If there’s one place you want to be this summer, it’s at one of Melbourne’s stellar rooftop bars — and it’s not just for the killer views! With a surge in rooftop bars opening in the past 12 months — all with their own unique fit-out and feel — there’s more to be enjoyed than just the drinks list. Here are our favorite places to perch in Melbourne when temperatures start to soar.
For a lavish atmosphere that rivals most, get yourself a seat at South Yarra’s most talked about rooftop hotspot: The Emerson. Known for holding some of hottest parties in the city when the sun goes down; afternoons are solely reserved for chilling out and kicking back with a sassy cocktail or a glass of French. Survey the menu for a tasty selection of snacks including everything from Bloody Mary oyster shots to sticky lamb ribs and a trio of bao buns. If you want to be seen in one of Melbourne’s most happening neighborhoods, this is the place.
For balmy summer nights filled with good vibes, your venue of choice has to be Melbourne’s newest rooftop bar, Good Heavens. With a fit-out reminiscent of Palm Springs in the yesteryear, this brand new Bourke Street locale located above sister restaurant, Fancy Hanks, and serves up reinvented ‘80s inspired cocktails and an American-style snack menu. Think nachos layered with smoked brisket, cheeseburgers alongside tater tots with chicken, gravy and cheese – all washed down with a selection of cocktails and on-tap artisan beers.
Naked in the Sky
This Fitzroy favorite has pretty much got it all; panoramic views, an open terrace, killer drinks and an awesome name to boot! Yep, Naked in the Sky is your rooftop bar of choice when you want gaze over the city's skyline and northern suburbs while sipping on infused vodka cocktails or an extensive range of ales. Grab a bite to enjoy on the terrace or nab a table in the dining room for a more formal affair. These guys have nailed casual-meets-class vibe, so however you choose to enjoy the rooftop, they’ve got you covered.
The QT brand has already made a name for itself with its string of chic hotels in the all right places — and this stunning rooftop bar doesn’t disappoint. With space for only 185 guests at one time, this boutique bar amid the city skyline provides only the best of the best. Whether it’s via sophisticated drinks and glamorous décor or just fashionable crowd it attracts — QT is sitting pretty for all the right reasons.
You wouldn’t think that one of Melbourne’s oldest pubs would have a dapper rooftop bar that’s fast becoming one of city’s go-to venues. Imperial Rooftop, located in the East end of the CBD, provides a spacious, relaxed atmosphere perfect for Friday night drinks or an afternoon gathering. On the outstretched deck you’ll find loads of seating options complete with comfy cushions, not to mention 20 beers on tap, and a pretty impressive menu featuring everything from loaded fries, burgers and pork belly nuggets to a selection of noodle boxes! If you’re looking for somewhere to soak up the sunshine with a chilled out vibe, you’ve found it.
Feast of Merit Rooftop
Nestled away in Richmond you’ll find Feast of Merit, the non-for-profit restaurant now complete with its very own rooftop bar. Settle into the intimate space above the dining room and feast on menu of Middle-Eastern delights alongside local wines, beers and cocktails. Everything here is locally sourced and sustainable, and 100% of profits go straight to YGAP, a movement of local entrepreneurs working to help people living in poverty. Now how’s that for drinking with purpose?