Beat's Guide to the Best Rooftop Bars in Melbourne
The sun is finally doing its job and there's never been a better time to get atop a rooftop and sink a few beers. To start your weekend off right, we've put together a list of some of Melbourne's best rooftop bars. From swankier selections to easygoing hangouts, make the ascent to a higher place with our comprehensive guide.
Upside Rooftop Bar
With a dazzling rooftop area overlooking the CBD and tunes supplied by local DJs, Upside Rooftop Bar is well worth the climb into cocktail heaven. Props to those who are down to try 'Dom's Beetroot Cocktail' featuring vodka, beetroot, chocolate and Thai basil. If you're after something more classically refreshing, you can't go wrong with their 'Khing Sour' mixed with sake, luxardo, lemon and stone fruit.
127 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Feast of Merit
One of Richmond's better kept secrets, Feast of Merit have now opened a rooftop bar serving up some handcrafted Middle Eastern food complimented with locally sourced wine, beer and cocktails. 100 percent of profits from the bar are invested back into non-for-profit organisation YGAP’s work supporting impact entrepreneurs and changing lives in some of the world’s toughest communities. Helping others never tasted so good.
117 Swan St, Richmond
You didn't think we were going to skip Rooftop, did you? It's a classic for a reason. Also, if it ain't broke, don't even try to fix it. Astro-turf, burgers, bevs and deckchairs. What more could you ask for? Extra points for the consistently on-point music and selection of DJs. Toff has been hosting some killer late night sets of improvised music lately, perfect to head downstairs as the evening falls to kick on into the small hours.
Level 7, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street
Lido on the Roof
While not technically a bar, Lido's rooftop cinema is still a ripper. Plus, you can still get a beer here, so it makes the cut. This season's films include screenings of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Nick Cave's One More Time With Feeling, La La Land featuring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and the iconic Labyrinth alongside a whole lot more. For a balmy summer night, it can't be topped.
675 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
If Alice In Wonderland was a rooftop bar, Madame Brussels would be it. Kitsch as all hell with pastel colours aplenty – in the best way possible. Essentially a garden party atop of the city, it's a cosy joint perfect for sipping a G&T while feeling a bit fancy under their shady parasols.
Level 3, 59 Bourke St, CBD
The Corner Hotel rooftop is re-launching its newly renovated rooftop space on Thursday November 10, and it's set to be something special – just in time for its 20th anniversary. The iconic venue has stood on the corner of Swan Street since the 19th century and is now well and truly a Melbourne institution. The newly revamped rooftop is set to feature an indoor dining area, an outdoor courtyard, a private function space and an impressive new menu and bar offering. Well worth revisiting for the next 20 years to come.
57 Swan St, Richmond
Naked In The Sky
Atop Naked For Satan comes Naked In The Sky, a rooftop bar that offers a stunning view and some seriously tasty food. Floating above Fitzroy and offering an expansive vista of Brunswick Street, you can enter the rooftop area by walking into an old lift shaft inside the building. Their fried cheese and walnut croquettes are well worth a try, as is their extensive selection of craft beer on tap.
285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Marquis of Lorne
Perfect for sinking a tinnie and downing a hearty serving of steak and chips, Marquis of Lorne is home to a very chill rooftop bar area sitting atop three other levels. The rooftop is one of the finest for lapping up the sun when the weather provides the goods, and their market-fresh oysters are second to none. After another reason to go? Half priced tinnies from 4pm - 6pm, Monday through to Friday.
411 George St, Fitzroy
Stacked atop a creative space, Loop Roof is perfect for a Sunday session of cool summer breezes while sipping on something sweet – or bitter, for that matter. Regardless, it's a dead-set warm weather hotspot that's loved for its panoptic view of the city as well as its well-crafted cocktails. This Sunday, they'll be handing over cocktail crafting duties to Mister Bitters who will be hosting a tropical takeover. BYO Hawaiian shirt.
Level 3, 23 Meyers Place, CBD
The Hills Rooftop
Enter via the rear laneway in typical Melburnian fashion for this rooftop gem. With an intimately-sized space, the bartenders offer up a revolving selection of their favourite and latest creations. Essentially, this is a backyard rooftop hideaway tucked away in the city that's well worth seeking out. Easygoing vibes for days.
1 Flanigan Lane, CBD
Got a favourite of your own? Let us know in the comments.