Cocktails and sweeping city views – there’s no better way to see Brisbane than at these cool rooftop bars!
It’s the perfect season for spritzes, seltzers and scoping out the coolest places to chill in Brisbane for a round of outdoor drinking. Whether you want to relax poolside or feast at some of Brisbane’s best rooftop dining venues. this list of Brisbane’s best rooftop bars is sure to have something for everyone.
With stunning city views, impressive menus, terrace rooftop bars and perfect weather conditions; swing into the season with our latest guide to the best rooftop bars in Brisbane of 2023!
This Neo-Turkish rooftop cocktail bar is by far one of the coolest places to head to this weekend. Topping The Constance Hotel, Dirty Sultan takes the list as one of the best rooftop bars in Brisbane of 2023. With street food inspired cuisine served with a modern twist, Dirty Sultan also some of the best custom-made cocktails in Brisbane. And the view is just as good too! Dilan Ildes and Tom D’arcy took the tantalising sights, scents and sounds of Istanbul and created a bespoke cocktail bar, private shisha lounge and flavourful Turkish experience all in one.
Fiume is a glamorous outdoor drinking spot and terrace rooftop bar channeling Los Angeles rooftop vibes. Nestled at the bend of the Brisbane River, the Howard Smith Wharves have been refurbished into an entertainment and lifestyle precinct surrounded by heritage listed buildings from the 1930s. But above all of the weekend crowds you will find the glamorous urban oasis of Fiume. With an extensive cocktail list, cocktail jugs and stunning views, this newcomer to Brisbane’s rooftop bar scene has certainly made a splash. Pair your drink with their Italian-inspired bar snacks and kick back by the pool, or kick on with a cracking soundtrack and get the party started.
If sipping on cocktails at one of Brisbane’s best rooftop bars hasn’t sold you, maybe the 20-metre infinity pool will. This gorgeous bar is part of Hyatt Regency Brisbane, but all you need is a drink purchase and you can enjoy the most scenic swim in Brisbane. The Hibiscus Room is a staple of Brisbane’s rooftop bar scene, which is hardly surprising thanks to their top lineup of live DJs, stunning views, the famous prawn cocktails and a seasonal food menu. This is the perfect spot to soak up all that Brisbane has to offer, both day and night.
End your work week the right way with a relaxing tipple at the Limes Hotel Rooftop, Brisbane’s original rooftop bar. With classic and signature cocktails, tropical decor and a laid-back vibe, this is the ideal wind down spot after a tough week. Situated in the centre of the Alfred and Constance precinct and with 360-degree city views – this is definitely one of the best rooftop bars in Fortitude Valley. A rooftop cinema during the week to a full outdoor cocktail bar on the weekend; you can even stay overnight at the Limes Boutique Hotel just underneath!
This Mexican rooftop bar in Fortitude Valleys offers a rich diversity of regional Mexican cuisine created with the best Australian produce. Taking the place of Eleven Rooftop Bar, MAYA Mexican was originally designed as a pop-up but has now secured a spot as a permanent restaurant and rooftop bar. Take the elevator to the 11th floor and step into an oasis of white-washed walls, olive trees, cactus gardens and live music all with knockout city views of Brisbane. The menu features contemporary renditions of traditional Mexican street fare, mezcal and artisanal tequila. This is a perfect spot for a relaxing lunch or sunset drinks.
Above the well-known Mercure Hotel, you’ll find one of Brisbane’s newest rooftop bars, Sixteen Antlers. This cocktail bar takes its name from the roof ‘branches’ which kind of look like deer’s antlers. Along with the leafy decor, you’ll find an intimate space with comfortable seating which is perfect for a midweek break or a fun Friday night. With live Djs, boutique beers, quality wines, delectable cocktails and an impressive seasonal tapas menu, you’d be silly to miss this one. The best part of it all is the uninterrupted city views with the Brisbane skyline transformed into a twinkling light show each evening.
Terrace Rooftop Bar
In the heart of South Bank you’ll find one of Brisbane’s most iconic open-air rooftop spaces, Terrace Rooftop Bar. Picture a luxurious open space with walls of greenery and a 180-degree view of the Brisbane skyline. This elegant 21st floor hideaway features a bespoke retractable ceiling and operable glass roof, so you can live it up in a subtropical paradise all year round. Although we recommend their boutique wines or one of their luscious signature cocktails, the food menu should not be missed with fresh and locally sourced Australian produce featuring front and centre. Think freshly shucked oysters and kingfish sashimi or, our personal favourite, the Korean Fried Chicken.
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