For ladies who lunch
If you’ve been dying to get your gal pals together for one last hurrah before December 25, these are the top spots for some fun and fancy Christmas dining in Brisbane. Arc Dining is a no-brainer for a boozy ladies lunch – the fresh modern Australian fare, the killer wine list and the stunning riverside backdrop combine to create the perfect recipe for some fancy fun. In a similar vein over at South Bank is Stokehouse Q – you can settle in for a sit-down affair and dine at the award-winning restaurant proper, or opt for casual drinks and share plates at STOKEBAR Q (same luxe vibes but a little less formal). Italian fare is a total crowd pleaser, so book your gang in for an OTTO feast – think fun and generous fare cooked exceptionally well, paired perfectly with wine (or a spritz if you prefer). Kick up the party vibes at Rico Bar & Dining, Eagle Street’s newest resident bringing some South American flavour to the mix – tapas, paella, seafood and sangria are the stars here.
For a dude’s day out
Cracking one open with the boys won’t cut it when it comes to Christmas – this is the time to go all out. For the stylish set, stroll down Burnett Lane to Alba Bar & Deli for some seriously slick snacks before making your way next door to moody haunt Death & Taxes for some cocktail-fuelled revelry. Tippler’s Tap is a killer spot for some finger-licking grub and frosty brews in a chilled-out setting – as a bonus, they have a very decent vegan menu too for all of your plant-based pals. On the flipside, if your gang leans more towards the carnivorous end of the spectrum, book in at Walter’s Steakhouse – this opulent old-world charmer serves up the most succulent cuts cooked to absolute perfection. For Christmas dining in Brisbane that’s a little less formal, rally the troops and make tracks for Munich Brauhaus – the massive German-themed beir hall specialises in hearty food, steins of amber ale and an Oktoberfest atmosphere 365 days of the year.
For a work Christmas party
Ah, the annual work get-together – if you’re in charge this year, make sure it’s an affair your colleagues will never forget with these venues for every vibe. Indulge in a modern Chinese feast at Donna Chang before heading to its raucous basement bar The Boom Boom Room for kick-ons that will no doubt run long into the night. You can kick it old school at Doo Bop Jazz Bar, The City’s premier destination for live tunes every night of the week – you can sit down to some fine-dining fare and then dance the night away, or opt for more casual bar bites as you mix and mingle. If your work crew prefers to keep it more casual, The Charming Squire will be right up your alley – icy-cold James Squire beers on tap, plenty of space to mill around and some delicious bar-style morsels will keep everyone satisfied. For some laid-back fun, Little Big House is hard to beat – we’re talking chicken-parmy spring rolls, frozen cocktail slushies and even a dedicated karaoke room.
For a family affair
Got little ones in tow? These venues will have something for even the fussiest (and rowdiest) fams. Felons Brewing Co. is the go-to spot for groups of all sizes looking for some family-friendly Christmas dining action in Brisbane – the Howard Smith Wharves staple boasts large indoor tables serving up scrumptious pub-style eats, as well as a sprawling lawn where you can enjoy some take-away fish and chips. Italian food is always a great choice when there are tots to please, so gather your brood and take them to Mister Paganini for pizza, pasta and lasagne served amongst a lively European atmosphere. For a delicious dining experience that won’t break the bank, Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers at South Bank is an ideal choice – you can’t go wrong with pillowy potato parcels, chips and calamari. Southbeach Social is another prime option for those with people of all ages in their group – you’ve got killer views out over South Bank, a huge and varied menu filled with crowd-pleasing classics, plus plenty of affordable share options for indecisive diners.