Where to spend New Year’s Eve in Brisbane | Gourmand and Gourmet

Where to spend New Year's Eve in Brisbane

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What is it about New Year's Eve that gets us so excited? We know that nothing is going to magically happen between 11.59pm-12am but every year we find ourselves tearing our hair our trying to figure out how to celebrate without falling victim to FOMO.

We’ve rounded up some of the biggest bashes of the year that’ll have you out partying quicker than you can say ‘new year, new me!’


They say that how you spend New Year’s Eve sets the tone for the rest of your year. Well champagne cocktails, five-star dining and live music sounds like a pretty decent 2018 to us! Choose from dining in The Courtyard and bring in the year with jazz bands and a five-course menu, or keep it simple with a delicious two-course meal and DJ at The Lab Restaurant and Bar. Grab someone you love and plant a big ol’ smooch on them when it strikes midnight, because there’s nothing more romantic than fireworks. Tickets from $85pp. Book here.

Defiant Duck ǀ Newstead

You’re staying home for New Year’s? Urgh, as if! Say bye, bye, bye to those midnight blues and book yourself a ticket at what will be the hottest NYE 90’s party of the night! Hosted by the Defiant Duck, their five-hour package includes boundless finger food and drinks, including champagne, beer and basic spirits, not to mention all the best tunes from the decade! And tickets are only $99pp, which means Kelly and Michelle can come along too! Just remember, it’s strictly 90s dress code – we don’t want no scrubs.

The Fox Hotel ǀ South Brisbane

If you prefer sparkling over bubbly, and shimmer over shine, then The Fox’s NYE Glitter Ball presented by Soho Sundays is the event for you! Expect glam and grace on the 31st as the rooftop venue puts away the pub grub for one night in preference for abundant canapes, an oyster bar or even five hours of gourmet food and drinks (depending on what package you purchase)! No matter your price point, grab a ticket here, and don your most sequined and sparkling dress for this magical night!


New Year’s Eve in the Valley can be an experience, but we recommend ditching frozen cocktails, avoiding the Supre-clad masses and heading somewhere far classier. Kick off the new year in style at Cloudland with an evening of decadence and glamour at the Black and Gold ball! Release your inner hedonist with live entertainment, music and drinks until 5am. Tickets from $149pp. Book here.


Slip on your dancing shoes and get ready to groove your way into 2018 at Press Club! For $99pp enjoy a four-hour beverage package including beer, wine and sparkling, canapes, and live entertainment from Juke Joint. Immerse yourself in the Press Club experience and dance the night away. Get tickets here.

Little Big House | Southbank

Ever wanted to Gatecrash the coolest party of the year? Well, now’s your chance! Little Big House is hosting an epic open house, and everyone is invited. From choosing your tunes through the internal music system to froze, cocktails, exclusive brews, and food, this is in every sense a classic house party with everything you could wish for..and more! The party kicks off at 7pm and any ticketholders are welcome to come and go as they please with fireworks just across the road ‘cause ‘our casa eu su casa’.  Got the fam? No worries! From 8:30pm Little Big House’s kiosk will be open and offering whole chooks for an early dinner option. With a sunshine state of mind Little Big House is going to host the ultimate house party for the ages, so be there or be square!


All aboard for 2018! Get ready to walk the plank into the new year with a yacht party at Darling & Co. Cruise your way through refreshing summer cocktails, food and entertainment with an Amalfi Coast themed rendezvous. The five-hour affair is the perfect way to say goodbye to 2017 and helllloooo sailor to 2018. Book here.


Skip the queues and make your way to Stokehouse Q this New Year’s Eve. Bring in 2018 with two fireworks shows, majestic views and even better food. With two dinner settings (5.30pm & 9pm), enjoy three or four-courses with a glass of champagne from $195pp. Feeling dusty the next day? Join in on the longest lunch of the year with DJ’s and cocktails. For bookings email info@stokehouse.com.au or call 07 3020 0600 Watt Brisbane 2017


Searching for that final feast of 2017? Say wattsup to Watt, New Farm’s beautiful riverside restaurant that really gets our need to line our stomachs with great food before we get swept up in the eve’s celebrations. Kick off your evening by dining on an exquisite three course meal,  with a three hour drinks package and awesome live entertainment. Dinner wraps up at 9.30pm, making it the perfect jump off point for a ferry ride into the city – because you’re never too old for fireworks. Tickets $99+bf. Book here.


The infamous laneway party is back to get you dancing into 2018, and this year it’s time to boogie into the Midnight Disco. Not for the faint-hearted, Eagle Lane will be transformed into Brisbane’s biggest laneway with live music, DJs, a 5-hour drink package included in your entry. The party won’t stop there – kick on until 5am and bring in 2018 with a bang. Tickets from $125 – so book now!


The fireworks won’t be the only thing on display at Byblos this New Year’s Eve! Raise your glass and marvel at the 5 ½ hour premium drink package including cocktails and mouth-watering food stations. With two firework shows (8.30pm and midnight), as well as live entertainment and DJs, put on your dancing shoes and spring into 2018 on a high. At $199 tickets won’t last long, so book in here now.


Dreaming of a glamorous New York getaway but spent the plane fare on your NYE outfit? We’ve got the next best thing, no jetlag required. Be treated to a decadent 5-hour food and beverage package in the glamorous Victoria Park Marquee with New York food stalls, roving performers and themed photo areas. Sip on Manhattan and Cosmopolitan cocktails throughout the evening and boogie down to live bands as the clock strikes midnight. Tickets from $149, book here!


Whether you’re a hero or a villain, there’s no risk of not having a memorable New Year’s Eve with Pig & Whistle. Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to bring in 2018 with James Bond levels of class. With three hours of risk-free poker, blackjack and roulette – the odds are in your favour. Dress to impress, dry martini (shaken not stirred) in hand and enjoy the five-hour premium beverage and canape package, you’ve been granted a license to kick on! Tickets are $99 before November 20 and $110 onwards. Purchase tickets here.


West End’s newest watering hole is the perfect place for the new year to be-gin! With over 100 gins as well as beers, wines and cocktails – let the lush surroundings of Covent Garden transport you away from the chaos of Boundary Street and into an inner-city oasis.


With a name like Woolly Mammoth, you know you’re going to be in for a big one. Get ready to (bed) rock and roll your way into the new year with US DJ Duo CLASSIXX! With a five-hour food and beverage package to keep you dancing through to 2018 and prizes for the classiest dressed, this is one NYE you won’t forget. (No guarantees…) Tickets from $99, book here.


Get ready to party like it’s 1977 as Electric Avenue and Canvas bring you Studio 54! Sprawling across two decadent venues, slink into the evening with a cocktail on arrival, then sip your way through a four-hour premium beverage package. Get down and funky to live music and DJ Jimmy Kixx for the most glamourous New Years Eve ever. Tickets from $99 call 3891 2111 or e-mail info@canvasclub.com.au for bookings.


We’re struggling to think of a more romantic way to bring in 2018 than with Midnight in Paris. Party like a Parisian in the front bar with French martinis and chandon. Head upstairs and cancan into the Moulin Rouge with dancers and dessert bars or celebrate in the courtyard next to the Eiffel tower with pop up champagne and aperol spritz bars and food stations. The Walrus Bar will be kickin’ it flapper style and rocking into 2018 with a rockabilly band. Tickets from $140, book here.


Tired of dodging teenagers, crowds and craning your neck to get a peek at the fireworks? Skip the masses and aim for something a little more sophisticated this year with dinnerat Stanley street’s prettiest little bistro – Catbird Seat. With two sittings available for $80pp you’ll receive a three-course feast of modern, seasonal European cuisine and two glasses of bubbles. Call (07) 3392 2645 or e-mail enquiries@catbirdseatbistro.com.au to book in.

Bring it in with a bang, a ball or a slow burn – however you choose to celebrate, Happy New Year from everyone at G&G! 

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the Gourmand you'll find hogging all the canapés.