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The round-up: the best spots to catch Riverfire in 2017

There’s one day a year where the entirety of Brisbane City gets lit – lit up with, fireworks that is! Riverfire is back again for another night of illuminated revelry, and plenty of The City’s finest drinking and dining spots are getting in on the action. To save you some hassle, we’ve scoped out the best locales to catch the fireworks in person and party the night away in style.


ARIA: When it comes to top-notch nosh, it doesn’t get much better than ARIA on Eagle Street. The restaurant will be pulling out all the stops for its Riverfire celebrations, with a three-course menu including dishes such as roast duck with red cabbage, rhubarb and pecan, spanner crab with grilled cos, and apple tarte tatin. Book here.

Riverbar & Kitchen: With a name like Riverbar & Kitchen, you know that the views will be spectactular. This Eagle Street venue boasts 180-degree views of the river and Story Bridge, and a three-hour canapes and beverage package, as well as antipasto and charcuterie food stations and DJs spinning late into the night. Purchase tickets here.

Aquitaine Brasserie: Another South Bank stalwart is playing host to some sumptuous Riverfire feasting, with two dinner sittings offering a three-course menu of delights including smoked yellowtail kingfish tartare, sous vide wagyu rump cap, and deconstructed crème brulee – not to mention some of the best seats to catch the fireworks display.

The Fox Hotel: The gang at The Fox Hotel are never ones to shy away from a party, and for Riverfire they are gearing up to set the evening alight. Tickets to one of the biggest parties in town will receive a beer or glass of sparkling on arrival, plus they’ll be able to snack on a Brazillian-inspired barbecue whilst boogieing to DJs on the decks all night long. Grab your tickets here.

Madame Wu: If you are looking to imbue your night with a bit of elegance, we’d suggest investigating the offering at Madame Wu. The venue is hosting a stylish affair featuring a beverage package from 6:00–10:00 pm, which includes cocktails, premium spirits, canapes and main bowls, as well as entertainment through the evening and a great vantage point to watch the night light up.

Southbank Beer Garden: The Southbank Beer Garden is inviting all comers to beat the Riverfire crowd by joining theirs. If you take the bar up on its offer, you’ll be treated to a three-hour all-inclusive food and beverage package (including drinks on arrival) while you take up prime position inside the beachfront and riverfront location to catch the illuminating display.

Shadow Lounge: Every year Shadow Lounge hosts one of the hippest Riverfire soirees along the river and 2017 will be no exception. A three-hour food and beverage package will be available to patrons, including mixed canapes, all tap beer and cider, house red, white and sparking, as well as Thai bucket cocktails.

Riverlife: One of the best spots to catch Riverfire in all of its illuminating glory is at Riverlife underneath the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Every year Riverlife hosts one of the most entertaining events of the evening, with uninterrupted views of the pyrotechnics, a pop-up restaurant creating some tantalising dishes and a bar serving strawberry daiquiris, blueberry and passionfruit sangria, beer, wine and spirits. Click here to book.

Bavarian Bier Cafe: While it might not be Oktoberfest quite yet, the Germans still know how to throw a party. The Bavarian Bier Cafe on Eagle Street will be a great spot to enjoy the festivities with an exclusive balcony event that. This cocktail-style soiree includes a comprehensive drinks package and chef’s specials for snacking all evening.

Kookaburra River Queen: It’s one thing to watch the fireworks from the a banks of the Brisbane River, but it’s a whole other experience watching the explosions while on the river itself. The Kookaburra River Queen will hit the water for a closer-up cruise on Riverfire night, with a rooftop deck deal that includes a canapes and drink package, live entertainment and exclusive use of the top deck for prime fireworks watching.

Stamford Plaza: As always the Stamford Plaza is one of the most stylish spots to be seen this Riverfire, and with several events taking place across its restaurants you have many opportunities to get in on the action. The Brasserie on the River is hosting some fine fining with unbeatable views. Enjoy welcome drinks on the river promenade then enjoy a stellar seafood buffet before dancing the night away. Kabuki Japanese Restaurant is serving up some piping-hot cuisine across an a la carte menu or traditional teppanyaki service. Finally, The Pav Bar is a great spot to try for some casual courtyard dining under the stars.

Fridays Riverside: Anyone that has been to Fridays on a weekend knows that it is party central. If you want to turn up the heat for Riverfire, then this is the place to be. Fridays is offering revellers the chance to enjoy two hours of hors d’oeuvres, beers, wine and Bacardi cocktails for two hours, while J-Funk plays some soul, funk, RnB and jazz hits on the terrace.

Pony Dining: Gourmands would do well to book a ticket to Pony’s Riverfire celebration, if only for the food! A three-hour food and beverage package is available, complete with canapes prepared by head chef Michael Crosbie, while reservations for Pony’s a la carte dinner service from 5:00 pm onwards are flying out the door.

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