The silly season is fast approaching, and if you have been appointed the task of organizing your workplace or family’s annual Christmas Party, not to fear, those midnight nightmares about function venues and canapes you wake up screaming from will soon be over for good! So whether you are looking for a chic warehouse, a cozy terrace or a place with ~beachy vibes~, we’ve got a list of the hottest Christmas venues Brisbane has to offer.
Summer House Restaurant and Bar
15 Goodwin St, Kangaroo Point
The ambiance and set up of Summer House really helps it live up to its name. This place was made for outdoor parties in its leafy courtyard, decorated with lines of lanterns that create a feeling of warmth and festivity that is a must have for any Christmas function. Guests will be able to lounge on plush green sofas and enjoy the cross breeze that circulates from one open space to another, and enjoy one of the many delicious canape options Summer House has on offer (we’d recommend choosing the mushroom arancinis; such a crowd pleaser!) You’ll also have the choice of exclusive hire with a capacity of 115 for seated events and 140 for standing, or if that Christmas spirit has gotten to you and you’re feeling generous, half hire is also available. We’re not great at maths here, but we do know that a Christmas party + Fairy Lights + Summer House = a night that will not soon be forgotten!
51 Holdsworth St, Coorparoo
The overall look of this warehouse could be described as farmhouse-chic. With a mix of cool rustic red brick walls and rich, dark farm-style tables, but also with floor to ceiling black curtains, a private terrace and a golden chandelier at the venue’s center, this space really has struck the perfect balance of home-style comfort and sophistication. What’s even better about this place is that it’s practically begging to be the host of a killer dance party, equipped with a state of the art sound system and is fully sound proofed, so you and your guests can blast Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ (the best Christmas song of all time) all night long! If you are still not convinced (as if the sound proofing wasn’t enough?!), this place has on offer 10 different local craft beers. You’re welcome.
Southbank Beer Garden
30ba Stanley St Plaza, South Brisbane
Beachfront views, beers, and bistro classics (alliteration on point), what more could you want from a venue? You and your guests will be able to enjoy Southbank Beer Garden’s 180 degree views of Brisbane River and Southbank Beach while sipping on some icy cold beers. Sounds pretty perfect to us. You’ll also be spoilt for choice in terms of different spaces you can hire, with a whopping seven different rooms on offer, ranging from capacities of 10 to 450, Southbank Beer Garden has something for everyone. If you want your Christmas party to be the most relaxed and chill party of all time, you need to have it here!
Byblos Bar & Restaurant
39 Hercules St, Hamilton
Wow your guests by transporting them away from the stresses and worries of daily life, and towards the one of a kind cultural and gastronomic experience that the award winning Byblos has created. Inspired by a blend of Lebanese and Mediterranean cooking techniques and flavours, the resulting atmosphere and cuisine that Byblos has to offer is truly unique. The burnt orange curtains and rich pinks that adorn this space instantly creates a warm and inviting environment that signals to guests this Christmas party will be like no other. No awkward chat with colleagues or standard mini quiche canapes here, Byblos takes pride in their cuisine and venue. Whether you’re looking for an informal or formal venue, a small gathering of 80 or a large blow out of 550, Byblos can not only cater to your desires, but treat your special night with as much care as possible.
206 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
Following the tradition of speakeasies before it, Prohibition is a hidden venue, and the mystery and curiosity surrounding this venue practically guarantees even the least interested person will be in attendance, just to sneak a peek at this ultra exclusive and private space. The allure of this place does not end with its secrecy however, the novelty of a 1920’s inspired venue in Fortitude Valley, equipped with tantalizing cocktails and swinging jazz music, Prohibition ensures a memorable night will be had by all. Prohibition is also totally adaptable and can fit whatever needs you have, to make sure your night goes off without a hitch. This place also has on offer several unique spaces that you can hire on their own or all together, its totally up to you! If an intimate party is what you’re after, the Wall Street Room or Blind Tiger Speakeasy Bar may be exactly what you’re looking for. At Prohibition you’ll be given the freedom to throw a party that would make Jay Gatsby jealous!
Libertine Bar & Restaurant
5/61 Petrie Terrace, QLD
Apparently Brisbane is killing the ‘open air patio venue’ game, as we add yet another groovy indoor/outdoor space to the list with Libertine. Fear not, this space doesn’t rely on its easy and breezy atmosphere to get by. The catering staff of this space is more than willing to accommodate your every whim, from gluten or dairy free food, vegetarian options, indoor functions, outdoor functions, cocktail or sit down, Libertine is ready and waiting to tailor themselves to your wishes. Let those guys handle the hard stuff, while you sit back and dream of all the compliments you’ll get on your hosting skills.
The Palace Supper Club
12 Duncan St, Fortitude Valley
Palatial and regal? yes Intimidating and stuffy? No way. The Palace Supper Club is the perfect mix of fancy and inviting. Guests won’t feel like they have to get super dolled up, but they will also know as soon as they walk in that this Christmas function will be a little bit more special than last year’s. The Palace lives up to its name in terms of its capacity though, being able to house 350 of you and your classiest friends (and even your not so classy friends). “But do they have deliciously curated food menus?” I hear you ask. fear not hungry one, The Palace not only has on offer chef-prepared late night suppers and dégustations on offer, but their modern Australian menu is comprised of quality and sustainably sourced produce. A palace for the people!
Hillstone St. Lucia
St Lucia Golf Links, Carawa Street, St Lucia
Hillstone will leave you and your guests wondering how such a tranquil and lush function venue could be located only 7km away from Brisbane’s CBD. With rolling, lush green lawns and dreamy fairy lights peeking through the grand trees that are dotted along the space’s perimeter, your Christmas party is bound to go on for days because no one will want to leave this beautiful space! And they’ve got the wining and dining chops to match. With a menu inspired by the ever so trendy ‘Australian fusion’ movement and a mélange (fancy word hey?) of dessert, canape and cocktail options that will make your head spin, the only work to be done really is choosing an insta worthy outfit! There is no doubt about it that Hillstone St. Lucia is the definition of elegance personified.
By Aimee Traficante
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