Sky-high dining at Vertigo

Brisbane Powerhouse is preparing to welcome diners with daring appetites to Vertigo, a brand-new restaurant with the best view in town.

Vertigo is Brisbane’s first vertical restaurant, an exclusive gastronomic dining experience four stories above the ground overhanging Brisbane Powerhouse’s industrial façade.

An artist’s depiction of Vertigo at the Brisbane Powerhouse

Combining high adventure with fine dining, guests are escorted to the rooftop, where they don safety harnesses and climb out to their seats to experience sky-high city views and a 17 metre drop beneath their feet.

Adventurers are served a delicious meal crafted by talented Bar Alto chefs using local ingredients.

Once dinner is complete, diners have the option to descend through Brisbane Powerhouse or end the meal with one final adrenalin burst by dropline down the building’s façade.

Opening October 2023, Vertigo can host multiple tables of two each evening, Thursday to Sunday, weather permitting.

Brisbane Powerhouse CEO/Artistic Director Kate Gould says Vertigo is a partnership between the iconic cultural hub and Riverlife, one of Brisbane’s most experienced outdoor tourism operators.

“Vertigo is unlike anything else in the world, it is a unexpected combination of adventure tourism and fine dining on a heritage site,” Ms Gould says.

“Stepping off the roof of Brisbane Powerhouse to take a seat suspended at your table, four stories above the ground, will be the ultimate thrill. Experience silver service dining – albeit one with unbreakable crockery and cutlery attached to the table!”

Riverlife creator and co-founder John Sharpe says Vertigo will push the boundaries of adventure.

“We are creating a uniquely Brisbane dining experience, at height. You will be on the edge of your seat in the open air before descending via an unforgettable exit.”

“Vertigo will inspire fear but with the knowledge that safety is the priority of our experienced team of adventure tourism guides.”

John Sharpe and Kate Gould on top of the Powerhouse, Photography by Markus Ravik

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner says Vertigo is a unique experience that satisfies the appetite of residents and visitors seeking new and adventurous activities.

“This new experience is perfect for Brisbane and combines all the attributes we’re renowned for – great food, a beautiful city, a cutting-edge cultural scene and a sense of adventure,” Cr Schrinner says.

“I have no doubt Vertigo will draw visitors from across the world to sample the best of Brisbane.”

Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Vertigo would take the city’s fine dining scene to an entirely new level.

“Vertigo is set to redefine culinary adventure and encourage new visitors enjoy our great Queensland lifestyle from a different perspective,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“We know visitors are seeking unforgettable experiences and that’s why the Queensland Government’s $15 million Tourism Experience Development (TED) Fund is supporting Vertigo.

“This is one of 50 new and reimagined visitor experiences we’re investing in through TED to grow the visitor economy and deliver more than 900 good construction and tourism jobs.”

Diners can book their Vertigo experience online at

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