Before you jump into wedding planning, take a moment to celebrate this milestone event. Get your friends and family together so you can tell them all about how the proposal went down, introduce your families to each other and get the bridal party bonding started.
We’ve gathered 11 of the most romantic, elegant and unique engagement party venues in Brisbane to get you started.
1. Cielo Rooftop
Looking for a venue that will take your event to new heights? Whether you’re planning a mid-day fete or a nighttime party, Cielo's rooftop oasis perched high above Fortitude Valley is sure to impress. Inspired by the Italian Riviera, the sun-soaked wraparound terrace is a stylish setting that’s also simple enough to serve as a blank canvas for themed events. A retractable rooftop helps weatherproof your celebration while canopied booths keep guests comfy.
2. Emporium Hotel South Bank
Belle Époque, the bespoke patisserie and brasserie located at the base of the Emporium Hotel, is a sublime spot for a dreamy engagement party. Paying homage to the famed Beautiful Era, the space features gorgeous mosaic floor tiles, hanging greenery, a handcrafted bronze bar and Parisian-style furniture. The venue serves breakfast, lunch and High Tea and is available for private functions with up to 50 guests.
3. The Orchard
The Victoria Park Function Centre has eight stunning spaces to choose from, but we love The Orchard for an engagement party. The theme of this space is ‘urban tropicana’ and it’s perfect for a sophisticated garden party. There’s room for 60 guests seated or up to 100 with a cocktail event. Menu-wise, you have the option of a traditional cocktail canape menu or for something different, there’s the BBQ Grill Buffet.
4. City Winery
With its impeccably designed interiors, top-notch service and cosy atmosphere, it’s no wonder this urban winery is one of the most popular cocktail party venues in Brisbane. For a smaller crowd, book The Cellar, a private dining space lined with hundreds of wine bottles. It’s the perfect venue for a glamorous sit-down affair or a small cocktail reception with food and wine stations.
5. The Prince Consort
Located in a heritage-listed hotel, the Prince Consort is one of the largest open-air bars in Fortitude Valley. With its expansive outdoor bar, impressive list of classic cocktails and craft beers, outdoor wood-fired pizza oven, and AV and DJ setup, it’s got all you need to pull off an unforgettable engagement soiree. Lush greenery and soft pastel accents give the venue a summery vibe no matter the time of year. The garden bar can hold up to 250 guests, but you can book the adjoining spaces to accommodate an even larger crowd.
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6. The Lord Alfred
Established in the 19th century, this Petrie Terrace institution has played a role in many Brisbanites’ youth. Today, the historic venue offers a multitude of spaces to suit any occasion. The Quarterdeck, which can accommodate up to 60, is the perfect setting for an intimate cocktail event. Bi-fold doors open to a spacious deck where you and your guests can sip on cocktails with the sun setting over Suncorp Stadium and the buzz of Caxton Street in the background. The Lord Alfred perfectly encapsulates the relaxed Brisbane vibe and makes a brilliant venue for a casual engagement party.
7. Lefty's Music Hall
If you’re looking for a Brisbane engagement party venue oozing with character and charm, this is it. The Wild West meets bordello meets the American Deep South in this saloon-style bar that’s unlike any other joint in the city. At Lefty's you’ll find mounted deer and moose heads, candlelit leather booths, fabric-draped ceilings and an impressive selection of boutique beers and spirits. Live bands perform country, jazz and blues whilst guests savour the bar’s signature apple whisky cocktail and pub grub like cheeseburger spring rolls. It's guaranteed to be a night of decadence and unbridled fun.
If your idea of an engagement party is more all-night drinking and dancing than formal multi-course dinner, this iconic Brisbane club is the place to be. Make it a night to remember with Retro’s signature fishbowl cocktails, VIP booths and old school hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s. This quirky venue lends a wow factor to any occasion, so round up your mates and get ready to party ’til the sun comes up!
9. The Greek Club
For an engagement party, there are few venues more romantic than an open-air location with breathtaking views. Conveniently located just 2km from the Brisbane CBD and offering 11 versatile spaces for social and corporate events, The Greek Club is one of Brisbane’s premier function venues. Their brand new Grand Balcony, which offers views of Musgrave Park and the city skyline, is perfect for your engagement bash. The space can accommodate up to 200 guests and is a superb spot to celebrate with meze from Brisbane’s most celebrated Greek restaurants.
Bring your event to life at this modern dining destination in the Brisbane CBD. Motorwagen, a Brisbane hotspot for superb coffee and food, emphasises local produce and house-made ingredients. The venue offers a variety of function spaces, including several dining areas, a bar area and an outside terrace. The rear dining section can accommodate up to 100 guests cocktail-style and can be booked with the private dining room for a larger guest list. Motorwagen offers several function packages and can tailor the menu to suit your taste and budget.
11. Mary Mae's
Sitting next to New Farm Park on the banks of the Brisbane River, Mary Mae’s is one of the most photogenic venues for an engagement party in Brisbane. Whether you’re planning a lavish party or a small family meet-and-greet, there’s a range of indoor and outdoor events here for you to choose from. The Sun Room, which can hold up to 120 cocktail-style, boasts incredible riverside views and has easy access to the bar.
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