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The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

Hit one of these rooftop bars or pubs for some alfresco drinking while you survey the streets below

By Time Out editors |
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A shot of the rooftop area at Madame Brussels showing a group of
Photograph: Mark Chew

We have finally bid farewell to winter, so it's time to start that spring exercise routine you've been planning. And by spring exercise, we mean climbing to the top of buildings to drink en plein air while gazing at the street below.

As Melbourne's weather is still unpredictable and nights can be chilly, you'll be glad to know that most of these have retractable rooves and heaters, so you can still enjoy gorgeous city views in inclement weather.

So jump on those stairs, hit that lift button and check out these high-and-mighty gems. Some of these are in the city, and some in the surrounding suburbs are perfect for city views. 

While we're talking beverages at these Melbourne rooftop bars, we've also scanned the city for the best cocktail bars, wine bars and laneway bars. Cheers!

Best rooftop bars in Melbourne

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Outddor deck at the QT Rooftop Bar
Photograph: Mark Lane
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Rooftop at QT

Melbourne

Undeniably the most exciting part of the QT Melbourne development has to be the huge indoor-outdoor split rooftop bar, appropriately named 'The Rooftop'. It’s a sleek, elegant new addition to Melbourne’s bar scene that has a reputation for milk crates and astro-turf. You’ll want to knock back some serious sunset cocktails in some vintage threads to match the understated mid-century vibes of the deck. 

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Cocktails at Good Heavens
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars, Cocktail bars

Good Heavens

Melbourne

Brought to you by the folks behind Fancy Hank's, Good Heavens serves Australian wines, craft beers, cocktails and casual bar food: think cheeseburgers, spicy Southern fried chicken, and chilli nachos with brisket mole from Fancy Hanks’ giant smoker downstairs. There are plenty of heaters to keep you toasty if there's a nip in the air, so no worries on that score. You can also while away many hours playing board games or card games here, no matter the weather.

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A shot of the rooftop at Rooftop Bar showing people sitting at t
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars, Cocktail bars

Rooftop Bar

Melbourne

Once you ascend the seemingly endless flight of stairs to the Rooftop Bar (passing Cookie and the Toff in Town along the way), catch your breath and quench your thirst while taking in the heart and soul of Melbourne from above. Kick back on the fake grass, or huddle under the heating on colder nights and lose yourself in the spectacular view. 

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The Corner Hotel rooftop
Bars, Pubs

The Corner Hotel

Richmond

The renovated Corner Hotel rooftop serves up share dishes, pub classics, and a late-night bar food menu, if you don’t feel like a kebab for your post-gig bite. There are plenty of covered areas and heaters to keep inclement weather at bay. Big props to Therefore Studio for making the rooftop wheelchair accessible and for adding more seating areas en plein air. 

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The Local Taphouse St Kilda
Bars

The Local Taphouse

St Kilda

Tucked just off the unlikely corner of Carlisle and Balaclava, the Taphouse greets you with the comforting smell of heritage wood paneling. Warmly lit by tiny lamps ensconced in the walls, it feels like an old-fashioned gentlemen's club that just happens to have one of the best craft beer lists in the city. The rooftop here is packed even during cold weather – and it goes bananas in spring and summer. It's one of the easiest pubs to find something you want to drink, the offering always carefully balanced and covering the whole gamut of styles. 

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Easey's Rooftop
Restaurants

Easey's

Collingwood

Don't hold us to it, but we think beers are better when consumed in a Hitachi train plonked on top of a Collingwood office block. Easey's is best known for insane burgers and fried snacks that'll make your arteries threaten to give way, but there's a decent craft brew line-up on tap and the sweeping views of Collingwood isn't so bad either. Just come early to score a seat on the trains. 

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Skyline at Heroes
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars, Restaurants

Heroes

Melbourne

Up on the rooftop, rainbow plastic furniture and coloured fluoro tubes reflecting off high white walls give the space the air of an adult crèche. This three-level bar from the clever clogs behind Fancy Hank's and Good Heavens is smack-dab in the middle of the city, so it's a primo spot for people watching. And if you get tired of the views, head downstairs for Asian-inspired snacks and karaoke. 

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Inside bar at Union Electric
Bars, Wine bars

Union Electric Bar

Melbourne

On a rooftop in the Melbourne CBD, you don’t have to do things this well. It’s nice to see the Union crew sticking to their guns and doing something above and beyond the expected. Grab a beer while they make your cocktail and cut these guys some slack if it takes a sec to get to you. Like this bar, it’s worth the wait.

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Johnny's Green Room
Photograph: Supplied
Bars

Johnny’s Green Room

Carlton

This rooftop incarnation sits two floors above King & Godfree, Carlton’s best known Italian-style grocer (it's been around since 1884). Up this high, Johnny’s gets unparalleled views over Melbourne; you can spy CBD high-rises, Melbourne Museum’s roof blades, Collingwood church spires and over in the distance, a parabola-like outline of the Dandenong Ranges. There is a nice collection of classic cocktails, local and imported beer and wines, but Johnny’s own cocktails are worth a shot.

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Bar area outdoors at Provincial Hotel Rooftop
Restaurants

The Provincial

Fitzroy

Say “rooftop bar” these days, and folks will start throwing money at you before you can show them the stairs. The rooftop here on the corner of Brunswick and Johnston streets has managed to stay classy without being aloof, providing a lovely spot to soak up the inner-north from on high. Up here, the surrounding redbrick buildings block the view of the city skyline, but they create an old Melbourne industrial feel that’s just as nice.

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More of Melbourne's best bars

Cocktails on bar at Fancy Free
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars, Cocktail bars

The 50 best bars in Melbourne right now

Melbourne's bar scene continues to be the envy of the nation, and our late-night credentials only get stronger with every new opening. Here is Melbourne viewed through the bottom of a glass: from its world-beating cocktail lounges to its down-and-divey saloons. 

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