Top Cocktail Party Venues Brisbane for Hire

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Best Brisbane Cocktail Party Venues for Hire

Bridge St, Fortitude Valley

160 Seated • 250 Standing

Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

200 Standing

Eagle Street, Brisbane

45 Seated • 80 Standing

Vulture St, East Brisbane

440 Seated • 900 Standing

Kyabra St, Newstead

50 Seated • 100 Standing

Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

1100 Seated • 2000 Standing

Eagle Street, Brisbane City

100 Seated • 150 Standing

Queen St, Brisbane City

150 Seated • 180 Standing

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Brisbane Cocktail Party Venue Hire Guide

Cocktail parties are always a hit! And why not? There are free-flowing drinks, lovely bite-sized things you can eat with one hand and the freedom to move around as you please. And it’s the perfect way to cap off a gruelling week at work!

Planning a cocktail party in Brisbane? You’re in luck! This beautiful city is home to heaps of cocktail bars, function rooms, warehouse spaces, pubs and restaurants for your event. Whether you’ve been roped into putting together a corporate team event or throwing your best mate a surprise birthday party, VenueNow's Brisbane cocktail party venue guide has plenty of spectacular spaces and tips that are sure to impress.

Best places to throw a Brisbane cocktail party

A cocktail party is one of the most versatile event types you can host. From gardens to waterfront venues, popular eateries to secret bars, you can hold a cocktail reception just about anywhere. These are some of the most suitable cocktail party venues in Brisbane:


Like restaurants, pubs are an easy choice for a cocktail-style event. In Brisbane, you’ll find pubs available for private hire that can accommodate a party size of as small as 15 and as large as 200. Drinks and bar food are readily available, which means you’ll have fewer things to worry about.


Venues with an industrial aesthetic are perfect if you have a specific event style in mind and need to transform the space to suit your vision. These versatile function rooms also have an open feel that’s perfect for larger crowds.

Rooftop venues

Outdoor function spaces give your cocktail party a more laid-back atmosphere. Rooftop bars or restaurants decked out in fairy lights and candles make fantastic venues for both social and corporate gatherings, especially those held at night.

Hotel function rooms

A more traditional spot for cocktail parties, hotel function venues are great for when you have a large guest list, are planning a product launch or team event or need a more formal setting for your celebration. 

Private dining rooms

A more intimate venue, Brisbane’s best private dining rooms are perfect for smaller cocktail parties where you want to offer a more personal experience.

What are some good events for cocktail party venues in Brisbane?

Cocktail parties can be casual and lighthearted, making them perfect for family events. They can be formal and sophisticated, as a pre-awards night reception or a corporate event for top clients would call for. These are our top event types for Brisbane cocktail party venues:

Office parties

Cocktail-style events are great for fundraising and for celebrating company milestones and employee retirements. Some businesses throw cocktail receptions to wine and dine potential clients. Some have a regular cocktail-style gathering to give employees from different teams or offices a chance to connect.

Family parties

Cocktail parties require less work than seated dinners, which makes them the perfect way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other family events. They allow you to bring family members together over free-flowing drinks and conversation — without the pressure of putting together a menu or a seating chart. 

Singles’ socials

Here’s a fun one that will suit Brisbane cocktail party venues with an intimate vibe. Invite an equal number of single women and men, and ask each guest to bring a single friend. Prepare some classy drinks and scrumptious appetisers, and get ready for some serious fun and flirting! 

What are some of the best bars in Brisbane for cocktails?

Brisbane is filled with incredible cocktail bars, old-school speakeasies, mysterious pubs and moody lounges. If your top priority when looking for Brisbane cocktail party venues is the quality of the drinks list, these are the bars you should check out:

Super Whatnot (Brisbane CBD)

This tiny but mighty laneway bar tucked away on Burnett Lane offers an impressive selection of boutique wines, craft beer and delicious cocktails. Aside from the spectacular drinks, the unique menu, well-designed interiors and friendly staff will keep you coming back. Super Whatnot has a handful of spaces all available for private hire.

Gerard’s Bar (Fortitude Valley)

Located in Fortitude Valley, Gerard’s Bar is the little sister to the award-winning local favourite Gerard’s Bistro. Known for the wide selection of charcuterie, blow-torched cheeseburgers and intriguing list of wines and cocktails, Gerard’s Bar has everything you need for an unforgettable cocktail reception. This elegant venue offers four different spaces for exclusive hire — from an 8-seater alcove space to a 50-person outdoor deck right on trendy James Street.

Doo Bop Jazz Bar (Brisbane CBD)

Nestled in the heart of Brisbane, this 1940s-style live music venue and event space boasts an extensive selection of wines, tap beer and cocktails. If you’re looking for a cocktail venue dripping with old-world charm, you’ve found it. With three event spaces to choose from and a dedicated functions specialist to help you bring your vision to life, Doo Bop has everything you need to treat your guests to a night they’ll remember, including an exclusive bar!

Top areas in Brisbane for a cocktail party

From posh restaurants in the CBD to one-of-a-kind bars in Fortitude Valley and riverside function spaces in South Brisbane, there are tons of brilliant cocktail party venues in Brisbane for your next event. Planning a party? Unlock this vibrant city’s potential and take a look at the hundreds of hidden gem venues in Brisbane.

We suggest checking out these neighbourhoods for Brisbane cocktail party venues for hire:

Brisbane CBD

The Central Business District offers a slew of stylish cafes, award-winning restaurants and picturesque function venues suitable for both social and corporate gatherings. Easily accessible by public transport and teeming with heritage-listed venues and private function rooms that offer rooftops and open terraces, you'll find the perfect venue for birthdays, wedding receptions, bridal showers and outdoor cocktail receptions in this area.

Fortitude Valley

Known as a hub for arts, entertainment and festivals, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Brisbane cocktail party venues in Fortitude Valley QLD. Whether you’re looking for an artsy spot for an intimate social gathering or a sophisticated function room for a work event, this area has both large and small cocktail party venues you won’t find anywhere else in Brisbane.

South Brisbane

If a waterfront venue is what you’re looking for, head on over to South Brisbane. The area is dotted with hundreds of riverside cafes, private dining room venues, pubs, restaurants and function venues. You’ll also find affordable hotel function rooms, rooftop bars, private dining rooms and gardens with views of the Brisbane River.


This inner-city suburb is home to a number of well-known restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as some hidden gems. With its proximity to both the city and Suncorp Stadium, Milton is the perfect spot for your next event. There are plenty of private function spaces available for hire, from small intimate gathering spots to large scale event venues.

Spring Hill

If you’re looking for a more central location, Spring Hill is the perfect spot for your next cocktail party. With a number of hidden bars and pubs, as well as chic function spaces and private dining rooms, this suburb has everything you need to throw a successful event.

Kangaroo Point

Kangaroo Point Brisbane is an incredibly popular suburb in Brisbane City. It is located near the Brisbane River and offers stunning views of the city skyline. This suburb has many cafes, restaurants, pubs, cocktail bars, and function venues. The area also hosts live music events throughout the year. Kangaroo Point offers affordable hotel function rooms that are perfect for birthday parties, weddings or business meetings.

Story Bridge is quite a famous bridge in Brisbane. It was opened in 1940 and it connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point. The Story Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in Brisbane. With its distinctive curved design, it’s hard to miss as you drive past on the motorway or take a stroll along the riverfront. Every year, thousands of people flock to this landmark for an amazing view of fireworks during Riverfire celebrations on New Year's Eve and Australia Day. If you’re planning on visiting Brisbane any time soon then make sure not to miss out!

Ideas for cocktail party planning in Brisbane

The first step in planning a cocktail party is finding the perfect venue. Once that’s decided, you’ll be able to determine the catering, decorations, entertainment and other party elements. Here are some tips for planning a flawless cocktail-style event:

Don’t forget to give out party favours

Some people assume that as cocktail parties don’t last long, there’s no need to send guests home with favours. However, a simple token of appreciation will ensure that your event leaves a lasting impression. Party favours for birthdays, weddings and other social events don’t have to be fancy. Popular ones include key chains, bottle openers, wine stoppers, mini candy packs and personalised glasses.

Be strategic about food placement

At a cocktail reception, guests move around a lot. Make sure there’s food available wherever they end up by placing platters of finger foods in different areas. Make sure also the private bar is fully stocked and there are drinks available for everyone.

Look after your guests

This may seem like a no-brainer, but at cocktail parties, you have to make sure people don’t indulge too much. Before the party, you should also remind them to plan on assigning a designated driver or taking public transportation. In case someone needs assistance getting home, have the number for a local cab company saved in your contacts.

Looking for Brisbane function rooms for your cocktail party?

Brisbane has a wide variety of function venues to choose from. If you’re searching for the perfect function room to host your next event, look no further than VenueNow. We’re Australia’s largest venue-booking platform, with a wide range of unique and stylish spaces to choose from. Whether you’re planning birthday parties, corporate functions or wedding receptions, we’ll help you find the perfect space to suit your needs and budget.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Brisbane cocktail party venues cost?

Based on VenueNow's historic data, on average, Brisbane cocktail party venues cost between 60 per person and 90 per person. For example, a 100 person cocktail party would cost approximately 6000-9000. Costs may differ based on your food and beverage requirements, AV requirements, event date and time and the type of venue you decide to book.

What are the top Brisbane cocktail party venues?

Here are some of our favourite Brisbane cocktail party venues: 1. Stone and Wood Brisbane 2. The Space Above 3. The Prince Consort 4. The Greek Club 5. Ivory Tusk 6. Cielo Rooftop 7. The Grand on Stanley 8. Pullman Brisbane 9. The Parlour 10. Limes Hotel

How do I find and book Brisbane cocktail party venues?

Finding and booking a Brisbane cocktail party venue is easy with VenueNow, simply follow these steps: 1. Enter Brisbane as your location and cocktail party as your event type into VenueNow's search engine. 2. Narrow down your search results by entering more filters such as number of people, event date, room layout and budget. 3. Send enquiries to venues to request pricing and availability (we recommend sending 3-5 enquiries to different venues to ensure you get the best price). 4. Review your quotes and connect directly with your favourite venues to book a site visit and finalise your booking. 5. Host your event!

How far in advance should I book a Brisbane cocktail party venue?

On average, VenueNow customers book a Brisbane venue 90 days in advance of the event. For larger events and event dates in December we recommend allowing additional time as there may be limited availability.

Can VenueNow help me find a Brisbane cocktail party venue?

We sure can! VenueNow's team of Venue Booking Experts can help you find the perfect venue, collect quotes from multiple venues on your behalf, negotiate the best price with venues and book venues, all for free. Simply send us your event brief and our team will be in contact with venue recommendations within 24-48 hours.

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