Brisbane by rooftop

Brisbane’s evolving entertainment scene continues to impress, with the city and surrounding suburbs boasting a fine array of restaurants and bars for the discerning weekend punter. Mild winter evenings mean the popularity of rooftop bars continues on unabated during the cooler months. Visitors and locals alike are continually seeking out an elevated position from which to sip on a cheeky cocktail, sample some delicious tapas and take in outstanding view of Brisbane’s stunning skyline.

Whether you’re in town for work or play, be sure to stop in and check out one of these excellent rooftop establishments.

The Terrace – the Emporium Hotel, South Bank

Having recently relocated to the trendy entertainment hub of South Bank, the Emporium Hotel is home to the Terrace, a stylish rooftop bar offering views across the expansive Brisbane River to the CBD. With a menu boasting sweet and savoury snacks plus a selection of enticing mains, and an enviable cocktail list, the Terrace is the place to go for a chic, open air experience.

Fiume Bar - the Fantauzzo, Howard Smith Wharves

 Nestled under the Storey Bridge, the Fantauzzo Hotel is primely situated within the Howard Smith Wharves precint and is home to Fiume Bar, a stunning new addition to Brisbane’s rooftop bar scene. Fiume ticks all the boxes; a delectable cocktail list, a bar menu hinting at Italian influences and unbeatable views of the CBD and Brisbane River.

Eleven Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, Fortitude Valley

Located at the northern end of Fortitude Valley, Eleven is a stylish addition to Brisbane’s entertainment and nightclub hub. With a menu housing everything from small share plates through to main courses and an impressive drinks list, Eleven is perfectly positioned within but above the bustling Valley scene. Appreciate stunning views out over the city and further north, and make sure you’re on the deck at sunset for a truly spectacular sight.

Elixir, Fortitude Valley

Located in the heart of the Valley above the precinct’s teaming nightlife, Elixir is another Brisbane rooftop bar that’s sure to impress. The bar's daybed seating and naturally styled décor creates an intimate vibe and offers an escape from the party going crowd below. Enhance the experience with a delectable cocktail, a shared plate or a hand rolled pizza from Elixir’s inspiring menu.

Eagles Nest – The Point Hotel, Kangaroo Point

Eagles Nest, situated atop the Point Hotel at Kangaroo Point, is an intimate rooftop bar with impressive views upriver towards the CBD. Enjoy live music, delicious tapas and whimsical cocktails such as the ‘Enchanted Unicorn’ as you take in the sparkling city lights. Eagles Nest is only open to the general public on Fridays and Sundays from 3pm so plan your weekend carefully to avoid missing out.

Words by Rebecca Walker. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland - Published 24 June 2019
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