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Rooftop Bar

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  • Melbourne
  1. A woman shaking a cocktail behind a bar, and in the background is a wall filled with spirits.
    Photograph: Natalie Jurrjens
  2. A rooftop bar with two chairs and a shelf full of spirits.
    Photograph: Tom Blachford
  3. A rooftop bar seating area with several tables lined with chairs.
    Photograph: Tom Blachford
  4. A blue table with three plates of burgers and two bowls of fries on top. Three drink glasses are filled with ice and garnished with lemon.
    Photograph: Natalie Jurjjens
  5. A group of people standing in front of a bar waiting to order drinks.
    Photograph: Natalie Jurjjens

Time Out says

Get your beers and burgers with an unbeatable view

Having opened in 2006, this rooftop bar on the uppermost floor of Swanston Street's historic Curtin House offers 360-degree views over central Melbourne. It offers the usuals – wine, beer and spirits – but also has an extensive cocktail menu that features both the classics and some trademark signatures.

Add a bit of spice to your life with the 'Shallow Jalapeño' made with Don Julio Blanco, house-infused lime rind, epazote and fresh jalapeño, all shaken with Marionette Curacao, spicy mango and lime juice. Or try the bar's take on the Paloma made with Don Julio Blanco, pink grapefruit, lime, jalapeño agave, salt, Fee's celery bitters and soda. 

If you're after lunch or dinner, the Burger Shack serves up fun fusion dishes like a spicy kimchi chicken burger and a lamb shoulder banh mi. Be sure to order a side of the 'Hurricane Fries', a basket of sweet potato fries loaded with tonkatsu sauce, kewpie mayo, furikake seasoning, spring onion and bonito flakes. 

It's the perfect spot for a midday drink and feed, but if you're after a boogie, DJs grace the upstairs booth every afternoon and play through the night. Additionally, each month a Melbourne musician is invited to take residency on the rooftop to curate the soundtrack on Friday nights. 

Adena Maier
Written by
Adena Maier


Rooftop, Curtin House
252 Swanston St
Nearby stations: Melbourne Central
Opening hours:
Daily noon-1am
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