Going to Australia is a one way ticket into a subtropical climate. We’re talking sea, sun, and grog – and this isn’t more true than in Brisbane.
Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is the second hottest city in Australia recording a mean temperature of around 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Situated between the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, it’s a sun-lovers paradise on the country’s Eastern seaboard.
This balmy climate has made Brisbane a metropolitan beach city that is full of youth and culture, as well as good weather.
Here you can find all your artistic and bohemian desires catered to in the famous South Bank cultural precinct. This hub is home to many contemporary art exhibitions and science museums.
All of this has made Brisbane a youthful city that caters to its inhabitants with much more than just rooftop views, good drink, and cultural attractions. Read our guide to the best rooftop bars in Brisbane to find the best views, drink and vibes in Brisbane.
Cielo Rooftop Bar is a new addition to the growing list of rooftop bars in Brisbane. From its vantage point, it provides a beautiful view of the Italian Riviera and Fortitude Valley. Especially if you can grab a table for the sunset.
If you are an Australian native you may already be aware of ‘Maybe Sammy’ in Sydney. This fabled bar won 11th place in the esteemed ‘World’s 50 Best Bar Awards’. Well Cielo Rooftop Bar is from the same stable, so now you don’t have to go to Sydney to try their prized cocktails.
We love the laid back vibe of Cielo. Depending on how you feel, you can lounge with friends in cushioned booths, or sit on upright chairs with a date. This is a rooftop hangout with an Italian vibe but the comforts of Australia.
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At the top of the Pullman Hotel you will find Sixteen Antlers, a cocktail bar that has some amazing views of metropolitan Brisbane – expect skylines, sex on the beach, and squares.
At the heart of the CBD (Central Business District) this bar caters to all the new young professionals that grace this fair city. Even better, this bar treats them to a selection of cocktails that is perfectly matched to Brisbane’s near year-round sunny weather.
The décor here is cosy and lounge focused – like the VIP section at a club – but on a roof. Expect DJs, ankles, and high heels.
When a drinking spot actually has the word ‘rooftop’ in its name, you have to put it on the best rooftop bars in Brisbane list.
This bar is located atop The Fox Hotel, and is slap-bang in Brisbane’s cultural centre. A short walk from the Gallery of Modern Art, this venue rivals the prettiest pictures with its awesome views of the Brisbane river.
Once you’ve taken in Brisbane’s South Bank cultural centre, head up here. This bar is offers the perfect vantage point to sit and see where you’ve just been. And you can do it with a cocktail in hand and sunnies on your head.
Here they have some kooky seating on picnic tables and artificial grass to have some fun in the sun. The brains trust behind the idea call it an ‘adult rooftop playground’ – what more could you want?
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If you want some respite from the crazy nightlife of Fortitude Valley, try this hidden gem for relaxed vibes and fine wines. This hang-out is a little more low key and isn’t that well known. However this rooftop bar doesn’t disappoint.
One thing we like about Spicer’s rooftop bar is that they don’t take bookings. This leaves it open to locals and thus makes it more laid back and homey than the money grabbing spots in Fortitude Valley.
Here, you will receive some great customer service to accompany amazing views and drinks. This secret gem is the kind of place you’d go to impress a date, or Brisbane native.
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This is another spot to consider if you like a more chilled ambience and want a rooftop bar for quiet drinks with friends.
The décor is retro and eclectic with paisley wallpaper and velvet everywhere you look. The result is a cosy and comfortable spot to relax with friends in the sun.
If you are interested in local food as well as rooftop views then you will love exploring Fitz and Potts’ fully vegan menu. After all, filling up on veggies makes those afternoon bevvies feel a little less naughty.
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The well-named Eagles Nest rises high above the city and is hidden within The Point Hotel. This is a classy venue. After all, it has a partnership with Moet. What more can we say?
This exciting partnership of rooftop views and bougie booze is a dream for the Instagram obsessed and the A-list Aussies. The furniture is white and sleek, perfect for watching the sun go down over Kangy Point.
It’s definitely one of the best rooftop bars in Brisbane.
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If you’re looking for something a little different in Fortitude Valley, then consider the Dirty Sultan.
Atop the Tryp Hotel, you can sip Turkish inspired cocktails and finger food while you people watch passersby on the streets below.
You can recline like a sultan in their Turkish day beds, and enjoy Shisha in their trendy lounge. Think Salt Bae, just less steak, more class, and more partying. The food here is restaurant quality, while the vibe is like an Ibiza club.
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Fancy relaxing in a pool whilst sampling great cocktails amongst the beautiful people? Then pop Fiume on your list of the best rooftop bars in Brisbane.
This glamorous venue is an urban escape that boasts some of the best views of the Brisbane River within the city.
Whether by stars or by sun, the legends at Fiume have put serious thought into this boutique oasis that attracts the high rollers of Brisbane.
If you manage to claim a spot at this acclaimed rooftop bar you can enjoy some great drinks choices and nibbles that will have you cooling off in their pool within no time.
Fiume is the place to be for poolside vibes, perfectly adapted to a chic and modern setting like Brisbane.
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This is another well placed rooftop bar near the South Bank cultural centre. From this amazing rooftop terrace you can see all the way to Moreton Island.
This was the first rooftop bar in the South Bank so it claimed the best spot in terms of views.
Today, this is an intimate bar that is great for couples and small families as well as youngsters who want to bask in the excitement of the city lights. And as far as views, The Terrace still has some of the best.
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Another eatery and bar in the Fortitude Valley area, Maya offers something a little different.
If you want South American vibes that offer a nice change to the sleek sharp edges of Fortitude Valley’s chic bars, then Maya is the place to be.
You might recognise the address of this mexican inspired bar and restaurant. In a previous incarnation is was ‘Eleven’.
However, the emergence of Maya has been welcomed by locals who love the South American flair of the haunt. It’s always nice to offer a contrast to the competition, whilst still capitalising on amazing views, drinks, and food.
At Maya, su casa es tu casa.
The all-star team at Ghanem Group, who brought us the acclaimed Donna Chang, Blackbird, and Boom Boom Room, have brought us this amazing rooftop bar sat atop the Hotel X.
Any expat from Europe will love the Mediterranean looks of this bar.
From the wisterias to the sangria, this is a great spot for the Europhile. With arguably the best view of the Story Bridge, you can escape the city hustle of Brisbane and ascend into a Mediterranean paradise.
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This rooftop bar has essentially everything you could want in terms of entertainment.
It’s well-known for its live DJs, open-air cinema and awesome accommodation. Then there’s great drinks and snacks on top of all that. This is the place to come for chilled, fun vibes all summer.
This is a balmy evening zinger that will go down a treat with just about everyone thanks to its laid back and welcoming atmosphere.
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Another favourite within the ‘Valley is this intoxicating rooftop bar that is like something from a fairytale. As you ascend the staircase you will enter a haven of fantasy that is inspired by the Chinese tale of ‘the Moon Rabbit’.
You simply have to see it to believe it. This is a venue that really packs the wow factor into its drinks and décor. Come for a drink, leave your troubles behind and escape into another world.
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This is a rooftop bar for the cool cats and jazz rats of Brisbane.
If you want a rooftop venue that takes inspiration from New Orleans speakeasies, this is the place to visit. With a tapas style menu that is perfect for picking at while you admire the amazing 30 storey high view of Brissy, Sazerac Bar is cool.
From this high up, you can see some amazing views of the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens, as well as the Brisbane River.
We love this place for its delicious drinks and European vibes.
Make sure you put it on your run-down of the best rooftop bars in Brisbane.
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This is an iconic pub that was built back in 1863 and carries with it much of Australia’s British history.
At first glance, this is just another pub that shows sports and has the cosy allure of a British pub. However, head to the rooftop you will find a very Australian view of the Brisbane CBD.
The alfresco terrace is a great place for groups and functions. There is great classic pub food which is perfect to sink a pint with while you watch the sun set over Brisbane. This is one for the sports fans.
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