Oh Melbourne – don’t we just love a rooftop? Now that summer has arrived, it’s time to get up there and enjoy some brews with a view. See you there! Opening hours are likely to be different right now – give them a call or check Instagram for info before visiting.

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Madame Brussels

The iconic rooftop garden bar is back in action for your next sun-soaked soiree. Hightail it to this Bourke Street rooftop for cocktails and charcuterie, with cute kitschy decor. And yes – Madame is still doing those epic cocktail jugs. Book online now.

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The Rooftop at QT

That first night out at QT rooftop bar in summer just hits different. This fifth-floor gem in Russell Street is almost an old-fave by Melbourne standards. But QT is keeping it fresh with a lush secret garden pop-up for spring and summer. Visit for a curated selection of wines, and stop to admire the stunning street art mural by Aussie artist Rowena Martinich.

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Fable Melbourne

Head for the skies and land on Melbourne's highest rooftop bar, 14 storeys up. Feast on Mediterranean-style share plates while you enjoy the sweeping city views. The bespoke cocktail list is inspired by fables and stories throughout history. Try 'The Birth of Venus' with vermouth, elderflower and salted apple shrub.

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Rooftop Bar

Slogging up seven flights of stairs for the best views in the city – it’s a Melburnian rite of passage. Or you can take the lift, which is known for being a little grungy but fully functional. In a true return to form, this sky-high spot is reverting back to a walk-in only policy.

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Sojourn Melbourne

Part rooftop bar, part local produce diner, 100 per cent your next laneway cocktail destination. Wander up Little Collins Street and let the royal blue façade of Sojourn sneak up on you out of nowhere. The uniquely designed shipping container-style spot is one of Melbourne's newest hidden gems, right next to Scott Pickett's Chancery Lane. Book your table here.

Open air rooftop bar with patrons sitting on stools, an outdoor fireplace, tall green trees visible and Melbourne city in the distance.

Johnny's Green Room

Limoncello highballs, pizzas loaded with prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella platters. Johnny’s back in a big way, taking walk-ins only. Nab a spot and see the city skyline anew, then kick on for a pasta sesh at downstairs Agostino.

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Bomba Tapas Bar and Rooftop

Bomba is all cosy vibes downstairs, lush open-air retreat upstairs. The cocktails will be super fresh and the tapas on point. Bomba isn't taking bookings for the rooftop terrace right now, just walk up for all your long-awaited group catch-up needs.

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Palmz Rooftop Bar

This urban oasis topping The Carlton Club is open for walk-ins. Take a chance on a spontaneous post-dinner sesh and enter a tropical hideaway overlooking Bourke Street. Complete with overgrown bougainvillea, palm trees and a thatched hut bar.

A busy rooftop bar in the day with patrons at tables and vines and lanterns hanging above.

Loop Roof

You'll find this award-winning bar three floors above Loop Project Space & Bar. The cocktails are killer and the bar snacks match perfectly. The team is taking bookings online. They also take limited walk-ins if you want to try your luck.

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The Q Melbourne

Up on Level 28 of Australia's first Quincy Hotel, the Q Bar offers hawker snacks and cocktails next to a glittering rooftop pool. A cheeky drinks list includes Melbourne-centric 'Under The Clocks', and an Aussie icy pole inspired 'Summers at the Servo'. Book online.

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Farmer's Daughters

Farmer's Daughter is a three-storey culinary wonderland dedicated to all things local and delicious. The rooftop bar is a sleek, sunny oasis decked out with gorgeous greenery. It's also where the team grows all their garnishes! Start with a spicy margarita, then head downstairs for a set-menu delight. Book online now.

State of Grace rooftop

Discover the heavenly world at Higher Grace, the rooftop of State of Grace. Settle in and soak up the views overlooking the city. The vibe is casual – think pizzas and share plates, cured meat boards, haloumi, parmesan fries. Match with deliciously summery cocktails, tap beers and tinnies. Book now.

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Imperial Hotel

This top-end spot is a historic pub dating back to 1858. Today it's known for its large rooftop beer garden and live sports, as well as its icy cold beers and classic pub fare. Book a spot on the rooftop beer garden to check out the 360-degree views of the city. Book now.

Plates of sliced meat, fruit and a glass of wine.

Marameo

Marameo is a fun, easy-going Italian eatery. It offers a range of pasta and mains, but we love the spin on the rooftop terrace. Tucked in amongst city buildings, you're hidden from view and left to concentrate on which spritz to try next. Book online.

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