The sultry blanket of December's sticky heat approaches, and with it two things that are more certain than the dawn: bountiful hours of sunshine, and the kind of thirst that even Tiddilick couldn't sate. Summer is coming… but don't panic Brisbane, you've got this.
Making the most of both the sub-tropical weather and the kicking cocktail scene, Brisbane's palatial 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. You might even meet a beekeeper, now wouldn't that be fly?
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.
Soleil Pool Bar | South Brisbane
Get a head start on your tan, work on your backstroke and never set foot off-license. Soak up the sunshine with a scotch on the rocks at this very swanky new Brisbane bar and let summer breeze by. Soleil also have a very cool sun-drenched Sunday session.
Up on Constance | Fortitude Valley
Fancy a bit of respite from the usual Valley throngs? Wander over to Up On Constance for a killer view of the mayhem. Don't forget to bring a few mates and try one of their radical cocktail jugs, it's a tryp.
Elixir Rooftop Bar | Fortitude Valley
Brisbane's go-to for a good night also happens to be a totally kickass rooftop bar. Boutique beer and cider flow freely and their rockin' food menu makes Elixir more of a destination than a pitstop. They're always hosting events and cooking up fun hell-raising schemes, guaranteed to stave off boredom this summer.
Dandy's Rooftop | South Brisbane
Perched atop the iconic Fox Hotel, Dandy's rooftop bar have a splendid array of drinks and nibbles to get you through the summer. Cool down with their daily frozen cocktail, a watermelon mojito, or something off their Tiki menu. Wouldn't that be dandy?
Lennons Pool Terrace Bar Next Hotel | CBD
They may be the new kids in town, but with an inner city lap pool they're doing it right. Cool down with a splash of Moet (and a splash in the pool, if you're a lucky hotel guest), and survey the concrete jungle below…New Brisbane bar NEXT's Lennons Pool Terrace Bar is a set to be a firm favourite for summer, and is quickly shaping up as one of the best bars in Brisbane.
Limes | Fortitude Valley
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.
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