Ever wanted to dine, drink, swim, or just hang out somewhere with a gorgeous view of Brisbane’s beautiful surroundings? Good thing this vibrant city in Australia has lots of beautiful rooftop spots. Add this to the city’s sunny climate, and you’ve got plenty of good reasons to check out Brisbane’s rooftop bars, restaurants, spas, and cinemas. Don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas:
1. Drink the night away at the Elixir Rooftop Bar
Address: 646 Ann St, Brisbane QLD 4006
Phone: (07) 3363 5599
If you’re looking for a place where you and your friends could meet up and have a few drinks, climb up to Fortitude Valley’s Elixir Rooftop Bar. Order some hand-crafted ciders or cocktails and drink the night away. The stylish décor and amazing cityscape views makes it a popular watering hole among locals and tourists.
2. Party like a rock star at the Soleil Pool Bar
Address: Podium Level, Rydges South Bank Brisbane, Corner of Grey and Glenelg Streets, South Bank
Phone: 07 3364 0838
Don’t know where to go on a Sunday afternoon? The Soleil Pool Bar has you covered. Start it right by working on your tan at the pool deck. Then watch the sun set as you try out the delicious drinks at the bar. Party the night away at the dance floor while DJs churn out hypnotic summer beats. This is the place to be if you want to dance and mingle with locals and other tourists.
3. Enjoy good food at Dandy’s Rooftop
Address: 71-73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101
Phone: 07 3844 2883
Aside from its extensive cocktail menu, Dandy’s Rooftop offers delicious food. If you want more than simple finger food, start with some bruschetta paired with a sweet corn salsa and chipotle mayo. Then feast on a garlic prawn pizza or a platter of Malay-style chicken satay and tasty peanut sauce. Pair these with a martini or margarita for a night to remember. Enjoy the summer vibe all year with the deck’s colorful tables and chairs, AstroTurf, and flashy umbrellas.
4. Take a dip at Birdees’ Rooftop Deck
Address: 608 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Phone: (+61 7) 3257 3644
Check out the heated spa during Sunday Sessions at Birdees’ Rooftop Deck. The hot water is sure to revitalize you as you’re about to face another busy week at work. The usual crowd here are young backpackers, so expect plenty of hardcore partygoers during weekends. Head down to level two and grab a cocktail, or down to level one if you want to party at the beer garden. The deck has weeknight activities to keep you occupied such as Open Mic on Wednesday nights and Trivia Nights every Tuesday.
5. Catch a movie at the Limes Rooftop Cinema
Address: 142 Constance St Fortitude Valley, Queensland 4006
Phone: +61 7 3852 9000
Cap off your night with a good movie under the stars. The movie starts at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to grab some food and drinks before the show starts. If you haven’t, don’t worry. You can always order snacks and drinks during and after the show. Fancy a night dip? Then grab your swimsuit and head to the rooftop’s plunge pools.
6. Relax at the Stock Exchange Rooftop
Address: 131 Edward St, Brisbane QLD, 4000
Phone: (07) 3229 3522
For a more laid-back vibe, drop by the Stock Exchange Rooftop. This rooftop restaurant’s relaxing atmosphere without the swanky décor makes it a perfect watering hole for office workers on Friday nights. Decked with fairy lights and hanging plants, you’ll want to spend every night here. Live music is also available on some nights. Food here is pretty good, and they have a long list of drinks. From Mai Tais to cocktail jugs, you won’t run out of happy juice options at this hangout spot.
7. Feel like you’re on top of the world at Eagles Nest
Address: The Point Hotel, 21 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169
Phone: 1800 088 388
Take in the beautiful views from this stylish rooftop joint at Kangaroo Point. Its location means gorgeous sunsets you wouldn’t want to miss. The surrounding glass buildings provide the perfect backdrop for the vibrant sunset colours. End a hot summer night with a glass of Moet Ice or any of the bar’s flavourful cocktails.
Many of these places are open only on certain days of the week, so better call ahead to book a spot. If you’re planning on catching a show or live event, drop by the place at least 20 minutes before the start of the show so you could get good seats. If you’re planning on drinking the night away, have someone drive you home—never drink and drive. The city enjoys a balmy weather all year, so people here love to spend the days and nights outdoors. This is why peak nights always draw huge crowds. If you don’t want to deal with big crowds, look for ones that open during weeknights.
Aside from these watering holes and restaurants, there are other rooftop spots worth checking out in and around Brisbane. If you want to explore other hangout spots, you’ll be happy to know that Brisbane is a traveller-friendly destination. Whether you’re looking for Brisbane airport parking depots, car rentals, or public transport stations, they’re all easily accessible in this city.
Katrina Daez is a travel writer and budget traveller working with Alpha Car Hire, a Brisbane-based car rental company with branches in Gold Coast, Melbourne, and Sydney. When not writing about fun things to do in Queensland, Australia, she’s busy looking for seat sales and discount travel deals.