Oh Melbourne – don’t we just love a rooftop? Head up to these bars to enjoy some brews with a view.
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 'Sonata no. 8 in A Minor', an apple strudel flavoured bev inspired by one of Mozart's most famous pieces.
The Rooftop at QT
That first night out at QT rooftop bar in summer just hits different. This 11th floor gem in Russell Street is almost an old-fave by Melbourne standards. Visit for a curated selection of wines, and stop to admire the stunning street art mural by Aussie artist Rowena Martinich.
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.
Soaring high above Drewery Lane, this massive new multi-storey venue comes from the minds behind Arbory Afloat. HER is a vertical laneway celebrating food, drinks, music and art. Explore the moody ground floor bar, the vinyl-spinning Music Room and resident Thai BBQ diner BKK. Then soar up to the rooftop for a Med-style escape.
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.
The Stolen Gem
The views from this eight-storey high rooftop terrace steal the show. Look out over Bourke Street and the GPO as you enjoy sushi boxes with all the trimmings, canape-style share plates and creative cocktails like a pavlova gin spritz.
Boasting panoramic 15th floor views and a sparking infinity pool, Sunset House is almost certainly going to be a regular summer hang out. Make the journey to this picturesque spot at the edge of the city for a classic espresso martini, or try whimsical drops like the amaretto-infused Alice in Wonderland.
It’s always summer on the Palm Springs–inspired Good Heavens rooftop. Think Hawaiian shirts, neon signs and pastel spritzes. Visit during lunch hours (12pm - 4pm) and order up BBQ treats from downstairs neighbours Fancy Hank's. Then try the cult-status pickle back shots to light a fire in your Friday night drinks.
It’s always a European summer atop Campari House. The rooftop bar is your best bet for lazy drinks and grazing plates. All those stairs and spritzes can work up a mean hunger, so don’t skip a trip down to the restaurant. Order up classic pasta dishes, hearty pizza (with GF options) and the cult-status coffee panna cotta.
Pomelo Rooftop Bar
Playful, sun-drenched and hidden down a laneway, Pomelo is everything a rooftop bar should be. The bar takes its cues from '80s Miami Art Deco. Think splashes of ice-cream pastel colours and a giant geometric mural. Try the slushie cocktails or grab a refreshing Pomelo seltzer. They're crafted and canned in-house with ingredients like banana miso and buttered popcorn.
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.
When it comes to iconic rooftop bars, Siglo is a must-visit. Stunning views over Parliament and St Patrick’s Cathedral combine with an impressive cocktail list. The retractable awnings keeps an even balance between the stars and weather.
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 grow all their garnishes! Start with a spicy margarita, then head downstairs for a set-menu delight.
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 between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesdays to score 20 per cent off your total bill!
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.
Come for the pizzas, stay for the top-floor cocktails. Dom's is a three-level party palace of fresh pies, pool comps and pretty city views. Hightail it to the roof for classics like Campari and soda, or try lemon sours and a super smoky old fashioned. Made with chocolate bitters, no less!
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