When it comes to enjoying the vibrant nightlife and breathtaking views of the Gold Coast, rooftop bars are the ultimate destination.

Of all the Gold Coast's best bars, rooftop venues have to be our favourites – nothing beats the gorgeous Queensland weather, glam outdoor nightlife, and stunning beachside views from above the treetops.

Whether you're sipping a signature cocktail as the sun sets or mingling under the stars, these elevated venues offer unforgettable experiences.

Here’s our curated list of the eight best rooftop bars on the Gold Coast, perfect for your next night out.

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Venue Name Location Distance from Dorsett Gold Coast
Dorsett Gold Coast Executive Lounge Level 19, Dorsett Gold Coast Inside Dorsett Gold Coast
Nineteen at the Star Level 19, The Darling at The Star Gold Coast On-site at Dorsett Gold Coast
The Island Rooftop 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise 10-minute drive or 18-minute G:link and walk
The Exhibitionist Level 5/135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise 12-minute drive
Justin Lane Rooftop Bar 1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads 17-minute drive or 26-minute bus and walk
Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop 43 Nerang St, Southport 17-minute drive or 29-minute G:link and walk
Burleigh Pavillion 3a/43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads 17-minute drive or 29-minute bus and walk
Aviary Rooftop Bar 5 Melia Ct, Southport 24-minute drive

Dorsett Gold Coast Executive Lounge

Level 19, Dorsett Gold Coast

 A woman holding a cocktail on the Dorsett Executive Lounge balcony

While not technically a rooftop bar, the Dorsett Gold Coast Executive Lounge offers high-rise panoramic views that rival any rooftop.

Located above the treetops right inside our hotel, this exclusive lounge is the perfect place to start your evening with sunset drinks and canapés.

To gain access, make sure to book a qualifying room type at Dorsett Gold Coast. The lounge provides a serene escape with stunning vistas, making it the ultimate spot to unwind before hitting the town.

Head back to the lounge the following morning for an indulgent buffet breakfast and barista coffee, all included in your Executive Room upgrade!

Nineteen at The Star

Level 19, The Darling at The Star Gold Coast

Perched atop The Star Gold Coast, Nineteen’s rooftop lounge bar is the epitome of sophistication. Simply step out onto the terrace and be captivated by the sweeping views of the Gold Coast skyline to believe us!

This uber-chic lounge bar is known for its luxurious private booths, world-class VIP bottle service, and signature cocktails.

The ambience transforms as the sun sets, with disco beats taking over and notable DJs setting the perfect vibe for an unforgettable night out.

To make your night even more streamlined, you can access Nineteen at the Star (along with all the other dazzling delights at The Star) via direct access from within Dorsett Gold Coast!

The Island Rooftop

3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Three tropical cocktails served at a rooftop bar

Credit: The Island Rooftop

The Island Rooftop in Surfers Paradise is one of the largest open-air rooftop bars on the Gold Coast, and it’s calling your name.

With lush greenery, vibrant décor, and a laid-back atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot for a casual night out. With its wide selection of cocktails, beers, and wines, alongside delicious bites from a diverse menu, it’s no wonder The Island Rooftop is considered one of the best cocktail bars on the Gold Coast.

The lively atmosphere is enhanced by live music and DJ sets, ensuring there’s always something happening at The Island.

The Exhibitionist Bar at HOTA

Level 5/135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

Located at the Home of the Arts (HOTA) in Surfers Paradise, The Exhibitionist Bar offers a unique cultural twist to the typical rooftop experience.

Enjoy panoramic views of the Gold Coast skyline and the hinterland from this stylish bar. The menu features a curated selection of cocktails, wines, and gourmet bites.

The sophisticated setting, combined with the artistic backdrop, makes The Exhibitionist Bar a standout choice for a night out.

Justin Lane Rooftop Bar

1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

People enjoying drinks and food on the Justin Lane rooftop bar

Credit: Justin Lane

Justin Lane’s rooftop bar in Burleigh Heads is a favourite among locals and visitors alike – and we have to admit, it’s one of our first picks for a Friday night, too!

Overlooking the bustling streets and beautiful coastline, this rooftop offers a vibrant atmosphere perfect for socialising.

Known for its wood-fired pizzas and extensive cocktail menu, Justin Lane is the go-to spot for a laid-back yet lively evening.

Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop

43 Nerang St, Southport

Mr PP's Deli & Rooftop in Southport combines the charm of a delicious deli with the allure of a glam rooftop bar. In other words, you’ll get the perfect combo of scrumptious deli food, great service, and picture-perfect scenery when you visit.

One of the best rooftop bars on the Gold Coast, Mr PP’s offers a cosy, relaxed vibe with views over the Broadwater Parklands. Enjoy a curated selection of wines, craft beers, and creative cocktails.

Pair your drinks with delicious deli-style food, including artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and gourmet sandwiches.

Burleigh Pavilion

3a/43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

People on the Burleigh Pavillion rooftop during the day

Credit: Concrete Playground

This one needs no introduction, so we’ll dive right in. Burleigh Pavilion’s rooftop bar offers one of the most iconic views on the Gold Coast, which is probably why it’s frequented by celebs all year round.

Overlooking Burleigh Beach, this bar is the perfect spot for watching the sunset while enjoying a refreshing drink.

The Pavilion offers a variety of cocktails, beers, and wines, along with a delicious menu featuring fresh, local ingredients. The relaxed, beachy atmosphere makes it a must-visit destination.

Aviary Rooftop Bar

5 Melia Ct, Southport

Located in Southport, Aviary Rooftop Bar offers stunning views of the city and the hinterland – aka, the best of both worlds here on the sunkissed GC.

The bar’s chic design, with a nod to tropical birdlife, creates a unique and stylish setting. Enjoy crafted cocktails, fine wines, and a selection of beers while taking in the beautiful sunset.

Aviary’s menu features a range of share plates and gourmet pizzas, making it an ideal spot for a night out with friends.

Stay Close to the Best Rooftop Bars in Gold Coast

A woman admiring the view from Dorsett Gold Coast at sunset

When you stay at Dorsett Gold Coast, you’re just moments away from these incredible hotspots. Stay with us and experience the best rooftop bars Gold Coast-wide!

Whether you’re looking to start your evening with sunset drinks at the Dorsett Executive Lounge or venture out to one of these stunning rooftops, Dorsett Gold Coast is your perfect home base.

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Gold Coast’s vibrant rooftop bar scene and create lasting memories with every sunset and cocktail.

Book your stay at Dorsett Gold Coast today and elevate your experience!

Further reading: Top 10 Hidden Bars on the Gold Coast You Must Visit