The Best Rooftop Bars To Spend Sundowner Hour At This Autumn
Is it sundowner hour? We’ve found the best rooftop bars for sunset spritzes!
Picture this: a gorgeous glowing sunset, you and your best friends, sipping on a spritz. Sound like your idea of a good time? You’re going to want to keep scrolling. We’ve explored the best rooftop bars in Brisbane to bring you the ultimate Sunday session wish list. Summer is well and truly upon us, and we couldn’t be more ready to be basking in the sunshine again.
Brisbane is known for its year-round sunny weather and laidback energy, but now it’s beginning to become known for its views, too! Whether it’s a hot new bar with a pumping social scene, or something a little more low-key (perfect for your regularly scheduled date night or happy hour), we’ve found the best rooftop bars across Brisbane for your next weekend jaunt.
Brisbane’s showstopping W Hotel has to be one of the most iconic destinations in the city, hands down. But if you’re looking for the best view in the building, head to level four to visit Wet Deck. This terrace bar serves up creative cocktails and tasty contemporary bites while live DJs keep the vibes pumping in the background. Featuring the iconic black and white striped pool (an interpretation of the bends and twists of the Brisbane River), and unparalleled views of the city, Wet Deck is the perfect place to head for any special events this summer.
W Hotel, 81 North Quay, Brisbane
The newest rooftop bar on the Brisbane scene, Sunsets Rooftop lives up to its name with an incredible vantage point over Kangaroo Point. Opening just in time for the warmer months to arrive, Sunsets’ aesthetic is inspired by the vibrant and sun-kissed climate of Queensland, presented in the style of a desert oasis, where warm breezes meet refreshing cocktails to create a rooftop paradise. With a menu paying homage to the diverse culinary traditions found in tropical regions around the world, Sunsets manages to make this multicultural attitude feel distinctly Brisbane… and we’re oh so here for it. See you there for sundowners this summer!
95 Linton Street, Kangaroo Point
Eagles Nest is looking fresh and is ready to show you one of the best views in the city! Perched atop The Point Hotel in Kangaroo Point, this is one of Brisbane’s highest rooftop bars… so the view is not for the faint of heart. Eagles Nest is a chic spot to sip champagne or cocktails and watch the sunset over the water, while you wind down after a busy week… or wind up for a busy weekend!
The Point Brisbane - Hotel, 21 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point
Ooh La La
Wander upstairs when you’re next visiting C’est Bon, and you’ll happen upon Ooh La La! This hidden gem flies under the radar but is an absolute must-do when you’re checking the best rooftop bars in Brisbane off your list. Gaze over Woolloongabba and the city’s fringe in this open-air bar, whilst sampling caviar and appellation oysters and sipping on signature cocktails. Be sure to sample some of the French wines on the menu, after all, you’re atop one of the best French restaurants in the city!
609/611 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
Valley Hops Brewing
Right in the heart of the Valley, on top of one of Brisbane’s glitziest bars, lies a rooftop bar and brewery like no other. Valley Hops Brewing is a rooftop brewery, crafting independent beer that represents the vibrant, grungy and utterly unique character of the notorious Fortitude Valley district. The clever crew behind the beer invite you to celebrate the liveliness, noise and energy that this part of Brisbane is known for, at their welcoming rooftop bar. A place to unwind and watch over the Valley, as its heartbeat pounds around you.
Rooftop Brewery, 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Taking inspiration from Spanish decor and design, Iris Rooftop is perched above Hotel X in Fortitude Valley and is one of the best rooftop bars for an after-work sundowner. An elevated menu of Spanish-inspired taste sensations ranging from cider-glazed Chorizo to Fraser Isle spanner crab bruschetta will keep your tastebuds in a tizzy, whilst the beverages menu offers page after page of refreshment. The ideal location for your next romantic date night or special occasion, Iris is about to become your new favourite bar.
Hotel X Rooftop, 458 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Tetto Rooftop Bar
One of our favourite new suburban rooftop bars to hit the scene is Tetto Bar, which pays homage to resort towns scattered along the Italian Riviera. This bright and colourful bar will definitely have you cheering, even if perhaps you didn’t have the European summer that you were dreaming of. With a glorious cocktail list perfect for a relaxed Sunday in the sunshine, you can also order snacks or a meal… our pick is the mushroom and truffle gnocchi. It’s what dreams are made of.
1/807 Stafford Road, Everton Park
Hibiscus Bar & Terrace
Located in the very heart of the CBD, the Hibiscus Bar & Terrace is one of the best rooftop bars to visit this summer. Showcasing the dreamiest parts of our tropical and vibrant Queensland lifestyle, Hibiscus is always bursting with colour, energy and great menus! Whether you’re dipping into a cob loaf, cheers-ing to the weekend or just having a well-overdue catch-up with your nearest and dearest, this gorgeous bar makes for the perfect backdrop. The sparkling infinity pool is easy on the eyes, too.
Sitchu Tip: Hibiscus Bar has just partnered with iconic Aussie gin makers, Never Never Distillery to serve fun new cocktails like the Triple Juniper Mango Daiquiri, Juniper Gin Bellini and our personal favourite… the Frosty Fruit Cup, served with an actual Frosty Fruit icepole!
33 Burnett Lane, Brisbane (pedestrian access via 72 Queen Street, Brisbane)
Fiume Rooftop Bar
Showcasing the best of what Brisbane has to offer, Fiume Rooftop Bar is one of the best rooftop bars in Brisbane to visit this summer! Nibble on share plates with your inner circle whilst sipping on perfectly crafted cocktails, gazing over the infinity pool, day beds and river views from this urban oasis. You’ll feel worlds away from your everyday life as you unwind and let your hair down over some of Fiume’s signature cocktails (and keep your phone handy, this whole experience is oh-so-Instagrammable!). See you at Fiume this season for a drink or two.
Howard Smith Wharves, Level 3, 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane
One of Brisbane’s newest rooftop bars is the Amazonian-inspired SOKO Rooftop, in the freshly refurbished Jubilee Place. Enjoy uninhibited views over the Brisbane city skyline as you sip from the extensive drinks list that spans cocktails, mocktails, wine and sake. Dine on their signature Japanese-Peruvian fusion food that will tantalise your tastebuds as you watch the sun go down over the city. This is one of the best rooftop bars in Brisbane for stunning skyline views and an utterly unique time!
Level 14/470 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley
Feel like you’ve stepped out of Brisbane and into the Mediterranean when you arrive at Lina! This luxe and spacious open rooftop bar also features a stunning lap pool to immediately elevate your visit to vacay vibes. Recline on a day bed with rosè in hand and gourmet bites at the ready. This rooftop bar practically screams summer and it’s definitely calling your name, with its dangerously tasty Lina Spritzes and absolute dreamscape of a layout.
74-80 Tribune Street, South Brisbane
If you haven’t heard of Maya, we may have to dig you out from under that rock you’ve been living under. Fortitude Valley’s favourite rooftop bar is the place to be and to be seen. Mixing Mexican-inspired food with panoramic views of Brisbane, Maya serves up classic Mexican cocktails along with house summery specials like the Frozen Passionfruit Margarita, made with Patron Reposado, passoa, passionfruit, vanilla, pineapple, orange and lime. So gather the gang for a Mexican fiesta this season to shake off your Winter blues and feel renewed.
757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Cielo Rooftop Bar
From the brains behind Salts Meats Cheese, this Fortitude Valley bar is a slice of the Italian Riviera in the heart of Brisbane. Cielo Rooftop is the perfect place for a catch-up with friends and their Cielo Never Ending Sundays should be your go-to spot for a Sunday sesh. With live DJs and musicians, it's not to be missed.
Open Thursday to Sunday
Rooftop, 209 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Enter the world of the Dirty Sultan at this funky rooftop bar on quirky Constance Street. Blending Neo-Turkish street food bites with bespoke cocktails, the irrepressible energy of this cheeky rooftop bar is the perfect recipe for a good time. Enjoy good food, quality spirits and maybe even partake in the shisha on your next visit to this amazing rooftop bar in Brisbane. It’s the best spot to soak up the sunshine, in one of their cosy booths or on the dancefloor as
Rooftop, 14-18 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
The Terrace Rooftop Bar
Take your rooftop bar experience to new heights with a visit to The Terrace at the Emporium. The Emporium never does things by halves, and the Terrace is no exception. With a retractable ceiling, this luxe oasis in the sky is perfect for an after-work drink or a night out on the town. With a luxe entrance through the hotel and a sophisticated ambience, we love visiting this amazing rooftop bar for a special occasion. Indeed, any excuse will do when it comes to summery cocktails at a gorgeous rooftop bar in Brisbane!
267 Grey Street, South Brisbane
Located at the top of the Pullman Hotel is Sixteen Antlers, a rooftop bar that is a favourite for after-work drinks. Tuck yourself into a comfy lounge and watch the sun go down and the city begins to glitter with lights. Sixteen Antlers is the best rooftop bar in the city for views of the CBD and glittering skyline, so don’t miss out on soaking up some sunshine at this iconic rooftop bar.
Sitchu Tip : Our favourite menu pick is the antipasti plate or the artisanal cheese platter, perfect for nibbling on whilst you sip cocktails in the sunshine.
Level 16, Pullman & Mercure Hotel Corner Ann & Roma Streets, Brisbane City
Keen to explore more of the best rooftop bars Brisbane has to offer? Check out some of our favourites in our round-up of the best new bars across the city. If you’re itching to fill your calendar with excitement, take a scroll through our monthly Event Guide to discover what’s good around Brisbane city and beyond.