10 best rooftop bars in Australia

Published: March 30, 2020

Get elevated Down Under and enjoy nice vibes and lovely views at the best rooftop bars in Australia.

Huge in size, some parts of Austraila offers a 12-month rooftop season, while other parts are best visited during summer. Most of the best Australia rooftop bars are located in the bigger cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and on the Gold Coast.

Heading up to an Aussie rooftop you can find both spectacular city views and beautiful ocean views. And while skyscraper vistas are cool, our favorite rooftop bars are the ones located by the sea.

As you can tell, there is a great variety of different rooftops in AU. Here’s our list of the top 10 roof bars we have visited during our time in Australia. Enjoy!

10. Imperial Hotel
/ Melbourne

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Imperial Hotel
Imperial Hotel - Photo: www.bourkestreetimperial.com

Located in the heart of Melbourne, The Imperial offers stunning views of the city skyline and the Parliament House.

This bar is popular amongst locals and tourists thanks to its large wooden terrace and comfortable seating.

The terrace is equipped with a retractable rooftop and outdoor heaters for chilly nights.

There is also an indoor pub one floor down. Expect a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, as well as a wide range of beers, delicious cocktails, and world-spirits.

The bar is also known for its live streaming of sporting events.

IMPERIAL HOTEL

2/8 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Sun - Thur 11:00 - 23:00, Fri - Sat, 11:00 - 01:00

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9. Captain Baxter
/ Melbourne

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Captain Baxter
Captain Baxter - Photo: www.captainbaxter.com.au

This beachside restaurant-bar is one of the hottest spots for cocktails and food in the area.

Equipped with stylish and colorful decor, as well as a retractable roof, giant umbrellas, and comfortable furniture, this is an ideal place for when you want to kick back and relax while enjoying the ocean views.

The restaurant's Asian-inspired food goes great with the bar's fantastic signature cocktails, local beers, and curated wine list.

Captain Baxter is open at night during the weekdays and during the day and night during the weekends.

CAPTAIN BAXTER

10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda VIC 3182

Sun - Thur 12:00 - 23:00, Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:00

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8. The Aviary
/ Perth

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - The Aviary
The Aviary - Photo: www.theaviaryperth.com.au

The Aviary is not only Perth's largest rooftop bar but also one of the best.

Located above the Perth underground station, this popular location is known as an urban oasis, thanks to its lush trees, astroturf floor, and colorful furniture, which wouldn't look out of place at a campsite.

Open from noon to late at night; the Aviary offers salads, burgers, pizzas, and other bar-bites, as well as a large drink menu.

Expect craft beer, creative signature cocktails, and delicious wines.

Due to its location, The Aviary is a trendy spot, so expect a crowd no matter the day. This goes double when the bar has special events since it usually means live music and lower prices.

THE AVIARY

Level 1, 140 William St, Perth WA 6000

Mon - Thur 11:00 - 23:00, Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00, Sun 11:00 - 22:00

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7. Eagles Nest Brisbane
/ Brisbane

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Eagles Nest Brisbane - Photo: www.eaglesnestbrisbane.com.au

Found on top of The Point Brisbane Hotel, The Eagles Nest is a bit of a hidden gem.Open Fridays and Sundays only, this exclusive bar offers beautiful views of the city's skyline and the nearby river.

While this bar offers beers and wines, it's real strength lies in its expertly-mixed cocktails, both classic and signature.

Food-wise, there's a tasty tapas menu you can enjoy. This is a particularly good spot to see the sunset, so if you're visiting, make sure to arrive early.

Reservations are a must due to the bar's days and hours, and even then, we advise you to arrive on time.

For the rest of the week, the bar is reserved for private events.

EAGLES NEST BRISBANE

21 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169

Friday 15:00 - 23:00, Sunday 15:00 - 19:00

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6. Café del Mar Sydney
/ Sydney

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Café del Mar Sydney
Café del Mar Sydney - Photo: www.cafedelmar.com.au

This luxurious rooftop bar brings a slice of Ibiza to Darling Harbor.

On the terrace, you can find both the restaurant and the bar, which offer gorgeous views of the harbor and the Sydney skyline.

Stylishly decorated with modern touches and comfortable lounge furniture, the Café del Mar has something of a beach-club vibe, and that extends to the food and drinks.

Serving Mediterranean inspired food, as well as classic cocktails, wines, and beers, the Café del Marr is a fantastic choice for when you want to relax while watching the ocean.

During the weekend, you'll find live DJ shows and a more vibrant atmosphere, as well as special prices in their drinks.

CAFE DEL MAR

Cockle Bay Wharf / Roof Top Terrace, Sydney

Mon - Sat 12:00 - 00:00, Sun 12:00 - 22:00

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5. Eleven Rooftop Bar
/ Brisbane

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Eleven Rooftop Bar - Photo: www.elevenrooftopbar.com.au

Taking inspiration from Istanbul, Bali, and Ibiza, the Eleven Rooftop Bar is a vibrant and trendy oasis in the middle of the city.

Located on the famous Ann Street, The Eleven Rooftop bar offers spectacular views of Fortitude Valley, the CBD, and the mountains.

This bar is modern in both furnishings and spirit, offering large lounge booths and sofas, as well as bar stools and standing spots.

The drink menu includes a large selection of wines, premium spirits, beers, and classic and signature cocktails.

The Eleven also serves food for lunch and dinner, as well as some of the best coffee you'll find in the city.

This is a relaxed spot during the early afternoons but come night; the atmosphere kicks up a notch with music and a trendy crowd.

There's a limited number of dining seats, so reservations are encouraged if you'd like to eat at one of the tables.

ELEVEN ROOFTOP BAR

757 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

Tue - Thur 08:30 - 00:00, Fri 08:30 - 03:00, Sat 12:00 - 03:00, Sun 12:00 - 00:00

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4. Glenmore Hotel
/ Sydney

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Glenmore Hotel - Photo: www.theglenmore.com.au

This beautiful hotel can be described as "Old Colonial English with a modern touch," and the same goes for the bar.

Offering jaw-dropping views of the Sydney harbor and the Opera House, the Glenmore is known for its impressive beer list, as well as their cocktails, which you can actually get in jugs.

The bar has a small but varied food menu that includes Poké bowls and burgers.

Open year-round; the Glenmore is a community cornerstone, thanks to its Acoustic Sunday Session, rooftop yoga, and other public events.

THE GLENMORE HOTEL

96 Cumberland St, The Rocks 2000, Sydney

Sun - Thur 11:00 - 00:00, Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00

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3. Rooftop at QT
/ Melbourne

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Rooftop at QT - Photo: www.qthotelsandresorts.com

Located on top of the luxurious Hotel QT, this beautiful rooftop bar offers unmatched views to Melbourne's skyline and a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere.

Particularly popular amongst office workers just out of the office, The Rooftop offers cocktails, beers, wines, and the usual spirits.

Food-wise, there's a small but delicious menu where meat-based products reign supreme.

With a large open-air terrace and both indoor and outdoor seatings, this is a fun and relaxing bar to spend your weekday nights or a fantastic place to kick off the night during the weekends.

Leave the flip flops and the shorts at home. This is the kind of bar where you want to dress nicely.

ROOFTOP AT QT

133 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Mon - Fri 12:00 - late, Sat - Sun 14:00 - late

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2. Nineteen at The Star
/ Gold Coast

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Nineteen at The Star
Nineteen at The Star - Photo: www.star.com.au

One of the most high-end bars in this list, The Nineteen at the Star, is easily one of the Gold Coast's most luxurious destinations.

Located on top of a boutique hotel and offering jaw-dropping views to the Pacific Ocean, this bar has private poolside cabanas, lavishly decorated lounge areas, velvet couches, and a two-story wine cellar for your enjoyment.

The bar's signature cocktails are legendary, but for those looking for something more classic, you can always find beer and premium drinks.

The restaurant is just as good, serving delicious food crafted by skilled chefs on the comfort of large velvety booths.

The perfect destination for those looking to start or end their night in style, the Nineteen at the Star is a must-visit whenever you're in the Gold Coast.

NINETEEN AT THE STAR

1, Level 19, The Darling at The Star Gold Coast, Casino Dr, Broadbeach QLD 4218

Wed - Thur 17:30 - 22:30, Fri 17:30 - 00:00, Sat 17:30 - 03:00

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1. Coogee Pavilion
/ Sydney

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Coogee Pavilion
Coogee Pavilion - Photo: www.merivale.com.au

A spacious and comfortable bar located near Coogee Beach, the Coogee Pavilion boasts four different bars, a restaurant, and one of the largest wrap-around balconies in the country.

The restaurant is family-friendly and has a giant scrabble, ping pong tables, and ann in-house theater.

The bar is an adult-only zone that boasts not only magical views of the coastline but also an extensive drink menu and the Mediterranean inspired bar bites.

Beer, wines, and exotic cocktails await you in this popular and modern bar, so make sure to arrive in time if you want to get the best seats of the house.

COOGEE PAVILION

169 Dolphin St, Coogee 2034, Sydney

Daily: 12:00 - 00:00

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- the world's leading experts on rooftop venues

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