Melbourne may not turn it on as much as other capital cities like Sydney and Brisbane, but when the weather is right, nothing can beat sinking a cold one up at some of the city’s best rooftop bars. From the slick Rooftop at QT Melbourne to the sky-high, charmingly modern Fable, you’ve got quite a few choices to get across when looking for the best rooftop bars Melbourne has to offer.
Our Top Picks For The Best Rooftop Bars In Melbourne
Rooftop at QT, CBD
The city’s best rooftop bar has gotten even better in 2023. Rooftop at QT revealed a massive redesign in October, switching up not only its design, but the food and drink as well. Now what you’ll find up on the energetic rooftop of QT Melbourne leans closer to the Mediterranean with more alcoves, private booths, a private lounge and a newly designed outdoor bar.
Bold new signatures plaster the new cocktail menu, which includes a reimagined Espresso Martini built with Bulleit Rye, Mr Black, orange and miso syrup, and clarified cream. On the food front, Executive Chef Nic Graham has listed inventive snack-style dishes like lobster cocktails, snapper cannolis, and ice cream sandwiches.
Address: 11/133 Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 8636 8800
Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesday (2 PM – 9 PM); Wednesday – Thursday (2 PM – 11 PM); Friday – Saturday (12 PM – 11 PM); Sunday (12 PM – 9 PM)
Tetto di Carolina, South Yarra
Melbourne has long been in need of a classic rooftop jazz bar, and Tetto di Carolina is the best possible space to fill that void. The same team behind Bar Carolina, Il Bacaro, and Sarti has finessed an exceptional, terrazzo-tiled terrace for anyone wanting a rooftop bar that’s a bit more sophisticated than your usual hipster haunt.
Although that’s not to say the food is similarly solemn – the kitchen’s signature is an upscale, Italian homage to the KFC zinger burger, with buttermilk-brined fried chicken, fennel coleslaw, chilli, and pickles on a brioche bun.
Forego the craft beer for the creative cocktails or an extensive wine list. This isn’t your typical pub and bistro menu, nor is it one you’d expect from a stuffy cocktail bar. Tetto di Carolina is its own beast, which is why it’s so popular amongst Melbourne locals.
Address: 48 Toorak Road, South Yarra VIC 3141
Contact: (03) 9867 7954
Opening Hours: Wednesday (4 PM – 11 PM); Thursday (4 PM – 1 AM); Friday – Saturday (2 PM – 1 AM); Sunday (2 PM – 11 PM)
Her Rooftop, CBD
Her Rooftop is one of the more polished additions to Melbourne’s social scene, crowning an ambitious multi-faceted venue from the same team behind Arbory Bar & Eatery and Arbory Afloat. Years in the making, the CBD building now features four distinct spaces, including an all-day French eatery called Her Bar, and a Thai-style BBQ called BKK.
The latter provides the food for the rooftop bar, with a snack-focused menu including options like rock oysters with coconut cream and nam prik pao, and fried chicken sandwiches, paired with natural wines and fruit-forward cocktails.
Although you can always start up on the rooftop and head downstairs for dinner after a few drinks in the afternoon sun.
Address: 270 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (11:30 AM – 1 AM)
Melbourne’s most interesting rooftop beer garden can be found at this Collingwood favourite. Run by the guy who literally wrote the book on burgers, Jimmy Hurlston, Easey’s is a multi-level burger joint, with decommissioned graffiti-covered train carriages sitting on the roof.
Not many people consider it when searching for the best rooftop bars in Melbourne, but that’s because it’s primarily thought of as a burger restaurant rather than a bar. That’d be a mistake; there’s a healthy list of local and imported beer to get across, as well as a selection of signature cocktails and a few wines thrown in for good measure.
The ground floor may be the buzziest section, but this Melbourne rooftop bar is easily one of the city’s most unique.
Address: 3/48 Easey Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Contact: (03) 9417 2250
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (11 AM – 10 PM); Friday – Saturday (11 AM – 11 PM)
State of Grace Rooftop, CBD
Although its hidden cellar bar, Fall From Grace, is the best of the three floors at State of Grace, the popular venue’s rooftop bar is where most people end up if it’s a pearler out.
Looking more like a stylish New York style lounge, the public bar looks like it should have an air of pretentiousness about it, but you’ll find a varied crowd, lured mostly by the consistently excellent, creative signature cocktails and casual food menu.
Address: 27 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 8563 0020
Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesday (4 PM – 10 PM); Wednesday (12 PM – 10 PM); Thursday (12 PM – 11 PM); Friday – Saturday (12 PM – 12 AM)
The Espy, St Kilda
Melbourne’s favourite mega-venue, The Espy (AKA, Hotel Esplanade), now has a slick new rooftop terrace bar – revealed as part of a massive makeover a few years ago. The legendary seaside pub has long been one of the primo summer haunts for Melbourne locals, so grabbing a schooner on the outdoor terrace is now one of the quintessential ways to while away a relaxed afternoon when the weather is at its uncharacteristic best.
Address: 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182
Contact: (03) 9534 0211
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday (12 PM – 11 PM); Friday – Saturday (12 PM – 2 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 11 PM); Monday (4 PM – 10 PM)
Standing on top of the Melbourne Supper Club, Siglo is surely a rooftop bar Melbourne locals can be proud of.
Wide, open views of Parliament House and Spring Street, as well as the spire of St Patrick’s Cathedral, help add a little atmosphere to the Melbourne CBD bar. This creates the perfect atmosphere for Siglo’s firm grip on classicism.
Head up the wraparound timber stairs and you’ll find yourself in an immaculately groomed space framed by industrial steel and glass. Siglo is one of the few rooftop bars in Melbourne where you can follow some well-built classic cocktails or a glass of high-end Champagne with a puff of a Cuban cigar.
You’ve also got full access to the extensive cellars of Melbourne Supper Club, so it’s worth heading along to Siglo even if you’re bypassing the extensive cigar menu and focusing squarely on top-shelf reds and whites.
Address: 2/161 Spring Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 9654 6631
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (5 PM – 3 AM)
The Emerson Rooftop Bar & Club, South Yarra
Located in South Yarra, The Emerson Rooftop Bar moves away from the leisurely atmosphere one would typically associate with a Melbourne rooftop bar.
You’ve also got a nightclub here, which is why this place is liveliest on the weekend, churning through Japanese-inspired bar snacks and a long, standard drinks menu. You might not be overly impressed by a cocktail here, as you would at a more refined rooftop bar, but the Emerson is nothing if not a good time.
Address: 141-145 Commercial Road, South Yarra VIC 3141
Contact: (03) 9825 0900
Opening Hours: Friday (4 pm – 3 am); Saturday (1 PM – 3 AM); Sunday (3 PM – 11 PM)
Johnny’s Green Room, Carlton
There are few perspectives of the Melbourne skyline as impactful as the one from Johnny’s Green Room in Carlton. Crowning the historic King & Godfree complex, this is one rooftop bar Melbourne locals can never get enough of.
Perch yourself here early for some quintessential sunset cocktails on a Friday night and you’re guaranteed a good time, fueled by an extensive drinks menu, Italo disco tunes, and modern Italian bar bites.
Address: Level 2/293-297 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Contact: (03) 9347 1619
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (12 PM – 11 PM)
The Q at Quincy Hotel Melbourne, CBD
Quincy Hotel Melbourne is still fresh-faced when it comes to Melbourne’s spread of boutique-minded luxury hotels. The property, perfectly located on Flinders Lane, is crowned by The Q – a level-28 rooftop club lounge by day, and a lively bar at night.
The narrow outdoor terrace is the most coveted space here, best enjoyed by going all out on the signature cocktails and southeast Asian-inspired bar menu.
Address: 509 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 9492 7400
Runner Up Rooftop Bar, Collingwood
From Wednesday through Sunday, the self-fashioned ‘second best rooftop bar in Collingwood’ is teeming with Melbourne’s typical hipster social scene. As part of Collingwood Yards, Runner Up is one of the newer rooftop bars in Melbourne and easily the hottest in Collingwood right now.
Runner Up has quickly caught on as one of the trendier places to bro down with 70s soul music pumping through vintage JBL hi-fi speakers and a zeitgeisty drinks list full of natural wines alongside bar snacks like Tasmanian oysters and thirst-quenching Zooper Doopers.
Address: Level 2/35 Johnston Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Thursday (5 PM – 11 PM); Friday (4 PM – 1 AM); Saturday (1 PM – 1 PM); Sunday (1 PM – 11 PM)
Transit Rooftop Bar, CBD
Head up when you get to the Transport Hotel and end up on this sprawling rooftop. The best thing about Transit Rooftop Bar may just be the location, as part of the centrally-located Federation Square complex, but the value of having this sun-soaked open-air terrace right near the iconic Flinders Street Station shouldn’t be downplayed.
The live music is usually more miss than hit, but the modern Asian bites from downstairs Taxi Kitchen usually hit the spot and pair up just fine with the bar’s signature cocktails.
Address: Level 2, Transport Hotel Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 9654 8808
Opening Hours: Friday – Saturday (3 PM – 12 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 10 PM)
Union Electric Bar, CBD
Union Electric Bar is all about the atmosphere, built up rather well despite the rooftop gin garden sitting quite low and not offering any kind of view to speak of. Those compromises are minor complaints compared to what this Melbourne CBD favourite does offer, however – delicious pizza and a varied list of around 300 gins.
Address: 13 Heffernan Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (5 PM – 11 PM); Friday – Saturday (12 PM – 1 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 11 AM)
The Cornish Arms Hotel, Brunswick
If you’re after some good vegan food and an expansive, sun-soaked rooftop, there’s really only one spot in Melbourne that’ll hit the nail for you. That’d be The Cornish Arms Hotel, dominating Brunswick with classic pub food that’s a bit more accessible to those with various dietary requirements.
The rooftop bar is most popular for private functions, but on most days you’ll find the space stacked with RMIT students downing some of the country’s best brews.
Address: 163A Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC 3056
Contact: (03) 9380 8383
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday (12 PM – 11 PM); Saturday – Sunday (12 PM – 12 AM)
Captain Baxter, St Kilda
A popular choice for anyone wanting a post-swim frothie after visiting the nearby St Kilda sea baths, Captain Baxter is Melbourne’s favourite beachside rooftop bar. The vibe is so chic up here that it could give some of Sydney’s finest a run for their money.
And while it may not be the best rooftop bar Melbourne has to offer outside of the CBD, there’s no denying the impact of a bay lobster roll or a fresh prawn and pomelo salad paired up with one of the bar’s tropical-leaning signature cocktails. The Bahamas influence is obvious.
Address: 10/10-18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC 3182
Contact: (03) 8534 8999
Opening Hours: Friday (5 PM – 12 AM); Saturday (12 PM – 12 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 10 PM)
Campari House, CBD
The historic Campari House has been a Melbourne institution since 1967, a four-level powerhouse of hospitality typically frequented for its astroturfed rooftop terrace.
Obviously, the bar pushes everything Campari up here, but the Melbourne CBD bar has a nice range of choices of visitors and locals to pick up whatever they please. Italian food ain’t anything to write home about – especially when you’ve got some of the best Italian restaurants in Melbourne nearby – but there’s no denying the genuine sense of escape and timelessness up here.
If you’re scouting for a private function or birthday, the attached Soda Bar is also one of the top picks in the city.
Address: 23-25 Hardware Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 7036 0346
Opening Hours: Wednesday (12 PM – 10 PM); Thursday – Saturday (12 PM – 12 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 10 PM)
Naked In The Sky, Fitzroy
The Naked in the Sky terrace is part of Fitzroy’s iconic Naked for Satan, adding a nice little layer of al fresco drinking to one of the most popular bars in Melbourne. Boosted by panoramic views of the city, this is the place to be if you want a cool rooftop bar to really illustrate the gritty image that defines Melbourne’s trendy social scene.
The Spanish snacks up here are an afterthought, but the Naked For Satan team know how to make one hell of a classic cocktail, and the list of beer and wine is amongst the best you’ll find in Fitzroy.
Address: 285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Contact: (03) 9416 2238
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday (12 PM – 12 AM); Friday – Saturday (12 PM – 1 AM)
Bomba Tapas & Rooftop Bar
Perched above the Lonsdale Street building is Spanish-inspired rooftop bar Bomba, twisting the old Aylesbury towards something a bit more distinctive to set the city bar apart from the competition.
Green Park’s Jesse Gerner has cleaned house, sprucing the long-standing rooftop bar with plenty of greenery and comfortable seating, curating a nice space for all that red sangria and duck paella. Some of the best Spanish food in Melbourne? It’s definitely up there.
Address: 103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 9650 5778
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday (3 PM – 12 AM); Friday – Sunday (12 PM – 12 AM)
Marquis Of Lorne, Fitzroy
The three-level Marquis of Lorne has long been considered one of the best and most historic pubs in Melbourne, and while the downstairs front bar and dining room are always worth a visit, it’s the rooftop’s outdoor deck that’s the best part.
Given Naked in the Sky is so close, most locals do the smart thing and hop between the two on a rare sunny Melbourne day. That’d be the best way to play this, although it is tempting to just post yourself up at this Fitzroy rooftop bar all day and work through the list of delicious cocktails and craft beers. The expansive bar menu is worth paying closer attention to.
Address: 411 George Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Contact: (03) 9417 5001
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday (4 PM – 11 PM); Thursday – Saturday (12 PM – 1 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 11 PM)
Curtin House Rooftop Bar, CBD
Best known for its summer rooftop cinema sessions, the Rooftop Bar at Curtin House is widely known as one of Melbourne’s favourite sky bars. It’s also one of the most recognisable, having been used in a bunch of local movies, sought because of the perfect city skyline views and frequented because of the reliable drinks menu.
Most head up to the top of Curtin House after grabbing some Thai at Cookie or downing some Tequila at Mesa Verde, but the best use of this Swanston Street rooftop bar is to grab a few pre-drinks before seeing a local gig at The Toff in Town
Address: Curtin House, level 7/252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (12 PM – 1 AM)
Fable Melbourne, CBD
What used to be Melina on the Rooftop has now become Fable Melbourne, still steadfastly Mediterranean in flavour but now focusing more sharply on stylish aesthetics. The view over the Melbourne skyline is still as attractive as ever, especially when you’ve got a spread of mostly Greek food sitting in front of you.
We’re talking eggplant moussaka and lamb shoulder, beef tartare, dolmades, burrata, and white anchovies with flatbread. As far as Melbourne’s rooftop bars go, Fable is at the top when you want a satisfying feed to pair up with those signature cocktails. It’s also Melbourne’s highest rooftop, located on the 14th floor of Lonsdale Street’s Greek Community Building.
The team will peel back the retractable roof of Melbourne’s highest rooftop bar on sunny days, but there’s plenty of shelter up at Fable to justify a visit during one of Melbourne’s gloomier moments.
Address: 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 9662 2629
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Thursday (5 PM – 1 AM); Friday – Saturday (3 PM – 2 AM)
Heroes Karaoke Bar, CBD
Boasting neon-washed Chinatown views, the rooftop bar at Heroes comes with a great little vibe to help those tinnies go down better. Although, most people head along to this venue for the downstairs karaoke bar, which is known as one of the best in town for generously spaced private rooms, a decent selection of modern and classic tunes, and a Southeast Asian BBQ menu to help take the edge off all that cheap alcohol.
You’ll probably want to give this rooftop bar a miss if you aren’t indulging in a bit of a karaoke session. With so many great rooftop bars nearby, there’s little point in heading along to Heroes unless you’re really giving yourself over to the entire offering.
Address: 188 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 8639 0630
Opening Hours: Friday – Saturday (4 PM – 3 AM)
The Provincial Hotel, Fitzroy
Dominating the Brunswick Street social scene, the historic Provincial Hotel often muscles out the competition as Fitzroy’s pub of choice. There are plenty of reasons for that, but mostly it’s because the drinks list is constantly showcasing the best of Melbourne, from classic cocktails made with local ingredients, to the expected taps of craft beer. Wine lovers get a good shout with a reasonable amount of quality varietals by the glass, while anyone heading along for the food can expect the typical pub classics enhanced by well-sourced produce.
With all those bases well taken care of, The Provincial Hotel is always in a good position to lure people up to its grand old rooftop, which pops into the modern age with a plethora of greenery to help add some colour to that million-dollar vista over the city skyline.
Address: 299 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Contact: (03) 9810 0042
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday (4 PM – 11 PM); Thursday (4 PM – 12 AM); Friday – Saturday (12 PM – 3 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 11 PM)
Imperial Hotel, CBD
There’s not much to the rooftop bar at Imperial Hotel other than the fact that it’s just a reliable place to sink a few schooners on a weekend arvo in the city.
Directly opposite Parliament House, the pub is typically more popular with the sporting crowd or anyone looking for some pre-drinks before dinner at some of the best new restaurants in Melbourne.
Address: 2-8 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 9810 0062
Opening Hours: Sunday – Wednesday (12 PM – 11 PM); Thursday – Saturday (12 PM – 1 AM)
Feast Of Merit, Richmond
Not many people think to head up the stairs of this underrated Richmond diner. The Middle Eastern eatery hides a swish rooftop area, tight and comfortable for a small group to tuck into locally sourced wines, craft beers, and simple signature cocktails.
Address: 117 Swan Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Contact: (03) 9428 8480
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Thursday (5 PM – 10 PM); Friday (5 PM – 11 PM); Saturday (11 AM – 11 PM); Sunday (11 AM – 10 PM)
Good Heavens Rooftop Bar, CBD
Good Heavens is a retro-leaning boozer sitting above Fancy Hanks, popular for anyone strolling Bourke Street and wanting to back up some American BBQ with a few cocktails or beers amongst the treetops.
If all that pulled pork, smoked brisket, and whatever else is on your meat platter doesn’t take you out before the night is over, Fancy Hank’s reliably strong cocktails will.
Address: Level 2/79 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 9453 2882
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Thursday (12 PM – 11 PM); Friday – Saturday (12 PM – 1 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 11 PM)
Umberto Espresso Bar, Thornbury
Maybe it hasn’t caught on yet, but Thornbury favourite Umberto Espresso Bar now boasts one of the best rooftop bars this side of Melbourne. The High Street classic has recently moved into the old Arthur’s Shoes, using the newfound digs to expand in a big way.
The new iteration of Umberto Espresso Bar now boasts a rooftop bar with views overlooking Thornbury and Coburg, stretching all the way to Mount Macedon. It’s a different kind of perspective for anyone who frequents Melbourne’s rooftop bars, offering something fresh alongside a generous list of Italian wines and cocktails. Not a bad shout for a few negronis next time you’re in the area.
Address: 917 High Street, Thornbury VIC 3071
Contact: (03) 9484 8654
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Sunday (9:30 AM – 11:30 AM)
Although most locals head along to Harlow for the atmospheric beer garden, the more recently opened rooftop seems destined to become the Richmond pub’s busiest spot.
Wrapped around the building, the terrace has modernised the pub in the best of ways, buoyed by an excellent beer list and a food menu of typical pub classics done well. There’s not much else to this one – just a great pub, dependable pub with a solid rooftop beer garden.
Address: 447 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Contact: (03) 9810 0082
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday (12 PM – 10 PM); Friday – Saturday (12 PM – 12 AM)
Loop Roof & Loop Top, CBD
Loop Roof feels like your mate just scored a sweet house in the heart of the city and has invited you up for some rooftop cocktails. It’s a small space, but the intimacy is what makes this such an excellent city oasis. Climb a floor higher to Loop Top for an even tighter rooftop bar, popped with greenery for a bit of style.
The food and drink menu is a bit straightforward here, so don’t go expecting anything but the tried-and-true favourites.
Address: 3/23 Meyers Place, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: 0481 785 190
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Thursday (5 PM – 11 PM); Friday (4 PM – 1 AM); Saturday (2 PM – 1 AM); Sunday (12: 30 PM – 1 AM)
Palmz Rooftop Bar @ The Carlton Club, CBD
The Carlton Hotel has always had a more eccentric personality and while the colourful venue is still as divisive as ever, no one can deny the quality on offer. For the crowning Palmz Rooftop Bar, the team have obviously worked hard to stick to a tropical vibe, with full-sized palm trees and a thatched hut bar to help with the not-so-subtle branding as a city oasis in the middle of Bourke Street.
The most unique thing about this rooftop bar is that it never closes. You’re looking at Melbourne’s only 24/7 rooftop bar, making it the perfect stop for when date night gets a bit out of control.
Address: 193 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 9663 3246
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (Open 24 Hours)
The Corner Hotel, Richmond
Ideal for a pre-gig drink, the rooftop that sits on The Corner Hotel is one of the more underrated rooftop bars in the area.
Most people think of live music when you mentioned Corner Hotel, and granted there’s not much point heading along if you aren’t going to see a gig. but you aren’t really getting the full experience of the venue unless you’ve sunken a few up at the surprisingly spacious beer garden.
Address: 57 Swan Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Contact: (03) 9427 7300
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday (12 PM – 1 AM); Friday – Sunday (12 PM – 3 AM)
Land Of Plenty, St Kilda
Locals have a soft spot for Land of Plenty, which is still only a few years old in St Kilda. The kitchen and bar focus entirely on Australian produce, with the food clearly inspired by bush tucker and the cocktails getting even more playful with the brief. Think cherry ripe negronis and an interesting take on the classic pavlova.
Address: Level 2/188 Carlisle Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
Contact: (03) 9193 6993
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday (4 PM – 11 PM); Thursday – Friday (4 PM – 12 AM); Saturday (12 PM – 12 AM)
Best Rooftop Bars Melbourne – Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best rooftop bar in Melbourne CBD?
The best rooftop bars in Melbourne CBD are The Rooftop at QT Melbourne, Siglo, State of Grace, Bomba Tapas, Fable, and Union Electric Bar.
Which Melbourne rooftop bar has the best food?
The Melbourne rooftop bar with the best food is Tetto di Carolina, but there’s also great food at Bomba Tapas, Marquis of Lorne, and Umberto Espresso Bar.
What rooftop bar in Melbourne is open late?
Palmz Rooftop Bar at the Carlton Club is open 24 hours from Monday to Sunday.
What is the best rooftop bar in Melbourne for a date?
Fable and Tetto di Carolina are the perfect rooftop bars when you’re looking for somewhere to take a date.
Not in Melbourne? Check out the best rooftop bars in Sydney.