The Terrace

A rooftop bar and dining terrace atop South Bank's Emporium Hotel.
Sarah Ward
Published on October 05, 2018
Updated on January 19, 2021


UPDATE, AUGUST 13, 2020: After closing for a revamp, The Terrace will reopen on Thursday, August 20. Expect a new menu, as overseen by ex-Donna Chang chef Benny Lam. Bookings will be available to the public from Monday–Thursday, with walk-ins only (other than for Emporium Hotel guests) from Friday–Sunday.


Already one of the most scenic spots in Brisbane's inner city, South Bank has added another attraction to its list: its first rooftop hangout accessible every day of the week.

Located on the 21st floor of Grey Street's Emporium Hotel and open from breakfast onwards, The Terrace boasts an all-day dining menu, plus plenty of drinks. It also features luxe surroundings and one hell of a panoramic view over the river, South Bank and across to the CBD.

Under the guidance of executive chef Chris Norman, the food menu takes care of all the usual daily meals, including brekkie, brunch, lunch, dinner, late-night snacks and everything in-between. The beverage list features classic and signature cocktails, as well as local and international wines and spirits.

Of course, if you're taking the elevator up to sky-high surroundings, then you're just as interested in the decor and vantage. Design-wise, the look is unsurprisingly opulent — think light colours, walls filled with greenery, white backlit onyx floor tiles and a 13-metre bar made out of the same material. Date palms add to the tropical vibe, while floor-to-ceiling glass doors open out onto the balcony. And, to ensure that Brisbanites can make the most of The Terrace come rain or shine, the venue has two retractable roofs.

A 23-metre infinity edge pool is also located on Emporium's top floor, however this is for guests only. But if you are treating yourself to an overnight stay, you'll be able to order something to eat and drink from The Terrace while you laze by the water.

Those keen to drop by just for a beverage, bite and breathtaking vista are encouraged to book in advance.


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