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Brisbane's Riverfire dining options 2013

Brisbane's Riverfire bursts into the skies on September 28 with a spectacular fireworks display along the city reach of the Brisbane River with plenty of dining options where you can enjoy the fireworks and great food at the same time.

It's the closing event of three weeks of Brisbane Festival fun and lights up the city with colour from top to toe, all set to a rock sound track broadcast by Tripple M. 

In the afternoon and evening aerial displays will amuse the gathering crowds who have to wait until 7pm for the fireworks.

You can grab a rug and head to one of the vantage points  or take it easy with a booking at one of the venues below.

Here's some of the events on offer on the river and at Eagle Street, South Bank, Petrie Terrace and Kangaroo Point.

Riverfire 2013 Experience – On The Water, Under the Stars 

MICAT – Moreton Island Adventures three level luxury venue ferry/venue on the Brisbane River, boarded from 14 Howard Smith Drive, Port of Brisbane

Brisbane’s biggest Riverfire party venue with a three course menu, beverage packages, a live band, dance floors and the very best views of Riverfire.  MICAT will depart at 4:30PM (please arrive by 4:00PM) from the Port of Brisbane Terminal Riverfire begins at 7pm and the MICAT returns to the Port of Brisbane at 9pm, $150pp includes cruise on the MICAT, gourmet buffet-style three course meal, live band and choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (spirits extra).
BOOKINGS or  3909 3333

Eagle Street

Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill

Shop 5/1 Eagle St  Brisbane
à la carte & steak menu available.
Recently awarded Brisbane’s best steak restaurant (2013), Cha Cha Char also offers an innovative dining experience along with exclusive views of Brisbane’s river and surrounding CBD. Cha Cha Char will be taking orders until 11pm on Saturday 28th of September. 6pm – 11pm, cost as per menu.
BOOKINGS or 3211 9944


123 Eagle St  Brisbane
Enjoy delicious seafood and spectacular views from Brisbane’s River Side Quarter. Jellyfish was recently crowned Brisbane’s best restaurant at the 2013 savour Australia restaurant and catering Hostplus awards.  6pm – 10pm, cost as per menu.
BOOKINGS or 3220 2202


Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle Street
Escape the crowds but feel part of the action, by booking a table at one of the best seats in the house. Located on the promenade level of Eagle St Pier, Riverbar dishes up box office views to the Story Bridge in the centre of the action.
$100 will nab you a glass of Moet on arrival, canapés and a reserved outdoor table.


1 Eagle Street Pier, Eagle St, Brisbane
ARIA is one of the best locations on this eastern reach of the Brisbane River to view RiverFire. This year we will be celebrating River Fire Dinner with a a three course menu including a glass of Bartlett's sparkling wine, designed by Matt Moran, at $145 per person and $60 per child under 12. Reservations are available at 5pm (table required back at 7.30pm) – seated to watch the fireworks or alternatively from 8.15pm – seated after the fireworks
BOOKINGS - or 3233 2555


Eagle Street Pier, Eagle Street.
Riverfire cocktail party with Japanese food, premium beverages, sake and Japanese cocktails.   6.45 until 12 midnight. $70 per adult 435 per child (3-17 years). 

Baba Ganouj

Riverside Centre, Eagle Street, Brisbane
Join Baba Ganouj for their very first Riverfire with an incredible three course Lebanese banquet and beer, wine or sparkling on arrival!  Located at the Riverside Centre, Baba Ganouj will be front and centre of all the action and with delicious Lebanese fare on offer, you’ll be treated to the best seat in the house without the crowds!  From 5pm, $50pp
BOOKINGS - or 3221 0235


Upper Level, 18/45, Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane
Unrivalled views of the Brisbane River, Story Bridge and the Sunsuper Fireworks from The Arena and Dress Circle. Pony has two dining options- R I V E R F I R E S O C I A L - $150 pp. Unrivalled views of the Brisbane  River, Story Bridge and the Sunsuper Fireworks from The Arena and Dress Circle. 2 hour Canapé Function 7-9pm, 4 hour Drink Package 6-10pm. Cash Bar available 10-12am. R I V E R F I R E D I N N E - Normal A la carte and Group Dining available from 5.30pm in The Parlour and Rodeo Drive with  views of the open kitchen and CBD.
BOOKINGS - or call 3181 3400

South Bank

The Point Bistro

176-178 Grey South Brisbane
Situated in the heart of South Bank, it's the perfect spot to bring the family and friends pre or post fireworks for some great food and drinks. Enjoy delicious food, wine and specialty cocktail Ponto de fogo - Vodka, Strawberry puree, Rhubarb Bitters, topped with Moscato. Let the magic takeover. From 4pm, cost as per menu.
BOOKINGS - or 3846 5555

The Jetty South Bank

River Quay, South Bank,
When the skies above Brisbane light up on September 28 for the famous Riverfire, every seat at The Jetty South Bank has poll position. To celebrate, a five course menu and three hour premium beverage package has been crafted. The evening includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut or Belvedere Vodka Caipiroska on arrival, Cloudy Bay sparkling, Cape Mentelle wines and Cricketers Arms Lager with a full menu offering a choice of three entrée, main and dessert options, for $180 per person.  Start time: from 6pm. Cost $180pp.
BOOKINGS - or 3844 8838

Next Door Kitchen & Bar

Shop B11 Little Stanley Street, South Bank
Tucked away from the crowds in South Bank, it's the perfect spot to rendezvous while the fireworks light up the sky. Get your giggle on til midnight at Next Door Kitchen & Bar. With a list of specialty cocktails to fire up your taste buds and your favourite Gangster Wings and Wagyu Meatballs, get lost in a world of forbidden mischief this Riverfire. From 4pm, cost as per menu;
BOOKINGS - or 3846 6678

South Bank Surf Club

This great spot to watch the fireworks has two packages available - a cocktail party at $100 per person with a 10-piece canapé and three-hour drinks package, with live entertainment on the front deck near the action or a sit down dinner from $110 per person, enjoy a three-course dinner, with three-hour beverage package, seated in the restaurant from 6pm-9pm. The menu includes a choice of three entrees, three mains and three desserts, plus a sparkling, white wine and red wine varieties and a more than 10 different beers and cider. From 6pm. Bookings 3844 7301.

Kangaroo Point

Story Bridge Hotel Street Party

200 Main Street, Kangaroo Point Q 4169
To celebrate Riverfire, the iconic Story Bridge Hotel is set to throw the biggest street party in town, free of charge! Kicking off at 5pm, everyone is invited to Baildon Street in Kangaroo Point, which will be completely cordoned off, to marvel at the spectacular fireworks from the best seats in the house. Guests will enjoy great live entertainment, while a local DJ will spin smooth sounds as daybreak falls. A range of food stalls will be serving up gourmet street food such as delicious burgers, while street side bars will be pouring the perfect bitter.
Positioned closest to the Story Bridge, the venue is the perfect vantage point to enjoy all the electric Riverfire action.5pm - 10pm (guests invited to head inside the hotel at 10pm). Free! - no bookings required.

Petrie Terrace

Palace Cinemas

The Barracks, Petrie Terrace.
Special advance screening of ‘Diana’ starring Naomi Watts with Grant Burge sparkling on arrival, English High Tea Dessert boxes and spectacular view of the fireworks from the foyer.
6.30pm arrival for 7pm fireworks and 7.30 film. General admission $35, Movie Club members $30.
BOOKINGS - or  3909 3333

Kerry Heaney


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