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Best places to party and watch Riverfire in Brisbane City

The night sky is a blank canvas and Riverfire returns every September to paint it with light. Bigger than our New Year’s Eve, the spectacular fireworks event is a Brisbane favourite and fitting end to three huge weeks of Queensland’s largest arts and cultural event, Brisbane Festival. This year the pyrotechnic masterpiece will be set to an epic soundtrack celebrating 1989, the year the Riverstage opened. Fireworks will go off from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops with bonus aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force. Arrive incredibly early to the waterfront if you wish to nab a key vantage point, or better yet – make a reservation at a riverside restaurant or bar.

Often the hardest part is finding that key spot to watch the fireworks, so we’ve done the work for you – read on to discover the venues around the CBD to Riverfire on Saturday 28 September. 

Picnics

Pack a picnic and blanket and soak up the atmosphere from the City Botanic Gardens, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, or City Riverwalk. Each location is perfectly positioned to offer you front row seats for the fireworks display.

Dinner or cocktail packages

Choose from one of Brisbane City’s many riverside restaurants and bars at the Riverside Centre, Eagle Street Pier and Howard Smith Wharves for views of the Story Bridge or head to the Brisbane Quarter for river views overlooking South Bank.

Arc Dining

Tuck into a generous, curated meal with matching wines at Arc Dining. With stunning views from the glasshouse at Howard Smith Wharves– you’ll experience the fireworks spectacular while tucking into skirt steak with coal-roasted mushrooms and more. It’s a sit-down dining experience, with tables available for 5:30pm, 6:00pm, or 6:30pm start. 
Price: $180 per person, $250 with matching wines.

Blackbird Bar

Known for its excellent fare, this package at Blackbird is a steal. It includes three hours of beer and wine, along with canapes and live DJs.
Price: $130 per person

Brasserie on the River

Ain’t no buffet like a seafood buffet. Go all out this Riverfire with a feast of Moreton Bay bugs, crabs, smoked salmon, Tiger prawns, Pacific oysters and more. There will be live music too.
Dinner from 6.00pm – 9.30pm
Price: $179* per person - includes a Beverage Package

Ciao Papi!

If you want to eat and drink your weight in pasta, prosciutto and prosecco – Ciao Papi is the go. Over three hours enjoy a family-style shared meal with vegetarian lasagna, antipasto, steak, grilled fish and more from 6-9pm
Price: $140 per person

Howard Smith Wharves

Keen to lay out on the lawns at HSW to watch Riverfire? Well you can! Choose from a basics parkland package to chill on the grass, or a premium riverfront package that includes a bottle of Chandon, reserved beanbags and access to the riverfront stairs. Both packages include a main meal voucher (hello morrocan lamb-on-the-spit, paella, crispy Moreton Bay bugs or yakitori!) and a gelato voucher.
Price: $250 per couple for premium, $89 per adult for parkland, $35 per child for parkland.

Jade Buddha

Putting its prime location at Eagle Street Pier into good use, Jade Buddha’s Shadow Lounge is hosting a three-hour food and drinks package with uninterrupted views. Munch on Asian-inspired canapes all night, and drink tap cocktails, beer, wine and prosecco.
Price: $119 per person

Jellyfish

A prime location along the Eagle Street Pier boardwalk means that Jellyfish has an unrivaled view of the Story Bridge. Settle in for a three-course seafood feast and enjoy the fireworks display.
Price: $125 per person

Madame Wu

Madame Wu

For a perfect view of the Story Bridge, book at Madame Wu. The modern Asian restaurant is offering gourmet canapes and main bowls, along with cocktails, premium spirits, beer and wines from 6pm-10pm. There’s also entertainment!
Price: $160 per person

Mr Percival

Mr Percival is spinning disco on the decks and offering a three-hour food and beverage package. If you know this seafood bar (hello oysters, prawns), then you know it will be a treat. Boogie on down!
Price: $199 per person 

OTTO Brisbane

OTTO Brisbane

Dive into a four-course Italian feast by OTTO’s Head Chef Will Cowper, and kick back with some of the best views in the CBD.
Price: $160 per person | $60 children plus optional beverage packages 

Riverbar & Kitchen

Beneath the yellow-and-white-striped umbrellas enjoy one of Brisbane’s top Riverfire venues. The casual open air riverfront venue has 180-degree views of the river and Story Bridge. Enjoy three hours of entertainment, roving canapes, food stations, booze and more. Last year’s event was a sell-out! 
Price: $99 per person

Three Blue Ducks

Bask in the incredible view of Riverfire from Three Blue Ducks. Enjoy champagne and oysters on arrival along with your choice of premium wines, craft beers and cocktails throughout the night. Both packages include a three-course share menu, so make sure you come with an empty stomach.   
Price:$249 (Illuminate Package) or $399 (Amplify Package)

Treasury Hotel

Party on the city’s most exclusive rooftop destinations – on top of the historic Treasury Hotel! This three-and-a-half hour package includes wines, beers, premium cocktails, plus grazing and dessert stations and live DJs.
Price: $250 per person

WET Deck

W Brisbane

‘River Inferno’ will ignite the WET Deck on Riverfire night. Soak in the summer vibes as things start to heat up at W Brisbane’s Level Four rooftop oasis. There’ll be live beat from DJ Little Fritter and friends, flowing cocktails, bubbles, beer, wine and live culinary stations – plus a glass of Moët on Ice Champagne to enjoy when the fireworks go off.
Price: $150

No package bars and restaurants

Cha Cha Char

Brisbane’s famous riverside steakhouse Cha Cha Char is letting you call the shots this Riverfire night. Choose any dishes from its a la carte menu and enjoy the views. Be sure to book!

Felon’s Brewing

The Felons team will be partying to bring in Riverfire from 11am! Drop in for a beer inside or on the lawns, and enjoy the brewery’s new beer release – The Riverfire Red Ale – to mark the occasion. 

Persone

There’s nothing more indulgent than Italian food, so feast at Persone with decadent dining and cocktails and enjoy the fireworks spectacle from the windows. There’s a special a la carte menu for the evening.

Riverland



Enjoy Brisbane’s biggest fireworks event with no cover charge! Riverland’s street kitchens will be open, along with the bar serving signature cocktails. There will be live music too.

Cruises

For a closer view of the fireworks, join one of the many companies who operate river cruises. Take a look at the different packages with Kookaburra Showboat Cruises, Adventure Moreton Island on the Micat, Brisbane River and Moreton Bay Cruises or Mirimar Cruises.

Hotels

To experience the full Riverfire experience, why not book a room with a view? Enjoy the fireworks away from the crowds with these hotels offering riverview rooms.

Stamford Plaza 

With every room offering river views, the Stamford is an obvious choice for Riverfire! All rooms boast a large viewing window, or if you upgrade to the Plaza or Stamford Suite you can enjoy a balcony too. Brasserie on the River offers a seafood buffet package with exceptional views of the Story Bridge, or enjoy teppanyaki at Kabuki or relaxed dining at the Pav Bar before heading to the private viewing promenade for a front row seat of the fireworks. 

Meriton Herschel Street 

Whether you’re wanting a one-bedroom modern suite for date night or a two-bedroom modern suite to house the family, Meriton at Herschel Street has options with more than 30 rooms available with views of Riverfire. If you want luxury for the evening, book one of the Penthouse Collection suites, located on level 74 of the hotel – the view couldn’t get much better than this. 

Brisbane Marriott Hotel 

Book a King River View Room for you and that special someone or the twin double river view room for the family and enjoy unobstructed views of the Story Bridge. If you want to heighten your experience, the executive rooms offer Story Bridge views plus sweeping river views towards South Bank. 

Mercure Brisbane on North Quay 

With complete views of South Bank, Mercure at North Quay has rooms to suit every need. From a standard queen to executive suites, levels 3 to 14 offer perfect large window views of Riverfire. To ensure you’re booking one of the river view rooms, we recommend calling the hotel as we doubt you’ll be wanting a view of the city on this particular evening! 

W Brisbane 

With views overlooking South Bank, W Brisbane offers rooms with sweeping river views. The Spectacular Room has over-sized windows to showcase the Brisbane River, so you’re guaranteed to capture the fireworks. For the full Riverfire experience check out the Cool Corner Room, with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the river.

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