It is an unconfirmed but still very accurate fact that drinks just taste better the higher up you are. It is also a known fact that Melburnians love their rooftop bars, and with good reason!
There’s nothing more ‘Melbourne’ than hitting up a rooftop bar with your mates in the summer, sipping drinks while overlooking the city skyline and allocating endless hours of banter under a setting sun.
From inner-city hotspots to suburban stomping grounds, Melbourne’s rooftop bar scene is unparalleled. Whether you’re visiting from interstate, a local, or acting as tour-guide for your foreign friends, there are a plethora of rooftop bars to flock to. The best part? No matter where you are, most bars have been acclimatised to Melbourne’s ever-changing four seasons in one day, meaning a bout of wet weather on a summer’s day shouldn’t rain on your parade.
Not your regular rooftop bar, Madame Brussels is a mix between a fancy garden party and a day at the polo. In the middle of the city, nestled on top of a skyscraper, the bar is quirky, cute, and unashamedly over-the-top. The perfect location for a summer soiree with your friends sipping on the Madam’s signature DD Cup cocktail, fruity punch or delicious spritz. Take in the marvelous Melbourne view accompanied by the pretty pink walls, white picket fences, garden chaises, wicker sun lounges, green astroturf and parasols that complete the look.
This rooftop bar is the crown jewel of King and Godfree, Carlton’s best known Italian-style grocer. Serving arguably the best views over Carlton, the sophisticated ambience of Jonny’s will make you feel like you’re at a rooftop party in Rome. There is a nice collection of classic cocktails, local and imported beer on tap, and wines, but Johnny’s house cocktails are a no brainer when you’re enjoying the view. Our favourite? The Pidapipo Sgroppino - made up of either vodka or gin, with lemon gelato and prosecco (drool!).
One of the most renowned pubs in Melbourne known for its extensive range of vegan dishes, alongside their equally impressive main menu. It also helps that the rooftop boasts some of the best views of the skyline in Brunswick. Meat-eaters and herbivores alike can enjoy classic pub meals like chicken and vegan parmas, mac ‘n’ cheese (vegan style, of course) and fries.
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A Melbourne institution set on the seventh-storey of Curtin House. The easy-going rooftop provides breathtaking views of the city skyline and is home to an open-air cinema screening cult movies and classic blockbusters from December to April. Relax on the fake grass, lose yourself to the picturesque views, indulge in a burger and poutine, and get amongst one of their delicious summer cocktails.
This Fitzroy staple offers some of the best views in Melbourne’s north extending out to the CBD. It is the perfect destination for a balmy Saturday evening drink, indulging in their infused vodka range that varies from Alpine Chocolate, Chilli & Cherry to Opium & Rose, as well as Spanish bites like potato croquette and charcuterie.
Directly opposite to Melbourne’s Parliament house, The Imperial Hotel happens to be the third oldest pub in Melbourne, and delivers prime real estate. The sports-made venue is also known for its chic beer garden rooftop, making it perfect for all crowds to assemble and enjoy the views, sports, and a cheeky frothy or two.
Easey’s is well and truly the epitome of Melbourne; art, music, transport, food, and drinks. The rooftop bar, situated five-storeys up, features an old train where guests can enjoy their drinks and food inside the carriage. The art on the trains is best described as an ever-changing exhibition featuring some of the most well known graffiti artists from around the world. Easey’s is also popular for its insane burgers that will no doubt hurt the arteries later down the track (pun intended), craft brew line-up and sweeping views of Collingwood.
It’s true what they say, you’re not a live music fan in Melbourne unless you’ve been to the classic ‘Corner’. The Corner Hotel is also home to an epic rooftop and beer garden upstairs, making it the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy a drink after watching a gig.
Located in the heart of Brunswick Street, Provincial Hotel is an iconic pub and rooftop bar serving up Melbourne industrial feels with its surrounding red brick buildings. The laid back vibe on the rooftop means it’s the perfect spot to soak up the sun, enjoy a delicious Negroni and treat yourself to a hearty burger.
Located above Fancy Hanks restaurant, Good Heavens is a Palm Springs-inspired rooftop on Melbourne’s iconic Bourke Street. If you’re after a solid feed, Good Heavens is known to deliver and then some with a delicious Americana inspired menu that has it all; from deviled eggs and buffalo wings to meatloaf sandwiches. An afternoon spent on the rooftop will quickly lead into a late evening thanks to the supply of board games and card games like Cards Against Humanity and Uno.