Making the most of both the sub-tropical weather and the kicking cocktail scene, Brisbane's best rooftop bars are the perfect watering holes to hang this summer. You'll find drinks, paddling pools, and snacks a-plenty to help you ride the inevitable heat-wave in style.
So don't waste the sunny days hunkered down in aircon, make the most of our iconic climate with a summer-long sesh hopping around the best of Brisbane's rooftop bars, because, as we all know, alcohol is so much better at altitude.
Limes Rooftop Bar
Trailblazers of Brisbane's rooftop drinking scene, Limes are once again proving themselves to be the go-to for summer soaks everywhere. With slammin' snacks and drinks, two spas, live DJs, an open-air cinema, and accommodation on offer, you won't want to leave this rooftop bar all summer.
The Terrace at Emporium Hotel
If views all the way to Moreton Island take your fancy, The Terrace at Emporium Hotel is the spot for you. Christened as South Bank's first rooftop bar, this stunning elevated setting will have you sipping on carefully crafted cocktails as you sit back and take in the views from the open alfresco area.
Fiume at The Fantauzzo
Feeling glamorous? Strut on up to The Fantauzzo's rooftop bar that boasts spectacular views of Howard Smith Wharf, the Brisbane CBD, and the Brisbane river all in one. With a truly enviable position, you'll feel totally fancy with a cocktail in hand at this rooftop bar.
Eagles Nest Brisbane
Hidden inside The Point Hotel, and high above the city is where the aptly named Eagle’s Nest resides. With perfect, uninterrupted views of the city, plus some of the best cocktails in town, this is the ideal bar to while away a balmy eve.
You’re a city slicker with a penchant for knock-offs at dizzying heights; where do you go? Hidden high on top of the Pullman Hotel, Sixteen Antlers boasts flawless views of King George Square and the CBD, giving you eye-gasms aplenty paired with a kick-ass cocktail menu ideal for summer sessions that go on into the early hours.
Soleil Pool Bar
Are your friends from Melbourne in town and you are currently on an internet hunt for something to do in Brisbane they can't turn their noses up at? Look no further than Soleil Poor Bar! Soak up the sun on the pool deck, cocktail in hand, while you take in the South Bank views. With live music and DJs spicing it up on the weekends, this rooftop locale will be a sure-fire hit with any out-of-towners.
When a rooftop bar comes with stellar views, a killer cocktail list and drool-worthy nibbles so you don’t have to leave when late night hunger strikes, you’ve got a sky high drinking spot to hang at just about every weekend. If you can tear your eyes from Altitude's view, the cocktail menu is also pretty eye-popping, featuring the likes of a smoked gin Bushfire Negroni, Salted Caramel Espresso Martini and the very nostalgic If You Musk.
Next Hotel Pool Terrace & Bar
The Pool Terrace & Bar at Next Hotel is the ideal way to wind down after your workday. Nothing says ‘chiled vibes’ like a fully stocked bar, inner city views, and a 20m infinity pool. Open to the masses, this charmer of a bar hosts a plethora of events on the reg, just to shake things up.
Elixir Rooftop Bar
It may not look like much from the outside but Elixir is worth the climb up the stairs, even if you're in heels. This rooftop bar is straight out of a fairy tale, inspired by the Chinese tale of the ‘Moon Rabbit’ forever mixing the elixir of life for the immortal moon. Once through the door, you'll forget all about what's down below as you relax and unwind in this inner city oasis.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
If 180 degree views of the CBD with A cocktail in hand is your thing, then Eleven Rooftop Bar in Fortitude Valley is a must. Aside from the stunning view of the Brisbane skyline, their cocktail menu is top notch and their gazebo-style seating area is this whole luxury Mediterranean theme going on.
The Stock Exchange
After a big week working for the man, loosen your tie and head up to The Stock Exchange's beer-garden style rooftop bar. With wooden tables, hanging plants and fairly lights, not to mention and extensive selection of food and drinks, it's the perfect place to unwind over a few drinks. Get a group together and share a Pimms Jug. Made with Pimms, gin, ginger ale and lemonade, it's topped off with strawberries, cucumber, orange and mint, just like it’s served in Ol' Blighty.
Spicers Balfour Hotel
A true hidden gem, Balfour Hotel’s secret rooftop bar is exclusive to diners at The Balfour Kitchen and has some whopping views of Fortitude Valley and the Story Bridge. Kick back here for relaxing post-dinner evening drinks.
Fitz + Potts
If you find yourself loving rooftop bars but prefer your local more chill than thrill, Fitz + Potts might just be the place for you! Located in Nundah, this suburban rooftop bar is a must do for afternoon bevvies with your besties this summer!
Thirty stories up and towering over Brisbane’s CBD is Sazerac. Holding the coveted title of Brisbane’s highest bar it undoubtedly has some of the most spectacular views of the city. Located 30 stories up atop Four Points by Sheraton on Mary Street, Sazerac is an urban retreat which pays proud homage to the evolution of cocktail mixing, so it's only natural you should kick off your visit with the bar's namesake, a Sazerac, which hails from New Orleans.
Dandy’s Rooftop Bar At The Fox
Stop by on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday afternoon at Dandy’s Rooftop Bar at The Fox. This colour explosion has an awesome backyard-drinks-meets-tropical-club vibe. Enjoy their specialty cocktails that perfectly meet your refreshment needs on a hot night and have a nibble on their chargrilled platter or tasty selection of pizzas. This plus live DJs and 360 views? Yes please, Dandy’s!
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