Top spots for a relaxed function | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Top spots for a relaxed function

Because a little party never killed nobody.

No matter the occasion, Brisbane has some impressive, low-key functions venues ready to dish up good fun, good fare and keep the drinks pouring. Here are our top picks for a relaxed spot. 

Catchment Brewing Co. | West End

West End beer heroes Catchment Brewing Co. have long known how to host a great function across their four dedicated spaces. If you have something big in mind, you can take over the entire art-deco venue, or choose from the smaller Boundary Bar, back deck, Brewery Lane or Hidden Windows spaces. With a variety of drinks packages on offer (keep the frothies coming, thanks!) and food offerings to match, there is something for everyone. Carnivorous canapé options include shaved beef with horseradish cream and beetroot tart, and pork belly with sticky caramel and fried onion, and multiple vego and vegan options. Set menus, mini-substantial meals and platters will also satisfy the rumbling tummies of your party. Check out more here. 

Bar Pacino | CBD

Bar Pacino has it all… the food, the drinks, the atmosphere and of course, that epic view. They also have a great space for a laid-back function and offer multiple packages for you to choose from. The hardest part of your event will be picking between two, three or four hours of bottomless bevvies, hot and cold canapés, substantial bowl meals or the popular boards, featuring stars like ragu arancini, prawn twists, Italian fries, BBQ lamb cutlets and a chef’s selection of pizza boards. Get your Bar Pacino function sorted here. Bellissimo!

Alfred and Constance | Fortitude Valley

Alfred and Constance has always been a popular Valley spot, and for a good reason! Fun, relaxed and authentic, Alfie and Connie is the perfect spot for a bite to eat, a few drinks or your next chilled event! Larger spaces within the venue include the white lightning Tiki bar, Fever Club and the Tunes Bar and Lounge, with more intimate spaces like the Vanguard dining room, Hemingway room and the Tiki deck. 

The Osbourne Hotel | Fortitude Valley

The team at The Osbourne Hotel are about as welcoming as they come, and know how to throw a party and a half!  Specialising in sophisticated, yet relaxed function, the comprehensive offerings include something for every occasion. Food options include pizza, antipasti, platters, roaming canapés or private sit-down dining, and a variety of beverage options. All the info is on their website!

Hope and Anchor | Paddington

Sitting pretty in a heritage-listed cottage, Hope & Anchor combines British-style pub food with crafty cocktails and a comprehensive wine list. They also happen to provide a divine space for a relaxed function, with three unique parts of the venue available for hire, including The Conservatory, the First Floor and the cosy and intimate Attic. Choose from canapés or a la carte banquet-style feasting, and let the fun begin! More info can be found, here.

One Fish Two Fish | Kangaroo Point

Let’s face it, this little white Queenslander in the suburbs basically screams “party time.” Serving up good vibes, great seafood and a drinks menu to die for, One Fish Two Fish are masters of their craft. Choose from the bar, the dining room, the verandah or the entire venue and take your pick of the delicious sea-fuelled bites. Hot and cold canapés, substantials and set menus will satis-fry your whole school of fish, and the drinks package will ensure no one leaves feeling parched. Have a look for yourself, here.

Bloodhound Bar | Fortitude Valley

Set in a gorgeous heritage-listed building in the heart of the Valley, the team at Bloodhound Bar prides themselves in their ability to tailor-make packages to suit every guest’s needs. From birthdays to cocktail parties and from corporate events to relaxed engagement parties, Bloodhound Bar has you sorted. The custom-made 10-tap copper font will ensure your guests have cold ones coming their way all day, while they snack on delicious Mexican-fuelled eats, like taco platters, Bloodhound wings and tequeños. Visit their website to SI more. 

Riverbar and Kitchen | CBD

180-degree views of the Brissy river? Tick. Perfect people-watching spot? Tick. Delicious food and drink to match? Tick. Riverbar and Kitchen has everything covered with their relaxed event packages. With five unique spaces and vast catering options, this imaginative spot is ready to please your party. One-metre pizza and platter boards are sure to be the star of the show, with roaming hot and cold canapés providing perfect back-up. Check out more info here, and get ready to par-tay. 

The Fox Hotel | South Brisbane

With eight versatile function spaces that can host between ten and 1000 people, The Fox Hotel is the unique and exciting venue you’ve been searching for. They’ve been doing it perfectly for as long as we can remember, and they don’t look like slowing down. Choose from grazing tables, platters, sit-down dining, buffet-style dining (oh boy), all the way from morning tea through to dinner and drinks. Check out their helpful functions guide here for ALL the info.


Keep it casual this party season, peeps!

Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- the gourmand who is ready to unwind with a wine (or five)