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26 best rooftop bars in Melbourne [2020 update]

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Last updated: September 24th, 2020

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We say everything is better with a nice view, and Melbourne sure seems to agree, as the city is packed with elevated venues to enjoy breezy cocktails and sunny vibes. But which is the best rooftop bar Melbourne?

To help you find out, this ultimate guide comes packed with all info you need about the top rooftop bars Melbourne: opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more. From chic rooftop lounges to rooftop cineama and vibrant terraces, there is a rooftop bar Melbourne for every time and every occasion. Just scroll down and find the Melbourne rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Rooftop bar Melbourne Naked in the Sky in Melbourne
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Naked in the Sky

$$$ | 5th floor | Fitzroy
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Rooftop at QT in Melbourne
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Rooftop at QT

$$$$ | 11th floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • Sophisticated
  • Magical view
  • Curated cocktails

A modern and trendy 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.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Loop Roof in Melbourne
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Loop Roof

$$$ | 4th floor | East End
  • Highlights
  • Amazing views
  • Vertical garden
  • Twin-tiered

Found right in the heart of Melbourne, Loop Roof is a true garden oasis above the concrete jungle. Opened in 2013, the third floor Loop Roof was extended with the fourth floor Loop Top during 2019. Surrounded with a lush and exotic vertical garden, the terraces come with bright and comfy lounge furniture and some fantastic views over the city skyline. Here you can enjoy a menu filled with both crafted and creative cocktails and spritzers, as well as craft beer and quality local wines and champagne.

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Rooftop bar Melbourne Johnny's Green Room in Melbourne
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Johnny's Green Room

$$$ | 3rd floor | Carlton
  • Highlights
  • Amazing views
  • Vibrant
  • Retro-chic

Dressed in a retro-chic suit, the open-air Johnny's Green Room offers fantastic and panoramic views over boht the Carlton rooftops and the Melbourne skyline. From the 15-metre-long rooftop bar you can order everything from classic and creative house cocktails, local and imported beer on tap and easy-drinking wines, to a wide range of casual bar bites. Aiming to provide an atmosphere similar to a 'sophisticated rooftop party in Rome', this is a vibrant rooftop bar Melbourne, with laughter and DJ beats filling the terrace.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Bar in Melbourne
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Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 7th floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop cinema
  • 360-view
  • Great ambience

A name easy to remember, and one of the most popular Melbourne rooftop bars. 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.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Bomba in Melbourne
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Bomba

$$$ | 4th floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Imperial Hotel in Melbourne
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Imperial Hotel

$$$ | 3rd floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • 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.

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Rooftop bar Melbourne Peaches in Melbourne
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Peaches

$$$ | 4th floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • Unique
  • Creative cocktail
  • Year-round

Found in the heart of Melbourne, Peaches bar and rooftop offers a two-level setting that is unique from anything else found in the city. The first level is an indoor (and quite peachy) fantasy land, while the top floor outdoor rooftop terrace offers a more bright and Miami-ish setting. Up here you can enjoy a fun and creative cocktail menu, along with a great selection of refreshing spritzes and tasty bar bites. Equipped with water misters on the hot days, the rooftop also comes with a retractable roof, heaters and built-in seat warmers, making it a year-round destination.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Campari House in Melbourne
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Campari House

$$$ | 4th floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • Established 1967
  • 4 levels
  • Italian-inspired

The Campari House has been around since 1967 and is one of the original venues of the city's iconic laneways. Offering four levels of sophisticated fun, the house holds a restaurant, cocktail lounge, rooftop bar and a top floor Soda Bar. It is up to you to choose level based on mood and occasion, but or suggestion is of course rooftop bar. Nestled amongst the CBD skyscrapers, the charming and astroturfed terrace is a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Go for a glass of Campari, or something else from the well-stocked rooftop menu.

Rooftop bar Good Heavens in Melbourne
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Good Heavens

$$$ | 2nd floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Upside Rooftop Bar in Melbourne
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Upside Rooftop Bar

$$$$ | 2nd floor | Fitzroy
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Osborne Rooftop & Bar in Melbourne
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Osborne Rooftop & Bar

$$$ | 2nd floor | South Yarra
  • Highlights
  • Stylish & trendy
  • Impressive views
  • Contemporary cocktails

Located in the vibrant South Yarra neighbourhood, the stylish and trendy Osborne Rooftop & Bar offers two floors of cosmopolitan relaxation. Here you find a lovely ground floor bar, courtyard and restaurant, but the true gem is the top floor cocktail lounge, expanding to an outdoor Melbourne rooftop bar with impressive views of the South Yarra skyline. From the expansive bar you can order contemporary cocktails and a fine selection of wine, beer and spirits, as well as bites from the rooftop snack menu.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Rooftop at The Provincial Hotel in Melbourne
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Rooftop at The Provincial Hotel

$$$ | 3rd floor | Fitzroy
  • Highlights
  • Retro-chic
  • Full menu
  • Vibrant

The shabby chic Provincial Hotel is an iconic Fitzroy neighborhood pub, since 2017 also equipped with a beautiful rooftop bar Melbourne. While the building might not look lite to much from the outside, the top floor terrace comes with a retro-chic decor that is truly impressive. The rooftop bar offers a full and easygoing menu, including funky signature cocktails and an impressive selection of both beer and wine, as well as pub-classics like burgers and pizza. Open from lunch to late night and packed with a relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Melina on the Rooftop in Melbourne
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Melina on the Rooftop

$$$$ | 13th floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Madame Brussels in Melbourne
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Madame Brussels

$$$ | 3rd floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Heroes Karaoke and Rooftop Bar in Melbourne
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Heroes Karaoke and Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 4th floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • Beer garden
  • Vibrant
  • Colorful

Finally, a place where your can bring all your karaoke-friends and your rooftop-friends together. Granted, the all-out singing will take place in the karaoke-rooms on the lower levels, but the 4th floor rooftop bar is a great spot to warm up / wind down with some crafted cocktails, beers and cool views over Chinatown. Equipped with colorful furniture and a vibrant rooftop beer garden-setting, the Heroes rooftop also comes with plenty of cover and heating, making it a year-round rooftop bar Melbourne.

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Rooftop bar Melbourne State of Grace Rooftop Bar in Melbourne
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State of Grace

$$$$ | 3rd floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • Casual lounge
  • NYC-style
  • Cocktails & pizza

Located in the old Melbourne Steamship Co. building, State of Grace offers three levels of (quite diverse) fun. With lower level restaurant and the secret Fall From Grace cellar bar, you can also head up to the State of Grace rooftop bar for brighter alfresco vibes. More casual than the lower levels, the rooftop terrace still offers a stylish New York style lounge setting, complemeted with killer views over the city skyline and a menu with lassic and creative signature cocktails, a large selection of brews, as well as a casual food menu.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Goldilocks in Melbourne
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Goldilocks

$$$ | 4th floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • 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 Melbourne 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.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Transit Rooftop Bar in Melbourne
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Transit Rooftop Bar

$$$$ | 2nd floor | Melbourne CBD/River Yarra
  • Highlights
  • 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.

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Rooftop bar Melbourne Palmz Rooftop Bar in Melbourne
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Palmz Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 5th floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Mt View Hotel in Melbourne
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Mt View Hotel

$$$ | 3rd floor | Richmond
  • Highlights
  • Sports bar
  • Skyline views
  • Beer garden

Located in Richmond, close to both Melbourne Cricket Ground and AAMI Park, the Mt View Hotel is home to both a large sports bar and an amazing beer garden rooftop bar, called A Bar Above. While you can watch sports on the multiple ground floor big screens, the 'screenings' up top are even more impressive. Fantastic and panoramic views over the Melbourne skyline. The rooftop bar offers a great selection of signature cocktails, as well as an impressive list of craft beer and cider.

Rooftop bar Melbourne The Emerson in Melbourne
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The Emerson

$$$$ | 2nd floor | South Yarra
  • Highlights
  • 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'.

Rooftop bar Melbourne The Red Hummingbird in Melbourne
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The Red Hummingbird

$$$ | 2nd floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • Huge rooftop garden
  • Magical views
  • Weekend brunch

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.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Siglo in Melbourne
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Siglo

$$$$ | 2nd floor | Melbourne CBD
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Wolf’s Lair in Melbourne
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Wolf’s Lair

$$$ | 2nd floor | Carlton
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop garden
  • Relaxed
  • Europe-feel

A fairly secret and undiscovered rooftop bar Melbourne, located in Carlston and quite close to the University of Melbourne. Set on top of the Jimmy Watson’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, the full name of the place is Wolf’s Lair & Treetops, and this 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.

Rooftop bar Melbourne Captain Baxter in Melbourne
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Captain Baxter

$$$ | 2nd floor | St Kilda
  • Highlights
  • 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.

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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.