What To Do And Where To Go: Our Pick Of Brisbane’s Best New Year’s Eve Events

What To Do And Where To Go: Our Pick Of Brisbane’s Best New Year’s Eve Events

Party like they did in the roaring 20’s!

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 28th November 2019

It’s the time of golden bubbly, sparkling dresses and one seriously special smooch. New Year’s Eve is a tradition loved by many, commemorating the year you’ve had and celebrating the one to come. The end of the hour will signify the end of another year, so start 2020 on a note of euphoric happiness at the ultimate event. Several events are happening around Brisbane to celebrate this annual transition so we’ve collected the best happenings around town! These are the ultimate packages on offer with free-flowing drinks, canapes, live entertainment and excitement galore.

Cloudland | Fortitude Valley

Let your hair down and leave your head in the clouds, one last time in 2019 before 2020 arrives, with these packages at Cloudland. Each event kicks-off from 8pm until 12:30am, with tickets available now!

Crystal Garden Soiree
Lose yourself in a fanciful wonderland with canapés and premium drinks amidst the crystal chandeliers, vertical gardens and cascading waterfall.

Elyx Cocktail Lounge
For lovers of cocktails and everything grand, the Gatsby-inspired Heritage Room will host immersive entertainment and Absolut indulgence, plus espresso martinis on tap.

‘Play Among The Stars’ VIP Ball
Paint your NYE in glamour and prestige with generous canapés, an oyster bar and top-shelf drinks in a roaring Manhattan ballroom of yesteryear.


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The Fantauzzo | Howard Smith Wharves

Wish the year that was a memorable farewell, at The Fantauzzo! Get your sparklers at-the-ready and party the night away at Fiume – Howard Smith Wharves only rooftop bar – with stunning river views of Brisbane’s brilliant fireworks. Then, wake up in the New Year in the utmost style in a glorious room at The Fantauzzo starting from just $349. Offering a stunning presence beneath the iconic Story Bridge, raw charisma and breathtaking views, you’ll be sure to start the new decade in the right kind of way.


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Howard Smith Wharves | Brisbane City

For one of the best seats in the city to see the NYE firework's, it's Howard Smith Wharves! With a range of venues, each with their own calibre of events, consider HSW a non-stop and one-stop party precinct to see in 2020. If you're after something relaxed and family friendly, Felons Brewing Co may be your answer. Otherwise, if you're ready to sip your night away with curated cocktails check-out Mr Percival's or Fiume Bar at The Fantauzzo. Don't forget the eats and head to Greca, Polpetta or Stanley for something swish. For something on the go head to Betty's BurgersYoko or Ciao Papi and finish up your year with dessert at Goodtimes Gelateria. Looking to step it up a notch? Look no further than ARC Dining for a high-end culinary experience in their glasshouse dining area overlooking the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. No matter the venue, if you're at HSW this New Year's Eve, you're sure to have a 20/20 time.


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Jade Buddha | Brisbane City

Ring in 2020 with a jump back in time to the roaring 1920s at Jade Buddha. Head into The Great Gatsby era and get your hands on three hours of sliders and skewers with an unlimited drinks party package from 6-9pm for just $95pp. Or, take your NYE plans to the next level with a basic spirits inclusive package for $135pp. If you feel like skipping a package this year, you can still dine at Jade Buddha – get in early to secure your spot for the early riverside fireworks at 8.30pm before the cover charge begins at 9pm.


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Mary Mae’s | New Farm

Say bonjour to the New Year as you ring it in riverside at Mary Mae’s Havana Nights NYE Bash. Inspired by the French Quarter, Mary Mae’s is New Farm’s newest addition (at the Powerhouse) and they’re going all out for their first celebration. Enjoy a cocktail on arrival as you make your way through canapés, grazing stations and a deluxe five-hour beverage package to the tune of the live DJ. Plus, Mary Mae’s knows it’s going to be a long night, so you’ll also receive a substantial late-night bite!


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Mr. Mista | Fortitude Valley

Set off the New Year in a disco inferno at Mr. Mista who have partnered with Moët Hennessy Australia to take a trip down memory lane to transport you to Studio 54 in 1970s New York! Channel the era when champagne flowed, glitz and glamour were the norm, and dancing is a must. Your night will be fueled by Mr. Mista’s infamous Asian inspired buns, canapés, champagne and LA inspired cocktails, with prizes up for grabs for best-dressed and best disco moves. The freshest DJs will be serving up your favourite pop, RnB, house and plenty of throwbacks to keep you busy until midnight strikes. There are only 200 tickets available so book now for your exclusive five-hour drinks and food package to savour every last second of 2019. Groovy groups of up to six people can also book VIP booths complete with Moët & Chandon magnums and Belvedere bottle service for a night that will go down in history.


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Rico Bar & Dining | Brisbane City

Say goodbye to 2019 and hola to 2020 at one of the newest precincts to hit Eagle Street Pier. Whether you’re after a casual setting with drinks and tapas or formal sit-down evening, Rico has you sorted. Feast on share plates or Latin-inspired meals to see the New Year in with some flavour. With two seating times available and the bar area open all day, the last day of 2019 could be your best! Book your spot for a sit-down meal, or find a spot with a view, order at the bar and the food will find you!


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Riverbar & Kitchen | Brisbane City

Kick off 2020 along the water’s edge at a New Year’s Eve Beach Party to remember! Get down on the dance floor and party the year away as you enjoy cold drinks and fun vibes all night long. Soak in the beach spirit to win big with prizes for best dressed, and when the sky lights up at midnight, the only thing you’ll have to do is turn your head to take in the fireworks from one of the best views in Brisbane.


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Signature Restaurant | South Bank

For a night to remember for all the right reasons, this is your answer. Start off the New Year and new decade with a signature tone for what’s to come, with Signature Restaurant at Emporium South Bank. Combining culinary excellence within an ambient environment, see in 2020 with a breathtaking vantage point and enjoy a truly indulgent evening, for all of the senses. Relish in a gourmet seven-course dinner inspired by the best local produce, matched with fine wine from their collection of hundreds of drops before being escorted upstairs for the main event. As the clock strikes midnight enjoy dessert and an unparalleled view of the fireworks sparkling across the city skyline. Beginning from 8pm, tickets are essential and will be going fast.


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The Island | Gold Coast

In the heart of Surfers Paradise sits a paradise of its own, The Island, and they’re not holding back to finish of the decade in style!

The Cocktail Experience
Celebrate under the stars with three exclusive bars - The Island Rooftop, Goldie’s and the new Island Pool Deck – as a raft of live bands, DJs, immersive pop-up displays, roaming performers and very special guests keep you plenty entertained.

The VIP Experience
Enjoy the penthouse party of the year with 360-degree views of the Surfers Paradise CBD, coastline and hinterland! Featuring a luxe food and drinks package, the lush floor includes the Ocean View and Mountain View Rooms, and the open-air Penthouse Terrace Bar.


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Article by Dinushka Gunasekara

Notorious for turning a random encounter into a three-hour conversation and running across streets to pat a dog, Dinu is a curious girl who loves a good story. Her extensive knowledge of Donald Glover is yet to come to good use and she would do basically anything for a hash brown. Catch her bombarding her friends with articles she thinks they should read or spending way too much time creating the perfect playlist.


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