Melbourne likes to squeeze in bars wherever it can find space, and what better place than right on the roof. Here are our favourite drinking holes at great heights. Enjoy the view from the best rooftop bars in Melbourne!
Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, City
The most iconic of rooftop bars in all of Melbourne – and the most appropriately named – Rooftop Bar certainly delivers on its promises. Smack bang in the middle of the CBD, the view from the roof of the Curtain House is one of the best in Melbourne. It’s easily soaked in whilst enjoying a drink from their cocktail menu, or a bite from their burger shack.
264 Swanston St, City
Just several doors down from Rooftop Bar is Goldilocks, a much smaller and intimate rendition. The entrance is hard to find though; you’ll need to take the lift up to level 4. Once there, We recommend getting a seat on the far end, with views of Swanston St and The Emporium. Goldilocks is perfect for date night or just low-key drinks with a view.
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23-25 Hardware Ln, City
Down one of Melbourne’s most lively laneways is Campari House, an Italian restaurant and bar spread over three levels. Head to the top level and you’ll discover the rooftop, a little European escape. The floor below is home to The Lounge, complete with booths and leather couches.
59 Bourke St, City
Madame Brussels is a rooftop picnic party, complete with fake grass, cupcakes, teapots and sandwich platters. Take the elevator to level 3 and step into another world – similar to something from Alice in Wonderland.
2-8 Bourke St, City
Just opposite Parliament House is The Imperial Hotel, a classic Australian pub. But head up the stairs to a massive (and buzzing) rooftop. The after work crowd love it here, and rightfully so, it’s a great atmosphere to enjoy an evening drink.
Level 2, Transport Hotel Federation Square, City
Transport Bar is a Melbourne institution, situated on the edge of Federation Square. But many are unaware that it hides a rooftop bar, and one with a spectacular view. Head upstairs to Transit Rooftop Bar and witness the fantastic view of The Yarra. The view is evening more special in the evening.