Melbourne in Australia is a mecca for lovers of cricket, coffee, culture and cuisine. It is also home to some pretty impressive rooftop bars where you can clink glasses over some rarified scenery. From cosy cocktails in the clouds to sexy sky-high venues, there is a rooftop bar in Melbourne to suit everyone. To drink in the high-life, here are the best rooftop bars in Melbourne.
7 of the Best Rooftop Bars in Melbourne
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Rooftop at QT, in the luxurious QT Hotel, pulses right in the heart of the city. Sophisticated and trendy, this rooftop terrace bar has uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s city skyline. The ambient lighting enhancing the twinkling lights of the skyscrapers. Moody and magical, it is the perfect place to sip some local liquids and housemade tonics when the sun goes down.
For a fun and friendly atmosphere with year-round summer vibes, head up to Good Heavens rooftop bar on Bourke Street in the CBD. Even in chilly weather, you’ll feel positively balmy thanks to the tropical decor and staff rocking Hawaiian-print shirts. Enjoy some vibrant retro cocktails like their twist on the piña Colada, dubbed the Poco Loco, and mingle with the locals who come here for post-work drinks that last long into the night.
Sitting above Naked for Satan, the Naked in the Sky rooftop bar is an institution in the Fitzroy area of Melbourne. It is the place to head for cool cocktails, seasonal infused-vodkas, craft beers and a terrific tapas menu influenced by the Basque region. Whilst being well-fed and watered, take in the panoramic views of Melbourne’s CBD skyline, Fitzroy’s terraced houses and the low lying mountains of the Dandenong Ranges.
The quirky Madame Brussels takes the traditional garden party and elevates it. Located above the Spaghetti Tree Restaurant in central Melbourne, this whimsical rooftop bar is enclosed by pink walls and is decked out with white picket fences, green astroturf, chaises longues, garden furniture and wicker sun lounges. Along with great views, you get fun and funky cocktails, fabulous food and a warm welcome, too.
The Corner Hotel is one of the best live music venues in Melbourne, but it is also home to a rooftop beer garden with a chilled-out vibe. Enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat before a gig or soak up the atmosphere post-show whilst soaking up the views of the Richmond area. The vibrant greenery makes this rooftop bar feel like a little sanctuary in the city. And the best bit? It is pooch-friendly, so there will be lots of good dogs chilling out while you drink up.
Set on the seventh storey of Curtin House, this is one of the most popular rooftop bars in Melbourne for drinks in the sky. The lift only goes to the sixth floor, so the first beverage is well-earned after climbing all those stairs. But the effort is worth it as the views are spectacular, and so too are the drinks. Feeling hungry? The Burger Shack will see you right with some flipping-tasty patties. All that’s left is to do is kick back on the faux grass, or if you are chilly, hunker down under a heater and drink in the views.
Perched on top of the Loop Project Space & Bar, Loop Roof is a garden oasis in Melbourne CBD. With its retractable awning, winter heating and summer misting, Loop Roof is an all-weather destination that serves elevated food and drinks. Be sure to try its Grown-Up Fanta bursting with gin, tonic, blood orange and sparkling wine. It is the perfect accompaniment to the sparkling views of the city.