Make the most of balmy Brisbane nights and the surrounding views at some of the city's hottest rooftop bars.
Up, up to new heights: Sazerac Bar
Sitting 30 storeys above ground, atop the Four Points Hotel in Brisbane’s CBD, Sazerac Bar claims the title of highest bar in Brisbane. Sip on a salted caramel martini and look down at the human ants busying themselves in the heart of Brisbane.
A: Level 30, 99 Mary Street
P: (07) 3164 4000
Brunch in the sky: Eleven Rooftop Bar
This all-day bar-diner is perched on the eleventh storey boasting expansive city views that can be enjoyed morning through to the twinkling lights in the evening. Styled in a spacious setting with a monumental five-tonne tree as the key feature, Eleven’s menu offering includes light breakfasts, European-style share plates and tantalising cocktails.
A: 757 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
P: 07 3067 7447
Poolside at Soleil
Wrapping around the pool and just peeping over Grey Street at Rydges South Bank, Soleil Pool Bar is a glamorous addition to Brisbane’s social scene. The real draw card of Soleil Pool Bar is the extensive menu of 32 cocktails, which range from classic to signature. Some are mixed specially to share between 2 and 6 people, such as the Soleil Social which combines Angostura 5-year-old rum, luxardo maraschino, pink grapefruit and passionfruit.
A: Cnr of Grey and Glenelg St, South Bank (Rydges, South Bank)
P: 07 3364 0843
You can’t ask for a more idyllic location for sunset drinks than on the rooftop of the Point Hotel. Situated on the 12th floor, Eagles Nest rooftop bar shows off with views over not only one but three icons - the Brisbane River, city skyline and iconic Story Bridge. It’s also the city’s most enviable location for the famed Riverfire fireworks display.
A: 21 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point
P: 1800 088 388
Up On Constance
In a graffiti laneway and up a glass elevator you will find a trendy, yet laid-back oasis atop the TRYP Hotel. With a captivating vista stretching from Mt Coot-tha to New Farm, signature cocktails and seasonal canapés to share, head on Up and enjoy the view.
A: 20 Constance St, Fortitude Valley
P: 07 3319 7899
Limes Rooftop Bar
Brisbane’s balmy weather makes our city a great location for rooftop bars, and Limes Bar fills the brief perfectly. Whether it be the start of a night out with the girls, or a low-key, Tuesday-night at their outdoor cinema, the Brisbane cityscapes and expertly made cocktails always go down a treat. And we’ve left the best to last: There are hot tubs (and you can also order a round of ‘Hot Tub Wine Machines’ - Limoncello liqueur, house-made basil syrup, strawberry puree and sparkling wine).
A: 142 Constance St, Fortitude Valley
P: 07 3852 9000
Enter this rooftop concrete forest on top of Pullman’s Mercure Hotel and get up close to Brisbane City Hall’s clock tower while sipping on cocktails, nibbling on a cheese platter and taking in the view. This place is your go to on Friday afternoons and will be buzzing with the chatter inner city desk jockeys knocking off with a drink or two and live music.
A: Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Roma Street & Ann St
P: (07) 3222 1180
Spicers Balfour's Rooftop Bar
Spoiling your special one(s) with an overnight stay or degustation dinner at Spicers Balfour will also entitle you to access to their luxurious rooftop bar. You’ll be spoiled with an excellent choice of drinks and service – but if you don’t like the fuss – pour your own drinks and pay by using the honour system. Take in the beautiful views over the Brisbane River and Story Bridge and simply relax.
A: 37 Balfour St, New Farm
P: 1300 597 540
Lennon's Rooftop Bar
On Level 2 of NEXT Hotel and bang smack in the middle of Queen Street mall, is NEXT Hotel's Pool Terrace and Bar. This is THE bar to chill at in summer. Jump in the lap pool, enjoy a cocktail menu that is almost as long as the pool and laze on one of the lounge chairs.
A: Level 2, 72 Queen Street
P: 07 3222 3232