Brisbane’s Best Rooftop Bars | 2015

Brisbane’s Best Rooftop Bars | 2015

It’s time to raise the roof… or at least stand on one.

By Candice Jackson | 5th November 2015

Soak up the sunshine, drink in the fancy concoctions and breathe in the amazing open-air views at the best Brisbane rooftop bars… because what’s a better way to spend summer Sunday sessions or balmy nights in Brisbane?

From swanky skyline bars, to alfresco terraces and rooftop dens for knock-off drinks: here’s to elevating your social standing.

After all, the taste of the high life is only but a staircase or elevator ride away…

Eleven Rooftop Bar

Eleven Bar's interior

Eleven floors above Ann Street, with possibly the best unrestricted bar view in Fortitude Valley, is one of the most sophisticated and stylish Brisbane rooftop bars: Eleven. The venue has an Ibiza-inspired vibe, with a relaxed atmosphere during the day and a cultured, vibrant party scene come nightfall. Dress up and head to the skies!

Eleven Rooftop Bar
Level 11, 757 Ann St, Fortitude Valley

Limes Hotel Rooftop Bar

Pool party at Limes Hotel

Looking for a stylish urban sanctuary worthy of a sneaky drink at sundown? Limes has you covered! The venue is separated into two levels, one with a bar, DJ and two plunge pools/spas, and the second with further seating and a smoking area. AND on Wednesdays and Thursdays they screen classic films under the stars at their rooftop cinema.

Limes Hotel Rooftop Bar
142 Constance St, Fortitude Valley

Soleil Pool Bar

Soleil Pool Bar

You can celebrate summer year-round near the beach (South Bank’s Streets Beach totally counts) at Soleil Pool Bar in South Brisbane. The poolside venue has two separate bars, with a focus on carefully crafted compendiums of cocktails and punches. Top tip: the view of the South Bank fireworks from this venue is spectacular!

Soleil Pool Bar
Corner of Grey and Glenelg St, South Bank

Up On Constance

Up on Constance

Sip on chic concoctions and nibble on a global take on tapas at Up On Constance, atop the quirky and artsy boutique hotel, TRYP. It’s a perfect location for a chilled, cool and relaxed weekend catch-up, with bright cushioned lounges scattered about, and hanging plants overhead bringing a peaceful feel to the rooftop. Also Chur Burger is on the bottom level as you exit… how convenient!

Up On Constance
20 Constance St, Fortitude Valley

Lennons Pool Terrace & Bar (NEXT Hotel)


If you’re a true Brisbanite, you’ll always be partial to a party by the pool. So, if you want an inner-city views with cocktails or bubbly by the pool, head up to NEXT Hotel’s rooftop terrace. You don’t even need to be a guest of the hotel, but don’t let that stop you from booking a room. #staycation

Lennons Pool Terrace & Bar
Level 2, 72 Queen Street, Brisbane CBD

Dandys Rooftop Bar (The Fox Hotel)

A shot of Dandy's Rooftoop at The Fox Hotel

There are many Brisbane rooftop bars, but this one has definitely earned its title as one of Brisbane’s best urban adult playgrounds. The Fox Hotel’s Dandys Rooftop Bar is cool, casual and comfortable, with the vibrant colours enticing you in and the picnic benches, umbrellas and astro turf encouraging you to interact with strangers and play nice… it’s just one big backyard (or deck) party.

Dandys Rooftop Bar
71-73 Melbourne St, South Brisbane

Elixir Rooftop Bar


This intimate venue is perfect for a quiet drink with the girls, a wine (we prefer red) down after work or for a relaxed first date drink. The booth seats are draped with white curtains, while the venue is enclosed with greenery and fairy lights, which help to set the scene of a stylish escape from the hustle and bustle of the Valley below.

Elixir Rooftop Bar
646 Ann St, Fortitude Valley

Fitz + Potts

Fits + Potts Rooftop Bar Nundah

Brisbane rooftop bars have finally branched out to the suburbs! Fitz + Potts opened in Nundah in late October 2015 and call themselves “part dive bar, part beer garden”. They have a down-to-earth vibe, with a rooftop balcony/terrace with astro turf perfect for soaking up the suburban sun with a craft beer in hand.

Fitz + Potts
1180 Sandgate Rd, Nundah

Eagles Nest (The Point Brisbane Hotel)

Eagles Nest, Kangaroo Point

Why not finish the weekend on a high at an exclusive rooftop Sunday session? Perched 12 floors high in Kangaroo Point, Eagles Nest only ever opens to the public on Sundays from 3pm, and offers live music and a range of cocktails, wine and beer accompanied by a tempting bar menu, and sweeping views of the city skyline and Story Bridge.

Eagles Nest
21 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point

Rooftop Garden (Stock Exchange Hotel)

The Stock Exchange Rooftop Bar in The City.

In 2014 this inner-city venue revamped its historic appearance but kept its iconic appeal with the introduction of a trendy rooftop garden. The refurbished open-air rooftop terrace is totally worth checking out.

Stock Exchange Hotel Rooftop Garden
131 Edward St, Brisbane CBD

Spicers Balfour

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Exclusively for Spicers Balfour hotel guests, this hidden rooftop gem boasts a spectacular view of the Story Bridge from a prime New Farm location. The venue is intimate, with an indoor bar and adjoining garden courtyard… but you’ll need to book a room for a city escape before you’re ushered to the secret location.

Spicers Balfour
37 Balfour St, New Farm

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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.


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