Melbourne is blessed with a seemingly 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.
#1 QT Melbourne | CBD
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.
#2 Good Heavens | CBD
[Opening Soon] 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.
#3 Palmz | CBD
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.
#4 Emerald Peacock | CBD
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.
#5 Sagra | Malvern
When there’s pasta downstairs and bubbles upstairs, there’s no reason to stay at home! Let the talented Sagra team create innovative drinks while you peruse the bar menu boasting polenta chips with smoky eggplant and paprika aioli, cheesy arancini and tender Josper Wings.
#6 Café BÜ | Carlton North
No frills, unless you count a couple of mismatched chairs and timber tables, Café BÜ’s rooftop is BÜ-tifully simple. Situated above the main dining area, stop for toasties, buttery croissants and thick slices of banana bread.
#7 French Saloon | CBD
More of a cheese and steak frites with Roquefort butter summer person? Who isn’t. Get your tanned butt to French Saloon’s Parisian-style rooftop.
#8 Feast Of Merit | Richmond
A staple in any summer wine diet, sip on rosé and fight over Feast of Merit’s dreamy dips with fluffy flatbread.
#9 Rooftop Bar | CBD
Rooftop Bar doesn’t need a fancy name – it’s easily one of Melbourne’s frontrunners for the best rooftop in the city.
#10 The Wolf’s Lair | Carlton
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.
#11 Marquis Of Lorne | Fitzroy
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.
#12 Imperial Hotel | Fitzroy
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.
#13 Uncle | St Kilda
Hands down our favourite uncle, Uncle knows best with tropical cocktails, locally brewed beers and a generous wine list. The rooftop features a full dining and sit-down menu, so there will be no wine-glass-and-wings juggling nonsense.
#14 Upside Rooftop Bar | Fitzroy
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.
#15 The Emerson | South Yarra
For good drinks and good times, you can’t go wrong at The Emerson.
#16 The Hills Rooftop | Melbourne
A no-frills rooftop bar serving simple drinks, for the hilly times in life, The Hills Rooftop bar will fix you up.
#17 Cabinet Bar & Balcony | Melbourne
A cosy rooftop bar a touch above the bustling CBD, people watch with some wines and tapas including eggplant chips, prawn tacos or mini cheese plates at Cabinet Bar & Balcony.
#18 Fonda | Windsor
The only thing better than a burrito is one on a rooftop. Enjoy some of Melbourne’s best no-frills Mexican with frozen margaritas and creative cocktails at Fonda Windsor.
#19 Nineteenforty | Camberwell
Fancy a pre-movie tipple on top of one of Melbourne’s favourite cinemas? You’ll find green gardens, art-deco architecture and panoramic views at Nineteenforty on top of the Rivoli.
#20 Goldilocks | CBD
Channel your inner Goldilocks and hunt down the three bears at this rooftop bar hidden deep within the forests of the CBD.
#21 Siglo | Melbourne
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.
#22 Naked in the Sky | Fitzroy
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.
#23 Easey’s | Collingwood
Trams, burgers and beers—what more could you want if Melbourne’s summer weather happens to be behaving? With a boutique selection of cocktails, beer and spirits—pair a view of Collingwood’s hip streets with a cheesy, greasy burger at Easey's.
#24 Sahara | CBD
A Moroccan oasis away from the CBD, sip on cocktails like the Taste of Paradise with lychee liqueur, white rum, Galliano and lemon juice at Sahara.
#25 Loop Roof | CBD
In summary, intimate rooftop bar, 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.
#26 Madame Brussels | CBD
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.
#27 Captain Baxter | St Kilda
On St Kilda’s beachside, it’s no wonder Captain Baxter’s deck has a distinctly summery vibe. Get cosy with cocktails, jugs and a range of wines.
#28 The Local Taphouse | St Kilda East
Toddle over to The Local Taphouse post-swim. We promise they won’t even bat an eyelash.
#29 The Red Hummingbird | CBD
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?
#30 Bomba | CBD
Intimate and charming, Bomba is a must for any summer plan.
#31 St Cloud | Hawthorn
Tropical, vibrant and quietly confident – St Cloud’s rooftop design is an impeccable addition to the Hawthorn scene. Drink through Vietnamese-inspired cocktails, wine and spirits.
#32 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 acoustis soul session on weekends. One for the NYE shortlist, too.
Keen for more bars? Of course you are. Check out the 50 Melbourne Bars You Need To Try.
Image Credit: Naked In The Sky