Summer in Melbourne is the perfect time to discover the city’s best rooftop bars. Whether you’re after sweeping views of the city or a hidden terrace, Melbourne has so many great rooftop venues on offer.
Floating over Fitzroy, this rooftop venue provides panoramic views of the city as well as sweeping views down Brunswick street. Enjoy over a dozen beers on tap, Spanish and local wines or choose a gin from the bar’s dedicated gin menu. It’s no surprise this is one of Melbourne’s favourite watering holes.
Be sure to also sample their tapas menu which includes croquettes, baked camembert and lamb ribs. There’s no need to book. It’s first in best view, so be sure to get down early on those warm, summer days.
Astroturf, fruity cocktail jugs and staff dressed in tennis whites make up this garden party themed rooftop. With plenty of space along the terrace, Madame Brussels is the perfect spot to soak up some Melbourne sunshine while it lasts. Share a naughty cocktail like ‘But wait till you see her jugs’ while admiring skyscraper views along Bourke Street. Feeling a bit peckish? Why not share a charcuterie or cheese plate? Or satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious cupcakes and macarons.
Loop Roof is the quintessential Melbourne rooftop venue. Hidden down an alley in Melbourne’s east end, this bar is nestled among the rooftops with excellent views of Melbourne’s skyline. Loop is covered in potted plants with pretty blue baubles strung overhead. Its outdoor terrace manages to provide great city views without leaving you feeling exposed. In fact, you wouldn’t even know this bar was here. Be sure to sample some of their innovative cocktails like blackfruit fizz and grown up Fanta. Loop’s yummy food is designed for sharing. Their tacos are real crowd-pleasers and the middle eastern lamb chops are not to be missed.
Rooftop at QT is the ultimate location for a decadent soiree under the sun. Sit inside and admire the glamorous interior or enjoy the comfy lounges outside. With a drinks menu as long as its terrace you’re sure to find your signature drink. Share a bottle of bubbly or be adventurous and try one of the quirky cocktails on offer. Be sure to pair your drink with some finger-licking rooftop bites like BBQ prawns and beef tartare. Boasting quite possibly the best views in Melbourne, Rooftop at QT is sure to wow any visitor. It’s no wonder this venue has been packed-out since its opening in September last year.
Climb the wraparound timber stairs above The Melbourne Supper Club and be rewarded with a Parisian terrace nestled amongst the treetops. With crisp white tablecloths, French bistro chairs and excellent table service you could be tricked into thinking you had been transported to Paris. Sip a classic cocktail, aperitif or of course champagne, while admiring the beautiful view of Melbourne’s Parliament house. Siglo’s open-air rooftop terrace is the perfect place to enjoy one of Melbourne’s balmy summer afternoons.
If you're looking for more great tips on bars and eateries to visit whilst in Melbourne, check out our Melbourne City Guide.
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