The presents are under the tree ready to go. The ham is taking up all of the space in the fridge. Michael Buble’s Christmas album is locked and loaded. Do you really want to worry about coffee after all of that?

We’re in the southern hemisphere – that means no snow or woolly jumpers. But it also means that we get to make whatever we want of Christmas. Maybe that means brunch then a swim, maybe it’s a glass (or two) of wine at a bar in the city. Maybe Christmas isn’t even your thing, and you just need to know where to go when most of your favourite spots are closed.

Christmas day falls on a Saturday this year, which means we get an extra public holiday on the 27th. Bearing that in mind, here are the venues staying open over the two days.

Note: we’ve been as diligent as possible with the information on this page, which was confirmed in writing from each venue in the week prior to Christmas. But the Omicron situation is changing almost daily. We strongly advise you call ahead to make sure that the place you plan to visit is open on the day.

Naga Thai


Open for lunch only with a set menu.

Upper Level 18/45 Eagle Street, Brisbane

The Jetty South Bank


Open as normal. 15 per cent surcharge.

River Quay Shop 4 Sidon Street, South Brisbane