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Limes Hotel - the ultimate rooftop bar


After five years of operation, Limes Hotel Brisbane has reinvented itself to provide guests with a new experience, something that gives people a sense of escapism.

Hotelier, Damian Griffiths collaborated with designer Travis Walton (Pretty Please, Threefold and Quarter Café) on his latest project – the redesign of Limes rooftop bar.

Despite the rooftop bar's success, Griffiths wanted to reinvent Limes rooftop to create a well-crafted space that is more than just a hotel bar. Just as Brisbane is changing and evolving, the upper Constance Street precinct continues to adapt also, following the success of Griffiths other ventures including Alfred & Constance and Alfredo's Pizzeria.

Enter, two commanding plunge pools. Surrounded by a resort-style, grass covered rooftop and a striking, sophisticated fit-out that has seen Lime’s transformed. “Expect the unexpected with Lime’s new refurb,” Walton said.

“When the elevator opens onto the rooftop, you are greeted with smoky black glass and flickering down lights reminiscent of an underground dive bar”, he said.  

“When you turn to the right, the space is a light and airy rooftop terrace framed by garden vines. The expanse of vivid green astroturf is the backdrop for modern, white wire furniture and the striking white and gold bar, which is lit beautifully”, he said.


“To the left, the adjacent side of the venue boasts two plunge pools surrounded by wooden decking and fun, resort-style furniture that sets the scene for Miami fun in the sun during the day, come New York naughty later at night” he said.

“The biggest thing in Spain and America are swimming pools, a trend that is perfectly suited to Brisbane’s climate and lifestyle,” he said.

What rooftop bar wouldn’t be complete without a barbeque, which is expected to be well utilised in summer, with the venue to host a sophisticated take on one of Brisbane’s favourite suburban summer pastimes – Sunday barbeques.

In a bid to make the bar experience focused, Walton has experimented with a sense of play, particularly near the plunge pools with modular furniture (striking in black and white) so that people can move around and make the space their own.

“We are really trying to have people engage with the space, creating opportunities for different experiences – a movable feast, so to speak,” he said.

The new rooftop design sets the scene for Griffiths’ reinvention of the hotel bar concept in Brisbane, by connecting people to the city more intrinsically with activities like the open-air cinema on Wednesday nights creating urban escape for visitors and locals alike.

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