Melbourne is blessed with an endless supply of sun-soaked rooftop bars. When you’re mulling over where to spend your lazy summer nights, cocktail in one hand (or both), choose from our ultimate bucket list of this city’s best. Views and Vespa martinis, anyone?
Here's our definitive list of Melbourne's best rooftop bars.
The newest rooftop to join Melbourne’s high skies, QT Melbourne’s split indoor and outdoor upstairs bar holds up to 185 guests. Featuring dark furnishing and a cosy collection of indoor and outdoor furniture, you’ll find a favourite spot by the end of the night.
You'll find this rooftop bar a level above Fancy Hank’s swanky new location on Bourke Street. Good Heavens is the heavenly brainchild of the Mr Burger and Fancy Hanks team. Dig into messy bar snacks like finger licking Southern chicken ribs and chilli nachos with brisket mole.
The top dog at The Carlton, Palmz rooftop bar will transport you to the tropics, regardless of Melbourne’s temperamental weather. Cocktail jugs like the Rumdiddlyumptious are (obviously) a must. Lots of love for these guys.
Shake your tail feathers at the Emerald Peacock. Glide past the intimate cocktail lounge and head up to the laidback rooftop bar for cocktails and nibbles. Pro tip though: dress to impress. The bouncers here are notoriously tough on footwear.
Rooftop Bar doesn’t need a fancy name—it’s easily one of Melbourne’s frontrunners for the best rooftop in the city. Good burgers, craft beer, and rooftop movies in summer. Still the best place to impress Sydney visitors.
The Wolf’s Lair
The Wolf’s Lair is not nearly as scary as you might expect. With more bunnies than fierce mammals, discover vibrant potted plants, mystical décor and miniature rabbit sculptures.
Marquis Of Lorne
Dip through chicken liver parfait with poached quinces, lemon hummus with falafels and sumac grilled whole king prawns with garlic yoghurt at the Marquis of Lorne’s unusually refined rooftop menu. Always a good option northside.
Everyone knows the best way to prevent a hangover is eating all the food. The Imperial Hotel have that front covered with chilli chicken ribs marinated in XO sauce, cheesy burgers and slurpable noodle boxes which are cleverly stand-up friendly.
Upside Rooftop Bar
Don’t be afraid to get messy at Upside Rooftop Bar. Along with DIY foodie options like sticky bao, enjoy creative summery cocktails, whiskey and wine.
Goldilocks is like the other Rooftop Bar. A lot of Melbournians don't even know it's hiding on Swanston St. Channel your inner Goldilocks and hunt down the three bears at this rooftop bar hidden deep within the forests of the CBD.
Cleverly positioned a short wobble away from Parliament station, Siglo’s European-style rooftop bar boasts a refined sit-down menu and handpicked wine menu. All class this one. Save for classy Tinder dates.
Naked in the Sky
Undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s favourite places to drink, head up to the sky for seasonal summer specials like sweet cooling granitas cocktail galore. Devilishly irresistible tapas includes baked Hervey Bay scallops, mushroom parfait and baked camembert with truffle paste at Naked in the Sky.
Loop Roof is a bar with a touch of sophistication. From exotic cocktails to all your favourite beers and cider on tap, don’t leave without chowing through a few sliders. Good value too.
Get a little bit fancy at Madame Brussels. Tag along with your favourite girlfriends for cheeky seasonal punchbowls like the Fruity Double D Cups and Moscow Mule. It's the closest thing in Melbourne to Alice In Wonderland.
The Red Hummingbird
Have a humming good time at The Red Hummingbird. When you have access to cocktails like the Apple Crumble, A Good Night Kiss and Red Hummingbird’s signature jugs, who could refuse this little birdie? An oldie but still a goodie.
Transit Rooftop Bar
Sweeping views up and down the Yarra, heaters galore and kickass food from the Taxi Kitchen—all the ingredients for the perfect Sunday session. Check the Transit website for upcoming gigs. You can usually get a good acoustic/soul session on weekends. One for the NYE shortlist, too.
The Provincial Hotel Rooftop
The newest rooftop bar to grace our fair city, The Provincial has been a haunt for many Melburnian's for many years, and now they've taken it up a level to give you the same good times with a better view. Good pub grub up here too.
The Corner Hotel
Good vibes all around at The Corner Hotel. Whether you’re seeing a gig or not it’s a great spot to chill out and have a bev. The rooftop always has a local buzz about it, and is especially great on warm night.
Looking for a hidden gem in the CBD? You’ve found it. Nestled between Bourke St and Little Bourke, these guys boast a pretty rad rooftop beer garden with views over China Town. Don't forget karaoke on the lower level.
The Albion Rooftop
The newly opened Albion Rooftop has beautiful views of the Melbourne CBD skyline and is an all-round top-notch option for a night out. The interior is slick and music always reliable, grab a drink and relax.
Union Electric Bar
Union Electric is a casual bar to enjoy some of the best craft beer and exceptional cocktails. If you’re looking for somewhere to park yourself and enjoy a long afternoon of delicious cocktails look no further than their rooftop gin garden.
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Image credit: The Provincial | Michelle Jarni