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.

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


Reopening in December 2020.

Levels 2 and 3 301 Swanston Street, Melbourne

The Espy

After a profound redevelopment, this legendary seaside pub is going strong, offering the live music, drinks, food, good times and views it always has, albeit in far more polished fashion.

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
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Johnny’s Green Room

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

Level 3, 293-297 Lygon Street, Carlton


The former Great Britain Hotel is now a pub with a 250-person outdoor courtyard, and a kitchen doling out cheeseburger empanadas, crab doughnuts, and duck sausage rolls.

447 Church Street, Richmond
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The Cornish Arms

A pub where vegans are VIPs.

163A Sydney Road, Brunswick


The sky is everywhere at this two-storey outdoor bar.

22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne

Madame Brussels

A French rooftop garden party. BYO croquet mallet.

Level 3 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne

Good Heavens

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

Level 2 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Loop Project Space & Bar

Cocktails and slick design.

23 Meyers Place, Melbourne

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

Feast of Merit

By dining here, you're helping people in the Third World get a feed of their own.

Restaurant 117 Swan Street, Richmond
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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


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
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Frédéric is running Frédéric in the Sky, a rooftop pop-up atop, all summer long. Head to the restaurant's roof for drinks and bites with a great outlook over the CBD. To book, email hello@frederic.com.au or call (03) 9089 7224.

9-11 Cremorne Street, Cremorne

The Local Taphouse

One of the best beer lists in town.

184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East

Mr Brownie

This pub has a bar on each eclectic level including one on the roof with city views – with more than 1000 beers, pét-nat on tap, and curry chips, vindaloo pies, samosa burgers and butter chicken-stuffed rolls on the menu.

343 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne


You’ll have a lamb skewer in one hand and a mic in the other at this eclectic, chaotic good-time bar.

Level 1–3 188 Bourke St, Melbourne
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Captain Baxter

Head beachside for magnificent views and swanky potato cakes.

10/18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda

Fargo and Co.

A heritage Commonwealth Bank turned 200-seat double-level bar.

216 Swan Street, Richmond
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Tetto di Carolina

Nab a spot on the terrazzo-tiled terrace for grown-up Espresso Martinis and an Italian homage to the KFC Zinger burger. All from the man behind Il Bacaro, Sarti and Bar Carolina.

48 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Upside Rooftop Bar

The top floor at 127 Brunswick Street is the place to start an evening.

Level 2 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy