14 Brisbane business event venues for 300+ people
Planning a business event is a by-the-numbers game, and the numbers can grow pretty quickly. Sometimes it's difficult to find that exact venue that fits between small conference and monster meeting, but we've listed five that can get you and your 300-plus attendees out of a jam and into business event mode.
The industrial, creative vibe at the Brisbane Powerhouse is just plain cool. We recommend the Powerhouse Theatre for any lectures, seminars or conferences, but if you're planning something where networking and collaboration is involved, the Performance Lawn is for you. Here you can set up a marquee, and deck out the space as needed, complemented by the industrial backdrop of the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Capacity: Cocktail 500, banquet 400, theatre 525, classroom 320
History and classic racing moments are scattered throughout both racecourses. Racing began at Eagle Farm in 1865 and at Doomben in 1933, and its history has been well preserved. Be it for a business meeting or a classy night-time event, there will be a space suitable across the two racecourses.
Capacity: Cocktail 400, Banquet 300, Theatre 400
Not only does this venue cater to over 300 delegates but, as the name suggests, The Greek Club is your go-to for incredible corporate catering. It's no secret that the success of any event rides largely on the quality of the food, which is why The Greek Club features so prominently on our list. Spanakopita, haloumi, souvlaki - your delegates will be begging for a trip to the Greek Isles. Besides the food, the space is generous and versatile, making it easy to work your theme into the space. Opa!
Capacity: Cocktail 1400, banquet 800, cabaret 520, theatre 1200, classroom 500
Having recently celebrated 30 years in our beautiful city, the Hilton has undergone a $4 million facelift that has seen many of the function rooms stripped down to their bare bones and replaced with a bigger, bolder and better offering. The best part? Convenience: the Hilton has the event spaces, accommodation and Vintaged Bar and Grill all in the one building with the bustling Queen Street Mall on the doorstep.
Capacity: Cocktail 1000, Banquet 560, Cabaret 440, Theatre 800, Classroom 450
Standing proudly on the highest point of the CBD, Hotel Grand Chancellor has officially opened its doors to a $17 million purpose-built conference centre with the capacity to hold up to 560 delegates theatre-style. Each function room has been designed to take advantage of the natural light and picturesque scenery that Roma Street Parkland provides. The new design is modern and sleek, and the state-of-the-art audio visual equipment is managed by Scene Change.
Capacity: Cocktail 920, Banquet 400, Theatre 560, Classroom 320
Its opening in 2018 has been highly-anticipated for quite some time now and upon its completion, Howard Smith Wharves will undoubtedly be one of the city’s most exciting riverfront venues. There will be ten venue spaces in total, with many of them able to accommodate large groups. While the venue is still under construction, enquiries and bookings are being accepted now.
Capacity:– Cocktail 2100, Banquet 1000, Cabaret 760, Theatre 1120, Classroom 520
Found on West End's Montague Road, this repurposed warehouse has maintained its raw industrialism but added a slice of sophistication. With sweeping polished floors, tall exposed brick walls and a quaint little sunroom out the back, The Joinery makes an impression as soon as you walk through its doors. And just like us, The Joinery is all about convenience, even providing front door drive-in access for quick bump-in and out.
Capacity: Cocktail 300
Go back to school for your next event at the Kurilpa Rooftop or Concourse at Brisbane State High School. The rooftop offers views that look back towards South Bank and the City that are a little different to a typical city view and are ideal for the bigger groups.
Capacity: Cocktail 1200, Banquet 600, Theatre 800
High ceilings, a private balcony and stunning views of the Brisbane River at sunset - what's not to love? And it's at Portside, one of Brisbane's upmarket entertainment precincts. Delegates will have access to a huge number of fine-dining options pre and post-event, and if it's a Friday or Saturday, they can slip down the road and take in the awesome vibe of Eat Street.
Event organisers will also have the highly regarded Moda Events team on hand to support you with anything from styling advice to technical set-ups.
Capacity: Cocktail 800, Banquet 400, Theatre 400
Large CBD venue spaces are great because of the convenience they offer. Overlooking the heart of the city that is Brisbane City Hall and King George Square, the Pullman has a number of spaces that will accommodate the larger groups.
Capacity: Cocktail 850, Banquet 500, Cabaret 400, Theatre 730
Inspiration is the flavour of the day at QAGOMA. Imagine dining amongst the art installations, or sipping cocktails while overlooking what is arguably one of the prettiest views of the CBD. QAGOMA has a number of indoor and outdoor spaces that are suitable for both daytime and well into the night.
Capacity: Cocktail 1500, Banquet 300
Queensland’s home of tennis, the Queensland Tennis Centre is host to the state’s largest annual tennis event, the Brisbane International. Pat Rafter Arena proudly stands as the centerpiece that is much more than a court that has welcomed the likes of Roger Federer and Serena Williams in recent years. Its location along a leafier section of the Brisbane River in Tennyson is like a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle of the inner city that is only 15 minutes away.
Capacity: Cocktail 800, Banquet 500, Theatre 5500
The rich history of the site on which the Royal International Convention Centre stands is reflected in the warm design of the venue. The contemporary design is complemented by the preservation of the original hardwood timber and the industrial heritage façade. Royal ICC is now just a stone’s throw away from the vibrant and newly-transformed King St as well as the four and a half star Rydges hotel.
Capacity: Cocktail 4000, Banquet 2080, Cabaret 1660, Theatre 3175
Fancy a day on the course? Or a course that's a bit fancy? Lush rolling greens, exquisite catering options, city skyline views - we're asking ourselves, what doesn't this venue have?
You've gathered up your delegates at a golf course, so why not do things differently and organise a round of golf as a networking exercise that doubles as a means to get the creative juices flowing. It's also close to the city, with easy access for taxis and other transport options nearby.
Capacity: Banquet 380, cabaret 300, theatre 500
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