With perfect balmy weather nearly all year round, an active bar scene, live entertainment and stunning waterfront venues, Brisbane ticks all the boxes for a successful event or special occasion. Often overshadowed by the glitzy Gold Coast, Queensland’s capital is a destination that deserves the limelight. Not only does it boast that same beachy vibe synonymous with the ‘sunshine state’, but it also features a mature depth, one that can be seen by the sophistication and attention to detail to its various corporate spaces and facilities. When it comes to finding the best function and event spaces for hire in Brisbane, you’ll be spoilt for choice. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for an intimate cocktail space, a classy reception venue for a Brisbane wedding or a large conference venue to cater for hundreds of guests, Brisbane has event hire availability for all occasions and purposes.
Cocktail parties are a great way to host a business networking event or social mixer. Brisbane takes advantage of its indoor-outdoor lifestyle by offering a host of cocktail venues combining the ‘luxe’ of a boutique bar and lounge setting with the comfort and accessibility of the outdoors and attractive waterfront views.
What makes Brisbane’s cocktail venues and event spaces unique is that many of the venues have been either purpose-built with the intention of providing a unique event space or revamped to incorporate historic venues with modern event needs. For example, Customs House overlooking the Brisbane River is a heritage building harking back to the 19th century. The venue is regarded as one of the most awarded function venues in Brisbane, with each space personalised to suit your event hire needs.
The city is proud of its river and skyline, with many intimate cocktail spaces lining the banks of the wide river including Howard Smith Wharves, a premium event space with sweeping views of both Brisbane River and the Story Bridge. The venue incorporates Brisbane’s maritime past by providing outdoor marquees, sheds, private meeting rooms and more along the banks of the river with a selection of catering options for a successful cocktail party or social. One of the more boutique cocktail party options in Brisbane is located in Fortitude Valley, within a converted warehouse. Lightspace is an industrial chic venue, featuring a lofty open space that can be divided into smaller spaces to cater for private sittings as well as an outdoor terrace with views of the city skyline.
Brisbane is the nation’s third most populous city, with the CBD the epicentre of business. As such, conference and event spaces in Brisbane can cater for small parties to upwards of hundreds of delegates at a time. Conference venues in the city are accessible and modern, providing all the necessary facilities for a business event.
Mercure Brisbane is located in the heart of the CBD making its spacious conference rooms and suites popular for sales meetings, training workshops, seminars and more. For larger corporate groups, Pacific Hotel Brisbane can accommodate up to 250 delegates, also providing on-site accommodation right in central Brisbane. While the CBD provides ease of access, look a bit further out toward the award-winning Victoria Park Golf Complex. The natural setting combined with impressive views of the city skyline offers a seasonal option for entertaining conference guests in an outdoor terrace within the heritage-listed park.
Product launch venues
A successful product launch is greatly influenced by the choice of venue. A creative, innovative and inspiring venue or setting sets the tone for a great product launch or marketing seminar. Nothing says ‘powerful’ business campaign quite like Brisbane’s Powerhouse. The flexible venue is a former power station and perfect for a unique or creative campaign. It is also one of the city’s busiest art and cultural hubs located on a prime location on the Brisbane River. Alongside its vibrant art scene, Brisbane is also a food and wine lover’s destination. Brewery houses and micro-wineries such as City Winery welcomes corporate events to its space with private rooms, restaurant and function spaces suitable for a memorable product launch. Guests will also be treated to local wine and produce. Another venue incorporating local produce with modern corporate facilities includes Mary Mae’s; a riverside venue of sundrenched terraces and private dining spaces – a perfect accompaniment to a food or beverage product launch and campaign.
Brisbane is one of the best dining destinations in the country, with access to fresh seafood, pasture-grazed beef and fresh, exotic seasonal produce. From mountain top restaurants to modern eateries specialising in international cuisines, Brisbane’s dinner venues are top tier when it comes to stylish and mouth-watering event locations. Impress guests with the best city views at Brisbane Lookout. The uninterrupted, panoramic views of the city is bound to give your special occasion its ‘wow factor’ as guests dine at the glass-encased Summit Restaurant.
The Brisbane skyline is the perfect backdrop to any special occasion, and another dinner venue with a view includes the Emporium Hotel South Bank. Surrounded by some of Brisbane’s best bars, cafes and live entertainment venues, Emporium Hotel spoils guests with premium food and beverage options alongside that famed city view from the stylish South Bank precinct. Brisbane does international cuisine well, and it’s highlighted with the tasty Mediterranean cuisine served up at The Greek Club. The taverna features an outdoor terrace overlooking the city and has private dining rooms available for a fully catered and serviced business dinner.
The right exhibition venue for hire includes a couple of prerequisites. These include; a central location, modern and spacious rooms to host a large number of delegates, and leading technology to take your convention to the next level. Thankfully there’s one exhibition venue that ticks all the right boxes, and that’s Howard Smith Wharves. Alongside its premium conference and exhibition spaces, the venue provides a living museum of Brisbane’s best sights. Nestled next to the Story Bridge on the face of the riverside cliffs, the event spaces converted from an old heritage-listed wharf creates a truly memorable setting, highlighting the best of Brisbane from all its angles.
Planning a meeting in Brisbane to accommodate groups of all sizes is just a matter of personal goals and preferences. The city has a sizeable range of meeting venues for hire. From purpose-built conference facilities to private meeting rooms with catering options – your business meeting, workshop, training day or seminar will be complemented with modern, multi-functional spaces. The state-of-the-art Brisbane Marriott Hotel provides two levels of event spaces designed for corporate functions. Many of Brisbane’s hotels will include private meeting spaces for hire and also offer corporate packages which include on-site accommodation and catering options. Brisbane is a conference-style city, and The Gaudete Centre at ACU Brisbane absorbs its scholastic surrounds with intellectual spaces ensuring guests have the best in meeting facilities. For out-of-town guests, Brisbane Airport Conference Centre eases the burden of navigating the CBD by providing 1800 square metres of meeting and event facilities conveniently adjacent to the Brisbane Domestic Terminal.
The stunning natural backdrop of Brisbane’s river, city skyline, parks and sanctuaries are a perfect match for a wedding destination. From the looming beauty of Mount Coot-tha overlooking the city, to the Brisbane River that makes its natural beauty known as it winds its way throughout the city, outdoor weddings are often a great choice. There are some breathtaking facilities in Brisbane that specialise in outdoor weddings, reception venues and after parties. For a wedding overlooking the majestic Brisbane River, The Landing at Dockside is a spectacular choice. Located at the scenic Kangaroo Point, wedding guests can expect an elegant riverside terrace with all types of wedding packages to suit any budget. Wedding venues in Brisbane are professional and detailed, paying close attention to the fineries and catering. The Greek Club caters to weddings by providing tailored wedding packages that include catering, floral design and photography for the special day.