Oh Melbourne – don’t we just love a rooftop? Now that the city is opening up, it’s time to get up there and book in some brews with a view. See you there!

Rooftop bar at Loop with patrons at tables, surrounded by plants with lit buildings in the background.

Loop Roof

You'll find this award-winning bar three floors above Loop Project Space & Bar. You’ll feel like you're in a jungle in the sky, with Loop Roof's exotic garden setting. The cocktails are killer and the bar snacks match perfectly. Book online for a 2-hour session, with a maximum of 10 people per group. There's a $20 pp cancellation fee as, like every venue, capacity is limited.

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Rooftop Bar

It’s a quintessential Melbourne experience. The lift is out of order and you have to hike up seven flights of stairs at Curtin House to make it to Rooftop Bar. But it's worth it. The views are breathtaking. The burgers are juicy, the sweet potato fries are rad. The drinks include classic cocktails and a good range of beer, cider, wines and spirits. Head to their homepage to book your 2-hour spot (group bookings are limited to 10 people). You’ll need to give your credit card details along with your booking – there’s a $24 charge if you don’t show up.

Palm trees lit up on a rooftop bar at twilight.

Palmz Rooftop Bar

Make sure you go online and make a booking before you climb the stairs of the Carlton Hotel to the rooftop! If you do, you’ll be rewarded with Palmz' secluded, tropical hideaway. It's overgrown with bougainvillea and palm trees. With its thatched hut bar, this watering hole is a kooky favourite. Dive into the daring cocktail menu as the city sparkles through the palm fronds.

People enjoying snacks and drinks at Transit Rooftop Bar and looking across the Yarra River to Princes Bridge, the concert hall and Arts Centre spire.

Transit Rooftop Bar

Hands up who’s missed meeting friends at Fed Square? Then make a booking at Transit on the top floor of the Transport Hotel building. Transit Rooftop Bar is one of the largest rooftop bars in Melbourne. It has a massive terrace with views of the MCG and Southbank. It’ll be the perfect way to ease yourself back into the city you love. Bookings are available Thursday and Fridays from 3pm, Saturday and Sundays from 12pm. Spots are limited to 10 people for 2-hour sittings.

People enjoying salads, sandwiches and a beetroot-coloured burger at the rooftop bar of the Imperial Hotel.

Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel at the top end of Bourke Street 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. All COVID-precautions are in place too. Head to their website to secure your booking.

Interior of rooftop bar with patrons standing around or sitting at tables and the bar.

Aer Rooftop Bar

What’s nicer than a beer in the sun, in the middle of the city? The European Bier Cafe is for discerning beer lovers. There's over 40 varieties of beer on offer! Go to their website to book a table on its rooftop Aer bar and take in those views with your brews. Plus a pizza or something from the classic pub menu.

Plate of pasta with green sauce.


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. Marameo can take bookings of up to 10 people. Book online, with credit card details as cancellation policies apply.

A couple drinking cocktails at sunset at a rooftop bar with the city skyline in the background

Melina on the Rooftop

You'd be forgiven for thinking you were on a rooftop in Mykonos, grazing on a meze platter with a drink in one hand. Unwind at Melina on the Rooftop for a Mediterranean mood with an unbeatable view of Melbourne.

Rooftop terrace with patrons sitting on stools and greenery on the walls.

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.

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