secure your Christmas party spot now – we’ve got a few names to check, no matter what you have in mind.
Catbird Seat Bistro | Woolloongabba
Looking to class up the usual Christmas debauchery? Look no further than the southside’s cutest bistro – Catbird Seat. With a three course menu and a glass of Australian bubbles for just$65pp when you book for a group of 12 or more, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the year with colleagues and friends. Don’t expect traditional Christmas lunch fare, get stuck into summery, seasonal dishes based around inventive Australian cuisine. Really want to impress? For bookings of 20 or more you’ll have the entire bistro to yourself for lunch. We think that’s worth a job promotion for sure. To book call (07) 3392 2645
Sofitel Brisbane Central | CBD
Did someone say five star breakfast buffet? Don’t expect just any Sizzler spread (RIP Sweet Prince), the Festive Season breakfast at Thyme2 is on another level featuring abundant sweet and savoury options, made to order omelettes and free flowing sparkling wine on the weekends.
Looking for a celebeatory lunch or dinner instead? Brisbane’s best Seafood buffet definitely requires stretchy pants, with endless market fresh prawns and freshly shucked oysters served alongside a mouth-watering array of festive treats and an epic dessert bar –trust us, this is not your average smorgasbord. Add extra Christmas cheer by adding a wine buffet or party package complete with bonbons and centrepieces for your group. The best part? The incredibly luxurious Sofitel beds are just an elevator ride away to sleep off your food coma. Book now on (07) 3835 3535.
Victoria Park | Kelvin Grove
We feel like the 12 days of Christmas should definitely be pushed to at least 20, and where better to tee up some extra days than at Victoria Park Golf Complex? Whether you’re asking Santa for an intimate gathering in the Garden Marquee or an elaborate Grand Ballroom affair, this glam function venue has all of your needs sorted. The ball’s in your court!
Stokehouse Q | Southbank
We can’t give you a white Christmas, but we can assure you it’ll still be memorable at Stokehouse Q! Pick from the Palm Room, Mezzanine or Stoke Bar and enjoy spectacular river views, a fresh, contemporary menu and functions packages to suit parties of any size. Whether you’re angling for a promotion or just want to win some serious office brownie points – your office is sure to be stoked at Stokehouse Q.
Canvas | Woolloongabba
Starting with a blank canvas? Let’s face it: planning that Christmas gig can be a headache, so let the crafty team at Canvas paint the perfect picture for you. From a festive cocktail party in the courtyard to yuletide wine tastings in the Hemingway Bar, you’ll be painting the town red and green. Not content with just drinking cocktails? Try your hand at making one with the assistance of the head bartender to really mix things up.
Electric Avenue + Jack Rabbits |Woolloongabba
Sick of copping heat over Christmas? Get ready to go down the rabbit hole and into a Christmas Winter Wonderland at Electric Avenue this silly season. Or step through the hidden wardrobe into the secret Jack Rabbits bar and find yourself in Christmas heaven with cocktails, music and decorations. From small groups to big bashes, you’re gonna want to rock down to Electric Avenue.
Ristorante La Famiglia | Woolloongabba
Everyone knows that the best Christmas feasts are those eaten with family, and bringing all the warm and fuzzies to your next Chrissy party is Ristorante La Famiglia, whose saucy Italian banquets will make you feel right at home! Present yourself (and your friends!) with Famiglia’s daring swordfish carpaccio, and delve into their garganelli beef ragù or pork belly porchetta! Great for group dinners, those looking to book their festive workplace shindig can even hire out the whole restaurant! You need to book early though my darlings, so get to it!
Darling and Co. | Paddington
Christmas might only come once a year but it doesn’t make it any less stressful! Luckily the darling of Paddington is here to take all your worries away- what a sweetheart! Whether you’re anticipating the party of the year or a refined corporate occasion, Darling & Co have four function rooms with all-inclusive packages to get the party started. Looking for something smaller? Try the ‘Festive Lunch’, available Monday- Thursday the three-course meal (with complimentary glass of beer or wine) is just $48 a head.
The Regatta | Toowong
Nothing says Christmas in Queensland quite like the Regatta. Combine a heritage listed building with river views, a sumptuous food and beverage menu and that Christmas party vibe and you’ve got yourself set for a night to remember. With a number of private and public spaces the Regatta has a package to suit every need, whether your party is raucous or refined – the Regatta will take care of you. Limited key dates are still available. To make a booking contact [email protected] or call 07 3871 9595.
Peasant | Petrie Terrace
Dreaming of Christmas in Spain? We’re with you, but unfortunately, we spent our travel allowance on Ubereats, so Peasant is the next best thing! With three unique function areas and banquet packages from $55pp, Brisbane might not be Barcelona but it can feel like it for a night. Grab an Estrella and get ready to salsa yourself into an unforgettable evening.
Kennigo Social House | Spring Hill
Your Christmas party is classy by default if it’s held in a heritage listed building, right? Beautiful Kennigo Social House is the perfect destination to enjoy your end-of-year celebrations. With packages from $79pp, whether you’re looking to corner your office crush over cocktails or sweet talk your boss into a raise over share-plates, Kennigo Social House is anything but a Grinch.
Cloudland | Fortitude Valley
When you step into a space like Cloudland it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of the Fortitude Valley. Be transported back to the original Cloudland Dance Hall with the decadently decorated space. With seven magnificent function spaces to choose from and a package to suit any party, your Christmas function will be as lavish and opulent as a soiree straight from the Art Deco era. To make a booking contact [email protected] or call (07) 3852 5000
Bromley Room | West End
If you’ve always wanted a warehouse party for your yuletide celebrations but abandoned the idea because you don’t live in Melbourne or Brooklyn, we have just the thing for you. The Bromley Room has been curated by renowned artist David Bromley, and is consequently, utterly gorgeous. Located in the old Peter’s Ice Cream Factory on Boundary Street, this venue is perfect for anyone who wants to make an impact this silly season. It’s not going to be around Christmas next year, so to avoid FOMO, book in now!
Pineapple Hotel | Kangaroo Point
Not just for pints and parmies in front of the big game, the Pineapple Hotel is perfect for anyone wanting to throw an unforgettable Christmas bash. With four spaces to choose from, the contemporary function rooms are perfect for shindigs of any style or size. As well as cocktails and canape packages (with goods like duck spring rolls, crab and leek tarts and wagyu skewers), the Pineapple Hotel can also organise live entertainment to give your office party some razzle dazzle.
If all that present buying has Xmas starting to look a little too exy, then hold your festive fling at Hilton Brisbane – the perfect place to celebrate in style, from intimate dinners to large shindigs. Head chef Matthew Wood has created a epic (and afforable) tailored menu, starting at $58 for two courses. Begin the magical night off with a glass of sparkling, before prancing your way into their delicious Australian-style Christmas menu, which includes seared scallops and prawns, Roast Berkshire pork chop and barramundi, before sweetening it up with classic pavlova or banana brulee tart! Can you hear those sleigh bells jing-a-ling? Grab your friends and follow the sound to the Hilton for a jolly good night!
Billykart West End | West End
Whether you’re looking for an intimate sit down dining experience or a raucous full venue party – the good people of Billykart are here to provide the space for you. Host your night-of-nights at the restaurant and book out the whole space with cocktails and canapes, or step next door into the smaller Billykart Bar and Provisions next door for a more intimate soiree. You won’t find the Grinch lurking around here, the team have even prepared a special Christmas menu to get you into the spirit of the season.
Words by Emma Callaghan