Drinks taste better at high altitude. We don’t have any scientific proof for this statement, but sipping on a cocktail at one of Brisbane's many rooftop bars presents some pretty compelling anecdotal evidence. On a warm summer’s evening, there’s nothing better than watching the sun go down over the city with a drink in hand. These are our favourites.

Cielo Rooftop Bar

Bar

A Fortitude Valley rooftop bar from the Salt Meats Cheese and Eterna crew. Come for small plates, stunning views and cocktails designed by Maybe Sammy – one of the world's best bars.

209 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Iris

Restaurant

An immaculate rooftop bar and restaurant from the Donna Chang crew. Expect cocktails, sangria, a tight wine list and a broad menu of Mediterranean share plates served against a backdrop unlike anything else in the city.

Roof Level 458 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Maya

Restaurant

While rooftop bar Eleven takes a break, we have this Mexican pop-up. There's ninety seats, a local-produce driven menu and a shedload of tequila, all set to those jaw-dropping views.

Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Crystalbrook Vincent

Accommodation

This beautiful riverside hotel boasts rooftop bar Fiume, which has one of Brisbane's best waterside views.

5 Boundary Street, Brisbane

Tetto Rooftop Bar

Bar

A unique Mediterranean-inspired boozer in the northern suburbs.

1/807 Stafford Road, Everton Park

Sixteen Antlers

Bar

This hotel bar hits new rooftop heights.

Corner Ann & Roma Streets, Brisbane

Melrose

Restaurant

This Southeast Asian rooftop diner is headed up by a former Longrain chef. Try prawn and pomelo betel leaf wraps and soft-shell crab stir-fried with curry powder and Chinese celery, alongside an extensive list of wine, beer and spritzes.

5/6 37 Oxford Street, Bulimba

Ooh La La

Bar

C’est Bon’s snazzy rooftop bar is the best place for a spritz either side of dinner downstairs. Graze on French snacks such as duck liver parfait eclairs and twice-baked soufflés, washed down by vintage champagne against the city skyline.

609 611 Stanley Street, Woollongabba