Living in the Sunshine State definitely has its perks and there is no question that Brisbane is spoilt for choice when it comes to rooftop bars. We’ve scoured our city’s skyline for Brisbane’s best rooftop bars just in time for the warm weather!
The Society Bar | Ascot
Located in the leafy surrounds of Eagle Farm’s recently renovated Racecourse sits The Society Summer Series rooftop bar. The open-air bar is already giving us all the summer feels with its twinkling fairy lights and flawless fit-out, but it’s open for only a few weeks this summer. The Society Bar will be open for service on four Fridays and Saturdays across summer as well as three exclusive Sunday sessions across December. It’s only here for a good time, not a long time and tickets these hot are looking to get snapped up quick. Don’t miss out!
Eleven Rooftop Bar | Fortitude Valley
Known for having one of Brisbane’s most iconic views, Eleven Rooftop Bar is the ultimate venue for an elevated drinking experience. Laid back by day with party vibes kicking off as the sun sets, a visit to Eleven will see you rubbing shoulders with the the who’s who of Brisbane as you enjoy live duo and solo acts on Sundays as part of their Sunday Sessions from 2pm. Whether you’re looking to indulge in a share plate or tuck into something more hearty, you can enjoy a simple and relaxed meal from 12pm.
Dandy’s Rooftop Bar | South Brisbane
Sitting atop the iconic Fox Hotel, Dandy’s Rooftop Bar is the ultimate rooftop destination for an afternoon of good times that is guaranteed to roll long into the night. The brightly coloured venue has a reputation for hosting one of Brisbane’s most buzzing Sunday sessions but is also a hotspot for friends to kick back mid-week over a drop of wine, a brew or one of the bar’s specialty cocktails.
Bavarian Bier Café | Brisbane CBD
For a true taste of Bavaria, look no further than the Brisbane riverfront! Bavarian Bier Café is the ultimate destination to take in the prime views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane river with a stein of bier in one hand and a pretzel in the other. If beer isn’t your thing, fear not! The extensive beverage menu will have you covered with an impressive list of option from schnapps to a crisp glass of Rosé. Who could say no to a tipple or two along the river?
Up On Constance | Fortitude Valley
Perched atop the Valley’s quirky boutique hotel, TYRP sits Brisbane’s ideal location of a laid back catch up with an impressive list of delicious drinks and a food menu to match. With cushioned booth-style lounges scattered throughout with lush plants hanging overhead, Up On Constance is the ultimate destination for a catch-up drink and nibbles. Also, Chur Burger sits on the bottom level as you exit for the perfect post-party meal.
Sazerac | Brisbane CBD
Thirty levels above street level atop the Four Points by Sheraton building sits the city’s highest bar, Sazerac. In an ode to the forefathers of mixology, Sazerac offers Brisbane a selection of curated and crafted concoctions that have been designed to be paired with food. Because no cocktail hour is completes without a little grazing, right? Sazerac is one of those destinations that you visit for the views and stay for the impeccable food and beverages.
Stock Exchange Rooftop Garden | Brisbane CBD
After re-opening to the public back in 2014 after a major renovation, the Rooftop Garden at The Stock Exchange became (and still remains) one of the best spots in the city for lunch and to kick off the weekend the right way. If you haven’t already, the open-air rooftop terrace is definitely worth checking out.
Fitz + Potts | Nundah
Giving Northsiders a taste of what they’ve been missing out on in the city is Nundah’s kitschy rooftop bar Fitz + Potts. Described by themselves as “part dive bar, part beer garden”, this rooftop balcony/terrace-style venue is decked out in astro turf, retro-inspired décor and vintage furniture for the ultimate down-to-earth vibe. Providing the North Side with a selection of Australia’s best craft beers, wines and spirits, and a grazing menu complete with cheesy jaffles and vegan fare, it’s no surprise this rooftop bar is a firm favourite that many will travel for.
Elixir Rooftop Bar | Fortitude Valley
Once you make your way upstairs and in the doors of Elixir, you are treated to an oasis-style rooftop bar hidden from the hustle of Ann St (but still close to all the action). This hidden gem is a favourite for their insane selection of cocktails, lush greenery, and super cool decor. If you’re keen to channel super bliss summer vibes, sip on their Hemminway Daiquiri and savour their cheese board as you take in the sunset.
Limes Hotel Rooftop | Fortitude Valley
With everything from open-air movies to hot tub parties, Limes is known around town for their rendezvous and has become the favourite watering hole for many Brisbane locals. Their killer atmosphere is only surpassed by the drinks menu, and the live DJ’s that keep the mood sky-high well into the evening. The perfect bar for summer hangouts, this spot will probably be your go-to all season long.
Sixteen Antlers | Brisbane CBD
Tucked high on top of the Pullman Hotel and overseeing King George Square, Sixteen Antlers has some of the most dizzying, flawless views of Brisbane. As you relax in their leafy rooftop bar you can also enjoy mouth-watering bites from their tapas menu. Sixteen floors above the city, Sixteen Antlers is an intimate space to lounge with friends and catch up over a wine, or the perfect space to indulge in a kickass cocktail as you push the boundaries of a Sunday session.
Soleil Pool Bar | South Bank
Soleil Pool Bar is quintessentially Brisbane, and if you’ve got out-of-town friends (*cough* Melbourne) visiting and you’re keen to show off our glorious city, this should be the first stop on your itinerary! While you soak up the sunshine from their rooftop pool deck with a bottle of champers to share and live DJ’s providing the tunes, your guest will surely be impressed with how we live on the east coast. After all, in the Sunshine State we love our Sunday sessions with a big serve of vitamin D on the side.
Lennons Pool Terrace & Bar | Brisbane CBD
Towering over Brisbane CBD, Lennon’s is the uber chic rooftop bar atop of Next Hotel that feels like stepping into a Slim Aarons photograph. A (literal) breath of fresh air, Lennons is a tropical urban paradise that feels miles away from the bustling Queen St Mall below. With a brilliant blue lap pool, gorgeous outdoor décor, green leafy palms, and a refined drinks list that feels a little bit Hollywood, this is an ideal spot for a drink after work or a Sunday session with friends (sans 18-year olds).
Eagle’s Nest | Kangaroo Point
Hidden high above Kangaroo Point inside The Point Hotel, Eagle’s Nest boast some of the most pristine, uninterrupted views of Brisbane, and that’s before we even touch their totally rave-worthy cocktail menu. Perfect for balmy evenings and summer sunsets, this southside spot is where you’ll want to be on a Friday evening, enjoying their charcuterie board and a bottle of bubbles. Bliss.
Feature image: The Society Bar