Spring is finally upon us, and for those who have suffered through the biting chill of the winter months, a well-deserved beverage on a Melbourne rooftop is in order.
To help you plan your pilgrimage to good weather and good cheer, here are some of the best rooftop bars in Melbourne.
- Level 2, 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne
The newest venue from the team behind Fancy Hank’s, Good Heavens is plying its wares up the top of Bourke Street. Featuring American bar food, an exciting range of ’80s inspired cocktails and local DJs spinning on the decks, Good Heavens is the perfect spot for those balmy spring nights.
- 188 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
If you’re after something low-key with a focus on good food, then Uncle is the rooftop bar for you. With cocktails like Mekong Splice (think a Mango Splice but alcoholic) and perfect finger-food options (rice paper rolls and banh mi), this is a great way to spend a quiet night.
- Level 3, 59 Bourke Street, Melbourne
The undisputed queen bee of Melbourne rooftop bars, Madame Brussels is a glamorous spot to catch a bit of sun while enjoying a jug of Pimms and a fresh raspberry cupcake.
- 2/161 Spring Street, Melbourne
If you’d like to visit Europe without leaving Melbourne, stop by Siglo. With stunning views of Parliament House, this is a beautiful venue to have a glass of wine and watch the world go by.
Naked in the Sky
- 258 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
When it comes to the north side, it doesn’t get much better than Naked for Satan’s other half – Naked in the Sky. With views across Fitzroy, the open terrace has an attached bar, lounge and restaurant, all the better to enjoy a warm spring night.
Marquis of Lorne
- 411 George Street, Fitzroy
Striking a perfect balance between modern appeal and classic charm, the Marquis of Lorne Hotel has pub grub, refreshing brews, and a rooftop for soaking up a few rays on a sunny afternoon. You’ll never want to leave.
- Level 3, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne
With views of CBD rooftops and skyscrapers, there aren’t many more impressive spaces than Loop Roof. Specifically designed to cater for Melbourne’s mercurial weather, patrons will be protected against extreme sun, wind and rain, while enjoying beverages from the excellent cocktail list.
- 144 Chapel Street, Windsor
Fans of Fonda Mexican who’ve been despairing at the conspicuous lack of a rooftop, rejoice! Fonda Windsor’s bright, colourful rooftop bar is the ideal way to combine delicious Mexican snacks with a variety of beverages.
- 200 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East
Taking its name from the year the Rivoli Cinemas opened, nineteenforty is perched on the rooftop of the historic building, and is decked out in charming art-deco architecture. Whether you’re there for a movie or just for a drink (or three), nineteenforty is an excellent place to relax, right under that iconic neon sign.
- 48 Easey Street, Collingwood
Here’s one from left field – a rooftop burger bar, in a train carriage. Again, that’s on a rooftop. Nothing screams Melbourne more than being perched on top of a Collingwood roof, gazing out over the surrounding suburbs from the comfort of a retro train carriage, while chowing down on one of Easey’s amazing burgers. Get on it.
The Corner Hotel
- 57 Swan St, Richmond
Home to many a Melburnian’s night out, The Corner Hotel’s rooftop area was renovated and reopened in late 2016, and the iconic Richmond pub hasn’t lost any of its charm in the refurbishment. With its indoor and outdoor areas, the rooftop can handle any weather, and the menu elevates traditional pub fare with is focus on shared plates – whole fire-roasted eggplant, anyone?
Rooftop at QT
- 133 Russell St, Melbourne
If it’s a stunning view that you’re after, then Rooftop at QT has you sorted. With the Melbourne city skyline as your backdrop, you can enjoy a drink from an extensive wine and cocktail list, while admiring the glamorous designer decor.
- 2-8 Bourke Street, Melbourne
For a more casual, comfortable rooftop experience, look no further than the Imperial’s rooftop beer garden. It’s one of the largest rooftop bars in Melbourne, so there should be plenty of space for a relaxed drink with friends, while the view of Parliament House and Treasury Gardens provides the perfect backdrop for a snack from the extensive menu.
Transit Rooftop Bar
- Federation Square, Melbourne
With a location to rival any rooftop view in Melbourne, Transit Rooftop Bar is the ideal place to take out-of-towners. From your spot on the massive outdoor deck, you can take in the Arts Centre spire, the MCG, and the trams coming and going across the Princes Bridge. Add cocktails, live music and excellent service to the mix, and you have all the ingredients for a good night out.
The Prov Rooftop
- The Provincial Hotel, 299 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
The Provincial’s new rooftop bar is designed to please, with its rambling vines and comfortable furniture. More importantly, the selection of cold beers, cool cocktails and relaxed, eat-with-your-hands-style menu will ensure happy patrons during the warmer months.
- 34 Chapel Street, Windsor
Across the road from Windsor Station sits this burger joint and cocktail bar, where you can sit amongst the fairy lights of the cosy rooftop and enjoy treats from the Southside Central menu.
And what a menu … dig into the Fatty 5-0 burger, with double beef patties, triple bacon and mac’n’cheese, wash it down with a decadent spiked shake or cocktail before polishing it all off with their ‘pimped out’ waffles. This is a very cool venue in a great location – the perfect place to stop on a spring night out.