The round-up: soak up sun or starlight at the best rooftop bars in Brisbane
When the weather is turning it on, there’s no better feeling than getting elevated. We love flocking to our closest rooftop bar and soaking up the sun and stars alongside a killer view. Brisbane’s skyline is slowly filling in with some top-notch sky-high boozers, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves to list some of Brisbane’s best. Forget your fear of heights – once you take in the vistas at these rooftop haunts, you’ll never want to come back down to earth.
Fiume Bar at The Fantauzzo, Brisbane City: The Howard Smith Wharves precinct is great for those looking to dine with some river views, but Fiume Bar at the top of The Fantauzzo is perfect if you’re seeking a little bit more elevation (and one of the best rooftop bars in Brisbane). This chic-yet-relaxed watering hole offers glimpses down the riverwalk in both directions and the underside of towering Story Bridge above, which makes a perfect backdrop to sip spritz and sample Italian finger food all night long.
Dirty Sultan, Fortitude Valley: Ascend to the top of TRYP Fortitude Valley and you’ll find a lavish Mediterranean-inspired bar taking the best bits from Europe’s bar and club scene. Dirty Sultan boasts a killer cocktail list, a menu of Turkish-inspired nibbles, and a rotating selection of DJs playing the likes of Euro house, French hip-hop and lo-fi. Also, Dirty Sultan is the only spot in Brisbane with an on-site shisha lounge! Well worth a visit.
Tetto Rooftop Bar, Everton Park: As part of Everton Plaza’s Park Lane revamp, the team behind Corbett & Claude and Comuna Cantina reached for the stars, opening a coastal Italian-inspired bar Tetto. The 300-sqm space features a colour palette dominated by white, concrete, pastel coral and sherbet orange. A sun-drenched courtyard overlooks Corbett’s alleyway space below, with orange-and-white striped umbrellas shading a collection of tables and cushioned high chairs. The bar offers a selection of effervescent spritzes taking the edge off any summer heat, while signature cocktails like The Amalfi Dream, Coastal Kiss and Capri Colada inject some colour into your rooftop revelry.
The Terrace, South Bank: Panoramic views and subtropical-luxe splendour is what one can expect when you step out onto The Terrace at the top of Emporium South Bank, one of the best rooftop bars in Brisbane. Sitting 21 floors above terra firma, The Terrace matches boutique cocktails and Asian-inspired eats with poolside vibes and vistas that will have you feeling on top of the world.
Eleven Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley: Perched 11 storeys above the rabble of Fortitude Valley’s entertainment precinct, Eleven Rooftop Bar offers 270-degree views across the inner city and beyond. This swish bar boasts more than a breathtaking view – the rooftop kitchen whips up a sumptuous array of tapas-style bites and well as full dining experiences, not to mention the bar offering includes tantalising cocktails, wines by the glass, top-shelf spirits and draught beers.
Sixteen Antlers, Brisbane City: The Pullman Hotel has set the standard for the best rooftop bars in Brisbane, with its sky-high bar Sixteen Antlers rising above the asphalt to create a lofty and luxurious experience. This inner-city oasis has a fabulous menu of nibbles, from charcuterie and Vietnamese-style barramundi spring rolls to artisan cheeses and mini brioche sliders. As for drinks, sippers can choose from eight cocktails, top-notch wines and beers.
Elixir Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley: Friday and Saturday nights in The Valley are known to get a little bit crazy, which is why it’s good that there’s a tranquil respite to retreat to in the form of Ann Street’s Elixir Rooftop Bar. Wooden decor, lush plants and day-bed seating keep the vibe casual, which means you can more easily relax and enjoy Elixir’s hand-rolled pizzas, lamb-rack share boards, small plates and impressive list of cocktails.
Dandy’s Rooftop Bar at The Fox, South Bank: Overlooking South Bank’s cultural precinct is Dandy’s Rooftop Bar at The Fox Hotel. Described as an adult playground, Dandy’s is a multi-coloured hub of hospitality for afternoon sessions and late-night partying. This happening hot-spot pours plenty of wine, beer and specialty cocktails to get you in the mood, as well as a menu of eats ranging from tasty pizzas to jackfruit tacos.
Altitude at Foresters, Fortitude Valley: Fortitude Valley scored another rooftop hub inspired by Sydney’s stunning Ivy precinct. Situated six floors above Brunswick Street, Altitude at Foresters is an open-air bar that boasts sky-high views, a retractable roof, cabana-style booth seating, tapas, bottle service and a comprehensive cocktail and drinks list – a perfect recipe to cement its status as one of the best rooftop bars in Brisbane.
Next Hotel Pool Terrace and Bar, Brisbane City: It’s rare that one gets to kick back poolside and enjoy a killer rooftop view, but at Next Hotel you get to double-dip. The bar’s got the lot – including a sizeable list of classic and signature cocktails, a worldly whisky selection, draught beer and cider, loads of wines by the glass, tapas, burgers and pizzas. What more could you ask for?
Limes Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley: One of the first rooftop bars to pierce Fortitude Valley’s skyline is at Limes Hotel, and it’s endured as a top-notch party spot and function space for groups keen to splash out. On Friday and Saturday nights, revellers ascend to the rooftop to mingle with cocktails and nibbles in hand.
Soleil Pool Bar, South Bank: Ascend up to the podium level of Rydges South Bank and you’ll come across the stunning Soleil Pool Bar. This is the perfect spot to soak up the sun or sashay the night away from the pool deck to the main bar. The cocktail menu boasts a bevy of colourful concoctions including sizeable share cocktails, backed up by nibbles such as Peking duck spring rolls, fried-chicken sliders, roast-pumpkin pizzas, juicy burgers, buttered prawns and more.
Eagles Nest, Kangaroo Point: Every Friday and Sunday afternoon, Eagles Nest attracts loads of patrons keen to roost comfortably 12 floors above the world. We don’t blame them – the views at Eagles Nest are pretty spectacular. With vistas including the Brisbane City skyline, the Story Bridge and beyond, this elevated hub is near unbeatable in terms of atmosphere at altitude. The food and drink are exclamation worthy too – tori karaage, manchego croquettes, salmon gyoza, swordfish skewers and Middle Eastern beef koftas make for a perfect pairing with Eagles Nest list of libations.
The Stock Exchange Hotel, Brisbane City: Nestled in the heart of The City is The Stock Exchange Hotel – affectionately known as ‘Stockie’ to most. The building is one of the longest-running pubs in town, but above the popular bistro and dining areas is a killer little open-air rooftop garden oasis surrounded on all sides by skyscrapers. Dozens of beers, wines and cocktails are at your fingertips, as well as a menu of elevated fare perfect for sharing with mates.
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