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Five Rooftop Bars Where You Can Make the Most of Golden Hour in Brisbane

Take an early mark to nab a spot at these coveted sky-high bars.
By Tamille Head
January 15, 2021
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By Tamille Head
January 15, 2021
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FIVE ROOFTOP BARS WHERE YOU CAN MAKE THE MOST OF GOLDEN HOUR IN BRISBANE

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Take an early mark to nab a spot at these coveted sky-high bars.

How good is summer? The days are longer, the sunsets are picture-perfect and we've got extra impetus to make the most of it now we're back on the clock. Of course, we all know that golden hour is prime time for kicking back with a cool drink and catching up with mates after work. Thankfully, soaking up every bit of Brisbane's tropical climate and Instagram-worthy sunsets is a breeze due to our extensive number of rooftop bars. Together with Jim Beam, we've rounded up five sky-high watering holes so you can take in those golden reflections from a beautiful vantage point.

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    The Balfour Kitchen

    As far as best-kept secrets go, the rooftop at Spicers Balfour Hotel might just be one of Brisbane’s finest. Open exclusively to diners at The Balfour Kitchen and Bar in leafy New Farm, the rooftop offers one of the most spectacular vantage points to watch the sun set over the skyline of Fortitude Valley and the Story Bridge. Perfect for enjoying a few quiet drinks, such as a refreshing Jim Beam with soda and lemon, Spicers is just a short stroll from the Howard Smith Wharves precinct if you’re keen to kick on to a few more bars after dark.

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    Limes has been leading the Brisbane rooftop bar scene for years now, and it’s no wonder locals keep flocking back time and time again. With two spas (yes, really), an extensive drinks list (you name it, they’ve got it) and delicious eats, it’s a real crowd favourite. And then there’s the views — and there are plenty of vantage points from which to catch a glimpse of the sunset. But keep in mind, the rooftop is only open on Fridays and Saturdays. While you’re taking in the sights, order a Jim Beam with soda, or shake it up by pairing it with peach iced tea.

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    Sixteen Antlers

    If you happen to find yourself in the CBD come golden hour, head to Sixteen Antlers for a stellar view and a cool drink. Named for its roof branches reminiscent of a deer’s antlers, the intimate venue boasts a selection of boutique beers, quality wines and an impressive tapas menu — such as beef brisket sliders, salt and pepper squid, Tasmanian oysters and artisanal cheese boards. There are DJs spinning every Friday and Saturday evenings, too, which add to the ambience. After dark, the cityscape transforms into a twinkling CBD skyline as Brisbane fires up for the night.

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    Eagles Nest

    Positioned inside Kangaroo Point’s The Point Hotel, the aptly named Eagles Nest offers uninterrupted views of the Brisbane CBD, and a killer cocktail menu to match, making it a sunset lover’s dream venue. Open from 3pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Eagles Nest is your go-to spot for basking in that golden hour glow on the weekend. Unwind with a drink in hand while you watch the sun go down over the Brisbane River.

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    The Terrace

    Arguably the most loved rooftop bar on the south side, The Terrace at Emporium Hotel offers stunning views over the CBD skyline and beyond, extending all the way towards Moreton Island. The openair rooftop bar and restaurant is fitted with a retractable ceiling and glass roof, so you can savour the subtropical climate year-round. However, there’s no denying the sunsets really peak during summer. Whether you’re in the market for a quick sunset cocktail, or are looking to extend a long lunch into the evening, this is the place for you.

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Top image: The Terrace at Emporium Hotel

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