Elevate nights out to new heights by leaving the ground below at one of Brisbane’s stunning rooftop bars. With venues that rival Melbourne and Sydney’s finest, Brisbane’s sky-high bar scene is unmissable. Whether your perfect night out involves sipping exotic cocktails, listening to live music or dancing the night away, we’ve tracked down the best rooftop bars in Brisbane for all tastes.
1. The Rooftop, Limes Hotel
Blending exotic, tropical features with a modern, gleaming aesthetic, The Rooftop of the Limes Hotel is a picture-perfect place to spend a night out. This stunning bar can be recognised by its stylish juxtaposition of gleaming white tables, lush vines, and vibrant astroturf, with glossy black lounges and glowing plunge pools. There, feast on some delicious share platters, which include delights such as crumbed truffle mac ‘n’ cheese bites and baked camembert with confit garlic. Add to this an open air cinema screening on Wednesday and Thursday nights, and it becomes clear why the Limes Hotel’s rooftop is one of Brisbane’s best.
Location: 142 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland
2. Eagles Nest
Soar above Brisbane’s skyline with the Eagles Nest rooftop bar, located on the 12th floor of the Point Hotel. Open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 3 pm; this stylish, modern venue presents 360-degree views of Brisbane River and the Story Bridge. Finish off your week in luxury with a delicious cocktail while watching the sunset and listening to some live music.
Location: 21 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point, Queensland
3. Up On Constance
For Brisbane locals looking for something new or visiting tourists seeking a fun venue to spend their night, Up On Constance is a hidden gem. Take the elevator up to the rooftop of the Tryp Hotel and step into a quirky-cool space with live DJs as well as seasonal food, cocktails and drinks. Sample some rare, unique spirits while nibbling on delicious bao, sizzling sliders and desserts. Alternatively, head downstairs to the popular Chur Burger for a late night feed.
Location: 20 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland
4. The Pool Terrace and Bar, Next Hotel
Hidden on the fourth floor of the Next Hotel is a luxurious oasis that looks out upon Queen Street Mall. With a sapphire blue 20m infinity pool running along the terrace, leafy palms and stylish lounges, the Pool Terrace and Bar surpasses expectations. For those looking to impress a special someone or enjoy a sophisticated night out, this bar should be at the top of your list.
Location: Level 4, 72 Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland
5. Elixir Rooftop Bar
Named after a Chinese folklore tale involving the Moon Rabbit and the Elixir of Life, this exclusive rooftop sanctuary is a mystical oasis. Sleek and minimalist, it features wooden benches and day beds with dreamy white canopies and leafy foliage. Under the soft glow of fairy lights, the bar’s ‘alchemists’ create unique, coveted cocktails. Sundays at Elixir are extra special with $5 boutique ciders, beers and sliders on offer from 1 pm.
Location: 646 Ann Street, Brisbane City, Queensland
6. Dandy’s Rooftop Bar, The Fox
Step into the ultimate adult’s playground at the fun and vibrant Dandy’s Rooftop. Located on the upper level of The Fox Hotel, this eclectic bar is a colourful nod to a 1970’s tennis club, featuring plush green astroturf and bright umbrellas. There, visitors may kick back at one of the candy coloured tables while enjoying a cocktail jug with friends and listening to live DJs. Open from Thursday to Sunday, Dandy’s boasts an unmissable lineup of events and happy hours each week.
Location: 71-71 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, Queensland
7. Soleil Pool Bar
On the podium level of Rydges South Bank is the glamourous Soleil Pool Bar. This poolside deck plays host to live acoustic music and DJs and boasts exotic cocktails and fresh seasonal produce. For something a little different, indulge in the unique ‘Garden Tea’. This modern reboot of the classic high tea dining experience includes trendy snacks such as tempura king prawns and wagyu sliders served on a platter replicating the Soleil Pool itself. ‘Tea’ comes in the form of Pimms, freshly squeezed lemonade, cider or champagne. Need we say more?
Location: Podium Level, Rydges South Bank, Corner of Grey and Glenelg Streets, South Bank, Queensland
8. Sixteen Antlers
Towering sixteen stories up in the sky, Sixteen Antlers is a leafy, intimate rooftop bar with stunning views of the city skyline, King George Square, the CBD and Brisbane’s City Hall clock tower. A standout feature of this minimal venue is the whimsical ‘branches’. Reminiscent of a deer’s antlers, they provide an unmissable reference to the bar’s quirky name. With live DJs playing on Friday and Saturday nights, Sixteen Antlers is the perfect place to celebrate the end of the working week.
Location: Level 16 Mercure Hotel, Cnr Ann & Roma Streets, Brisbane City, Queensland
For the most spectacular views of Brisbane, there is no other place to be than Brisbane’s highest rooftop. Boasting this title is Sazerac, the 30-storey-high rooftop of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. Sip on a unique cocktail creation such as a Caramel Popcorn Martini or a Lavender Margarita while watching over the city below. If you’re feeling adventurous, order the Sazerac Signature cocktail of Buffalo Trace, Peychaud Bitters and Absinthe.
Location: 99 Mary St, Brisbane City, Queensland
10. Eleven Rooftop Bar
Inspired by some of the most luxurious and famous party bars across the world, Eleven Rooftop Bar is a laidback venue by day that transforms into a lively dinner restaurant by nightfall. As the stars come out, the music begins, and Eleven evolves once more into an energetic club-style bar. Dine on exquisite dishes such as oysters, beef tataki or spiced lamb shoulder before fetching your dancing shoes and a cocktail.
Location: 757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland
11. The Stock Exchange
Established in 1863, the Stock Exchange Hotel is one of Brisbane’s most iconic pubs situated in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. A recent renovation led to the opening of the charming rooftop bar. Evoking a sophisticated beer garden vibe, this bar features elegant fairy lights, hanging plants, and a beautiful view of the city. Open seven days a week; the Stock Exchange is ideal for a mid-week drink or a fun Friday night out.
Location: 131 Edward Street, Brisbane City, Queensland
12. Spicers, Balfour Hotel
Located at the top of the award-winning Balfour Hotel, Spicers is a chic balcony bar open exclusively to diners of the Balfour Kitchen and hotel guests. This private, luxury venue boasts unmissable views of Brisbane’s Story Bridge and Fortitude Valley.
Location: 37 Balfour Street, New Farm, Queensland
13. Fitz + Potts
Fitz + Potts is a laidback rooftop bar that has mastered the art of being both quirkily kitsch yet effortlessly cool. This tiki-style bar with retro, vintage furniture provides only the best Australian craft beers, wines and spirits. Their classic mouthwatering cocktail menu reads like a recipe so that guests may recreate their favourite cocktails back home. However, with an all-day grazing menu, delicious drinks and a vibrant atmosphere, you’re more likely to make this rooftop bar your home instead.
Location: 1180 Sandgate Road, Nundah, Queensland
14. Bavarian Bier Café
For panoramic river views across Brisbane’s waterfront, make your way to the Bavarian Bier Café rooftop on Eagle Street Pier. Open Monday to Sunday from 11 am to late; this venue boasts both a delicious food menu and an extensive beverage list. Delicious cocktails, schnapps, beer steins and wines are carefully curated to match the menu of giant pretzels, crackling pork belly, schnitzels and more. If just the thought of these has your mouth watering, you know where to go.
Location: 45 Eagle Street, Brisbane City, Queensland
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