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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
View of the city skyline from Fitzroy bar Naked in the Sky
Photograph: Graham Denholm
By Time Out editors |
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Ah, summer. It's time for swimming, sand, shorts and surveying the city like the lord or lady of the manor, drink in hand as you watch the sunset. We've found the best rooftop bars in Melbourne for you to enjoy a bit of a breeze and a nice cold beverage. Whether your tipple of choice is beer, wine or cocktails, nothing beats a rooftop for booze with a view. 

Lording it over the rest of the city, drink in hand, is truly one of life's great pleasures. Melbourne may not have the greatest weather, but when the temperature rises and the sky is clear, it always delivers on the outdoor drinking front. 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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Rooftop at Bomba
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Restaurants

Bomba

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The eight beers taps here have a local, independent bent, as will the wines. And as for snacks, the famous Catalonian toasted sandwich, the Bikini, will be in pride of place on the menu, packed with Jamón Ibérico with truffle or smoked ham hock with mahón and mozzarella. 

And in a touch of New York whimsy, the bar projects 1970s black and white films onto the wall of the opposite building.

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People on stools at Upside Rooftop Bar
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars

Upside Rooftop Bar

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From the multitasking marvel of Curtin House to the trippy wonderland that is the Carlton Club, Melburnians love their multi-level drinking dens. At 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, with Ichi Ni Nana on street level, Village People Hawker Hall in the middle, and Japanese-inspired Upside Rooftop Bar acting as the boozy icing on the cake. Order Village People Thai-style street food from below and lord over Fitzroy, cocktail in hand. 

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Loop Roof

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There's a reason the queues snake down Meyer Place for Loop Roof. The breezy terrace above Loop Project Space & Bar promises sparkling city vistas, primary-bright lawn furniture, AstroTurf and lush garden beds. Calling it a city oasis isn't selling it too strongly. If knockoff drinks all-too-easily edge towards midnight, fortify yourself with inventive share plates and bar snacks.

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Nineteenforty

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The Rivoli is paying homage to cinema's golden age with Nineteenforty, a rooftop bar set on top of the heritage-listed Art Deco cinema. The rooftop bar has a garden fit-out, offering a panoramic view of Camberwell and Hawthorn, which means you don't have to be seeing a movie to visit the Rivoli. Nineteenforty is perfect for summer drinking – the old-world cocktail menu is dotted by classics that will make for a delicious pre or post-film beverage. There's also a bar snacks menu for a rooftop snack.

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People enjoying drinks at Fitzroy rooftop bar Naked in the Sky
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Bars, Breweries

Naked in the Sky

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Naked in the Sky is the restaurant and rooftop bar crowning Naked for Satan – Fitzroy’s bright and brassy house of flavoured vodkas and cheap pintxos (small snacks on bread – drinking fodder of Basque country, Spain). At high altitude, the bar snacks get more refined; think fried cheese and walnut croquettes, confit duck sliders and baked camembert. 

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Imperial Hotel Rooftop
Bars

Imperial Hotel

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Imperial Hotel happens to be the third oldest pub in Melbourne, so you'll be enjoying the rooftop beer garden on a piece of Melbourne history. Your pint at the top of Bourke Street will come with 360-degree views of the Melbourne skyline and Parliament House. This is a sports-mad venue, which stays open late for all the matches and keeps it classy, clean and comfortable with a traditional English pub vibe, so wear your colours if you want to.  

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Photograph: Mark Chew
Bars, Cocktail bars

Madame Brussels

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This kitsch, cutesy rooftop promises a raucous garden party in the heart of the city. This sky-high hub has long been a favourite for summer sessions that kick off in the afternoon and end after midnight. The tongue-in-cheek drinks list doesn't skimp on the double entendre, with plenty of mention of jugs, balls and oral pleasure. Yep. The Madame seems intent on making you blush, but chances are that rosy glow will be thanks to the sunshine and booze-sloshed cocktails.

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Rooftop sofas at The Emerson
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Bars

The Emerson

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South Yarra’s got a multi-level fun emporium in this joint. The lower decks are all about live entertainment and DJs, but we’ve got our eyes set on sunset cocktails on the roof. It’s replete with cushion-lined deck and daybeds, the beats are chilled and the eats are snacks or a la carte.

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People drinking at Melbourne CBD rooftop bar Siglo
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars, Wine bars

Siglo

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The ultimate late-night bar, perched above Melbourne Supper Club, is a rooftop haven of frosty beers, Americanos and refined bar snacks. Solid systems, a good-time vibe and a businesslike attitude.


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Customers drinking on the rooftop at Goldilocks
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars

Goldilocks

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Access this Astroturfed terrace from a stairwell in the alley behind Section 8. The perches line the perimeter so you feel like you’re drinking in an infinity pool. Drinks-wise, you can expect craft beer, pre-mixed cocktails for dispensing from siphons, and Rositas on tap. Hungry? Go for tender strips of herby fried chicken.

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