5 reasons to kick off 2018 with a Rooftop Bar

How else to begin the year than by drinking yourself silly? By doing it with a wicked view, of course.

Brisbane has finally caught up with Melbourne’s raging rooftop culture, with new bars soaring to new heights (literally) in the CBD and inner suburbs.

With quirky names like Sixteen Antlers, Up on Constance, Elixir and Fitz + Potts, Brisbane’s bars have never been more enticing. From the street, a passerby might glimpse a string of fairy lights or the odd wall plant, but there’s nothing preparing them for the true beauty of these hotspots. You’ll just have to visit them in person, and here’s five reasons why:

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1. Drinking with altitude 

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DAYUM those views. Soak up the sunset from the to-die-for vantage point Up on Constance offers, and then stay up late with the stars. The cocktail venue is located on the top level of Fortitude Valley’s Tryp Hotel, so promises panoramic views of the Valley streets far, far below. To top it off, order a glass of sparkling rosé (or whatever your choice of poison) and you’ll be feeling on top of the world in no time.

2. Dressing up 

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With places like Eleven insisting upon a strict dress code (cocktail dresses for the ladies and button-ups for the men), you finally have an excuse to glam up! Grab a few friends and enjoy the night before it’s even started by getting ready together… Those city skylines are definitely Instagram-worthy, and you’ll want to be shining your brightest!

3. Jamming to live music

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Choose the right night and you might be lucky enough to catch some groovy tunes from up top. Every Friday and Saturday night Sixteen Antlers house an on-point DJ who, according to their Insta, ‘sets the mood just right.’ If that extra cocktail has you thinking you’d be far more impressive than the DJ himself, head on over to Little Big House for a karaoke sesh. It’s time to polish off those vocals!

4. Meeting new people 

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A secret stairway in the middle of Grey Street leads up to the Rydges Hotel’s Soleil pool bar, a Brisbane hotspot for mingling with new and interesting folk. Why Soleil in particular, you’re asking? Because of the enormously lavish pool taking up centrepiece! When you’re stuck for a conversation starter, focus on the elephant in the room… or the water on the deck, and you’re good for gold. Apart from that, rooftop bars make meeting strangers a whole lot easier when you’re relaxed with a wine in hand and a gorgeous view spread before you.

5. Pfft… You never need a reason to party! 

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Whether or not you have an excuse to let your hair out, from ending the work week to a special date night, you can never go wrong with a rooftop bar. They offer up the full package: views, alcohol, good tunes & new pals, so there really is no better way to kick off 2018!

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Lucy Durack on the Yellow Brick Road

Throw on your ruby slippers and click your heels three times, because the premier of The Wizard of Oz is arriving in Brisbane this November.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London Palladium production has pulled together Australia’s most beloved musical theatre stars to bring life to this magical classic. Anthony Warlow appears as The Wizard and Professor Marvel, with Jemma Rix and Lucy Durack reuniting after their 2011 national tour of Wicked. 

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Sunsoaked Rules the Runway

Sunsoaked swimwear is set to take out Brisbane Fashion Month’s resort runway with their Spring/Summer ‘La Dolce Vita’ collection. The luxury label is the brainchild of designer Kate Davis Steer, who had a vision to create a clothing line that focuses on sun protection without compromising chic style.

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This is Brisbane Fashion Month

With the arrival of Spring to the Sunshine state comes the first long-anticipated event of Brisbane Fashion Month. National and international designers old and new will showcase their pride and joy (i.e. their clothing lines) to stylish audiences flocking the streets of Brisbane city this October.
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Interview: LANKS

If you ever feel like listening to a refreshing blend of organic and electronic sound attached to a compelling narrative sung in delicate falsetto, then LANKS is the musician for you.

 And who exactly is LANKS? The answer: multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer Will Cuming, hailing from Melbourne. His textured EPs and singles layer elements of indie pop with electronic percussion and crisp vocals, each new release promising a quick escape to paradise.

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Take Flight with Mozart Airborne

Six dancers intertwine their limbs in a pulsing clump of bodies. A mesmerised audience watches with breathless fascination, attempting to dissect the contemporary movement and throw their own interpretations of the piece into the mix.

As the dancers thrust their weight onto their shoulders and extend flexed feet, it becomes apparent they might reflect plants swaying in the breeze, or roots twisting beneath soil. This is one moment in Mozart Airborne.

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Interview: Paulini on ‘The Bodyguard’

At some stage in their lives, everyone has belted along with at least one of Whitney Houston’s timeless hits, whether it’s I Will Always Love You or I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Prolonging the Houston legacy, ‘The Bodyguard’ the musical is about to hit Brisbane, starring Australia’s own pop sensation, Paulini Curuenavuli.

From gracing our TV screens in Australian Idol to being one of only ten Australian female solo artists to top the ARIA Charts, Paulini is now making her theatrical debut. The musical follows the same plot as the cherished 1992 film of the same name; When bodyguard Frank Farmer, played by Kip Gamblin, is hired to protect superstar singer Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker, neither expect to fall in love.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Paulini about the upcoming show.

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Interview: The Jungle Giants

If you haven’t listened to The Jungle Giant’s latest album – Quiet Ferocity – stop what you’re doing right now and hit it up for a dose of infectious tunes bound to get your feet tapping wherever you are.

2017 has been a huge year for the risk-taking band, after they played to lively crowds at the Groovin the Moo festival and are now touring Australia and New Zealand with their new album. Read on for a chat with leading vocalist Sam Hales about Quiet Ferocity. Continue reading “Interview: The Jungle Giants”

Interview: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

If you thought Emma Watson was a strong advocate for feminism, you haven’t seen Milly Pontipee flip a table while screaming in the faces of seven rowdy boys. Produced by the Griffith Conservatorium of Musical Theatre, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ premiered on May 5th, the second-year students dazzling a sold-out opening audience.

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Underground Broadway: Autumn

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Every two months, all the musical theatre lovers of Brisbane jump in their cars and make their way to the New Globe Theatre (blasting overrated show tunes the entire drive, of course.) In this underground bar, said musical theatre lovers spend the night chatting, networking, singing, laughing, listening to live music, and laughing some more.

Underground Broadway’s completely sold out Autumn show certainly didn’t fail to deliver.

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