For beers and sun and moonlight and wine, these are our favourite rooftop bars right now
We recommend you book a spot at Bomba (the restaurant) but if you do walk in and have to wait, the rooftop bar is a pretty good place to kick things off with a frosty Estrella. Or how about some vermouth? Melbourne.
Now a burgeoning arts hub, Dogs Bar hosts hundreds of live music, cabaret, storytelling, film, burlesque, poetry and visual arts events every year, in addition to being a fully fledged wine bar. St Kilda.
Access this Astroturfed terrace from a graffiti-lined stairwell in the alley behind Section 8. The drinking perches line the perimeter so you feel like you’re drinking your craft beer in an infinity pool. Melbourne.
Large, fold-back windows line the shopfront, letting in the breeze in summer and providing year-round entertainment in the form of people-watching. The beer deck is also popular when the weather allows. Fitzroy.
Captain Melville, the bushranger themed bistro on Franklin Street now has a brand new late-night cocktail bar sitting on its upper floors like a sparkly party hat. The bar is accessed via the back laneway and puts the venue’s 24-hour license to use once more, staying open till 5am on the weekends. Melbourne.
This is the summer of quality, sky high drinking. Loop has just opened a fully landscaped rooftop garden that will operate Friday through Sunday serving floral and fanciful shared cocktails in watering cans. Melbourne.
Madame Brussels is the flirty parlour bar that sits above Collins Street’s Akuza lounge. It's a rooftop bar with AstroTurf, garden furniture, good-looking staff, Pimms cups and sausage rolls. Melbourne.
From the Naked in the Sky wraparound deck you can see the city and the Dandenongs. It’s so arresting that you’d likely put this place on your summer drinking list even if they were serving nothing but warm tinnies. Fitzroy.
Movies, deckchairs, blankets and DJ sets. These guys don’t just have a rooftop, they know how to use it, and that sets this bar head and shoulders above the rest despite a fairly simple beer and wine offering. Melbourne.
Not the most dramatic view, but we come to this restaurant’s rooftop for the best eats and drinks you can get at altitude. Go the beef tartare with a hit of horseradish and an Aperol spritz (Aperol and white wine charged with soda). Richmond.
This drinking house and treehouse hideaway nestled off Jimmy Watson Lane in Carlton is doing craft beers, summery cocktail jugs and you can even purchase the dresses right off the waitresses backs if they catch your eye. Carlton.