It’s been a long year, but we’ve put in the hard work and now it’s time for us to let the drinks flow and sing from the rooftops. Just in time for summer, our favourite perching locations are back and better than ever, with levelled-up menus and more. It’s important to (pardon the pun), check-in, play by the rules and arguably most of all, enjoy yourself. Here are 20 of the best rooftop bars Melbourne has to offer.
Johnny’s Green Room
Johnny’s Green Room rooftop has arguably one of the most insanely picturesque views of the city. Combining the building’s longstanding history with its modern Italian fare (inspired by King & Godfree a few levels below), there’s so much to love. And we haven’t even mentioned their extensive drinks list yet.
QT Melbourne’s split indoor and outdoor upstairs bar is one word: sleek. It’s the kind of place where you’ll come for a drink but you’ll stay for the panoramic views. Any time is a good time to turn up to Rooftop at QT, with their food menu that takes you all the way from morning ’til night, with an amazing drinks list to match. Champagne breakfast, anyone?
Melbourne’s institution-status, Rooftop Bar is simply fail-proof. It’s easily one of Melbourne’s frontrunners for the best rooftop in the city. Good burgers, craft beers, rooftop movies in summer. They’ve got it all.
The Wolf’s Lair
The Wolf’s Lair is well-hidden. Located behind Jimmy Watson's main restaurant, this snug, upper-level garden is filled with the usual drinks suspects, as well as unusual spirits mixed to perfection. Feeling peckish? Grab a snack plate or pizza for sharing too.
Marquis of Lorne
Marquis of Lorne’s menu is renowned for being nothing if not refined. Now that they’ve re-opened, they’re boasting a brand new menu which is as mouth-wateringly good as its drinks menu.
Directly opposite to Melbourne’s Parliament House, The Imperial Hotel is prime real estate. With solid pub feeds (and then some) on offer - this rooftop’s a place you can hang out at for pre-drinks and dinner too.
Goldilocks has somehow managed to fly under the radar all these years, solidifying itself as a Melburnian hidden gem. Located atop the Denyers Building, serving up local craft brews, Victorian wines, along with quality cocktails and food options too, you’ll find that this bar is just right.
This one’s a charmer as far as Melbourne rooftop bars go. Situated on Melbourne’s luxurious Spring Street, Siglo’s European-style rooftop bar is all class. Premium cocktails await you.
Naked in the Sky
If you’re looking for a reason to get you over to the Northside, it’s Naked in the Sky. This rooftop spot is as devilishly good as its name suggests, with views of the city, delicious eats, long drinks and everything in between. One of Melbourne’s best rooftop bars on the tops side of the Yarra, hands down.
Located in Meyers Place—undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s best laneways, Loop Roof is a recent Melbourne addition. And it’s a bloody good one. Easily described as a garden oasis, they’ve got cocktails, drinks on tap, as well as a curated bites and mains menu. Hot tip? Upon leaving, make the most of Meyers Place and hit up Pizza Pizza Pizza downstairs for a slice… or two.
In a nutshell, Madame Brussels is a rather fancy garden party. Head here for a sophisticated soiree, adorned with savouries, summer punches and spring spritzes. One of the oldest, and best rooftop bars Melbourne has to offer.
Transit Rooftop Bar
You can’t have a best rooftop bars Melbourne list and not include this mainstay. Boasting some of the best views of the Yarra, a solid drinks menu and gigs too, Transit Rooftop Bar is definitely one of Fed Square’s greatest selling points.
Bomba sure are flexing on us hard post-lockdown with their beautiful rooftop. From laneway fiestas to bottomless lunches on the rooftop with overlooking views of the Lonsdale Street treetops, they’ve got us covered. Not to mention their accompanying tapas menu.
The Corner Hotel
The Corner Hotel is one of Richmond's finest. While they might be renowned for their iconic band room and its jam-packed gig guide, it’s a great spot to just grab a drink, kick back and stay a while.
Heroes Karaoke & Rooftop Bar
About as much fun as one can have at a rooftop bar in Melbourne. As its name suggests, Heroes is all about that karaoke life. If you’re after a little air, venture upstairs to hang out at their rooftop beer garden with Chinatown views.
Located at the end of Whitehart Lane and in between Little Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street, you’ll find one of Melbourne’s best open-air rooftop bars. Their taste is impeccable in every regard—we’re talking cocktails, set-up and to top it all off, they have a regular line-up of local DJs on deck. Make your way up upstairs to get that coveted rooftop spot.
Union Electric Bar
At Union Electric you will commit no nuisance, but they do run martini drinking contests. At Union Electric’s humble bar you can demolish pizzas and sip on cocktails and craft beers on tap, all at their rooftop gin garden.
They’ve got one rule at Harlow and it’s a simple one—good vibes only! Up until recently Harlow’s space included a beer garden and a main bar, and now they’ve got a brand new rooftop to complete the trifecta. Perch yourself on the rooftop for city views.
Located above Fancy Hanks restaurant, Good Heavens is the place to turn up to if you’re after a solid feed, a few snacks, an array of drinks, or all of the above. Their Fancy Hanks-inspired Americana menu has it all: share platters, sandwich-style burgers with fries, snacks and dessert too. An insider tip? Order the Pitmaster share platter.
A venue that’s got art, music, food, drinks and public transport tied together, Easey’s is well and truly the epitome of Melbourne. Get up there for burgers and cocktails in a train five stories above ground. One of the most unique, and one of the very best rooftop bars Melbourne has to offer.
While you’re at it, check out Melbourne’s best boozy brunches here.
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