Rooftop bars Melbourne

Complete guide to the 17 best rooftop bars in Melbourne in 2020

Made by the world's leading experts on rooftop bars

Here you'll find the best Melbourne rooftops with all info you need about each terrace. Opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more. This is the perfect city for everybody that loves great bars and restaurants. The vibrant atmosphere and superb quality makes this one of the best rooftop cities in the world. And you can also go for rooftop cinema while here. So, which is the best rooftop bar in Melbourne? Just scroll down and find the Melbourne rooftop bar best suited for you.

Or use the Melbourne rooftop map in the top right corner.

Last updated: October 24th, 2019
Rooftop bar Melbourne Naked in the Sky in Melbourne
Naked in the Sky
$$$ 285 Brunswick St Fitzroy
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Vodka cocktails
  • Great view
  • Nice atmosphere
Naked in the Sky is the rooftop bar of Naked for Satan, which also includes a downstairs indoor reastaurant. Located in Fitzroy, the 5th floor rooftop offers perhaps the best view northern Melbourne has to offer, with great vistas over the CBD skyline. In a trendy and urban setting you can enjoy an almost 20 pages long drink menu, including 'Satan's Infused Vodka' along with a large selection of wines and craft beers. The terrace also offers a great selection of tapas, while the restaurant serves more filling Australian dishes.
Area:Melbourne CBD
Rooftop bar Rooftop at QT in Melbourne
Rooftop at QT
$$$$ 133 Russell St
  • Highlights
  • 11th floor
  • Sophisticated
  • Magical view
  • Curated cocktails
A modern and quite new rooftop bar, located at designer hotel QT Melbourne, right in the heart of the city. From the large rooftop terrace you’ll get uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s city skyline. Open to all 7 days a week, the Rooftop at QT comes with a sophisticated yet relaxed ambience, perfect for after work cocktails on weekdays and more vibrant and stylish rooftop party vibes on weekends, complete with live DJs and a trendy crowd. Both indoor lounge and open air terrace where you can enjoy curated cocktails along with tasty bar bites.
Area:Melbourne CBD
Rooftop bar Good Heavens in Melbourne
Good Heavens
$$$ 79 Bourke St
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Sunday Sessions
  • '80s cocktails
  • Great atmosphere
Perched on top of the American BBQ restaurant Fancy Hank's, right in the heart of Melbourne. And while the rooftop serves some BBQ-goodies for lunch Monday-Saturday and brunch Sunday, it is more a place focused on creative cocktails and great vibes. Only on the second floor, the views from Good Heavens is not breathtaking but still cool over the central Melbourne sky scrapers. Enjoy the Miami / Palm Springs setting and cocktails taking inspiration from the '80s but with a modern twist. Both creative and fantastic in taste.
Area:Melbourne CBD
Rooftop bar Imperial Hotel in Melbourne
Imperial Hotel
$$$ 2/8 Bourke St
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Beer garden
  • Live sports
  • Parliament House-views
Perched on the 3rd floor and also Melbourne's 3rd oldest pub, the Imperial Hotel rooftop bar is located in the heart of CBD Melbourne and comes with a fantastic view over the Parliament House and the city skyline. Classic and modern waterhole for both locals and visitors. The big wooden deck terrace has plenty seating,open and airy is summer but also equipped with cover and heaters to keep everyone warm during winter. Enjoy a large range of beers, innovative and tasty pub food along with live sports every day.
Rooftop bar Upside Rooftop Bar in Melbourne
Upside Rooftop Bar
$$$$ 127 Brunswick St
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Creative cocktails
  • Live DJs
  • Nice vibe
A cozy Melbourne cocktail lounge, located above the restaurants Ichi Ni Nana and Village People Hawker Foodhall, right on the main street running through the Fitzroy area. Just two levels up, the rooftop still comes with some fantastic views over the Melbourne skyline. Very chic and urban in setting, Upside rooftop is the place for creative and very well made cocktails. Go for a 'Thai Porn Star' or let one of the higly skilled bartenders decide and create something for you. Live local DJs every weekend and a great vibe.
Area:South Yarra
Rooftop bar Melbourne The Emerson in Melbourne
The Emerson
$$$$ 43-145 Commercial Rd
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Skyline views
  • Vibrant & trendy
  • Bottomless Cocktail Brunch
The Emerson Rooftop Bar and Club is a stylish and trendy weekend destination, located in the South Yarra area of Melbourne. As the name might tell you, this is not only a rooftop bar but also a highly vibrant night club. Branding themselves as 'Melbourne's ultimate entertainment destination', Emerson is truly an eventful place. Come early for more relaxing cocktails and later for a vibrant party atmosphere with live music and DJs. Or make it a full day destination on weekends, starting with 'Bottomless Cocktail Brunch'.
Area:Melbourne CBD
Rooftop bar Melbourne Bomba in Melbourne
$$$ 103 Lonsdale St
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Year round
  • Spanish inspired
  • Refurbished 2018
A Spanish restaurant and rooftop bar, located right in the Central Business district in the middle of Melbourne. Downstairs you find a cosy and great tapas restaurant and one floor up is the Bomba rooftop bar, offering cool views over the city through the Lonsdale Street treetops. Refurbished in 2018, the rooftop terrace has a lovely Spanish setting and vibe and also comes with a retractable roof, making it a year round destination. Enjoy a vibrant and relaxing ambience, a nice selection of Spanish wines, well made signature cocktails and Sangria on tap.
Area:Melbourne CBD
Rooftop bar Melbourne Bar in Melbourne
Rooftop Bar
$$$ 252 Swanston St
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • Rooftop cinema
  • 360-view
  • Great ambience
A name easy to remember, and one of the most popular rooftop bars in Melbourne. The urban and trendy Rooftop Bar is located on top of the Curtain House in the central part of the city, and seven floors up means fantastic skyline views. The large and spacious rooftop terrace is quite low-key in decor bu nevertheless, on a sunny day this place is always crowded and the atmosphere is very lively and vibrant. Enjoy signature cocktails, a large selection of beer and food from the 'Burger Shack'. Also home to Melbourne's first rooftop cinema.
Area:Melbourne CBD
Rooftop bar Melbourne Siglo in Melbourne
$$$$ 2/161 Spring St
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Wine + Cocktail bar
  • Sophisticated
  • Intimate
Quite a unique Melbourne rooftop bar, located on top of The Melbourne Supper Club, offering nice views of the Parliament and St Patrick’s Cathedral. And while the view is lovely, it is more the classy setting that makes this place unique. Looking and feeling like a French bistro restaurant, with white clothed tables, wicker chairs and wooden garden furniture, Siglo do offer some classy bar bites but is more of a fancy wine- and cocktail bar. Enjoy table service of well crafted classic cocktails, a large selection of fine wines and even some Cuban cigars.
Area:Melbourne CBD
Rooftop bar Melbourne Melina on the Rooftop in Melbourne
Melina on the Rooftop
$$$$ 168 Lonsdale St
  • Highlights
  • 13th floor
  • Mediterranean influences
  • Great service
  • Modern & sleek
Melina on the Rooftop is a Mediterranean influenced rooftop bar and restaurant, located on top of the Greek Centre buidling in the heart of Melbourne. High above gorund you get a fantastic view over the Melbourne skyline and really the sense of being in a big city. Modern and sleek in style, bright and open-air when the weather is good, but also equipped with shelter and heaters for colder or rainy days. Open from breakfast until late at night, you can enjoy Greek style food and well made cocktails, all served in a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Area:Melbourne CBD
Rooftop bar Melbourne Madame Brussels in Melbourne
Madame Brussels
$$$ 59-63 Bourke St
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Rooftop garden
  • Fun & quirky
  • Familiar
Not your regular roftop bar, Madame Brussels is a quirky, kitschy, cute, fun and ‘rather fancy' cocktail bar, located in central Melbourne. Or in many ways, a country club right in the heart of the city. With pink walls, white picket fences, green astroturf, garden chaises and wicker sun lounges, Madame Brussels really invintes to a garden party. Enjoy the lovely rooftop terrace with great views of the Melbourne skyline, a wide mix of well made cocktails, punches, wine and champagne along with the famous and creamy cupcakes.
Area:Melbourne CBD
Rooftop bar Melbourne The Red Hummingbird in Melbourne
The Red Hummingbird
$$$ 246 Russell St
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Classic
  • Crafted cocktails
Classic rooftop bar in Melbourne, actually one of the first to open up here. And still going strong! Located in the heart of the city, this cocktail bar is a perfect place to visit for unpretentious vibes and fantastic drinks. Cosy and stylish indoor lounge and a rooftop patio that is somewhere in between urban and elegant. Indulge in cocktails made to perfection by the friendly and skilled barmen, a good selection of beer on bootle and tap, along with a few Asian-inspired bar bites like Goyza's and Dumplings.
Area:Melbourne CBD
Rooftop bar Melbourne Goldilocks in Melbourne
$$$ 264 Swanston St
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Cool little place
  • Great atmosphere
  • Inventive cocktails
Goldilocks rooftop bar is not that easy to find, but well worth the search. Located on the 4th floor above a Chinese diner on Swanston Street, the fairytale that the name promises comes true in both setting and cocktails. A quite small, cosy and intimate rooftop bar that offers fantastic and inventive cocktails, both experimental classics and Goldilock signatures. There is also a good range of crafted beers, a few wines and locally produced sodas, along with Asian bites of dumplings and noodles.
Area:Melbourne CBD / River Yarra
Rooftop bar Melbourne Transit Rooftop Bar in Melbourne
Transit Rooftop Bar
$$$$ Transport Hotel, Federation Square
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Live music
  • Skyline & river views
  • Festive atmosphere
The Transit Rooftop Bar might only be two levels up but still offers magical views of the Melbourne skyline, the botanical gardens and the River Yarra below. Located on top of the Transport Hotel, which is actually not a hotel but a bar / restaurant complex right by Federation Square and the railway station, Transit has both indoor lounge and open air terrace. Come for well made signature cocktails, bar bites with an Asian touch coming from the Taxi Kitchen one floor below and live music five nights a week.
Rooftop bar Melbourne Wolf’s Lair in Melbourne
Wolf’s Lair
$$$ Jimmy Watson Lane
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Rooftop garden
  • Relaxed
  • Europe-feel
A fairly secret and undiscovered Melbourne rooftop bar, located in Carlston and quite close to the University of Melbourne. The full name of the place is Wolf’s Lair - Drinking Haus & Treetop, which might tell you that it is both an inside bar and a rooftop terrace. Decorated with wooden bench like seating and tables it is not fancy and does not offer any magical views, but is instead a very relaxed and lush rooftop garden and a great spot for some open-air drinks and bites in a very friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
Area:Melbourne CBD
Rooftop bar Melbourne Palmz Rooftop Bar in Melbourne
Palmz Rooftop Bar
$$$ 193 Bourke St
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Tropical oasis
  • Bar + club + rooftop venue
  • Heaters in winter
Just as the name promises, the Palmz Rooftop Bar is inspired by palm trees, tropically completed with a bamboo hut bar and plastic pink flamingos. Part of The Carlton Club, wich also includes the ground floor (main) bar and dining room and the 3rd floor Hasti Bala Bar. Mostly famous as a night club, with live DJs five nights a week and party vibes late into the night, the rooftopvis little bit of an oasis away from the major buzz. A perfect place to enjoy some sunny tropical cocktails and catch a glimpse of the skyline through the palm trees.
Area:St Kilda
Rooftop bar Melbourne Captain Baxter in Melbourne
Captain Baxter
$$$ 10-18 Jacka Blvd
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Signature cocktails
  • Ocean view
  • Beachside
A lovely beachside restaurant and rooftop bar, located right by the sand and water in St Kilda. Refurbished during 2018, it is now an even hotter spot for cocktails, food and fantastic views over the ocean. Both a very stylish and bright indoor restaurant and an outdoor deck with large umbrellas and comfy lounge furniture. Here you can enjoy food with ocean vibes, well curatated signature cocktails and a long list of wine and beers. Combined with great music and vibes, Captain Baxter is a very popular spot.

About the author

This guide was made by The Rooftop Guide, the world's leading experts on rooftop bars. With over 600 rooftops visited over the last two years, we keep you up to date in the ever growing universe of rooftop venues.

Rate this guide

Plan your stay in Melbourne


Tours, Sightseeing & Activities

Discover the biggest collection of Melbourne activities, guided tours and skip-the-line tickets. Anything you want you'll find right here.

Rooftop bar Melbourne

Rooftop-grade: 8/10
Prime season: Oct-April
Residents: 3,9 millions
Climate: oceanic

The climate here is moderately warm all year round, which results in that almost all of the rooftop bars in Melbourne being open almost all year.

The roof terraces are located both in the city center among the skyscrapers and on the coast overlooking the sea. Most rooftop bars in Melbourne are located in the middle of the city with close proximity to each other. There are even some that are out at sea in the St Kilda and in Carlton some with views of the skyline.

Given the culture in terms of bars and restaurants, there are also a lot of rooftop bars in Melbourne. The climate that is warm most of the year also makes it popping up new ones from time to time.

Look for the best and latest rooftop bars here on our website and on the map.

About Melbourne

Melbourne is Australia's second largest city - after Sydney. The city is a port city in southeastern Australia and the country's cultural center. If you like the sea and fine architecture, Melbourne is a must to visit. The city is built with a simple and straight street system, which means that you can find your way everywhere relatively easy.

Food, drink and party on rooftop bars in Melbourne

Melbourne is a world-class city when it comes to restaurants and bars. The city absolutely teeming with both top restaurants and fantastic bars. Which are the best rooftops in Melbourne? The rooftop bars in Melbourne have not really embraced the amazing food culture yet. But when it comes to drinks there are a lot of good stuff on the roof terraces in Melbourne. If you like to party, there are lots of rooftop bars in Melbourne to choose from. Some with views of the city skyline, one with sea views right on the beach and some right in the city center. If you like party and tasty drinks, Melbourne is a really great city when it comes to rooftop bars.

Alltitude and views from the rooftop bars in Melbourne

Melbourne has a lot of skyscrapers and some of the city roof terraces are located at high altitude. Mainly those inside the city. Then there are some rooftop bars in Melbourne which is only a few stores height, but still gives really great views. This means that the views you get from the rooftop bars in Melbourne vary quite considerably. Some have sea views, some other overlooking amid the city's skyscrapers and some with the city's skyline as a powerful background.

Other attractions in Melbourne

For those who are very cultural and historical, there is unfortunately not a lot to see and visit in Melbourne. Here it is more focus on finding small cozy cafes, authentic bars and really good restaurants. And there really is ample. If you don’t like to hang around in the city you can get out to sea and spend the day at one of the beaches here. Pure white beaches with refreshing water. Every year the Formula 1 grand prix takes place here. As the city is filled with crowds of tourists who flock to see the race. The cool thing is that the race is run in the city, which creates a really cool feeling.

Flights and hotels in Melbourne

Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine Airport is a major airport located about 20 minutes’ drive from the city center. A very busy airport with traffic from all over the world. As for the hotel, there is a good selection of most of Melbourne. Here, it is more common for roof terraces to be situated at a restaurant than in any luxury hotels. Get the best prices in Melbourne hotel on our website. Make a direct booking and ensure that you get the best deal.