Light It Up! Here Are The Best Places To Experience Riverfire This Year
Ready to feel the heat?By Dinushka Gunasekara | 8th August 2023
Ready for an absolutely explosive night out? Riverfire is back on Saturday 2 September, bringing with it a sky full of wonder you’ll want to watch with your own eyes and not just your phone’s camera.
The key to the perfect Riverfire night is finding the ultimate vantage point to experience it from, which is why Brisbane’s riverfront, rooftops, and ravishing venues are set to host you and your crew. Alongside delicious dining and the quenchiest drinks packages, check out where to spend your Riverfire night in Brisbane below.
By the way, we consider everyone in this list the best of the best! To make finding your next favourite that much easier, we’ve ordered the list alphabetically by suburb and also have filtering tabs for your convenience. Did we miss someone from the list? Let us know here! Hide the form
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Howard Smith Wharves
Love being right amongst the action? Immerse yourself in our city’s night of nights at Howard Smith Wharves, located directly under the Story Bridge. Take your pick from a range of spots on the river’s edge, as Felons Barrel Hall, Mr Percival’s, and Felons Brewing Co. are all taking bookings with the best seats in the house. Food on the mind? Limited spots remain for Stanley’s three-course banquet with limited-edition dishes, Greca’s enticing share-style packages, and Yoko’s delectable Japanese flavours, or simply kick back on the Main Lawn with live music as the sun sets. Gigi’s Homestyle Cooking will also be open from lunchtime until late, while many Howard Smith Wharves venues are offering post-fireworks bookings to keep the party going. As Brisbane’s vibrant destination for entertainment, food and drink, Howard Smith Wharves is the place to be when it comes to enjoying the electrifying display!
Eagles Nest at The Point Brisbane Hotel
Soar to new heights this Riverfire and enjoy panoramic views with your choice of fabulous food and drinks packages at Eagles Nest Brisbane. Sitting pretty atop The Point Brisbane Hotel, celebrate Brisbane’s biggest bash with great bites and drinks in hand. For $269 per person, the Gold Package offers an all-inclusive food and beverage package from 5pm on the top floor of the hotel. Or, turn things up a notch with the Platinum Package at $319 per person, where uninterrupted views from their balcony are guaranteed. We also hear that signature cocktails and champers are on offer all night long! Like the sound of this? Then make sure to get in quick and book your spot!
The Terrace at Emporium Hotel
Make your way to one of Brisbane’s most glamorous vantage points this Riverfire, for delicious bites, limited-edition cocktails, and flutes of Mumm Champagne! When you spend your evening at Emporium Hotel’s The Terrace, you’re in for a food and beverage package of premium canapes, substantial late-night morsels, and delectable desserts, with plenty to wash it all down – think a pop-up Altos Tequila Bar serving three types of margaritas, exclusive tipples, fine wines, and beer! The cocktail soiree will also have you grooving to live entertainment for a memorable occasion even after the fireworks light up the sky. Now that’s our kind of party!
Soleil Pool Bar at Rydges South Bank
Step away from the crowds and step up to Rydges South Bank’s pool bar, treating you to the VIP experience this Riverfire. The relaxed yet sophisticated space will have you and your crew digging into a complimentary charcuterie board upon arrival, before the live music and signature cocktails sees you dancing up a storm all night long! Start your soiree relaxing poolside in the afternoon before the big show takes over the night sky, where you’ll have front row seats at Soleil to soak it all in. With limited availability, book now to secure your spot for the ultimate Riverfire party.
Fire up the squad for front row seats to Brisbane’s brightest night! From 5pm, everyone’s favourite riverside party spot will have drinks flowing, good times rolling, and tunes pumping. General admission is $35 and includes a cheeky gift on arrival to get the party started. Or, if you really want a night to remember, opt for the exclusive three-hour all-inclusive VIP package at $149 per person with drinks and canapes alongside some of the best views in town! Bookings are essential so make sure to get your tickets ASAP.
Valley Hops Brewing
With ice-cold brews on one side and stunning rooftop views on the other, Valley Hops Brewing is going all in on the Riverfire action. Boasting an awesome display of the Story Bridge and city skyline, this rooftop oasis at the heart of the Valley invites patrons to settle in for a good time before and after the big show itself. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of freshly brewed craft beer on tap, including the opportunity to savour Valley Hops’ limited release Riverfire Saison – brewed for the occasion. Plus the fireworks won’t be the only thing firing up the night, as the grill and woodfired pizza oven serves up the goods to the tune of the resident DJ on deck. Bookings are available for lunch until 3pm, then walk-ins are welcome, so get in early to secure your spot!
Pull up to Brisbane Quarter this Riverfire and you’re in for a truly special night! Dig into a four-course menu at The Lex, a Japanese buffet at Tenya, or an Italian feast at Persone. Before and after the fireworks display, Phat Boy and Phoenix are waiting to fuel you up, or keep the party going overnight by booking a stay at W Brisbane, complete with exclusive access to WET Deck for poolside lounging, delicious cocktails, bites, and unrivalled views.