In Brisbane we are so lucky to live in such a stunning city with so many venues to complement our unique landscape and offer a wide range of options for residents or visiting guests. We thought we would pass on some of our tips-of-the-trade for local event managers, PCO’s or the every day Brisbanite on which Brisbane venues are best for what and where!
Any event manager loves a good rigging point, and why not! It creates a whole new depth to your event where you can build ceiling installations, light a room from top to bottom or include aerial performers to glide over your guests as they are seated at dinner. Our go to is the Royal International Convention Centre (RICC), based in Bowen Hills- they have the BEST rigging points and we couldn’t recommend their in-house team more highly!
Yep… An event isn’t a party without cocktails and look no further than Blackbird Bar & Grill on Eagle Street. Their dedicated team will make the best Long Island Ice Tea you will ever taste, and don’t get us started about their Espresso Martini (salivating at the mouth).
Ohh nelly, Gerards Bistro on James Street makes some of the most amazing food in Brisbane and guess what, we’ve just found out they do catering! Yes, hold onto your hats, this is going to change things in the world of Brisbane events.
4. NATURAL LIGHT
There is nothing like natural light to create a fresh, spring event and no need to look further than Room Three Sixty at QUT Gardens Point. It’s a sophisticated top-floor function venue with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic view of Brisbane City. Seriously, check it out.
2 George Street, QUT Gardens Point QLD 4000
5. RIVER VIEWS
River views are a must for all visiting Brisbane! At the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) they have the most spectacular out-door area which gives guests a stunning view of the Brisbane River, the city lights and the novelty of being at one of Australia’s best gallery’s.
Being an events manager, we generally have that one go-to venue that we can rely on for any event and in Brisbane it’s the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), no matter if it’s a gala dinner, awards night, media launch, sports game or the G20, go no further than the BCEC.
7. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
If you drop the pin on Brisbane, you’ll hit City Hall. City Hall is also an extremely versatile venue with a capital H for heritage listed. You can’t go past the marble floors, stunning timber work & the five-manual Father Henry Willis Organ (just so you know it’s over 125 years old) there are just so many reasons to use City Hall as a venue but location is most defiantly the top!
One thing to tick off your Brisbane bucket list is a legendary pink & purple sun set, they’re V rare but when it happens, we can guarantee every SnapChat Story will have the same image. There aren’t too many venues that are western facing but MODA at Portside is one of the them. They have an amazing deck and function area and if you’re lucky enough to be there at dusk on a pink & purple night- then you won’t be disappointed.
9. AN EXTRAVAGANT BAR
Our last top tip is Cloudland, one of Brisbane’s best venues, home to truly AWESOME interior design and architecture. They have built an art piece which carries across multiple levels and rooms BUT they have stunning themed bars across each room. One made out of glamorous crystals another from pink onyx, please just head over and check our yourself, you will not be disappointed!