It seems that no matter what the economic climate, there is really no excuse to deny some Christmas season cheer! In an effort to avoid the ‘scrooge’ tag, and if you haven’t already booked your staff/client/friends Christmas party yet, then you need to get moving! If your city of choice is Brisbane, and you need some inspiration, here are some ideas.
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Partying on rooftops is just so uber cool at the moment, and luckily there are plenty to choose from in downtown Brisbane. The latest incarnation is 11 Rooftop Bar in Ann St, Fortitude Valley. With amazing views over the city skyline, a swanky cocktail bar and cosy lounges, it’s a winner. Up on Constance, gracing the top of trendy TRYP Hotel, also in Fortitude Valley, is another relative newcomer and already a favourite party venue. An oldie but a goodie, Limes Hotel rooftop bar is still hot, with two new plunge tubs added to the iconic cinema screen.
Cloudland also has a myriad of options, including an open-ended, quasi-rooftop terrace and some great theming options to give your event its own unique personality.
For a bit of grunge, and spectacular river views, the Brisbane Powerhouse offers some stunning rooftop options, as well as graffiti-adorned internal spaces. Linking with a show can offer an event with a twist.
The Balfour Kitchen in New Farm is a sophisticated venue, housed in a typical Queenslander, offering candlelit dining on wraparound verandahs or in the private dining room, with cocktails on the rooftop. Stay overnight in the cosy Spicers Balfour Hotel rooms, then spend the next day exploring the shopping and eating delights of trendy James St.
For something a bit more serene, the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery and GOMA have some fabulous spaces overlooking the Brisbane River. Similarly, Room Three Sixty, at QUT Gardens Point, offers a majestic view over Old Government House, the Botanic Gardens and the city skyline.
Also on the south-side of the river, Eagles Nest on top of the Point Hotel at Kangaroo Point, has a gorgeous aspect over the west, perfect for watching a summer sunset! The Level 12 Rooftop Bar at Rydges Southbank and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Rooftop Terrace also offer some great party options, the latter with the potential to combine with a theatre performance as well.
If the summer heat is of concern, then sometimes the best option is to head underground. There are some surprisingly moody offerings which can really give your event the originality you crave. Try the Chalet Bar at the Alliance Hotel in Leichhardt St for instance, for an apres-ski feel, or The Farrier Bar, built into old horse stables underneath the Queens Arms Hotel in New Farm.
The Cellar at Cloudland is an awe-inspiring space replete with silk and leather furnishings and an amazing ceiling-lined “chandelier”.
The rustic Sub-Urbane, a 100 year-old stone wall cellar under Urbane Restaurant in the city is a sophisticated choice, as is the cellar at 1889 Enoteca, with its Italian shared-table offering. The private cellar at Malt in the city is also a superb option for an intimate dinner party.
Not quite underground, but with that same earthy feel, is the new Rum Bar at the Breakfast Creek Hotel’s Substation 41. Likewise with a swanky, languorous ambience is Nant Whisky Bars in the city and Fortitude Valley, and the cocktail bar at the Emporium Hotel, with its majestic chandelier.
The river is synonymous with Brisbane, so if the rooftops aren’t beckoning but you still want that quintessential Queensland vibe, then riverside partying is a great choice. The options are endless, from Stokehouse at River Quay at Southbank, to Byblos at Portside Wharf, Hamilton.
WATT at the Brisbane Powerhouse has recently re-opened after a fabulous renovation, now with an expanded selection of venue options overlooking the river at New Farm.
Further along the river, Alchemy Restaurant and Bar can cater for small groups in the private dining room, or large gatherings in the entire restaurant, both so close to the river you can almost touch it!
For the heritage angle right on the river, the River Terrace at The Customs House is divine, complete with a marquee during the summer months.
So, get moving and start thinking about that festive fun which is just around the corner!
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