Quench your thirst and get set to celebrate summer at these Brisbane hot spots.
Whether it’s lounging by a pool bar, surveying the surrounds from a rooftop bar or bunkering down in a bar with ample air-conditioning, summer calls for a refreshing drink. Here, we shed light on the best of Brisbane’s world-class cocktail scene to quench your thirst in style.
Soleil Pool Bar
Where better to spend the sultry summer days than by a rooftop pool bar overlooking the city? The Soleil Pool Bar is perched on the Podium Level of Rydges South Bank, and can be accessed by a clandestine street-front lift. Upon reaching the top floor a whole new world unfolds with giant pot plants, sleek bar and of course a beautifully backlit pool. Cocktails include a punch that serves two or four blending Pyrat rum, lime, passionfruit, roasted pineapple, guava juice, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and freshly cut fruit.
Corner of Grey & Glenelg Streets South Bank. Tel: 3364 0838.
It’s hard to pass up Brisbane’s oldest cocktail bar when deciding where to go for a superlative cocktail. Under new management, Lychee Lounge has revamped its décor and its drinks menu but has kept a focus on quality mixology. The Flowers on the Vine cocktail is a sip of sunshine blending Encanto Pisco, Manzanilla, pineapple, lemon and chamomile. Or try the cocktail version of a well-known summer dessert, the Pavlova, which blends vodka, tropical fruits, citrus, and vanilla meringue. A fun bar for the discerning drinker.
2/94 Boundary St, West End. Tel: 3846 0544.
Up on Constance
Rooftop bars are made for Sunday sessions, capturing the cool afternoon breeze on a warm day. Up on Constance sports an array colourful couches and breezy white tables and chairs, from which to enjoy an aerial view of the Valley. An array of shared cocktail carafes includes the coconut mojito, mixing premium coconut vodka with mint and lime juice topped with fresh coconut juice. Another share option is The Pelican Hotel made on Don Juan Blanco with fresh watermelon, fig and grapefruit shrub and a pinch of smoked sea salt. A top place for cocktails.
20 Constance St, Fortitude Valley. Tel: 3319 7899.
This New Farm mainstay has recently undergone a major overhaul, turning it one of the hottest new venues to enjoy a fancy drink. WATT’s new sunny outdoor seating area makes the most of this chic bar’s position right on the riverfront. Keep cool with a traditional mojito or whiskey sour, which the team at WATT have perfected. For those who laugh in the face of summer, the Aztec Chiquita will up the heat even more. This is made on ancho chilli infused Don Julio Blanco tequila with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and the house secret spice syrup.
119 Lamington St, New Farm. Tel: 3358 5464.
With riverfront views outside and a Middle Eastern collection of comfy couches and breezy curtains inside, Byblos provides an airy arena to unwind with a drink on a summer’s night. This Portside bar and restaurant has a superb range of cocktails on offer, including the Trinidad Experience with Agnostura 7, Ramon Pinto white port, apricot brandy, honey water and fresh lime juice. Or try a Byblos classic, the Violet Martini, made on Finlandia cranberry, violet liqueur, banana and rhubarb puree, and fresh lemon and cranberry. The best of the Mediterranean summer right here in Brisbane.
Portside Wharf, Hamilton. Tel: 3268 2223.