Drinks taste better at high altitude. We don’t have any scientific proof for this statement, but sipping on a cocktail at one of Melbourne’s many rooftop bars presents some pretty compelling anecdotal evidence. On a warm summer’s evening, there’s nothing better than watching the sun go down over the city with a drink in hand. These are our favourites.


Above American barbeque spot Cheek, this pretty cocktail bar has four happy hours a day and serves Sichuan fried-chicken sandwiches until 3am. Further up, there’s a rooftop bar with city views.

Levels 2 and 3 301 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Johnny’s Green Room

A rooftop bar with amazing views, serving modern Italo drinks and snacks.

Level 3, 293-297 Lygon Street, Carlton

The Cornish Arms

A pub where vegans are VIPs.

163A Sydney Road, Brunswick

Waterside Hotel

There’s champagne and fancy hot dogs at the Waterside, but mostly it’s still just a local pub.

508 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Feast of Merit

Drink here, and you'll help alleviate poverty elsewhere.

Restaurant 117 Swan Street, Richmond
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The sky is everywhere at this two-storey outdoor bar.

22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne

Good Heavens

A Palm Springs-inspired space from the guys behind Fancy Hanks.

Level 2 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Corner Hotel

You've seen the bandroom, but what about the huge rooftop above it?

57 Swan Street, Richmond


Thanks to Jesse Gerner (Green Park, Añada), the old Aylesbury is all about tapas now.

103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Burgers and beer five storeys up.

48 Easey Street, Collingwood

Union Electric Bar

It's not the biggest, or the highest. And the view's nothing special. But it has 300 gins and a super-friendly atmosphere.

13 Heffernan Lane, Melbourne

Goldilocks Bar

Grab a dozen or so of your pals and you'll dominate this small, open-air cocktail bar.

Level 4 264 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Hasti Bala Bar

It's a kitsch safari upstairs at the Carlton Club.

3 193-199 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Loop Project Space & Bar

Cocktails and slick design.

23 Meyers Place, Melbourne

Madame Brussels

A French rooftop garden party. BYO croquet mallet.

Level 3 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne

Naked In The Sky

This Fitzroy rooftop bar offers some of the best views of Melbourne.

285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Rooftop Bar

The name isn't inspiring, but the view is.

Level 7, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne


As refined as outdoor spaces come.

Level 2 161 Spring Street, Melbourne

Union House

A big, relaxed pub by the team behind The Marquis of Lorne.

270 Swan Street, Richmond
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Marquis of Lorne

A classic pub in Fitzroy for a good feed and a knock-off pint in the sun.

411 George street, Fitzroy

The Local Taphouse

One of the best beer lists in town.

184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East