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 are 15 of Melbourne's best rooftop bars.
Johnny’s Green Room
Johnny’s Green Room is back in full swing and ready to grace your eyeballs with a magnificent view that reaches from the Carlton end of Lygon Street all the way to the city. Basically, if you want to feel like you’re sipping Negronis on a sun-soaked rooftop in Rome, you need to hit this place up.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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