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.

Captain Baxter

We may never have a rival to Sydney's Ivy but this sea-fronted cocktail bar at the Sea Baths promises to get us few fathoms closer to living the dream. St Kilda.

Dogs Bar

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.

The Emerson

As predicted the Emerson has exploded onto the southside nightlife scene with a triple-decker restaurant, club and rooftop arriving just in time for some summertime howling at the moon. South Yarra.


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.

Labour in Vain

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.

Loch and Key

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.

Loop Roof

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

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.

Naked in the Sky

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.

Rooftop Bar

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.


The glow of Parliament’s lights at night and the happy hum of afternoon drinkers who have decided to ditch work for European beers makes Siglo an eternal favourite. Melbourne.

Union Dining

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.

Wolfs Lair Drinking Haus and Treetop

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.

Young & Jackson's

You know it as the-place-opposite-Flinders-Station, but did you know about the Astroturf-touting specialist cider bar on the rooftop? You do now. Melbourne.


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By Gemima Cody   |  

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