Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brisbane - Visit Brisbane

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Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brisbane

The countdown is on – where will you spend NYE this year? From all-inclusive party packages to special dining and alternative NYE ideas, we’ve rounded up the best spots and ideas Brisbane has on offer. Gather the squad and get around it.

Will you ring in the New Year at South Bank with fireworks, or dancing a jig in the hinterland at Woodford Folk Festival?

Where will the fireworks be?

The main big city fireworks display go off over South Bank and will be at 8.30pm and midnight (each show is 10 minutes). The best viewing spot is from South Bank from the Clem Jones Promenade, Streets Beach and River Quay. More details on the celebrations here.

Eagle Street Pier, Howard Smith Wharves and Portside Wharf will have a fireworks display firing from the Brisbane River at both 8.30pm and midnight, lasting 10 minutes.

Please note, no fireworks will go off on the Story Bridge or from the top of CBD buildings.

For all road closure information associated with these events, be sure to check https://translink.com.au/ and https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au/

All-inclusive drinks packages

Blackbird | $230 five-hour package

This opulent gold-label experience will see you ring in 2020 with a stellar crowd and fine food, drink and entertainment. For five hours the bar will flow free with Moet & Chandon, cocktails, spirits, beer and wine. Executive Chef Jake Nicolson is preparing canapés and food stations, and high-end live entertainment is a must. Two exclusive firework shows will light up the riverside in vibrant neon hues.

The Boom Boom Room| $150 five-hour package

Succumb to your guilty pleasures this New Year's Eve at The Boom Boom Room with delicious gourmet canapés, fresh seafood and a substantial food station and premium beverage package with cocktails, sparkling, spirits, beer and wine. There will be live music and guest DJs to get you in the mood for 2020. 

Byblos | $189 5.5-hour all-inclusive

Experience New Year’s Eve under the stars at Byblos with live music, entertainment and fireworks at Portside. Tickets include buffet food stations, substantial canapes and a five-and-a-half hour booze package with Chandon, spirits, beer, cocktails and wine included. There will be two fireworks shows at 8.30pm and midnight.

Cloudland  | $149pp or VIP $199pp 4.5-hour package

Cloudland

See in 2020 at Cloudland’s glamorous New Year's Eve Ball. Regular tickets include four-and-a-half hours of sparkling, beer, wine and premium spirits, plus substantial canapes. Treat yourself to the Elyx Lounge for additional Absolut Elyx cocktails or opt for the VIP ball and your package will include G.H. Mumm champagne, Belvedere Vodka and access to a private room with VIP bar. The venue will be open until 5am.

Darling & Co | $99pp four-hour package

All aboard! Darling & Co is hosting a Mediterranean Summer Nights Party. Transport yourself to Capri with a four-hour all-inclusive package that includes premium drinks, roving canapes, an oyster and charcuterie grazing station, plus live entertainment and DJs. The fun kicks off at 8pm.

The Defiant Duck | $99 five-hour package

Celebrate the 70s before you're forced to face 2020 as The Defiant Duck is hosting an all inclusive evening of funk, disco and soul party. Get ready for what promises to be a wild night with beer, wine, sparkling, cocktails, basic spirits and delish finger food. 

Donna Chang | $98 or $198 four course dinner/four-hour package

Donna Chang knows how to party and this Brisbane City venue is hosting one for those wanting to eat their way into the new year. Choose from a deluxe four course banquet from 5:30pm to 7:30pm or the four-hour all inclusive package featuring the banquet, premium beverage package and live entertainment from 8:30pm. 

Eagle's Nest | $163 - $249 five-hour package

Eagles Nest

Bring in the New Year from the southside at Eagle's Nest, a rooftop bar in Kangaroo Point that receives stunning CBD vista views. A five-hour package gets you beer, wine, basic spirits and themed cocktails on arrival, along with canapes and grazing stations, a photobooth and DJ.

The Emporium | $250 or $299 seven course dinner or five hour package

Reach for the stars this New Year’s Eve, and indulge in bottomless Mumm Champagne, themed cocktails, canapes, grazing stations and live entertainment 21 levels up at The Terrace or a seven course menu with matched wines at Signature – how will you possibly choose? To make it even harder, the seven course menu will be followed by dessert in a private space at The Terrace so you also have unprecedented views of the fireworks. 

The Fox | $179 - $229 five-hour package

It's time to shine at The Fox's New Year's Eve Glitter Ball. Enjoy a five-hour package with spirits, beer, cider, wine and roaming canapes or go a step further with the diamond package to add Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne, all tap beers and cider, premium spirits and premium roaming canapes with shucked oysters on arrival.

Kookaburra Showboat Cruises | $189 - $399 boat cruise package

You've got two options here. Take a prime position on the rooftop deck with gourmet hors dóeuvres and a complete beverage package of French champagne, wine, spirirts and beer. Watch the midnight fireworks and party to DJs throughout the evening. Alternatively, enjoy a seasonal contemporary buffet (including seafood), sparkling, wine and beer with live entertainment upon the Voyager.

Parliament House | $155 five-hour package

Take it to the River Deck on Level 7 of Parliament House for this exclusive rooftop event. You'll be treated to a five-hour beverage package, gourmet barbecue, photobooth, DJ and an incredible view of the river, South Bank and fireworks. 

Persone | $150 - $220 four-hour package

Indulge yourself with this lavish New Years Eve cocktail party at Persone in Brisbane Quarter. You'll receive sweeping views of the South Bank fireworks, delicious canapes, and a four-hour beverage package including beer, wine, spirits and prosecco. Upgrade your package to include Moet Chandon Champagne. 

The Plough Inn | $110 package

Enjoy a four-hour beverage and substantial canapes package, with free-flowing tap beers, ciders, red wine, white wine and sparkling wine on the newly renovated Deck and Bar at The Plough Inn, for just $110pp. You'll be treated to sweeping views of South Bank and both fireworks displays at 8:30pm and midnight. 

The Regatta Hotel | $125 - $250 four-hour package

Prepare your passport and raise your New Orleans signature cocktail at this Midnight on Bourbon Street themed event with four-hours of spirits, cocktails, wine and beer, southern-inspired food stations, live entertainment and more. If a sit down meal is more your jam, the exclusive VIP veranda package includes a four course degustation menu, premium beverage package and a private viewing deck for riverside fireworks.

Riverlife | $109-$179 package

Experience New Year’s Eve from a front-row location on the river’s edge, with magnificent city views, surrounded by the Kangaroo Point Cliff Parklands. Celebrate under a blanket of stars at Riverlife's New Years Eve Street Party with delicious food, four-hours of drinks, and entertainment, whilst surrounded by friends and a truly unbeatable view. Take it a step further and hop onto an illuminated kayak tour – now that's a truly unique way to bring in the new year. 

Southbank Beer Garden | $149pp 4.5 hour package

With a prime spot at South Bank (where all the epic firework biz will be going down) this is one venue to keep an eye on. Starting at 7:30pm, join the South Bank Beer Garden’s all-inclusive premium food and beverage package.  

Stamford Plaza | $79-$209 packages

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style by the river with a riverside party or drink and dance package at Stamford Plaza Brisbane. There are four sessions on offer and three are family friendly. The early bird sitting at Kabuki runs from 6-8pm, while the later package starts at 8.30pm with a set menu and 3-hour drinks package. For something simple, opt for the riverside party with a three-hour drinks package and $20 food credit or go all out with a dinner and dance that includes 3.5 hours of premium drinks and dinner at Brasserie on the river – it's all happening at Stamford Plaza this year. 

Victoria Park | $149 five-hour package

Celebrate the end of year in style at Victoria Park’s New Year's Eve event in the glamorous Marquee. Dance to a live band under sparkling chandeliers, enjoy five hours of food and beverages (including cocktails), roving performers, photo booth and exclusive midnight fireworks.

Za Za Ta | $109 - $149 packages

Happy Shana Tova! Encounter the exotic at Za Za Ta with a sumptuous banquet of appetisers, entrees, main and dessert. If you want to focus on the food, choose to have a glass of Moet on arrival, and if you want to turn it up, opt for the three-hour drinks package. The party doesn't stop there – stay on late into the evening and enjoy the new summer cocktail menu and live entertainment by ROMII and DJ Andrew Lewis.

No package parties

Story Bridge Hotel | $15 Neon Block Party

Party your way into the new year at the Story Bridge Hotel. The Shelter Bar will be transformed into a neon paradise with live bands and Djs playing throughout the night. Your entry fee also includes a drink on arrival.

The Foundry | Free entry

In the heart of the Valley, The Foundry will be rocking with indie pop, rock and dancefloor classics from the ‘80s, ‘90s & ‘00s. Expect only the best tunes, from three diamond decades of indie music, pop, rock and dance in the ultimate New Year’s Eve knees-up. It's free entry, and if you register you get friendly prices all night.

Little Big House | Free entry

Brisbane's party house has the doors open and is ready for some booze-fueled fun this New Year's Eve. Entry is free and the party kicks off at 4pm so get ready to reminisce on the year that was with some classic 2019 drinks, live music and prizes for best dressed.

Pool Terrace & Bar at Next Hotel | Free entry

Pool Terrace at NEXT Hotel

Ring in the New Year in serious style at The Pool Terrace & Bar. The poolside party will be complete with DJs for those that like to dance and the bar menu will be available all night.

Riverbar and Kitchen | Free entry 

Kicking off from 5pm, the drinks will be flowing down by the river at Riverbar and Kitchen. Dress in your beachy best for the chance to win big prizes and snap up a prime spot in time for the fireworks – the party will be rolling until 2am with live music. 

Riverland | Free entry

Dance your way into the new year at Riverland this New Year’s Eve with resident DJ's providing entertainment for the night. Reserve your space on the river with no cover charge or extensive drink packages, however if you're wanting to take the party further, they have a three-hour beverage package on offer for $79pp.

Special dinner reservations

Plenty of Brisbane restaurants are hosting special set-menu or a la carte dinners. Say goodbye to 2018 with a fancy last supper at the following venues.

Belvedere Bar & Grill | $95 three course dinner

Sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere while enjoying a delicious three course set menu at Belvedere Bar & Grill. Portside Wharf has fireworks at 8.30pm and midnight.

Gusto da Gianni | $99 four course dinner

Indulge in an Italian feast this NYE at Portside Wharf. The family friendly Gusto da Gianni has riverside views, perfect for catching the 9pm and midnight fireworks.

Massimo Restaurant & Bar | $95 three course set menu

Enjoy spectacular views of the NYE fireworks to celebrate the year that's been and welcome in the new one. Enjoy a la carte fixed price menu in the early sittings or dine on a superb three course Italian feast with firework views from 8pm. Children can dine for only $25.

OTTO Brisbane | $115 - $160pp three or four courses

Watch the new year sweep in from one of Brisbane’s best vantage points. Have an early three course meal and Aperol Spritz on arrival before you go off to see the fireworks. Opt for the later and receive champagne on arrival before enjoying head chef Will Cowper’s signature four course Italian menu, including coffee, tea and biscotti to finish. Reservations from 5:30pm.

Three Blue Ducks | $120pp - $195pp and $60 per child

Bask in the incredible view of New Years Eve from Three Blue Ducks. The first sitting is for families and early birds and includes a three course dinner and two-hour beverage package, followed by a later sitting for revellers chasing flowing drinks with a three course dinner and three-hour beverage package, fireworks over South Bank at 8.30pm and midnight.

Alternative NYE ideas

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford Folk Festival

The iconic Woodford Folk Festival features thousands of artists across hundreds of performances over six days. Go for the whole festival or buy a day pass – going on 31 December is particularly fun-filled. Once inside the festival, take your pick from a range of stages or join the annual Hogmanay concert. On NYE the festival experiences three minutes of silence before a bell rings out and everyone screams and shouts. Then head up the hill to watch the sun rise on 2019 as Tibetan monks welcome the new year.

Queensland Pops Orchestra NYE Gala Concert

Inside QPAC enjoy a theatrical performance featuring Shubshri Kandiah, Jason Barry-Smith, Katie Stenzel and internationally renowned trumpeter Sarah Butler, along with the full Pops Orchestra. Two performances: 5.30pm and 9pm.

Riverlife Paddle & BBQ

Say a memorable farewell to 2019 and welcome in the new decade with a touch of adventure. At 6pm, 7pm or 8pm embark on an illuminated kayak tour of the Brisbane River. Once back on dry land, a barbecue buffet will be served with dessert, beer and wine from this prime river front location and you can dance the night away and toast champagne at midnight. Want something more? There's also a kayak tour at 11pm, which means you will be paddling along the river as the fireworks light up the sky. Tickets: $129-$179.

Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Climb the bridge by night and you'll be top of the world when the fireworks bring 2020 in with a bang. Take in 360 degree views of the city as the midnight fireworks show lights up the sky. Tickets sell fast, so don't delay.

Wheel of Brisbane

Wheel of Brisbane

Hire a private gondola on NYE and experience the South Bank fireworks from the Wheel of Brisbane. Get in early and see the 8.30pm fireworks ($149), or stay for the midnight fire show ($199). Each gondola holds eight people with a maximum six adults. 

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