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Best Rooftop Bars in Melbourne for Summer Hangouts

With sky-high views and killer cocktails to match, these are the best rooftop bars in Melbourne to check out this summer.

Secret Garden, QT Melbourne
Secret Garden, QT Melbourne

With the mercury slowly but surely rising, it’s time to emerge from moody underground bars and into the sunshine, preferably at one of Melbourne’s many rooftop bars. Fresh air, stunning views and good vibes are on offer across the city, from edgy drinking holes in the Inner North to lofty hotel bars in the CBD and bright terraces by the beach. Here are some of the best rooftop bars in Melbourne perfect for summer sessions. 

Goldilocks

Spot the sign above a nondescript entry on Swanston Street, enter the elevator and head to the top floor to discover a quaint rooftop bar in the middle of the CBD. Hanging festoon lights and a semi-covered space make it an oasis that feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle outside. It may be hard to find but it’ll be even harder to leave, with well-made classic cocktails and moreish bar snacks sustaining you ‘til late.

5/264 Swanston Street, Melbourne

The Emerson Rooftop Bar

A venue perfect for many occasions, The Emerson is a bar, eatery and nightclub notorious for its vibrant dance floor. If it’s casual vibes you’re after, the Emerson Rooftop boasts picturesque views, with a generous drinks menu and their Japanese-inspired kitchen serving up hearty mains and tasty plates to share. 

141-145 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Sojourn

Sitting pretty on New Chancery Lane, Sojourn is Melbourne CBD's hottest new summer spot. With both a restaurant and rooftop bar on premise, you can easily spend the afternoon wining and dining. Pair delicious eats and refreshing drinks with the venue's cool style, and you're onto a long lunch winner.

501 Bourke Street, New Chancery Lane, Melbourne

Farmer's Daughters

Having opened its doors in January, respected Melbourne chef Alejandro Saravia has brought his vision to establish an embassy for Gippsland in the heart of the CBD. Perched high on the third floor, the Rooftop at Farmer’s Daughters has been designed to bring a little piece of the oasis that is regional Victoria to the city. The rooftop bar offers house-made cocktails, curated beers including the Stringer’s Creek Pilsner; a collaboration between Farmer’s Daughters and Stomping Ground, as well as Gippsland brewer Sailor’s Grave and select wines by the glass.

6/80 Collins Street, Melbourne

Siglo

A true everyone's club steeped in old-world charm, Siglo’s table-clothed rooftop terrace is without a doubt a city icon. Perched above the Princess Theatre at the cocktail-loving ‘Paris end’, a sense of European style and elegance permeates as chatty patrons savour fine wines whilst overlooking the glittering streetscape below. For the cigar-loving gentlemen and women have your lighters at the ready because Cohiba Siglo's are the venue's signature. 

Level 2, 161 Spring Street, Melbourne

Johnny’s Green Room

 Sitting atop the King and Godfree complex, Johnny’s Green Room offers 360 degree vistas extending to the city and beyond. Tap into a little slice of Italy with imported beers, wine and Aperol spritzes on tap, plus snacks including polpetti, salumi, arancini and even choc tops from Pidapipo down the road. It’s on of Melbourne's best rooftop bars and our new favourite spot for Sunday sessions and after work drinks.

Level 2/293-297 Lygon Street, Carlton

Land of Plenty

It’s 100 per cent ‘strayan at Land of Plenty, a new rooftop bar serving only local wines, beers and even spirits in on-theme cocktails like the Flamin’ Galah made with GGG Gin, rosella infusion and lemon myrtle syrup. The bar features a retractable roof for all-weather good times, while a cheeky wombat-themed mural by Australian artist LeGrizz stretches over the back wall.

2/188 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Rooftop at QT

Swanky Saturday nights find their home at this popular hotel rooftop bar, where there are lobster rolls for snacking, vintage Champagne for toasting and views that cut across the city. The dress code instructs punters to turn up “sharp”, but in return, you’ll be treated to prime people watching and one of the best G&Ts in town at one of Melbourne's best rooftop bars.

11/133 Russell Street, Melbourne

Easey’s

Beers and burgers in a train carriage hoisted five storeys onto a Collingwood rooftop – Easey’s is just about the most Melbourne thing ever. Novelty factor aside, this grungy charmer always promises a good time, whether you’re chowing cheeseburgers at a booth inside or knocking back jugs of Melbourne Bitter under the stars. They do some zany cocktails too, including a jalapeno-spiked Bloody Mary topped with a bacon-wrapped dim sim.

3/48 Easey Street, Collingwood

Rooftop Bar

Whether you decide to wait (and wait) for the sluggish elevator or awaken your thirst with a marathon sprint up the stairs, the reward atop of Curtin House is well worth your troubles. Aperol Spritzes, astroturf, and kimchi burgers create high holiday vibes in the middle of the CBD, making it one of the best rooftop bars in Melbourne and a perennial post-work favourite.

Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne

The Local Taphouse

The Local Taphouse’s rooftop garden terrace is the kind of place where balmy summer afternoons stretch deep into the evening, though the bar’s laidback, neighbourly vibe finds it busy all year round. Here you’ll see bubbly conversations among friends corralled along by rounds of craft brew, plus modern pub snacks like leek and Gruyère croquettes and black pepper whitebait.

184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East

Loop Roof

Ample greenery in the form of hanging vines and exotic cacti give Loop, one of Melbourne's best rooftop bars an exotic feel despite being square in the concrete jungle. Tiki-tinged cocktails like the Melting Pot, which balances dark and spiced rum with apple, coffee and orange bitters make for transportative drinking before views of the towering buildings over your shoulder remind you of your bearings.

23 Meyers Place, Melbourne

The Provincial

The Provincial’s rooftop bar has only been open for a year, but already it’s become a favourite for lazy Sunday sessions. Bar snacks bounce between the familiar (pepperoni pizza, chicken parmas) and the fun (mi goreng fried chicken, charred corn tostadas) while classic cocktails get the remix treatment. It’s even a go during winter months, with plenty of heaters and mulled wine to keep you toasty.

299 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Bomba

Perched over Lonsdale Street is an attractive rooftop tapas bar that’s a winner for post-work tipples and pre-dinner cocktails, where you can settle in and watch the sunset over the city’s treetops. Spanish favourites like patatas bravas, spicy chorizo and manchego croquettes make for easy sharing over glasses of fizzy cava.

103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

The Corner Hotel

Richmond’s favourite spot for live gigs and post-footy drinks also boasts a fabulous rooftop, where there’s an outdoor barbecue firing away and DJs soundtracks that scream summer. Pub grub runs the gamut from your classic parma and pies to shareplates of Korean fried chicken and braised lamb shoulder served with citrus yoghurt, beet hummus and tabouli. With the sun setting, taps flowing, and live music in your near future, this is a joint that’s hard to beat.

57 Swan Street, Richmond

Naked For Satan

After filling up on pintxos at Naked for Satan take the rickety lift up to their open-air terrace, where 360˚ views of Melbourne and an always buzzy crowd await. Drifting above Fitzroy means you get to enjoy a full vista of the glittering city skyline from a distance, all while sipping Spanish wines and house-made infused vodkas under colourful fairy globes.

285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Captain Baxter

If you like your margaritas backdropped by the ocean blue, Captain Baxter calls your name. This beachside hangout boasts one of Melbourne's best rooftop bars with a sweeping view of Port Phillip Bay, making it an extra hot spot during the warmer months. Fruity cocktails are paired with equally refreshing, fusion-leaning snacks like mint and avo fish tacos and zesty coconut kingfish ceviche.

10/18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda

Loving our list of the best rooftop bars in Melbourne and looking to continue the fun? Be sure to check out our edits of the best new restaurants and bars around the city. For those looking for a little hair of the dog, we've rounded up the best boozy brunch spots that are guaranteed to bring you back to life the morning after.