Tonight was the AFF Christmas Party at Brett’s Wharf in Brisbane. It had been organised months ago when the restaurant was to be closed due to road works along the Brisbane river, but only recently it has been revealed it will continue operating till 2015.
I wasn’t able to confirm my attendance until just recently, so I was almost a surprise guest this evening. It was good to see a few old faces at the event and even some new ones, who came from far and wide, though I think only within Australia.
Andrew and Tahia very kindly picked me up from the Gold Coast, as they had dropped their kids off at a friends place in Oxenford to be looked after.
Dinner ended up being pretty good, and the company was great, but I’m not entirely sure the food was worth the $85 that was paid. I guess it was a private dining room, with a nice view, but only 3 courses and no drinks included. Luckily they allowed BYO, so I went across the road to Dan Murphy’s and paid the $6 corkage on a bottle that was far cheaper than what was offered on their menu.
Towards the end of the evening there was even a bit of excitement in the air as the Queensland Parliament voted on a civil unions bill, which eventually got passed, and now Queensland, the most backwards state for gay rights in the country, joins NSW, ACT, VIC and TAS in recognising and granting same-sex civil unions.