Why Brisbane is the top city for rooftop venues

Eagles Nest

Science tells us that drinks taste better higher up*. Take sweeping city views, top bartenders, a vibrant atmosphere and multiply it with Brisbane’s great weather for an event that reaches to the next level.

Don’t believe us? Read our five reasons why Brisbane is king of the rooftop below followed by a thoroughly researched list of our top rooftop bars and venues worth considering for your next business event. The views (and the drinks) are pretty grand.

*based on our own tests

1. It doesn’t really get cold

Our average daytime temperature sits near 23 degrees during winter, which means that our outdoor lifestyle is truly year-round. Night time event? No problem – in winter, it might drop down to 11 degrees. Do you even need a scarf for that?

2. It’s sunny … all the time

Brisbane is lucky enough to have almost 300 days of sunshine per year, so it’s easy to see why rooftop bars and venues have popped up all over the city – and why they’re so popular.

3. The sunsets are spectacular

The sunsets in Brisbane can be pretty spectacular, particularly in winter when the pretty purple and pink hues fill the sky. Don’t believe us? Check out @VisitBrisbane’s Instagram for evidence.

4. It’s a breath of fresh air

Queenslanders are famously more laid-back than their southern counterparts, and our rooftop venues are no exception. More relaxed doesn’t mean that we’re lacking in quality – Brisbane has some incredible fine-dining offerings and private dining rooms that will make any guest feel like a VIP and plenty of super-suave bars for a nightcap.

5. Give me views any day

Bird's-eye views of the city, sweeping panoramic views of the city and the Story Bridge, riverside views … where there’s a vantage point there’s a rooftop for you to take it all in from.

Now, read on to find the perfect rooftop venue for your next business event.

Sky Room & Terrace – BCEC, South Bank

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre were named the world’s best for a reason. The Sky Room and Terrace overlooks South Bank, the Wheel of Brisbane and across to the CBD. Hot tip: tie your event in with a fireworks display because this is likely one of the best vantage points – guests will be amazed.

Great for: Large-scale events that look to leave a lasting impression

Capacity: 300 cocktail

Rooftop Terrace – Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm

The atmosphere at Brisbane Powerhouse is seriously cool. The Rooftop Terrace overlooks New Farm and the river and is a great option post-formalities, with an adjoining indoor space complete with heritage-listed graffiti. Now that’s character. Catering is provided by Zen Catering, and the space can accommodate up to 150 cocktail.

Great for: An event space with character in an iconic Brisbane building.

Capacity: 150 cocktail

Kurilpa Rooftop – Brisbane State High School, South Brisbane

Kurilpa Rooftop

Go back to school for your next event at the Kurilpa Rooftop or Concourse at Brisbane State High School. The rooftop offers views that look back towards South Bank and the city that are a little different to a typical city view and are ideal for the bigger groups. Catering is provided by Australian Catering Services who are able to accommodate for themed events, which is always fun.

Great for: CBD and South Bank views from a different perspective in a covered outdoor space for large events

Capacity: 1000 cocktail

Roof Terrace – GOMA, South Bank

GOMA Roof Terrace

Picture this: sipping cocktails while overlooking what we think is one of the prettiest views of the CBD. Is your imagination running wild? GOMA’s rooftop terrace can accommodate up to 200 and is protected from the weather for the odd occasion that it actually rains. GOMA’s corporate catering is second to none – with GOMA Restaurant executive chef Josh Lopez a recent celebrity guest on MasterChef Australia.

Great for: GOMA puts art on a plate – the views are just the icing on the cake

Capacity: 200 cocktail

Eagle’s Nest, Kangaroo Point

Eagles Nest

Perched 12 floors up on the rooftop of The Point Brisbane, the panoramic view of the city skyline and Story Bridge make an incredible backdrop to any function – day and night. The best part? An event here feels exclusive – Eagle’s Nest only opens to the public twice a week.

Great for: A sunset event when the afternoon light is just right.

Capacity: 120 cocktail

EI8HT, Fortitude Valley

EI8HT Fortitude Valley

The glamorous interiors translate into a stylish outdoor space on the rooftop of EI8HT. Located in the middle of all the action of Fortitude Valley, EI8HT’s rooftop offers a private function space that is still amid the hustle and bustle.

Great for: A stylish rooftop cocktail party

Capacity: 800 cocktail

Sazerac – Four Points by Sheraton, Brisbane City

Sazerac Rooftop Bar

Take your event 30 floors up – Sazerac Bar is the city's highest bar occupying the 30th floor of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. The view is incredible – and a little different to the typical sweeping city views you’ve come to expect. Private booths are ideal for smaller groups, but exclusive use of the venue can accommodate up to 200 cocktail style. It’s not all looking down through a glass window though, with a covered outdoor patio that opens the space up. 

Great for: Rooftop parties and cocktail functions in the heart of the CBD

Capacity: 200 cocktail

The Loft, Hotel Urban, Brisbane City

Take your next event to the penthouse level of Hotel Urban. Sitting on its own private level, The Loft offers spectacular views of the city skyline. The décor is modern and fun, and the privacy of the space adds a touch of VIP.

Great for: A private, penthouse-style event

Capacity: 80 cocktail

Lennon’s Pool Terrace and Bar, Brisbane City 

Next Hotel

Step off Queen Street Mall, into the elevator and onto the terrace of NEXT Hotel’s glamorous poolside bar. Lounge alongside the infinity pool, or peer down into Queen Street Mall and see what is going on. A Chef’s BBQ package is offered for functions on the terrace, with selections made based on the best seasonal produce and grilled on the spot.

Great for: A modern and central outdoor venue by the pool

Capacity: 200 cocktail

Sixteen Antlers – Pullman King George Square, Brisbane City

Sixteen Antlers

Perched atop the Pullman King George Square, Sixteen Antlers can be found 16 floors up, looking out over the magnificent Brisbane City Hall, public square and across the city skyline. The venue’s name is taken from the custom-designed awnings that actually look like antlers and the bar has an impressive shelf of drinks available. Mouths will water at the smell of the chefs cooking a barbecue on the rooftop for group events, and we can guarantee that the venue won’t turn into a pumpkin and guests into mice when the City Hall clock strikes midnight.

Great for: Mixed age groups to mingle in the heart of the CBD

Capacity: 150 cocktail

Soleil Pool Bar - Rydges South Bank, South Bank

Soleil Bar

The views from Soleil Pool Bar will impress many an out-of-towner. Soleil, meaning sun, shines bright on the pool terrace of Rydges South Bank and overlooks South Bank across to the CBD. Think canapes and cocktails poolside, or wine and nibbles under the heating lamps if the temperature drops.

Great for: Large functions, pre-dinner drinks or a nightcap after a show at QPAC

Capacity: 400 cocktail

Up On Constance, Fortitude Valley

Up on Constance

Walk down the graffiti-covered laneway beside TRYP Hotel and take the glass elevator to the top. Up on Constance is all contemporary glam with zesty cocktails, crafty canapes, rich cheese platters and impressive views. Book a booth for up to 10 or gain exclusive use of the venue for over 80. 

Great for: Year-round summer atmosphere and never-ending views 

Capacity: 240 cocktail

Eleven Rooftop Bar – Fortitude Valley

Eleven Rooftop Bar

Eleven’s decor takes its inspiration from the rooftops of Istanbul, with the 16-seater booths able to be curtained off for the smaller groups complete with table service. The view from up here is definitely worth a snap or two, offering a 270-degree view of Fortitude Valley, the CBD and back towards the Story Bridge. 

Great for: Entertaining smaller groups in an intimate setting, or taking over the whole marble bar for a luxe and exclusive event.

Capacity: 260 cocktail

Elixir Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley

Elixir Rooftop Bar

The wooden decor, fairy lights, greenery and daybed seating will have guests slipping into party mode without much effort. The selection of local beers will go down well with the beef short ribs and the cheese and charcuterie boards pair perfectly with the Elixir Fresh Market Martini. 

Great for: A secret garden vibe and groups wanting to escape the concrete jungle

Capacity: 200 cocktail

Dandy’s Rooftop – The Fox, South Bank

Built in the late 1800s, the Fox is one of Brisbane’s most classic pubs – but on the roof the decor is anything but. Dandy’s Rooftop has a distinct year-round summer theme going, with bright green AstroTurf, umbrellas and coloured wooden tables fitting out the space. The views looking back over the Cultural Centre towards the CBD are worth a snap or two, especially at sunset when the moon is rising. Trust us.

Great for: Drinkers with a broad range of tastes – there’s 24 cocktails on the menu

Capacity: 360 cocktail

Limes Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley

Limes Bar

Proudly claiming the title of Brisbane’s first rooftop bar, Limes by day feels like the deck of a cruise ship and by night it’s a sultry, modern setting for a cocktail or two. The terrace is laid with vivid green astroturf and has two plunge pools (for the infamous Brisbane summer) surrounded by wooden decking and green vines. Take a small group for afternoon drinks or book out the whole venue for up to 80 guests cocktail-style. There’s even a cinema screen.

Great for: Drinking champagne and cocktails and dusk; playing movies on the screen.

Capacity: 80 cocktail

Sage on Ann, Brisbane City 

This feels like a bit of a hidden gem to us. A coffee and breakfast haunt for many a CBD worker, street-level Sage on Ann runs the private rooftop space that is centrally located and – best of all – BYO. The terrace faces towards City Hall which lights up nightly and the city hustle and bustle is able to be enjoyed from above. 

Great for: Those on a budget who want a more flexible option.

Capacity: 120 cocktail

Stock Exchange, Brisbane City 

The Stock Exchange Rooftop

The Stock Exchange building has been standing since 1863, and a visit to the rooftop terrace is considered to be a rite of passage to any Brisbane resident and visitor. Its most recent multi-million-dollar refurbishment has turned the rooftop into a large, fairy-light lit terrace with hanging plants that highlight the venue’s laid-back atmosphere perfectly.

Great for: Cheap and cheerful functions on the pretty rooftop of a historic pub

Capacity: 600 cocktail

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