Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023

Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023

This year’s Brisbane Festival boasts 15 firing locations and a staggering 11 tonnes of fireworks for an unprecedented spectacle. Synchronised to a remarkable soundtrack by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, it promises to be the most spectacular opening ever. Don’t miss our tips for the best place to dine and view the Riverfire festival.



On 2 September 2023, Riverfire by Australian Retirement Trust returns, marking the opening weekend of this year’s Brisbane Festival with about half a million spectators expected to converge along the city’s waterfront to witness the extravaganza. 

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Photo Credit:  Brisbane Festival / brisbanefestival.com.au

But before the fireworks spectacle which will start at 7.05 pm, Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growler and a C-17A Globemaster III will treat festival goers with flypasts and flying displays beginning at 5 pm. 

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Army Aviation Helicopters Display, Riverfire 2022 | Photo Credit:  Brisbane Festival / Instagram
 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
F/A-18F Super Hornet Display, Riverfire 2022 | Photo Credit:  Brisbane Festival / Instagram

Then at 7.45 pm and again at 9.15 pm, experience a spectacular display of 400 drones as they dazzle the Brisbane skyline and animate the dreamtime Yuggera and Toorabul story of Nieergoo: Spirit of the Whale.

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Photo Credit:  Brisbane Festival / brisbanefestival.com.au

Directed by Traditional Owner and storyteller, Shannon Ruska and Tribal Experiences, the show is a journey through Meanjin Brisbane’s 65,000-year-old past with an original score by Guy Webster.



So where is the perfect spot to witness this spectacle whilst enjoying a scrumptious meal at the same time? Here are our top picks.

Eagles Nest, Kangaroo Point 
21 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169, Australia

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Photo Credit: Eagles Nest Brisbane / eaglesnestbrisbane.com.au

Eagles Nest offers one of the best vantage points to witness the Riverfire display whilst enjoying a four-hour all-inclusive food and drink party package beginning at 5 p.m. You can secure your tickets online for the Ultimate Riverfire Party 2023, starting at $249.

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Photo Credit: Eagles Nest Brisbane / eaglesnestbrisbane.com.au

The Terrace, South Bank 
Emporium Hotel South Bank | 267 Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Photo Credit: Emporium Hotel South Bank / emporiumhotels.com.au

Elevate your experience at The Terrace, perched atop Emporium Hotel South Bank in South Brisbane. For just $299 per person, indulge in a four-hour extravaganza of premium canapés, late-night delights, and an exquisite house-made dessert showcase. 

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Photo Credit: Emporium Hotel South Bank / emporiumhotels.com.au

Sip on Mumm champagne, savour Olmeca Altos Tequila creations at the pop-up margarita bar, explore Queensland spirits and fine wines and choose from select tap beers and non-alcoholic beverages. From 5 – 9 p.m., revel in this unmatched culinary and entertainment spectacle with live performances. Secure your spot here to witness Brisbane City’s Riverfire like never before. 


Felons Brewing Co.
5 Boundary Street,Brisbane City QLD 4000

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Photo Credit: Felons Brewing Co. / felonsbrewingco.com.au

Felons Brewing Co., promises an explosive Riverfire experience in 2023. Ensure your prime spot and indulge in a delectable set menu featuring Kilroy sirloin and an artisanal cheese board, priced at $85 per person plus live music will keep the festive vibes alive. Reserve your spot online for peace of mind, or embrace spontaneity by walking in and choosing your ideal vantage point upon arrival.  

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Photo Credit: Felons Brewing Co. / Instagram

Greca, Brisbane City
Howards Smith Wharves 3/5 Boundary Street, Brisbane 4000

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Photo Credit: Greca / greca.com.au

Experience this event in style at Greca in the heart of Brisbane City. Immerse yourself in the pyrotechnic spectacle while savouring a sumptuous Greek feast. For $170 per person, enjoy a mouthwatering share-style menu and a two-hour beverage package. 

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Photo Credit: Greca / greca.com.au

Delight in signature dishes like oven-baked lamb shoulder with Greek yoghurt, garlic and parsley roast potatoes, and grilled octopus with pickled chilli. Elevate your evening with the $280 package, which includes additional libations for an extra special night. Secure your spot online and prepare for a memorable night of delectable cuisine and dazzling fireworks at Greca. Reserve your seats here.


Valley Hops Brewing
Rooftop Brewery, 641 Ann Street Fortitude Valley

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Photo Credit: Valley Hops Brewing / valleyhopsbrewing.com.au

Valley Hops Brewing in Fortitude Valley invites you to savour icy-cold brews whilst taking in spectacular views from their rooftop. Local DJs set the vibe as you enjoy a fresh perspective and a stunning display of the Story Bridge, The Valley, and the city skyline. 

 Where to Wine and Dine During Riverfire 2023
Photo Credit: Valley Hops Brewing / Instagram

Delight in an array of freshly brewed craft beers on tap, including the exclusive limited-release Riverfire Saison, crafted especially for this occasion whilst you relish grilled delights and wood-fired pizza. This event is on a walk-in basis only, so there is no need to book a reservation but you may have to arrive early to secure your spot for this one-of-a-kind experience.

Published 1-September-2023