Whether you want to dance it out to old school RnB or settle in for a sophisticated degustation dinner, Brisbane is brimming with potential New Year's Eve plans. Here’s a few to consider – plus a couple of New Year's Day options to keep the fun rolling into 2018.
The Catbird Seat
This little Stanley Street joint is putting on a three-course meal and bubbles for those who’d prefer to ring in the New Year with a quiet night out. There are two sittings available priced at $80 per person, and food will be the usual creative European-style fare peddled by part-owner and head chef James Guldberg. Call (07) 3392 2645 to book.
If you’ve been waiting for a special occasion to visit Brisbane fine diner Aria, this might be it. The team is putting on a stylish showcase of seasonal produce and wines from the restaurant’s award-winning menu, with some of the CBD’s best riverside views as a backdrop. There will be champagne on arrival and three courses to enjoy for $165 per person, or $225 per person with matched wines. Most of the later sittings are already booked out, but at the time of writing there are still seatings available before until 8.30 pm here.
Watt is putting on a pre-party dinner designed for those planning on going well past mealtime (although there’s nothing stopping you from heading home after dessert to finish the night on the couch). Dinner starts at 6.30 pm for a three-course meal and a three-hour beverage package, the night powered on by live entertainment. Grab your tickets here.
Send off 2017 with Japanese fine-dining and views of the fireworks from Sake on Eagle Street Pier. Sittings after 8.30pm will enjoy a set menu and champagne at midnight for $150 per person. Guests heading in before 8.30pm can order off the regular menu. Bookings can be made on the website.
No need to head north of the river to celebrate the beginning of a new year. Il Molo is putting on family dinner at its riverfront venue in Bulimba. The evening will consist of an authentic three-course Italian meal with prosecco on arrival for $75 a head. Sit down early and party on or take a late booking to make it the main event. For bookings and enquiries click here.
Riverbar is hosting a lush garden party for those wanting to kick on late into the night. Pop-up bars around the venue will be serving flower-infused cocktails and with panoramic views of the river, it’s the perfect spot to catch the fireworks come midnight. Tickets are $35.
Dance in the New Year to all the best hip-hop and RnB tracks at Laruche’s RnB New Year's Eve party. $99 entry buys you four and a half hours of food and drinks including canapés, top-shelf spirits, beer, wine, sparkling and selected cocktails. They are licensed until 5am so the party can continue well past midnight. If all that dancing tires you out, step into Bakery Lane for pop-up bars and a bit of fresh air.
If you’re looking for something fancy and have time to acquire a gown or tux, consider the Black & Gold Ball. Cloudland’s three levels will host a night of glamour with your choice of a cocktail or VIP Package. Both offer four and a half hours of substantial canapés and drinks. The VIP Package gets you an additional drinks selection. Live entertainment, pop-up performances and surprise guests complete the line-up. Book your tickets here.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
A rooftop garden party with all the frills. Choose your package between Cocktail, Booth or VIP Booth: all include five hours of drinks and food with more extras for the booth options. Roaming entertainment will keep you busy while you wait for the fireworks over the city skyline. Dress code is “Resort”, with florals and contemporary cuts encouraged.
NEW YEAR’S DAY
If you’re feeling a little dusty the day after, recover in style with the New Year's Day long lunch at Stokehouse Q. Bookings are available in the restaurant from 12.00pm to 4.30pm, so lunch begins whenever you wake up.
Catalina NYD Party, Noosa
If you find yourself north of the city come New Year’s Day, the third annual Catalina NYD party will give you plenty to do. With a three-course menu from The Van Fine Street Food, a beverage package lasting all afternoon and a line-up headlined by Los Angeles’ CLASSIXX, you’ll make the previous night seem like child’s play.