We’ve lined up the best Melbourne rooftop bars so you can make the most of sunny afternoons and starry nights in Australia’s most vibrant city.
It’s no secret Melbourne’s food and drink scene is the best in Australia. A visit to the city isn’t complete without enjoying a drink or two in one of Melbourne’s rooftop bars. Throughout the city you are spoilt for choice when it comes to watering-holes. From old English pubs, to hidden bars and laneway pop-ups, the spirit of Melbourne is alive in these establishments.
But it’s no secret that Melbourne’s rooftop bars are on every visitor’s list of must-do Melbourne attractions. And with options across the city’s centre and suburbs, you will not be far away from one of these iconic Melbourne rooftop bars during your visit.
From rooftop cinema to a country-club inspired bar you can sit, sip and relax the day or night away with views of the surrounding cityscape. Live music, cocktails and craft brews await, so come on up to these excellent rooftop hangouts.
8 Iconic Melbourne rooftop bars
57 Swan Street, Richmond
The Corner Hotel is one of Melbourne’s iconic locations for live music. Music fans have no doubt set foot inside on many occasions for a night of epic live entertainment. But the lesser known gem of this Richmond Bar is its upstairs rooftop bar and beer garden. The big outdoor space with plenty of greenery is a great spot for an afternoon beer.
Level 4 264 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Goldilocks Bar is a hidden secret of Melbourne that has been serving up cocktails for many years. Without the fancy decor of other bars around Melbourne, here you can sit back and relax – it’s the cocktails that are the stars of the show. The rooftop bar has a retractable roof so through the year you can find Melburnians sipping on some of Melbourne’s best cocktails at this hidden rooftop bar.
Level 3 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne
Madame Brussels is an icon of Melbourne that continues to surprise and delight visitors and locals alike. Right in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, perched atop a building on Bourke Street, is an eclectic and fun-filled experience. From the faux-grass on the floor to the sun lounges and jugs of spritz – you’ll feel as though you’ve just walked into a country club.
Marquis of Lorne
411 George Street, Fitzroy
Marquis of Lorne is over 150 years old – and is still kicking it with Melbourne’s best today. The three-level hotel is popular with the after work crowd and has an open rooftop bar. It’s an understated bar that has been returned to its former glory, rather than totally reinvented. The upmarket pub meals will take care of your hunger and the sunny rooftop bar will be the place to while the hours away.
Naked In The Sky
285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Nothing screams iconic Melbourne bar more than Naked In The Sky. For the best views and best vibe in Fitzroy, this is the place to visit. Visit the bar below Naked for Satan, then take the elevator up to the rooftop where the epic views – and excellent quality food and beverages – are waiting for you.
Level 7, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Melbourne’s quintessential CBD rooftop bar – with just that as a name – is as famous as they come. It has been a filming location for Australian movies and television shows. Plus every summer it transforms into a rooftop cinema as well as a bar. You’ll find an eclectic mix or bar-goers grabbing a cool drink on a summer’s evening at Rooftop Bar –including dogs which are allowed to be brought in as well.
The Cornish Arms
163A Sydney Road, Brunswick
Brunswick’s Cornish Arms hotel is is a staple of the city’s northern suburbs. The rooftop bar is the place to gab a drink on the weekends or any night of the wekk in summer. Aside form the drinks, the food menu boasts a heap of vegan options, meaning meat-eaters and vegans alike love this pub.
11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
The Espy has been an icon of St Kilda, Melbourne’s popular beach-side suburb, for decades. In recent years it underwent a huge redevelopment, after a perio of closure, and it’s now back and buzzing will as much excitement as ever. At the Espy you can find live music, a great drinks menu, and plenty of space at the rooftop bar for a pint or two in the sun.
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Image: Rooftop Bar, Curtin House, Melbourne
Written by: Leah Furey – Digital Content Coordinator @gowest.com.au