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14 best rooftop bars in Brisbane [2020 update]

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Last updated: September 19th, 2020

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With close to 300 days of sunshine every year, it is no wonder that there are quite a few fantastic Brisbane rooftop bars. Perfect venues to indulge in sky-high vibes and elevated cocktails, all to majestic views over the impressive skyline and lush green spaces.

But which is the best rooftop bar Brisbane? You will find out right here, with this ultimate guide to the best Brisbane roof terraces this city has to offer, packed with all info you need about each venue: opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more.

From cosmopolitan rooftop lounges to charming terraces, there is a rooftop bar Brisbane for everyone and every occasion. Just scroll down and find the Brisbane rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Rooftop bar Brisbane Eagles Nest in Brisbane
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Eagles Nest Brisbane

$$$ | 12th floor | Kangaroo Point
  • Highlights
  • Fri & Sun
  • Sunset views
  • Handcrafted cocktails

Located on top of The Point Brisbane Hotel at Kangaroo Point, this rooftop bar is somewhat a hidden gem. Only open on Fridays & Sundays, there is an exclusiveness to Eagles Nest, both in availability and in feel. From the 12th floor terrace you get lovely views over the Brisbane skyline and the river, especially around sunset, which is absolutely amazing from up here. Decorated as a classic cocktail bar, the ambience is stylish yet relaxed, and with chilled live music it is a perfect rooftop for Friday after works or relaxing Sunday cocktails.

Rooftop bar Brisbane Maya Mexican in Brisbane
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Maya Mexican

$$$ | 11th floor | Fortitude Valley
  • Highlights
  • Amazing views
  • Pop-up
  • Mexican vibes

The highly popular Eleven Rooftop Bar has made way for the pop-up restaurant and rooftop bar Maya Mexican. Bright and stylish, the terrace comes with a lush setting where you can enjoy sublime views over Fortitude Valley and the CBD. Inspired by the Maya region of Mexico, the rooftop menu is packed with tasty small plates and larger dishes created by chef Leisa Smith, as well as a wide range of tequila, mezcal and Margaritas. An intimate and lovely rooftop bar Brisbane for a sunny lunch, afternoon drinks or late night vibes with both live music and DJs.

Rooftop bar Brisbane Sixteen Antlers Rooftop Bar in Brisbane
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Sixteen Antlers Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 16th floor | King George Square
  • Highlights
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Skyline views
  • Weekend DJs

Perched on top of the trendy Pullman Brisbane, Sixteen Antlers Rooftop Bar is an intimate and leafy cocktail lounge, perfect for after work drinks and sophisticated vibes. Set sixteen floors above central Brisbane, the rooftop offers some amazing views over the city skyline and the City Hall clock tower. Enjoy a great selection of drinks, from crafted cocktails to boutique beers and quality wines, all served in a trendy atmosphere, turning extra vibrant every Friday and Saturday evening when live DJs create an ambient soundtrack.

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Rooftop bar Brisbane The Terrace by Emporium Hotel South Bank in Brisbane
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The Terrace by Emporium Hotel South Bank

$$$$ | 21st floor | South Bank
  • Highlights
  • Year-round
  • Luxurious
  • Infinity pool

On top of the Emporium Hotel South Bank you find The Terrace Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, which is not only South Bank's first rooftop bar, but probably also the most luxurious rooftop bar Brisbane has to offer. Open from breakfast until late night, The Terrace offers amazing views reaching all the way to Moreton Island pretty much day-round. From the stylish backlit onyx rooftop bar you can order carefully crafted signature and classic cocktails, an extensive selection of boutique wines, as well as tasty bar bites.

Rooftop bar Brisbane The Rooftop at Stock Exchange Hotel in Brisbane
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The Rooftop at Stock Exchange Hotel

$$$ | 3rd floor | Frog's Hollow
  • Highlights
  • Beer garden
  • Iconic building
  • Large menu

Built in 1863, The Stock Exchange Hotel is one of the most iconic venues in the centre of Brisbane. Equipped with multiple dining areas, and a recent major makeover means one of them is a charming beer-garden style rooftop bar. Known as The Rooftop @ Stockies, the bar serves just about anything you could wish for from a great pub, including a large selection of brews, crafted cocktails, jugs to share, as well as a nice array of eats. This is a perfect rooftop bar Brsibane for both after work drinks in the sunshine, as well as late night weekends of fun.

Rooftop bar Brisbane Limes Hotel Bar in Brisbane
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Limes Hotel Rooftop Bar

$$ | 4th floor | Fortitude Valley
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop cinema
  • Weekend spot
  • Renovated 2018

Located on top of the trendy Limes Hotel in Fortitude Valley, this hip rooftop bar was actually the first one in Brisbane. And after a 2018 renovation, it looks more beautiful than ever. Open during weekend nights, the bright and natural rooftop bar offers unique and refreshing and a nice selection of wines, all in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Some nights of the week migh also mean rooftop cinema.

Rooftop bar Brisbane Altitude in Brisbane
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Altitude

$$$$ | 6th floor | Fortitude Valley
  • Highlights
  • Amazing views
  • Weekend lounge
  • Creative cocktails

Opened in 2019, Altitude is a hot and swanky Brisbane rooftop bar, perched above the Foresters Restaurant & Bar on Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley. The stylish 6th floor terrace comes equipped with comfy cabans, sleek dining tables and front-row bar stools to the amazing views over the Brisbane skyline. The rooftop menu is just about as impressive, including drinks options ranging from creative siganture cocktails and boutique wines to craft and standard beers, as well as smaller dishes made perfect to share.

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Rooftop bar Brisbane Fiume Bar at The Fantauzzo in Brisbane
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Fiume Bar at The Fantauzzo

$$$ | 3rd floor | Howard Smith Wharves
  • Highlights
  • River views
  • Glamorous
  • Rooftop pool

Located in the bustling Howard Smith Wharves, hotel The Fantauzzo comes with a glamorous and chic rooftop oasis, called Fiume. The spacious terrace is set right at the foot of the Story Bridge, and you get some fantastic views over Brisbane River and the city skyline. With a modern-yet-relaxed industrial setting and an amazing rooftop infinity pool, this Brisbane rooftop is a great spot for creative signature cocktails and bites both in the sun or under the stars, topped off with a selection of Italian inspired bar bites to share.

Rooftop bar Brisbane Dandy's Rooftop Bar in Brisbane
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Dandy's Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 5th floor | South Brisbane
  • Highlights
  • Adult playground
  • Panoramic views
  • Soho Sundays

Located on top of The Fox Hotel in South Brisbane, Dandy's Rooftop Bar is a retro chic and vibrant adult playground. Up at the 5th floor terrace you get a lovely view of the Brisbane skyline and the nearby rooftops. Beach-side blue and white in interior, the amibence at this rooftop bar Brisbane is relaxed backyard vibes. The rooftop menu includes a playful set of signature cocktails, 'home-made' ginger beer along with classic bites like burgers and pizza.

Rooftop bar The Pool Terrace & Bar at Next in Brisbane
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The Pool Terrace & Bar at Next

$$$ | 4th floor | Brisbane CBD
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop pool
  • Large cocktail list
  • Relaxed & intimate

Located on the 4th floor of the superb Next Hotel Brisbane, right in the heart of the Central Business District, this is one of few rooftop bars in Brisbane that comes with an infinity rooftop pool. The pool bar and terrace is open daily from noon and offers a real oasis above the bustling Queen Street below, a perfect place for a relaxing break in a day of shopping, but works just as well for nightly visits also. In a chill and relaxing poolside ambience you can enjoy well made cocktails, a large selection of beers and wines along with nice tapas.

Rooftop bar TETTO Rooftop Bar in Brisbane
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TETTO Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 2nd floor | Everton Park
  • Highlights
  • Italian Riviera
  • Beautiful
  • Chic

TETTO brings a large slice of la Dolce Vita and Italian Riviera-vibes to Brisbane. Think Positano, but on top of a shopping mall in the northern suburb Everton Park and not by the Mediterranean. The rooftop offers a menu suitable for the setting: Aperol Spritz is a given favourite, complemented with colorful signature creations, wines and both snacks and mains with Italian influences. Open daily, the TETTO Rooftop Bar is always a great choice if the longing for a Mediterranean atmosphere gets urgent.

Rooftop bar Brisbane Elixir Rooftop Bar in Brisbane
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Elixir Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 4th floor | Fortitude Valley
  • Highlights
  • Ribs & Wine Thursdays
  • Cosy
  • Great cocktails

A lush, cosy and sophisticated Brisbane rooftop bar, located above the bustling Ann Street in Fortitude Valley. Quite small in size, the open air fourth floor terrace comes with nice views of the Brisbane skyline. Elixir has a fresh wooden decor and a mix of comfy daybeds and regular bar stools, a very stylish setting that really comes to life at night when all the beautiful lights surrounding the terrace comes on. Enjoy a great selection of both well crafted signature cocktails, crafted beer and cider along with a good set of wines.

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Rooftop bar Brisbane Rooftop Terrace at The Sebel in Brisbane
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Rooftop Terrace at The Sebel

$$$ | 5th floor | Redcliffe Peninsula
  • Highlights
  • Ocean views
  • Hidden gem
  • Beach side vibes

Facing Margate Beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula, The Sebel Hotel comes with a rooftop bar that is somewhat a hidden gem. Known mostly as a space where guests staying at the hotel can enjoy views and dips in the rooftop pool daily, the Rooftop Terrace is also open to the public on weekends. The perfect place for afternoon or sunset drinks after a day on the beach, the rooftop terrace comes with a sophisticated yet laid-back beach side vibe, and you can visit for both 5pm happy hour on Friday's and live music on Sunday's.

Rooftop bar Brisbane Soleil Pool Bar in Brisbane
14

Soleil Pool Bar

$$$$ | 2nd floor | South Bank
  • Highlights
  • Swimming pool
  • Luxurious
  • Handcrafted cocktails

Just barely above the ground floor to qualify as a rooftop bar, Soleil Pool Bar might not offer the best views in Brisbane, but this luxurious and premiere pool bar has alot of other perks. Located on the podium level at the Rydges South Bank Brisbane the terrace is pool bar by day and cocktail lounge by night. Enjoy Garden Tea daily between 12-6pm, well crafted cocktails and weekends with live music and DJs, all in a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere.

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Rooftop bar Brisbane

Rooftop-grade: 8/10
Prime season: Sept-May
Residents: 1,9 millions
Climate: humid subtropical

The climate in Brisbane is humid and subtropical resulting in warm summers and a bit cooler winters (around 10-20 degrees’ wintertime). This means that the rooftop bars in Brisbane can stay open all year round.

There’s a lot of skyscrapers here making the views magnificent and with cool skylines. Here you will find both luxurious and a little more relaxing terraces to choose from.

A typical roof bar in this city, usually have a nice view over the city skyline and with a nice atmosphere.

About Brisbane

Brisbane is Australia's third largest city and the capital of the state of Queensland, located on the east coast of Australia. The city has been built at the Brisbane river, resulting in many bridges and lot’s of water. Three times in the history of the city it’s been hit by major flooding. As late as 2011, when a cyclone hit Brisbane they had big problems with this.