With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year – a scorching summer, a delicious fall, a mild winter and a gorgeous spring – it’s no wonder we love to drink wine and dine al fresco. After all, it’s called the Sunshine State for a reason.
Alfresco is our signature style, so we’ve rounded up the best rooftop spots in our sweet corner of paradise to eat, drink, breathe in the fresh air and bask in the sun. Scroll to find our favorite rooftop bars on the Sunshine Coast in 2022, where you can wine and dine in the sun.
The rooftop bar
Incredible views, a stunning layout with a retractable roof, cocktails that will have you ordering another one on the first sip, and an international menu filled with fresh flavors: welcome to one of the best open-air rooftop bars in the city. Sunshine Coast. The Rooftop Bar is a seven-storey grand bar and garden, located opposite Ocean Street and wouldn’t be out of place in Brisbane, Sydney or even Melbourne. Perch on a stool at the wraparound bar and views unfold in all directions – out to the hinterland, across the cityscape and out to sea, with a glimpse of Old Woman’s Island in the distance. . And even if you come to the Rooftop Bar for one of the best views on the Sunshine Coast, you’ll stay for the tastes, the drinks, and an ultra-luxe interior.
Circa on the roof
Perched atop The Kontiki building in the heart of Maroochydore, Circa Rooftop is a casual mix of rooftop bar, cocktail bar and restaurant. Offering panoramic ocean and hinterland views, Circa’s extensive drinks and cocktail menu is inspired by 1920s decadence and is certainly not to be scoffed at. Their rooftop boutique is ideal for any occasion, from casual dining to cocktail parties and the sunset views are absolutely unparalleled. If you can’t choose between all of Circa’s exquisite dining options, dig into their six-course lunch and bottomless spritzers for just $70 per person, and thank us later. Hands down one of the best rooftop bars on the Sunshine Coast.
26° Bar & Venue
Well, technically it’s not a rooftop bar, this elevated poolside bar has stunning views and we like it enough that you have to visit. Formerly reserved exclusively for guests, 26° Bar & Venue is the signature bar at Rumba Beach Resort in Caloundra and has undergone a stunning transformation. The result? A sleek new bar and event space that offers stunning cocktails, fine wine and finger foods to boot. If that hasn’t already convinced you, 26° Bar & Venue hosts regular weekend bar events, with some of the best live music on the coast and daily happy hours. We’ll drink to that.
Of course, you need some good finger-licking bites to soak up all that booze, so it’s time to take a seat in the best restaurants on the Sunshine Coast in 2022.
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