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Top 10 Venues by the Water in the Brisbane

With the iconic Brisbane River swirling around the city, Brisbane is not short of water-side venues. There’s nothing better than enjoying a beverage while taking in breathtaking views of the river. If you’re looking for the best venues by the water, HeadBox can help. We have compiled a list of the best riverside spaces, just in time for Summer.

1. Patina, Customs House Brisbane

A stunning venue situated in the heart of Brisbane City, Patina at Customs House provides breathtaking views of the river and Story Bridge. One of Brisbane’s most historic sites, Customs House is a popular choice for both social and corporate bookers. With a capacity of 50, Patina provides a relaxing atmosphere that your guests will love.

  • Venue: Customs House Brisbane
  • Address: 399 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
  • Capacity: 50
  • Event Type: Private dining

2. Grand Deck, Friday’s Riverside

Perched on the banks of the Brisbane River, in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, Friday’s is a buzzing venue with multiple function spaces. Whether it’s a corporate lunch with a view, sunset drinks, or an epic party, Friday’s Riverside has you covered. The Grand Deck has a capacity of 80 and features it’s own bar and private deck. A good time is guaranteed in this space!

  • Venue: Friday’s Riverside
  • Address: Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
  • Capacity: 80
  • Event Type: Parties, Networking, Team Activities

3. Riverbend Terrace, Brisbane Powerhouse

Host your next event along the river at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Known for it’s lively atmosphere and iconic shows, the Powerhouse is a popular venue among corporate and social bookers. The Riverbend Terrace is a spacious covered deck with great views of the Brisbane River. It lends itself perfectly to VIP launches, corporate breakfasts, cocktail parties, networking events and team building activities.

  • Venue: Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Address: 119 Lamington St, New Farm QLD 4005
  • Capacity: 80
  • Event Type: Parties, Wedding, Networking, Private Dining

4. Main Deck, Bar Pacino

Overlooking the Story Bridge and Customs House, Bar Pacino is an Italian-inspired venue offering a sophisticated yet relaxed setting from day to night. The Main Deck can host up to 150 guests standing and is the perfect spot to celebrate as the sun goes down. Not to mention, it provides the perfect backdrop for a snap.

  • Venue: Bar Pacino
  • Address: 175 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
  • Capacity: 150
  • Event Type: Parties, Wedding, Networking, Private Dining

5. Hibiscus Room Terrace, Hyatt Regency Brisbane

Perched above Brisbane’s bustling CBD, the Hibiscus Room Terrace is a beautiful pool-side space ideal for a soirée day or night. Located on level four, featuring an outdoor terrace and views overlooking the infinity pool and Queen Street Mall, Hibiscus Room is a go-to for Brisbane bookers.

  • Venue: Hyatt Regency Brisbane
  • Address: 33 Burnett Ln, Brisbane City QLD 4000
  • Capacity: 150
  • Event Type: Parties, Weddings, Networking

6. Leatherback, River to Bay

Cruise down the river as you bar hop through Brisbane’s best pubs. River to Bay are experts at providing a good time for guests, with multiple boats available for hire. Leatherback is one of their largest boats with a capacity to fit up to 38 guests. From bucks parties to birthday celebrations, River to Bay are the team to help!

  • Venue: River to Bay
  • Address: 285 MacArthur Ave, Hamilton Queensland 4006
  • Capacity: 38
  • Event Type: Parties, Networking, Team Activities

7. GOMA Roof Terrace, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Host your next event in style on the Roof Terrace at GOMA. With breathtaking views of the Brisbane River and city sky line, this space is like no other. Located on Level 4, the Roof Terrace is a spacious open-air space that takes full advantage of Queensland’s enviable climate. With polished timber floors, an expansive roofline and a capacity of 200 standing, this space is ideal for larger events.

  • Venue: QAGOMA
  • Address: Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101
  • Capacity: 200
  • Event Type: Parties, Wedding, Networking, Conference, Meetings & Workshops

8. Southbank Beer Garden, Live Bar

Pull up on Brisbane’s beautiful Southbank beach and enjoy a drink by the water. This open-air space is perfect for a Summer soirée with a capacity of 90 standing. Great food, service and drinks is a recipe for a good time.

  • Venue: Southbank Beer Garden
  • Address: 30ba Stanley St Plaza, South Brisbane QLD 4101
  • Capacity: 90
  • Event Type: Parties, Networking, Conference

9. Exclusive Hire, Lina Rooftop Restaurant, Lounge & Bar

Exuding luxury and style, Lina Rooftop is a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy a drink while mingling with guests. Lina boasts the only non-resident/hotel rooftop pool in Queensland coupled with the luxury of a European summer vibe. On top of this, the venue has breathtaking views of the river and city skyline.

  • Venue: Lina Rooftop Restaurant, Lounge & Bar
  • Address: 74/80 Tribune St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
  • Capacity: 380
  • Event Type: Parties, Wedding, Private Dining, Networking

10. Exclusive Hire, The Lawn Bar + Cafe

Opening out onto the banks of the Brisbane River in Kangaroo Point, The Lawn + Cafe is a beautiful venue with indoor and outdoor spaces available. Exclusively hiring the venue can fit up to 500 guests standing which allows for all kinds of events, from Christmas parties to networking events.

  • Venue: The Lawn Bar + Cafe
  • Address: 44 Ferry St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169
  • Capacity: 500
  • Event Type: Parties, Wedding, Private Dining, Conference, Networking

When it comes to finding the perfect venue by the water, Brisbane bookers can trust HeadBox to help find the perfect space for a memorable event. So let’s get started – contact the HeadBox team today!


1. Who can use HeadBox?

Anyone! Whether you’re a corporate booker looking for a private dining room, meeting room, Christmas or EOFY party venue or you’re a social booker looking for the perfect spot to host your birthday party, hens night or wedding – HeadBox has you covered.

2. What is HeadBox?

HeadBox connects corporate and consumer bookers with venues and suppliers and is the easy way to book, manage and deliver everything in one place. No long searches, no stress, no hidden costs.

3. How do I submit an event brief?

Submitting an event brief is an easy process. Our intuitive brief builder will take you through a series of questions collecting all the necessary details needed to host a great event. We want to know details such as where your event will take place, on what date, how many people are attending, and what your total budget is. Once you submit this information, relevant and available venues will respond to your brief!

4. How long will it take for venues to respond?

Our venues are super quick to respond! You should receive responses or a proposal within 24-48 business hours.

5. What are the top 5 things to consider when choosing a venue?

The cost, the location, style, capacity & catering options.