14 Best Rooftop Bars in Melbourne

(Jul, 2020)

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!

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      Rooftop bars in the city

      Rooftop Bar, CBD

      Rooftop Bar

      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 ways to spend an evening in Melbourne.

      Goldilocks

      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 four. 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.

      Campari House

      Hardware Lane, 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. The floor below is home to The Lounge, complete with booths and leather couches.

      Imperial Hotel

      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.

      Transit Rooftop

      Federation Sq, 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 even more special at night.

      Carlton Club

      Bourke St, City

      This tropical rooftop is perched on top of Carlton Club, a colourful bar and club with some amazing jungle decor. Club the stairs to the Palmz, and enjoy a drink among the palm trees. Make sure you check out the bars on the other levels, where they have some faux elephant and ostrich heads attached to the walls.

      Peaches

      Swanston St, City

      On one level, Peaches is a pastel pink bar with art deco vibes.’ Take the stairs and you’ll come to their rooftop bar, a casual perch above Swanston Street. 

      Good Heavens

      Good Heavens

      Serving cocktails inspired by the 80’s, Good Heavens rooftop bar sits above Fancy Hanks, an American Barbeque Restaurant.

      State of Grace

      King St, City

      State of Grace has everything: a modern European restaurant, hidden basement bar, and a rooftop bar. Their hidden bar is behind a bookcase, but to reach the rooftop you’ll need to take the elevator.

      Loop Roof

      Meyer's Place, City

      Wander down Meyer’s Place – one of the CBD’s many incredible laneways – and you’ll come across Loop Bar. The ground bar is a dimly lit project space – they often exhibit locals artist’s works – but upstairs is their bright and leafy rooftop bar. Extra points for the mist system which will keep you cool during the summer.

      QT Rooftop

      Russel St, City

      One of Melbourne’s best-kept secrets is the rooftop at QT Hotel. This hip hotel has a focus on art and design, and it’s clear from the moment you step in. Enter the slick lobby and ask one of the staff for the rooftop – don’t worry, you don’t need to be staying at the hotel. They’ll take you to the lift, and 11 floors later you’ll step out onto this beautiful rooftop bar.

      Siglo

      Spring St, City

      Siglo is a classy terrace bar that specialises in wine and Cuban cigars, just opposite Parliament House. With a strong European vibe (Siglo is Spanish for ‘Century’) this open-air bar is popular for after-work drinks, and those looking for something more refined.

      Rooftop bars in the north

      The Provincial Hotel

      Brunswick St, Fitzroy

      The Provincial Hotel is a classic pub in Fitzroy, the boheme capital of Melbourne. But perched on top of The Provincial is a recent addition: The Provincial Rooftop. This spacious rooftop bar is inspired by the rooftop gardens of New York City.

      Rooftop bars in the east

      The Corner Hotel

      Swan St, Richmond

      The Corner Hotel is Melbourne’s most iconic music venue. Operating since the 1940’s, this remoelled 19th-century pub has showcased most of Australia’s best musical acts. In 1995 they opened up the rooftop bar, and it’s only grown better since.