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The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in Brisbane of 2021

MAYA Mexican, Provided by Coats Group. Credit David Chatfield.

From cocktail bars to city views perfect for soaking up sunshine – here’s Brisbane’s best rooftop bars of 2021!

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 the 10 best rooftop bars in Brisbane of 2021!

<strong>Maya Mexican</strong>
Photographed by David Chatfield. Image supplied by Coats Group.

Maya Mexican

This pop-up 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 for only a short time, this pop-up restaurant and rooftop bar is one you have to visit before it’s too late. 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 a 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.

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757 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
<strong>Dirty Sultan</strong>
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Dirty Sultan

This Neo-Turkish rooftop cocktail bar is by far one of the coolest places to head to this weekend. Topping The Constance Hotel, the Dirty Sultan takes the list as one of the best rooftop bars in Fortitude Valley. Featuring street food inspired cuisine with a modern twist and some of the best custom-made cocktails in Brisbane – 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.

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14-18 Constance St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
<strong>The Pool Terrace and Bar</strong>
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The Pool Terrace and Bar

If sipping on cocktails at one of the best rooftop bars in Brisbane hasn’t sold you, maybe the 20-metre infinity pool will. This gorgeous bar is part of the Next Hotel, but all you need is a drink purchase and you can enjoy the most scenic swim in Brisbane. The Pool Terrace and Bar 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.

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Level 4, 72 Queen St, Brisbane, Queensland 4000
<strong>Fiume</strong>
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Fiume

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.

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Level 3/5 Boundary St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000
<strong>The Terrace</strong>
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The Terrace

In the heart of South Bank you’ll find one of Brisbane’s most iconic open-air rooftop bars, The Terrace. 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 local oysters and raw kingfish or, our personal favourite, the Karaage Popcorn Chicken ($16).

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Emporium Hotel South Bank, Level 21/267 Grey St, South Brisbane, QLD 4101
<strong>Elixir Rooftop Bar</strong>
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Elixir Rooftop Bar

Elixir Rooftop Bar is an open-air, fourth-floor oasis hidden above bustling Ann Street. This is a cosy spot for after work drinks with a buzzing atmosphere that grows as the night goes on. Although they are renowned for their signature cocktails; the bar takes its inspiration from a Chinese folktale where up on the moon, the moon rabbit is constantly pounding ingredients for the elixir of life, sacrificing everything to keep the beautiful moon immortal. Inspired by this tale, Elixir Rooftop Bar took on cocktail alchemists to embody the hard work of the moon rabbit in every mouthwatering drink they serve. A close second to the elixir of life.

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646 Ann St, Brisbane City, Queensland 4006
<strong>Limes Rooftop</strong>
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Limes Rooftop

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!

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142 Constance St, Fortitude Valley, Queensland 4006
<strong>Sixteen Antlers</strong>
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Sixteen Antlers

Above the well-known Mercure Hotel, you’ll find one of Brisbane’s newest rooftop bars, Sixteen Antlers. The 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.

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Level 16 Mercure Hotel, Cnr Ann & Roma Street, Brisbane City, Queensland 4000
<strong>Dandy's Rooftop</strong>
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Dandy's Rooftop

At the top of The Fox Hotel, you’ll find the neon-lit Dandy’s Rooftop, with views across South Bank and back towards the city centre. This bar is described as an adults playground and has been a staple in the Brisbane rooftop scene for many years now. With scrumptious handmade pizzas and refreshing cocktail jugs, there’s a reason this place is so popular. Dandy’s Rooftop hosts local and international DJs as well as cool functions and events. Head on up to the fifth floor for a night to remember at one of the most Instagrammable bars in Brisbane.

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71-71 Melbourne St, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101
<strong>Sazerac</strong>
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Sazerac

If you’re ready for some high altitude beverages look no further than Sazerac. At 30 stories up above the Four Points by Sheraton, Sazerac is the highest rooftop bar in Brisbane. Sazerac pays homage to cocktail creations from the 1920s, drawing inspiration from New Orleans speakeasies in the prohibition era. So whisky fans who’ve never tried a Sazerac, this namesake bar is the best place to do it in Brisbane. Alongside their classic cocktails, you’ll find a seasonal snacks menu to keep your group going long into the evening. Come for the stunning views, stay for the classic cocktails.

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99 Mary St, Brisbane City, Queensland 4000

If you love outdoor drinking and rooftop dining, then you’ll also love these 7 Best Waterfront Restaurants and Bars around Brisbane. Or take things indoors with the 10 Best Steak Restaurants in Brisbane’s CBD.

Feature image: MAYA Mexican. Photographed by David Chatfield. Image supplied by Coats Group.
This article was first published on November 13 2020. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on November 12 2021.
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