11 best rooftop bars in Australia

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

October 17, 2022
Best Rooftop Bars 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 hot-list of the top 11 roof bars you should definitely check out. Enjoy!

11. Songbird Bar
/ Perth

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Songbird Bar
Songbird Bar - Photo: www.songbirdbar.com.au/

With a prime position in Perth's Elizabeth Quay, the elegant Songbird Bar is found at the equally elegant The Ritz-Carlton, Perth.

Inspired by Australia’s open skies and free spirit, the rooftop cocktail bar offers plenty of stylish and comfy lounge furniture where you can enjoy fantastic views over the Perth skyline and Swan River.

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

Sophisticated yet relaxing, the rooftop bar offers a light and playful menu, including bites of fresh seafood and BBQ meats, as well as creative cocktails, local spirits, craft beer and wine.

Escape the bustle of the city and indulge in fantastic sunsets, or get cosy by the terrace fire-pit under a starry sky.

SONGBIRD BAR

1 Barrack St, Perth WA 6000

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10. Rooftop at QT
/ Melbourne

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Rooftop at QT
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

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9. 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

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8. Su Casa Nightclub & Rooftop
/ Brisbane

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Su Casa Nightclub & Rooftop
Su Casa Nightclub & Rooftop - Photo: www.sucasabrisbane.com/

Su Casa Nightclub & Rooftop is a multi-level entertainment venue, offering an elevated experience in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s nightlife district.

On the lower level you find the vibrant nightclub, while the upstairs is home to a cool rooftop bar, offering plenty of comfy lounge sofas, perfect chill-out hours with friends and family.

The Su Casa rooftop menu is filled with elegant tapas and a great selection of fine cocktails and other refreshing drinks. Thanks to a retractable roof, you can visit no matter the weather.

Later at night, you can head downstairs and dance the night away to live DJs. Or you stick around at the rooftop and let the vibes come to you.

SU CASA

648 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

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7. The Q
/ Melbourne

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - The Q
The Q - Photo: https://quincymelbourne.com/

Perched high above the bustling streets of Melbourne CBD, The Q serves small plates, big experiences and amazing views over the city skyline.

This stylish and modern indoor/outdoor rooftop is found on top of the fabulous Quincy Hotel, which brings the essence of South East Asia to Melbourne.

The Q rooftop menu is filled with a great selection of both food and drinks. From creative and crafted signature cocktails and a fine slection of wines, to tasty and Asian-inspired small plates made perfect to share.

A place of duality, where you can sit back and relax a drink with views during the day, or visit for a pulsing and energetic bar experience at night.

THE Q

509 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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6. Ivy Blu Rooftop Bar
/ Brisbane

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Ivy Blu Rooftop Bar
Ivy Blu Rooftop Bar - Photo: www.ivyblu.com.au/

Ivy Blu is a chic and modern rooftop oasis, that brings an edge to timeless classics and the trendiest vibe in Petrie Terrace, Brisbane.

Filled with a pastel colour scheme, greenery, picnic tables, and comfy lounge sofas under pavilions, the indoor-outdoor rooftop gives a summerish vibe, overlooking the major attractions in the heart of Brisbane.

Food and drinks are ordered from two cool shipping containers on site, and the menus include house pizzas and small & large plates perfect to share, along with refreshing special and signature spritzes and cocktails, a nice selection of wines, and beer on both tap and bottle.

Visit Ivy Blu Rooftop Bar for friendly and casual bites and drinks with friends, or for some of the plentiful weekly events. Relish in nostalgia every Wednesday at Ivy Blu Rooftop’s Dine – In Movies, or indulge in 'Social Butterfly Bottomless Brunch' every Sunday.

IVY BLU

2 Caxton St, Petrie Terrace QLD 4000

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5. Tropic Vice
/ Gold Coast

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Tropic Vice
Tropic Vice - Photo: www.tropicvice.com/

Located in the heart of Nobby Beach, just two blocks away from the ocean, Tropic Vice is an elevated and tropical oasis, perfect to enjoy the lovely Gold Coast climate.

Offering a Palm Springs meets Miami kind of vibe, with a Gold Coast twist, the bright, modern and sun-drenched rooftop is stylish, colorful and quirky, with colourful garden chairs and comfy booths mixed with palm trees and a pair of metre high flamingos.

Both rooftop bar and restaurant, here you can enjoy 'Florribean' cuisine, which is a combination of Caribbean & South American flavours, as well as an extensive and refreshing selection of tropical signature cocktails, margaritas, slushies, as well as wines, bubbles and local beer on tap.

A perfect spot to sip a few cocktails in the sunshine, or enjoy a dinner watching the sunset, often combined with cool tunes from live DJs.

On Sunday, Tropic Vice also serves a vibrant 'Bottomless Brunch', where $65 includes selection of house spritz, beer, wine, sparkling and a set food menu, as well as live music.

TROPIC VICE

2215 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218

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4. Café del Mar
/ Sydney

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Café del Mar
Café del Mar - Photo: https://cafedelmar.com.au/

For Mediterranean vibes with a side of Sydney views, Café del Mar is the place to go.

Found in the heart of Darling Harbour, this designer restaurant and rooftop bar comes surrounded with beautiful water views of Cockle Bay and the city skyline.

At the interior rooftop restaurant you can indulge in menus inspired by the cuisines of the Mediterranean Coast, with fresh, clean and flavourful dishes prepared by the highly skilled chefs in the open kitchen.

The outside rooftop terrace also serves food as small plates and tapas, along with a seasonal selection of crafted signature cocktails, champagne and fine wines.

Visit Café del Mar for a shared lunch or dinner with friends, an intimate dining experience, sunset cocktails on the terrace, or vibrant weekend nights with the resident DJs.

Relaxed sophistication, glamour, and premium casual Mediterranean lifestyle is promised whenever you go.

CAFÈ DEL MAR

35 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

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3. Soko Rooftop
/ Brisbane

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Soko Rooftop
Soko Rooftop - Photo: https://sokobrisbane.com.au/

Descending from Amazonian influence, Soko Rooftop offers an elevated and lavish experience hard to find anywhere else in Brisbane.

Perched on top of the new and impressive Jubilee Place in Fortitude Valley, the 14th floor rooftop is equally impressive in both design and space, covering almost 1500 square metres.

The venue is divided into a deep green, cosy and sleek interior dining room, and a much more bright outdoor bar and lounge, where you get some truly amazing views over Brisbane.

Up here you can enjoy a sophisticated and exotic dining experience, where Peruvian & Japanese style cooking techniques and flavours are combined, creating innovative dishes perfect to share.

There is a selection of wine and saké, especially curated to compliment the unique flavours of each dish, as well as a beverage menu including crafted signature cocktails, and over 40 flavours of Pisco Sours.

Open for both weekday business lunches and high-energy evenings with a view, Soko Rooftop is the Amazonian rainforest escape we all deserve.

SOKO ROOFTOP

7 Symes St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

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2. Aura Hobart
/ Hobart

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Aura Hobart
Aura Hobart - Photo: www.aurahobart.com.au/

Positioned at the epicentre of the spectacular Tasmanian scenery, Aura Bar & Dining + Event Space is a unique venue, as it is Hobart's first rooftop venue.

Set on the top 12th floor of the fabulous Crowne Plaza Hobart, right in the heart of town, here you are surrounded by panoramic views over the city skyline, the Derwent River, and Kunanyi / Mount Wellington.

The vistas are available year-round at the stylish and contemporary glass nest interior, and when the weather allows, from the lovely outside terrace.

Aiming to provide a fun, informal yet intimate experience, Aura Hobart serves a seasonal menu of dishes made to share, including fresh Tasmanian seafood and locally grown veggies, along with crafted cocktails sourced from local ingredients, and a funky wine list.

Head on up for a long and relaxing weekend lunch, sunset cocktails with live DJ sessions, or stylish dinner and drinks with some amazing views.

AURA HOBART

110 Liverpool St, Hobart TAS 7000

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1. Lina Rooftop
/ Brisbane

Best Rooftop Bars Australia - Lina Rooftop
Lina Rooftop - Photo: https://linarooftop.com.au/

Offering 1500sqm of luxe, elevated landscape, Lina Rooftop in South Brisbane is a new addition on the Australia rooftop heaven, serving a sky-high experience out of the ordinary.

The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant & rooftop comes with a Parisian style and lush indoor restaurant and lounge, but most impressive is the open-air terrace. Equipped with daybeds and sunken lounge spots, the centre of attention is the 30-meter-long rooftop infinity pool, on eye level with the Brisbane skyline.

To get the full rooftop pool experience you should reserve one of the poolside daybeds, but Lina works just as well for long lunches and balmy nights. Enjoy something form the raw bar, grill dishes or some shareables, along with fruity signature cocktails, a wide selection of wine and bottle-service spirits.

Come weekends, Lina Rooftop offers both breakfast for the early-birds, Long Lunches, dinners that roll into the night with DJ sessions for the fun seeking crowd. During the 'Pasion Sundays', the vibes start already at 12pm.

LINA ROOFTOP

74-80 Tribune Street, Mobo Building, South Brisbane QLD 4101

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