You Can Now Tuck Into Weekly Champagne Brunches While Hanging Over the Side of Brisbane Powerhouse at Vertigo

Start your Sundays with a boozy meal with a view 17 metres up at Brisbane's vertical dining experience.
Sarah Ward
Published on April 10, 2024

Adrenaline isn't a standard part of a boozy brunch. No one's pulse is normally racing as they knock back drinks over a mid-morning meal on a leisurely weekend; instead, cruisy vibes are usually on offer. But Vertigo's new Sunday brunch isn't any old brunch, because this Brisbane Powerhouse restaurant isn't any old restaurant — it's located off the side of the New Farm arts venue, 17 metres above the ground.

Announced in August 2023, then opening in October the same year, Vertigo is an Australian-first vertical dining experience. A meal here means climbing out to your seat while donning a safety harness, then eating four stories up. Initially, you could only head by for sky-high dinners Thursday–Sunday weekly, but now Vertigo has added champagne brunches on Sunday mornings from 10am to its lineup.

On the menu: champagne once you sit down, then fresh fruit and croissants to start. Next, you'll pick between a porchetta and asiago toasted sandwich, spanner crab Spanish omelette, and avocado on sourdough with lime and goat's curd. This brunch features dessert, too, via a death by chocolate flourless torte. You'll also wrap up your time towering over Lamington Street with a coffee.

Then comes the second adventurous bit: abseiling off the edge of the building to descent to earth. Once you're back on the ground, you'll sip an Aperol spritz to finish off the experience. The whole thing costs $250, with food provided by fellow Brisbane Powerhouse eatery Bar Alto.

Whether you're always on the hunt for new ways to fill your calendar, can't go past a meal with a view, are keen to indulge your adrenaline-junkie side any way that you can or want to see Brisbane from a different perspective, you can tick every box at the riverside venue hanging off Brisbane Powerhouse's industrial facade — satisfying your tastebuds and your stomach while getting your blood pumping.

Vertigo's levelled-up meals welcome in tables of two to peer out over Brisbane. There is a big caveat, however, with the restaurant at the mercy of the weather. Something else to note: although you'll get a glass of champers when you sit down, you can't head up if you've been drinking, with everyone breathalysed first and required to return a 0.00-percent blood alcohol reading.

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Find Vertigo at Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm, Brisbane, operating from 5pm Thursday–Sunday — and doing brunch on Sundays from 10am. Head to the venue's website for further details and bookings.

Published on April 10, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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