Whether it's dining, drinking or dancing, everything goes better with the wind in your hair and a view of the city skyline. Take your night out to new heights at one of the following rooftop bars.
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Elixir Rooftop (646 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley) is a Fortitude Valley rainforest sanctuary that our reviewer describes as a 'beautiful experience' where 'all [leave] sated'. Once you're nestled amongst the lush foliage and tropical decor, you'll find it hard to believe you're in one of the busiest streets in Brisbane.
As you might expect at a place called Elixir, cocktails are king and the extensive menu combines traditional favourites with new recipes, such as the Moons Goddess Elixir, a gin and champagne mix with citrus and ginger flavours. Pair it with a pizza and followed by a slice of Cointreau cheesecake.
Elixir is open Monday to Thursday from 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm. Bookings are highly recommended and can be made here.
Sixteen Antlers (Level 16, Pullman and Mercure Hotel, corner Ann and Roma Streets) takes its drinks menu very seriously, with champagne from France, Scotch from Scotland, a huge list of craft beer and a fun range of cocktails and mocktails on offer. But that's about all it takes seriously. In fact, the bar was so-called because the roof's beams look like deer antlers.
While the food menu isn't as long as the drinks menu, it's almost as impressive, with Middle Eastern dishes like chicken shawarma sliders or beef or chicken skewers with toum as well as bar mainstays like sweet potato fries and grazing platters.
The bar, which our reviewer described as 'groovy and laid back', also dispenses live music, mixology classes and happy hour food and drink specials, all with a view of the city skyline.
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If you've ever been to South Bank you've seen the Emporium, a big shiny building near South Bank train station. At the top of the Emporium is The Terrace, a big shiny rooftop bar. It's open from 7am daily to members of the public, although non-guests can only make bookings between Monday and Thursday.
The Terrace boasts amazing views of South Bank Parklands and Brisbane River and the retractable glass ceiling makes it a reliable, all-weather venue. The Terrace Dining serves al fresco meals with an Asian influence, including a two-course breakfast with beverages for $35.
Plan your visit for a Sunday to coincide with 21 Sundays, an afternoon session offering live music, $15 small plates, and drinks specials.
Tetto Rooftop Bar is named for the holiday strip on the Italian Riviera and the influence shows. The alfresco space, located above Corbett & Claude in Everton Plaza's new Park Lane, is a bright and summery space filled with striped umbrellas and loads of flowers.
This theme carries through to the food and drinks menus, which are an appropriate mix of tropical and Italian. Traditional fare like pasta and cannolis compete with modern fusion options like Bolognese arancini, popcorn gnocchi, and fried chicken with limoncello dipping sauce. Meanwhile, cocktail options include a multi-coloured Bird of Paradise (gin, hibiscus tea, passionfruit purée and cordial) and the eponymous Tetto spritz which combines gin and Prosecco with lavender and violette.
Drop in on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for Weekends on the Roof, with live music from 3pm.
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