A good rooftop bar lets you forget the world below. The music, the laughter, the stars above – it’s the perfect recipe for getting study out of your head, just for a moment or two. Time for yourself is important when studying, and a rooftop bar is a great place to spend this time – especially as summer is upon us. Melbourne is a city renowned for its rooftop bars, so take your pick and organise your next night out at one of these Melbourne favourites.
1. Naked in the Sky
285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
This new rooftop favourite in Fitzroy sits above Naked for Satan, a Brunswick Street pintxos bar with a solid reputation for cheap eats. In keeping with the pintxos downstairs, the food at Naked in the Sky is of the Basque country. Expect to find bites like fried cheese and walnut croquettes, mushroom parfait with poached pear, onion jam and radish, and braised lamb shoulder with tomato, piquillo peppers and white beans. There’s a plethora of boutique beers, wines and ciders to choose from and the view over Brunswick Street and out over Fitzroy is spectacular.
2. Rooftop Bar
252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
The name might not be all that inspiring, but the view at Rooftop Bar certainly is. Brave the seven floors to the top of Curtin House and get a view over the city that’s second to none. Rooftop Bar is unquestionably one of the best rooftop bars in Melbourne. Better yet, it turns into a cinema from 9pm, so you can take in a movie after a drink or two.
2/161 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Located above the The Melbourne Supper Club, Siglo is as refined a rooftop bar as they come. Not the cheapest place for a drink, but you get what you pay for with the view. The table service is impeccable, as is the sophisticated late-night atmosphere and extensive cocktail list. You wouldn’t make this place your local, but for a special treat like a birthday celebration – it’s a must.
4. Feast of Merit
117 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121
This rooftop bar might not be as grandeur and spectacular as some others in the city, but with every bite and sip of drink you are supporting youth education and leadership projects in Malawi, Ghanda, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Cambodia and Australia. Feast of Merit is an attempt to develop permanent funding for the charity and 100 percent of the profits are shared with local impact entrepreneurs. With massive salads featuring ingredients such as roasted Dutch carrots, mint, pistachio, freekeh, harissa and preserved lemon, and Coopers Pale Ale and Brooklyn Lager on tap, it’s a big hit with the locals.
3/48 Easey St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Not your traditional rooftop bar, Easey’s offers a unique Melbourne experience – five storeys up you’ll find old-school train carriages fixed to the roof… and yes, this is the bar! Pop inside one of the carriages and you’ll find they are filled with rows of original orange and brown train seats and a bar with several tap beers on offer. Menu prices are printed like train times, while many of the tables feature laminated train maps. The Easey Cheesy burger is the signature dish, featuring a ground-beef patty, cheese, onion, mustard, ketchup and McClure’s pickles imported all the way from Detroit, why wouldn’t it be?
6. The Rooftop at QT
133 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
You don’t have to be staying at the incredible QT Melbourne to visit it’s stunning rooftop. Just head up to the rooftop bar any night of the week and take in the spectacular surroundings. Take in the inner city rooftops underneath, enjoy the sophisticated sounds, and marvel at the glamourous interiors and company.
7. Whitehart Bar
22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Whitehart is a converted carpark and is built out of massive steel beams and shipping containers. Owned by a cinematographer and former art teacher, it’s been done beautifully. The menu changes constantly, as Whitehart hosts a rotation of food vendors. For food, expect the likes of beef brisket, chicken wings and slow-cooked pork. Poor Tom’s Earl Grey Spritz (a house cocktail) is on tap and combines gin, tea syrup, lemon juice and soda – the perfect summer refresher.
8. The Emerson Rooftop
141-145 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
While the lower levels of The Emerson are all about entertainment and dancing, The Emerson Rooftop is the perfect chill out zone. Sophisticated and elegant, there’s plenty of comfy seating and sun, and on those cool evenings there are plenty of heaters too. The world class menu will satisfy your tastebuds too.
9. Loop Roof
23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
Loop Roof is a rooftop cocktail bar set in an exotic garden setting. Designed by Jesse Judd it features award winning bartenders, presenting cocktails like no other bar in Melbourne. The botanical offerings are offset by the magnificent city skyline views, and French blue and sulphur crested balls that dance above on trapeze wires. A subtle misting system keeps patrons cool even on the hottest of summer days.
10. Imperial Hotel
2-8 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
The Imperial Hotel might be known as one of Melbourne’s great sporting venues, but it’s chic rooftop beer garden complete with spectacular views over Parliament House is garnering a reputation of its own. The rooftop is spacious, sleek and relaxed, and for those sports fans that want the best of both world’s, a rooftop jumbotron screen is coming soon.
With so many rooftop bars to try out this summer, where will you visit first?