The Rise of the Rooftop Bar

Maybe it’s because I am Italian and just love al fresco dining, or maybe it’s because I love a classy bar where the ambiance is great, and the vibe is smooth, but I find rooftop bars (when done well) incredibly appealing.

Over the past ten years we have seen more and more rooftop bars open all over the world. Some you have to book well in advance to secure a seat or risk having to queue for hours.

But the view and vibe is certainly worth the wait. Being located atop of a building, enjoying a sunset with a mojito in hand is a wonderful way to enjoy a balmy summer evening.

So, what is it that has people clambering to hang out on the top of what is often an ordinary office block?

Firstly, I believe it’s being outside in the air that appeals to people. There is something truly wonderful about sitting outside looking down on the rest of the world.

Add to that a great fitout, a fire pit (for effect rather than heat), a great cocktail list, cruisy music and some beautiful people and you have yourself a space that people will clamber to get into.

You can expect to see Rooftop Bars popping up on the Sunshine Coast following a planning scheme amendment that was approved by the Sunshine Coast Council in September this year.

The amendment will allow up to three metres of extra height on buildings in select areas of Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland and Coolum.

This amendment is long overdue as we live in a place that is perfect for outdoor entertaining and dining, so it makes sense that we utilise or create spaces that will allow more people to enjoy an evening drink or dinner in an open space that will also have outstanding views.

With the first of a number of rooftop bars set to open soon, more will follow soon after. And with the design talent we have here on the coast, the design and fit outs will be on par with anything you would expect to see in our cities.

As a developer, I think this is great news for our region so ‘chin chin’ to roof top bars, as I think this next growth phase of the beautiful Sunshine Coast is going to be the most exciting one yet.

Image credit:| Zephyr Rooftop Bar Sydney (