Our Round Up Of Brisbane’s Best Riverfire Events: 2019 Edit

Our Round Up Of Brisbane’s Best Riverfire Events: 2019 Edit

Like Fyre, but it’s actually happening

By Georgie Murray | 15th August 2019

Our city is about to get litty as Riverfire is set to ignite on Saturday 28 September. Ready to feel the burn? A night of nights on Brisbane’s social calendar, we’ve rounded up where to go and what to know to ensure your Riverfire burns, baby burns. Rally the troops and get ready for a night of welcomed antics, because baby you’re a firework.

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Eagles Nest at The Point Hotel | Kangaroo Point

Just a stones throw away from the CBD, your Riverfire night will be lit with an interrupted view of the fireworks from the Eagles Nest, 12 floors up at The Point. With two package options curated especially for the event, you can do no wrong and begin your evening early and party well into the night!  Both packages include four hours of food and drinks, live entertainment (if the fireworks aren’t already enough), cheese and charcuterie stations on arrival, a donut wall for the sweet tooth’s and a photo booth to save the memories after one too many cocktails. The Gold Pass features all the above inclusions for $191 or, elevate your experience and upgrade to the  Platinum Pass which also includes guaranteed balcony table with seating and table service for $249.


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Friday’s Riverside | Brisbane City

With a view so good you can practically feel the burn, you can’t do much better than Friday’s Riverside for your Riverfire night! Snag your $35 ticket here to enjoy a drink on arrival as you soak in the 180-degree views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Waterfront dining doesn’t get better than this and you can take your pick from the best in modern Australian cuisine at Waterline or premium chargrilled cuts from the Terrace Grill. If the fireworks have left you feeling all hot and bothered, you can cool down with a glass from their extensive wine list to keep the party burning all night long!


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Howard Smith Wharves | Brisbane City

Well and truly establishing themselves in the Brisbane scene, Howard Smith Wharves has become a vibrant precinct constantly abuzz with people. As HSW is relatively new, this is their first Riverfire experience and they’re set to make it one of Brisbane’s best. Their location is second to none on any given day, but with Riverfire igniting on the Story Bridge, you can’t get much closer to the action. Howard Smith Wharves consists of many popular venues, which have become routine on social calendars and each venue is turning up the heat for this event. Among the action of Felons, Mr Percival’s and ARC Dining (see below their Riverfire events), the main area within the precinct will play host to a range of food stations and casual dining experiences, including bites such as paella, crispy bugs, gelato and some delicious dinners just for the kids like hot dogs and fish and chips. To lock-in your experience, there are two package options available; the River Luxury Package is $250 for two adults and includes a bottle of Chandon, reserved beanbag seating, main meals, gelato and beverage service. Or, if you’re after something a little more family-friendly, their Riverfire Parklands Package covers children and adults with a main meal and gelato each while enjoying live music on the grass.


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ARC Dining | Howard Smith Wharves

Ready to ramp-up your Riverfire plans and feel the burn? Now you can, without compromising on the view, or the fun. ARC Dining has created the ideal package to experience Riverfire in true style, keeping it classy and calm. Enjoy a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs upon arrival and settle in as the sky lights up, showcasing our beautiful cityscape. Head Chef Alanna Sapwell has curated a menu especially for the evening, featuring a range of seafood. Guests can either opt for Chef’s Menu only, or elevate their experience and include wine pairings, too. As a reasonably fresh addition to Howard Smith Wharves, this is an ideal opportunity to experience ARC’s Glasshouse and the sophisticated ambience it offers. Don’t miss your seat, here.


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Ciao Papi
 | Howard Smith Wharves

With views from the riverfront deck, Ciao Papi’s shared Italian Feast rightly names the Papi Package features a selection of antipasti, pasta and dessert. Sit back and enjoy the inclusive beverage package offering Papi’s Plonk, Prosecco, Spritz and Felons Session Ale from one of the best views available. Ciao Papi’s will offer-up a relaxed vibe ideal for families and party-goers alike.


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Felons Brewing Co

 | Howard Smith Wharves

Brisbane brewed and Brisbane adored, it would be rude not to spend Riverfire at Felons Brewing Co. As first time Riverfirer’s, Felons is turning up the heat to encourage patrons to burn down the house in true Felons style. With prime views of the bridge and city, enjoy the breeze off the river while basking in the ambience of their buzzing brewery. With the outback area, front deck and Felons lawn, there’s plenty of space for you and your pals to settle in for the night. In ode to the one-night-only event, Felons will be unveiling a new beer, the Red Ale. Sip on said beverage and watch the sky light up on the lawn with your friends and family all around.


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Jade Buddha Bar | Brisbane City

Get fired up as you take in the show with an iconic cocktail in hand thanks to our riverside friends over at Jade Buddha! If one of the best views of Riverfire isn’t a compelling enough offer for you, how about we throw in a three-hour food and drink package that will have you positively drooling. For $119, you can indulge on mixed canapés served alongside house wines, prosecco, on-tap beer and cider, and of course it wouldn’t be a Jade Buddha party without their infamous cocktails. Djs will be spinning tunes all night, too so grab your tickets here and jump into the line of fire at the Shadow Lounge!


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Kingsleys | Brisbane City

Feel the fire in your belly as you enjoy the sparkle in the sky at Kingsleys! With stunning views of the Brisbane River, you can bring the whole family along for a night of festivities and delicious dining. Their Riverfire package includes a three course set menu and three-hour beverage package for $150 per person. If you’re all about the eats and can live without the vino, tickets are $100 per person. Otherwise, enjoy a night out with the kids too for a two-course meal and soft drink for $40 per person. With front-row seats to the fireworks, the kids will be both impressed and entertained! Treat yourself in style, fit for a King for an explosive night!


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Mr Percivals | Howard Smith Wharves

With a prime location of the cityscape, Story Bridge and the fireworks, you’d be silly not to consider Mr Percivals to spend your Riverfire night. Light a spark and secure your spot on their disco decks while sipping on their signature cocktails and nibbling on their best bites. If you want to do Riverfire right, we suggest their three-hour package, specially curated for this event, only. The package includes oysters, prawns, pizza, focaccia, cannoli, zucchini flowers (you know the ones – stuffed with ricotta and anchovies), plus drinks such as Veuve Clicquot, Cape Mentelle, Felons Brewing Co, Mr P’s Spritz and house spirits. Already well-established as a go-to Brisbane Bar, this is Mr Pervical’s first Riverfire, so let’ show them how it’s done and boogie on down. Head here to get your tickets!


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Riverbar & Kitchen | Brisbane City

Riverbar is an all-rounder for any event with picturesque views (of the River – you guessed it!) a tasty menu of treats, and a seamless ambience where alfresco dining meets the indoors. Bathe in the views of the Bridge as the sky acts as a canvas to the fireworks while enjoying the river breeze under the fairy lights and buzzing atmosphere Riverbar is known for. A beer garden by the river, the restaurant and bar has solidly established itself in Brisbane’s social scene with Riverfire a key highlight on their calendar. Guests can indulge in a three-hour beverage package with roving canapés and food stations while live music turns up the heat and helps get the groove on to help guests party well into the night. Tickets are $99 plus a booking fee and kicks-off at 6pm with doors opening from 5pm, so don’t miss out on front-row seats to the night of nights!


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Riverland | Brisbane City

Welcome to Riverland where the views are iconic and atmosphere is vibrant! Known for their relaxed ambience, street food and various beverage and dining areas, Riverland creates the ideal one-stop-shop for a night of fun and frivolity for Riverfire. The view is one of the best you’ll get of Brisbane River, so it’s a no-brainer when it comes to front row seats for the famous fireworks, while signature drinks are poured and music played. Riverland is an 18+ oasis where fun is encouraged! The party begins from the kick-off of the AFL Grandfinal at 11am.


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Signature, Emporium | South Bank

As the pinnacle of Emporium Hotel South Bank’s culinary offerings, Signature is serving up an elegant opportunity to experience Riverfire like never before. Combining culinary excellence with a breathtaking vantage point, this is the chance to experience bespoke dining with the finer touches and luxurious environment the Emporium is known for. Following champagne and oysters, guests can then enjoy the crafted menu featuring modern Australian inspired culinary creations, matched perfectly with a range of wines, plucked from Signature’s vino collection known as ‘The Library’. The Library holds over 6,000 bottles of wine from Australia and around the world so your chosen drop is no doubt accounted for . For the crème de la crème, the final course is presented in the private dining room on the level 21 rooftop for guests to enjoy the fireworks spectacle while devouring an Alex Norman curated dessert complimented by Chateau d’Yquem. Reserve your seat to enjoy one of the finest Riverfire experiences on offer while spaces last for $350 per person. With a glass of Chateau d'Yquem retailing for $200, this is certainly a package not to pass up.


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The Fox Hotel | South Brisbane

Spend Riverfire with a bang at an exclusive cocktail party that is sure to pop off! The Fox will be setting the evening alight on dandy’s rooftop with nibbles, drinks and a night full of entertainment at Brisbane’s best rooftop bar. Feel the burn as the sky transforms into an array of colours from one of the best views of the skyline. DJ's will be hitting the decks all night long and a two-hour beverage and canapés package will have you glowing. Tickets available via website.


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The Plough Inn | Southbank

Riverfire is a celebration of Queensland’s largest arts and cultural event, so spend it at the place that Queenslanders know best – the pub. The Plough Inn offers an ideal ‘laxed but lively evening with the outdoor beer garden and spacious bar area. The best part? You don’t need a ticket to enjoy your Riverfire night at The Plough Inn and be rest assured they know how to handle the big night; they’ve been serving Brisbanites since 1864 so considering the amount of Riverfires they’ve seen in their time, they have the good time formula down to a T!


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The Terrace | South Bank

21 floors up, enjoy the luxe open-air rooftop of The Terrace, overlooking Brisbane city with panoramic views from the Brisbane River to Kangaroo Point and everything in between. This is a unique Riverfire experience mixing class with frivolity. Four hours of bottomless champagne, cocktails, spirits, canapés, grazing stations and live music – what more could you ask for? The venue is known for its elegance and New York inspired summer soirées and for Brisbane’s night of nights, it’s not to pass up. Mingle with fellow guests while taking in the view and breathe in the fresh, crisp air while feeling like you’ve been whisked away from the bustling streets of South Bank. Last year the event sold out, so don’t get caught out and snag your tickets now for $299 per person.


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Treasury Brisbane | Brisbane City

Light up your night in style at Treasury Hotel and experience Sunsuper Riverfire like never before. Enjoy prime views of the firework extravaganza and watch the city light-up while you and newfound friends enjoy wine, beer, premium cocktails and mouth-watering culinary stations, before dancing your night away to the tunes by live DJ entertainment. Kicking-off at 5:30pm, the rooftop also provides a great vantage point to watch the sunset as the evenings antics warm-up in the heart of the city. From there, you’re in prime position to kick-on downstairs at the casino or one of Treasury’s other bars. Tickets are limited, so don’t miss out!


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Article by Georgie Murray

Georgie is a Journalist with a knack for bad jokes and dating disasters. A total open book, there’s no topic off limits for this Rod Stewart enthusiast. Starting her career in Broadcast Journalism, Georgie has since gone back to basics of the written word with a particular love for taboo topics and fashion media.


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