Where to Head for a Weekend Sunset Spritz with Your Mates
It's time to get your sunset spritz on, as Brisbane's hot afternoons turn into long balmy evenings.
November 02, 2022
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Days are getting longer, and the nights are getting warmer. And we don't doubt that you've already seen Brisbane's pubs and bars flooded with rounds of that most summery of drinks: the Aperol spritz.
That's why we thought it appropriate to create a list of some of our favourite places to go for a sunset spritz, in partnership with Aperol. First and foremost, these guys all make a good spritz —that's an essential. But, beyond that, each spot offers a great way to experience sunset — whether you're soaking it up from high up on a rooftop bar or enjoying it a riverside breeze.
TETTO ROOFTOP BAR, EVERTON PARK
Is Tetto the ultimate spritz destination in Brisbane? It might just be. First of all, this Italian rooftop bar is adorned in that famous Aperol orange — from the striped umbrellas to the floor itself. Second, this Everton Park spot also slings out spritzes in a bunch of different ways. If you're wanting to lean into the spritz spirit, then get your crew around a spritz tree, which holds no less than 12 ice-cold spritzes. And as the sun goes down on Fridays and Saturdays, DJs set the mood with vibey tunes, while nights are usually reserved for 90s and old-school R&B bangers. Stay for a boogie or find your own little spot to hide away and hang with your mates.
BAR ALTO, NEW FARM
While Brisbane Powerhouse might be better known as contemporary multi-arts venue that hosts regular comedy shows, live music gigs and all kinds of performance art, its breezy first-floor Italian restaurant and bar Bar Alto is a destination in its own right. Grab a seat overlooking the Brisbane River, order a round of spritzes and feast on a big bucket of mussels cooked in a rich garlic and tomato sauce. Whether you're stopping in before a show or making a night of it watching the sunset from this expansive openair space, there are certainly worse ways to spend a weekend evening.
THE PRINCE CONSORT HOTEL, FORTITUDE VALLEY
Since 1888, a pub has stood on the stretch of Fortitude Valley's Wickham Street approaching Brunswick Street, albeit under different names over the years. Now known as The Prince Consort Hotel, this eight-venue collective seems to always be buzzing — especially in the large beer garden out the back that's awash with plants and pastel hues. Spend a weekend here sipping on a spritz as the sun goes down, or come on a weeknight for an event — there's trivia on Tuesdays, free drag bingo on Wednesdays and a meat raffle on Thursdays.
If you're after sunset hangs on the river, then put this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and bar on your list. Options abound here: either stop by for a drink or two as that cool river breeze washes over you, or stay for a proper feast — food at Byblos is made for sharing (so BYO mates), with a banquet that's perfect for a taste of Lebanese classics. Or, order a bunch of meze to complement your night of spritzing.
IRIS ROOFTOP, FORTITUDE VALLEY
This glam poolside bar and restaurant offers up some mighty stunning views from its Brunswick Street rooftop. Grab a cocktail and gaze over the Brisbane skyline towards New Farm, the Valley and the city beyond, add in a sunset that matches the colour of your spritz and you have well and truly found your new happy place. If you're coming with a big group and really want to treat yourselves, hire out one of the private cabanas. You can spend hours up here, sinking into the plush seats overlooking the city.
IL MOLO, BULIMBA
This waterside bar and restaurant brings a little slice of Italy to Bulimba. Amidst black, white and wooden décor or on the sun-lit outdoor deck, patrons of Il Molo can enjoy front-row views of the Brisbane River while eating and drinking their way through some of Italy's greatest hits. Spritzes are, of course, obligatory, but be sure to get some snacks while you're here — tuck into calamari fritti and pancetta-spiked arancini, or order a few pizzas to share with your mates. There's also a dedicated aperitivo time here from 3pm, so you won't have to try too hard to lean into la dolce vita at this great sunset spritz spot.
POPOLO, SOUTH BRISBANE
Popolo might be one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Brisbane, but you don't have to come here for a full-blown meal — you can very easily grab an al fresco seat by the river and drink away the night. Although while you're here, we recommend you do put some food in your belly and, if you choose anything, make it the heavenly pappardelle pasta with duck leg ragu and generous amounts of Grana Padano, perfect for pairing with a spritz.
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