Best Vantage Points for Riverfire

Brisbane’s Riverfire is the dazzling night-of-nights that hugs our fabulous city together. On Saturday 2 September, family, friends, colleagues and strangers will unite with heads tilted to the skies for this annual explosion of glittering colour.

We’ve scouted a list of the top Valley rooftop locations that offer the best seat in the house to take in this year’s fireworks extravaganza.

Iris Rooftop 

Where better to rise above the streets than a Spanish oasis with views of the city skyline? One of the Valley’s hidden gems atop Hotel X, Iris Rooftop will have you experiencing Riverfire under the stars, and it won’t just be the dazzling view that takes your breath away. Enjoy a deliciously bold menu, classic Spanish cocktails or signature serves of tapas.

Cielo Rooftop 

Indulge in handcrafted cocktails and panoramic views at the Cielo Rooftop Bar. Bringing Italy coastal chic to the Valley, enjoy fresh ingredients and flavour fusions in everything from salads to sliders to mixology masterpieces. Save your space on the skyline and enjoy the show from this snap-worthy spot.


To open the Brisbane Festival, MAYA will present Riverfire Vol.4 with live DJs from 4pm - walk-ins welcome and open ‘til late. With stunning views from the lush rooftop courtyard, delicious share plates and a cocktail menu to match, MAYA will have you planning your next visit before the fireworks have even finished!


Searching for something different? Encounter  Soko, a jungle-themed Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant where you might find fire-twirling Brazilian or Peruvian dancers, or ‘Manko’ the Macaw posing for selfies. Indulge in an exotic dining experience and cocktails from a menu with more than 40 flavours including acai. Escape to sunset on the terrace then slip into the luxury nightlife fit for kings and queens of the jungle.

Valley Hops

Drink in the newest views this Riverfire with top-notch views of the Story Bridge, Valley and city skyline. Valley Hops rooftop brewery above Cloudland has craft beer, goods from the grill, woodfired pizza and a resident DJ to tempt you away from a night on riverside camp chairs. Savour the Riverfire Saison limited release, brewed just for the occasion. Walk-ins welcome after 3pm so get in early to secure your spot.


- September 2023