In Melbourne, we’re a little bit obsessed with rooftop bars. The moment there’s a little bit of sunshine, you can bet that we’ll be out there, soaking up the good weather and socialising over a drink or two. And luckily for us, Melbourne has plenty of rooftop bars to choose from. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets, and soar up to the tops of these urban sanctuaries. Take in breathtaking views of the city, from within the CBD and from outside, while indulging in a cocktail or two. There’s so many wonderful venues to choose from, so here are some of the best rooftop bars in Melbourne to get you started.
1. HER Rooftop
Sip on cocktails on the relaxed garden terrace of HER’s rooftop. This rooftop bar in the heart of Melbourne has an extensive range of cocktails, gin and tequila, as well as wine, beer and spirits. There’s also a selection of non-alcoholic and low-alcoholic beverages for you to try. While you’re there, enjoy a seasonal Thai menu from the BKK kitchen. Learn more here.
📍270 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Journey up to the 13th floor and discover a story behind every cocktail at Fable Melbourne. Browse through the drinks list and learn about ancient goddesses, greedy pirates and historic figures, with cocktails like Caesar’s Nectar and Pledge of Aphrodite. While you’re there, graze on Mediterranean cuisine. Fable has a menu for lunch, dinner, and light-night snacks, so you can look out from this rooftop bar and admire the Melbourne skyline from day to night. See more here.
📍13/168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
The highest rooftop bar on this list, you’ll take in dreamy panoramic views of Melbourne from the 24th floor at Beverly on Chapel Street. This earthy space is inspired by the effortless cool of L.A, with a food and drink menu filled with southern Californian influences and locally sourced produce. Open from day to night, Beverly is the perfect place for leisurely lunches and late-night catch-ups. Find out more here.
📍Level 24/627 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141
4. Naked in the Sky
Sit back, relax, and take in panoramic views of Fitzroy and Melbourne’s CBD skyline from Naked for Satan’s rooftop bar, Naked in the Sky. Sip on cocktails, infused vodkas, tequila, whiskey, liqueurs and much more. If you’re not a drinker, there’s also mocktails, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Grab a quick bite from their express lunch menu, or have a lazy night out with their range of tapas, share plates and desserts. Find out more here.
📍285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
QT Melbourne has a fabulous rooftop venue that’s serving up bold cocktails, Mediterranean food and vibey tunes. Settle in to one of the comfy booths, or head out onto the terrace to admire the Melbourne skyline. Listen to chill tunes during the day, then dance under the disco ball to DJ sets at night. Learn more about Rooftop at QT here.
📍11/133 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
6. Loop Roof & Loop Top
This dreamy garden oasis has not one, but two, rooftop bars in the heart of Melbourne. Take in stunning panoramic views from both venues, and admire the lush greenery throughout the space. On Level 3, you’ll find Loop Roof, which has a retractable awning system, misters for hot days, and heaters for cold ones. Try their range of inventive cocktails, and feast on bites from the Chef’s menu, including charcuterie, bao buns, share plates and snacks. Then, head up to Level 4 for Loop Top, and relax with drinks only in the lounge area. Shield yourself from the sunshine underneath large blue and yellow umbrellas. More details here.
📍3/23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
7. Goldilocks Bar
There’s so many rooftop bars in Melbourne, and if you’re looking for one that’s just right, you can’t go wrong with Goldilocks Bar. Not too high, not too low, and nestled on the fifth level on top of the Denvers Building, you’ll find a wide range of classic cocktails, beers and wine. While you’re there, don’t miss the themed drinks, like Mumma Bear, Papa Bear and Baby Bear. Find tasty snacks, like spring rolls, dumplings, chips and fried chicken ribs, to keep your hunger at bay. Learn more here.
📍Denyers Building, Level 5/264 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Overlooking Bourke Street Mall, this rooftop bar has a 270-degree view of the Melbourne city skyline. The Stolen Gem has an elegant terrace with a retractable roof, so you can visit rain or shine, and a long list of wine, beers, spirits and cocktails. Feast on their tasty share plates while you’re there. Learn more here.
📍8/388 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
9. Morris House
This leafy-green rooftop bar has a retractable roof, so you can soak in the sunshine or stay sheltered from the rain. Sip on their agave-forward cocktail menu, including the delightfully pink Frozen Iced Vovo Margarita. While you’re up there, feast on pub classics and graze on share plates. The rooftop at Morris House also has some special events, including DJ sets on Friday and Saturday nights and brunch on Saturdays. Learn more here.
📍120 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000
10. Madame Brussels
This stylish rooftop cocktail bar will make you feel like you’re at an elegant garden party. Take a seat on the outdoor terrace and sip your way through their extensive cocktail list. Madame Brussels also has an assortment of wine, craft cans and mocktails. Graze on charcuterie, macarons, croque monsieur and more while you’re there. Find out more here.
📍3/59 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
11. Rooftop Bar
You’ll find the aptly named Rooftop Bar on the top of Curtin House. Available for walk-ins only, this bustling venue has a vast drinks list, with plenty of beers on tap, wine, spirits and cocktails. There’s also non-alcoholic beverages, including mocktails and sodas. Satisfy your hunger with their tasty burgers and chips. See more here.
📍Curtin House, level 7/252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
12. State of Grace
State of Grace has a bustling restaurant on the ground floor, a hidden cellar door and a rooftop for casual drinks and bites. Take in views of the city, and graze on pizzas, share plates and more. Pair your experience with cocktails and beer. Explore their menu here.
📍27 King St, Melbourne VIC 3000
13. Good Heavens
Open daily from 12pm to 1am, this massive rooftop bar on Bourke Street can fit 400 people. Admire your surroundings from the sprawling deck, or pop undercover and enjoy the view from the comfort of your seat. Good Heavens has plenty of cocktails and drinks, as well as drink specials throughout the week. The food is sorted by sister venue Fancy Hank’s downstairs. Sink your teeth into hot snacks like BBQ corn ribs and smoked brisket party pies. See more here.
📍 Level 2/79 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
14. Imperial Hotel
Whisk yourself away to the top of Imperial Hotel, and take in views of Melbourne CBD and the surrounding treetops. Located near the Princess Theatre, this bar is perfect for pre/post-theatre drinks. Indulge in classic pub fare, sip on classic cocktails and more. Find out more.
📍2-8 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
15. Heroes Bar
Venture up to level 3 of Heroes and enjoy a drink under twinkling lights at their rooftop bar. Feel lost in an urban jungle, with greenery on one side and splashes of vibrant art along the walls. There’s plenty of cover and heating to keep you cosy, and a spot for you to look out at the streets below. Grab a drink from the bar, and find some liquid courage before diving into a karaoke session. Learn more here.
📍188 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
16. Blossom Rooftop Bar
Soar up to level 14 of Pullman Melbourne on Swanston and feel sky-high at Blossom Rooftop Bar. Take in 270-degree views of Melbourne, and dine on wood-fired pizzas in this stunning venue. You’ll find heaps of cocktails and spritzes, as well as wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks. To keep the party going, there’s live music from 6pm-8pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Learn more here.
📍Level 14/195 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Head five floors up to the rooftop at Bomba for stunning views. To the north, you’ll see the treetops of Lonsdale Street, and to the south, you’ll take in views of Melbourne CBD. Enjoy drinks and snacks every day from 3pm, with DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. More info here.
📍103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
18. Palmz Rooftop Bar
On top of The Carlton Club, you’ll find Palmz Rooftop Bar, a lush tropical space complete with palm trees and a thatched-roof bar. Sip on bright cocktails like the Pavlova Sour, share the love with a cocktail jug, or sip on beer, cider and wine. Fuel up with burgers, tapas and more, then dance the night away at the club below. See more here.
📍193 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
19. Fargo & Co
What was once an Edwardian bank is now a vibrant cocktail bar. Head to the rooftop at Fargo & Co, and unwind on the alfresco courtyard that looks out over the streets of Richmond. Sip on signature cocktails, like Espresso Martinis and Cosmopolitans, as well as beer, wine and spirits. There’s plenty of food on offer, from healthy bowls to fried chicken and burgers. Visit during the week for different special events, including bottomless brunch on weekends. See more here.
📍216 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121
Feel refreshed with cool cocktails and superb city views at Harlow. Feast on fun pub classics with a modern twist, like chicken schnitty, Philly cheese steak croquettes and more, then relax with a drink from their extensive beverage menu. On weekends, visit the rooftop bar for their Greek-inspired bottomless brunch.
📍447 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121
21. Full Moon Fever
Yee haw! Feel transported to a southern Californian dessert at Full Moon Fever. Take a seat in one of the wooden booths and admire the assortment of succulents at this saloon-style rooftop bar. Chow down on burgers, buffalo wings and more, and explore their vibrant cocktail menu, which is full of ingredients like bourbon, mezcal and tequila. Otherwise, there’s plenty of beer and wine to go around. See more here.
📍225 Johnston St, Abbotsford VIC 3067