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 which is thanks to the Gold Coast on the east of Australia.
This has made Brisbane a metropolitan beach city that is full of youth and culture, as well as good weather.
You can find all your artistic and bohemian desires satisfied in the notorious South Bank cultural precinct which is home to many contemporary art exhibitions and science museums.
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, it provides a beautiful view of the Italian Riviera and Fortitude Valley that is breathtaking 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 bar won 11th place in the esteemed ‘World’s 50 Best Bar awards’, so now you don’t have to go to Sydney to try their cocktail which are syndicated among the A-list aussies.
We love the laid back vibe of Cielo, you can easily lounge with friends on cushioned booths, or sit on upright chairs with a date. This is a rooftop hangout with an Italian vibe but the comforts of Australia.
At the top of the Pullman Hotel you will find Sixteen Antlers, a cocktail bar that has some amazing views of metropolitan Bribane – 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 and treat them to a selection of cocktails that is perfectly matched to Bribane’s near year-round sunny weather.
The décor here is much more cosy and lounge focused, like the VIP section at a club, but on a roof. Expect DJs, ankles, and high heels.
This bar is located atop The Fox Hotel, and is slap bang in Bribane’s cultural centre. A short walk from the Gallery of Modern Art, this venue can rival the prettiest pictures with its awesome views of the Brisbane river.
If you have just been around the South Bank cultural centre of Brisbane, then this is your perfect opportunity to sit and see where you’ve just been 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 and what they call an ‘adult rooftop playground’ – what more could you want.
If you want some respite from the crazy nightlife of Fortitude Valley, this hidden gem can provide you with some relaxed vibes and fine wines. This 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 booking, leaving it open to locals and thus making 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 girl, or Brisbane native.
This is another spot to consider if you like the more chilled and rooftop bars for quiet drinks with friends and general self care vibes.
The décor is tetro and eclectic with paisley wallpaper and velvet everywhere you look, but remains 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, which can make those afternoon bevvies feel a little less naughty.
The well named Eagles Nest rises high above the city and is hidden within The Point Hotel. This is a classy venue that is indicated by no more than its partnership with Moet.
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.
If you’re looking for something a little different from Fortitude Valley then consider the Dirty Sultan.
Atop the Tryp Hotel, you can enjoy views from this rooftop bar and sip turkish inspired cocktails and finger food while you people watch for this vantage point.
You can saunter 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.
This glamorous venue is an urban escape that boasts some of the best views of the Brisbane River within Brisbane.
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 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.
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.
This is an intimate bar that is great for couples and small families as well as youngsters who want to bask in the potentiality of the city lights. In terms of views, The Terrace has some of the best.
This is another eatery and bar in the Fortitude Valley area that has something a little different to offer.
If you want some cultural South American vibes that are a nice change to the sleek sharp edges of Fortitude Valley’s chic bars, then Maya is the place to be.
This mexican inspired bar and restaurant you might previously recognise as ‘Eleven’ who previously inhabited this lovely rooftop.
However, the emergence of Maya was welcomed by locals who loved the south american flair for something a little different but still offering amazing views, drinks, and food. At Maya, su casa es tu casa.
The all-star team at Ghanem Group, who brought us the Brisbane acclaimed Donna Chang, Blackbird, and Boom Boom Room, has 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.
This rooftop bar has essentially everything you could want in terms of entertainment.
It’s well-known for its live DJs, open-air cinema, awesome accommodation as well as great drinks and snacks on top of all that – there are chilled and fun vibes here all summer.
This is a summer zinger that will go down a treat with just about everyone thanks to its laid back, welcoming, and simply enjoyable summer settings.
Another favorite within the valley is this intoxicating rooftop bar that is something from a fairytale. As you ascend the staircase you will enter a haven of fantasy that is inspired by the Chinese tale of ‘Moon Rabbit’.
You simply have to see it to believe it, and it is a venue that really packs the wow factor into its drinks and décor, which is more than enough to forget the troubles down below, especially after a few sips of elixir.
This is a rooftop bar made for the cool cats and jazz rats of Brisbane.
This rooftop venue takes inspiration from the New Orleans speakeasies. This bar has a tapas style menu that is perfect for picking at while you admire the amazing 30 storey view on the great city of Brisbane.
From 30 storeys high you can see some amazing views of the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens as well as Brisbane River. This is a delightful place to enjoy some drinks and European vibes.
This is an iconic pub that was built back in 1863 and carries with it much of Australia’s British history.
This is a pub that shows sports and hsa the cosy allure of a British pub, but at the rooftop you will find a very Australian view of the Brisbane CBD.
The alfresco terrace is a great place for groups and functions and has great classical pub food which is perfect to sink a pint while you watch the sun set over Brisbane. This is one for the sports fans.