- Rooftop Bars
- Kathmandu Tribhuvan Spotting Guide
- Best Rooftop Restaurants & Rooftop Bars in Melbourne
- Rooftop Bar
- Rooftop at QT
- The Red Hummingbird
- Madame Brussels
- Naked In The Sky
- Melina on the Rooftop
- The Imperial Hotel
- The Local Taphouse
- The Provincial
- 20 Best Happy Hours in Melbourne in 2020
- 1. Sisters of Society
- 2. Tyranny of Distance
- 3. 56 Bricks
- 4. Cantina St Kilda
- 5. European Bier Cafe
- 6. Hoo Haa Bar
- 7. Bimbo Deluxe
- 8. Asian Beer Cafe
- 9. The Bridge Hotel
- 10. College Lawn Hotel
- 11. Captain Baxter
- 12. The Swan Hotel
- 13. Imperial
- 14. Somewhere Bar
- 15. The Mill House
- 16. Munich Brauhaus
- 17. Bosozuko HQ
- 18. Bartronica
- 19. Katuk
- 20. Maeve Fox
- 20 Best Rooftop Bars in Melbourne
- 1. Naked in the Sky
- 2. Rooftop Bar
- 3. The Rooftop at QT
- 4. The Emerson Rooftop
- 5. Siglo
- 6. Loop Roof
- 7. Good Heavens
- 8. Imperial Hotel
- 9. Easey’s
- 10. Bomba Rooftop
- 11. Upside Rooftop Bar
- 12. Madame Brussels
- 13. Feast of Merit Rooftop Bar
- 14. The Corner Hotel
- 15. Fonda Mexican in Windsor
- 16. Palmz Rooftop Bar
- 17. Marquis of Lorne
- 18. Uncle in St Kilda
- 19. The Local Taphouse
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Kathmandu Tribhuvan Spotting Guide
Kathmandu is Nepal’s only international airport and by far its busiest airport. 6 km away from the city center, in 2018 it handled approximately 7.
2 million passengers and most of its operations are domestic flights that connect the capital with several airports through the country.
Even though some of these flights only take 30 minutes, they are still a better choice than to travel by land, where the journey can take hours due to the hilly landscape of Nepal. The airport has two terminals, on separated buildings, one domestic and one international.
Nepal’s domestic aviation is on growing trend and the main reason for a visit to the airport. The airport is surprisingly busy with domestic flights, operated by airliners that are never (or rarely) seen outside the country.
Besides Nepal Airlines, Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines are the biggest domestic operators, operating ATR and BAe Jetstreams respectively.
International traffic sees a strong presence of airlines from India, with Air India and Jet Airways being the bigest ones, Middles East, with FlyDubai and Qatar Airways operating at least 2 daily flights each, and then China. Turkish Airlines operates the only scheduled flight to Europe (a daily A330).
Other widebody operations include Thai (B777-200), AirAsia X (A330-300) and Qatar Airways (A330-300 – night flight)
Since the airport is very close to the city center, it’s best to take a printed map of the airport and point it out to a taxi driver.
From Thamel (city center) you can agree a price with the taxi driver of about 400 Nepali Rupees (3,20€) to take you to the spot. With taximeter it would be even cheaper, but usually they don’t to use it. There are plenty of taxis, so there is no need to rent a car or wonder about bus schedules.
Written by Rui Miguel and Gerrit Griem. Last visit March 2019
|Visitor RatingHow was your trip? Rate this airport!||Loading…|
|02/20||3.050m (10.007ft) Concrete|
|Terminals||Domestic and International Terminals|
|Car/Public Transport||Not recommend to use a car.|
|Restrooms||Available on publicly accessible buildings restaurants.|
|Drinks/Food||Available on both spots, you will find plenty of small mini markets with snacks and drinks.|
|Hotels||The Airport Hotel is just across the International terminal, but you will find many more, and cheap options in city center, which is only 6 km away.|
|Season||October – December is considered high season. There are more flights as plenty of sunshine|
|02/20||International flights will only land on runway 02, so when there is one approaching, all the domestic flights will also proced for RWY 02 (they mostly make visual aproaches, resulting in tight turns to final). During the morning there is a long period without international arrivals, so the domestic traffic will use RWY 20. Sometimes even with RWY 02 in use, there will be some departures from RWY 20.|
|WHERE||Take a taxi to Jadibuti and ask to stop as soon as you pass by the southern part of the airport. Take the dirt road next to the fence until you reach the spot. This area has a lot of houses and is a bit dirty, but the locals didn’t seem bothered by having me taking photos of the planes. The fence is covered with bushes and trees, so you can’t be seen from inside the airport. I was taking photos on an area without the bushes and the military saw me and told me not to take photos. So I moved to a more protected area.|
|WHAT||Great spot for RWY 02 arrivals, however you can’t see the departing RWY 02 traffic. All the departing RWY 20 traffic will pass above you.|
|TIME||From sunrise until 10:30.|
|MISC.||There are some shops with cheap food. The fence is about 2-2,5m high but it’s still possible to take photos without a ladder through the mesh.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||100mm = DHC-6, 80mm = ATR-42, 55mm = A320.|
|WHERE||From spot 1 you can just walk to this spot in a matter of minutes. If you are arriving from the city center, ask taxi driver to stop as soon as you see many buses on your left side next to the airport fence. This is a very busy area, where a main road intersects the road that goes around the airport. Next to that intersection you will see a small grass area in the middle of the road and squezed by cars passing in front and behind you. That’s the spot!|
|WHAT||Excellent for RWY 02 arrivals, you can see and monitor departing traffic from RWY 02.|
|TIME||From 13:00 until the end of the day.|
|MISC.||On the road behind there are plenty of shops, some with restrooms. In Kathmandu there is a lot of dust, and in this place, you will feel it more than in the previous. Also expect a lot of noise from car horns (normal thing in Kathmandu). There were two traffic wardens managing the cars and people but they didn’t seem to care about me taking photos.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||55mm = A310, 70mm = B737-700, 155mm = Cessna 208|
|WHERE||If you are not a fan of the angles of the previous locations you can get on one of the many many rooftops of one of the private and business houses at the approach of 02.Just ask if you can get up. In the morning we find a private house approximate in the are as marked on the map. If you weren`t lucky at the first attempt try again at another house.For the afternoon we went on the top of a medical center which is along the main road just a bit north of the location #2.|
|WHAT||Excellent for RWY 02 arrivals.|
|TIME||All day long.|
|MISC.||The afternoon position is along of a major road with plenty of restaurants. Usually the locals understand some english.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||Morning: ATR72 = 110mm; B738 = 75mmAfternoon: ATR72 = 175mm, B738 = 120mm|
Best Rooftop Restaurants & Rooftop Bars in Melbourne
There’s nothing quite the vibe of rooftop dining. Customers are gladly swept up in the magic combination of amazing skyline views and vibrant ambience.
Because who doesn’t love sun-kissed patios and breezy high-rise terraces? It makes for good times in even better settings, and thankfully rooftop bars in Melbourne are in abundance. What’s more, the city is also home to rooftop restaurants churning out truly gourmet food, from humble pub classics to sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine.
A sneak peek of the Melbourne skyline from Red Hummingbird Rooftop Bar. Source: Quandoo
If you’re after beers in the afternoon sun, cocktails for sunset drinks or dinner amongst the city lights, our list will have you sorted. We’ve found the top terrace restaurants and best rooftop bars Melbourne has to offer. Literally rising to the top of Melbourne’s dining scene, check out these spots for a memorable outing with family or friends.
First on the list, the legendary Rooftop Bar. This place has all the ingredients for a perfect rooftop recipe – views of the CBD skyline, sun-soaked terrace, craft beer and signature cocktails. But probably the greatest feature is that come summer time, Rooftop Bar is home to an atmospheric outdoor cinema.
Located seven storeys up the historical Curtin House on Swanston Street, the bustling bar has a superb drinks list to match the gastronomical energy of the entire building.
You can order food from the Rooftop Burger Shack or instead book a table at a Curtin House restaurant before or after rooftop drinks.
Cookie, The Toff in Town and Mesa Verde are three of Melbourne’s leading restaurants and all conveniently located below Rooftop Bar.
Open Monday to Sunday, 12pm – 1am
Level 7, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, CBD, Melbourne 3000
If crowds at the Rooftop Bar are too much (highly ly due to its huge popularity), why not check out their playful next door neighbour Goldilocks? Also located on Swanston Street, this hidden bar is perched above a Chinese restaurant in the Denyers Building.
With a rotating drinks menu and expert mixologists behind the bar, you can sip on boutique cocktails or hoppy craft beers while taking in the breathless view of Melbourne’s city centre. The Asian bar snacks steamed dumplings are a welcome addition.
Open Monday to Sunday, 2pm – 1am
Level 4, Denyers Building, 264 Swanston Street, CBD, Melbourne 3000
Rooftop at QT
Put simply, Rooftop at QT is about sophistication and class. Situated on the 11th story of the boutique QT Melbourne hotel, this glamorous bar has views to kill and serves crisp cocktails that are mixed and poured with true expertise. Thanks to their weatherproof retractable awning and sizeable indoor area, the Rooftop at QT is perfect all year round.
But with such a polished atmosphere, dress code is consequently enforced. We recommend looking sharp when visiting, as the importance of fashion comes only second to cocktails at this cosmopolitan bar.
Open Monday to Wednesday, 3pm – late; Thursday & Friday, 12pm – late; Saturday & Sunday, 1pm – late
Level 11, QT Melbourne, 133 Russell Street, CBD, Melbourne 3000
Rooftop bar, Asian hawker eatery and karaoke venue all rolled into one, Heroes on Bourke Street is a vibrant place with an unmistakable fun energy. Opened by the team behind Fancy Hanks and Good Heavens – another rooftop bar – the venue is spread over three floors above Nitro Lab. It’s safe to conclude, the rooftop bar serves as the ultimate cherry on top.
Suitable all year round, the bar oozes style with casual vibes, creative cocktails, and Singaporean and Malaysian street food. FYI, you can even visit the rooftop on Sundays and enjoy a yum cha bottomless brunch (see here for more bottomless brunch spots in Melbourne).
Open Wednesday & Thursday, 4pm – late; Friday to Sunday, 12pm – late
188 Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne 3000
With crisp white tablecloths and Parisian wicker furniture, Siglo bar is an European-style and open-air terrace of classy elegance.
Further to theme, patrons are invited to enjoy attentive table service and take in the gorgeous view over Parliament House, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Princess Theatre.
The premium drinks list is of the highest quality, so sit back and savour your chosen Italian aperitif, flute of champagne, peaty single malt or Cuban cigar in style.
Open Monday to Sunday, 5pm – 3am
2/161 Spring Street, CBD, Melbourne 3000
The Red Hummingbird
A sublime rooftop hangout with an unpretentious atmosphere, The Red Hummingbird serves as a friendly oasis in the CBD. Punters can feast on delicious Japanese snacks – think gyoza dumplings, karaage chicken, prawn tempura and takoyaki octopus balls – and wash them down with tap beer, wines and signature cocktail jugs of sangria and mojitos.
With such a stellar combination going on, it’s little wonder these guys get busy. So we recommend booking ahead of time to guarantee a table, ensuring you enjoy that classic rooftop view.
Open Monday to Sunday, 2pm – late
246 Russell Street, CBD, Melbourne 3000
ly the most quirky and tongue-in-cheek establishment on our list, Madame Brussels is a garden party-themed rooftop terrace with a playful approach. For a rather fancy outing full of character and charm, visit this Bourke Street venue and indulge.
They do scandalous cocktail jugs, delectable tea party nibbles charcuterie and cheese platters, and rich raspberry cupcakes. With staff dressed in tennis whites and a space decked out with pink hues, white picket fences and garden furniture, Madame Brussels comes together as a memorable rooftop experience no other in Melbourne.
Open Monday to Sunday, 12pm – 1am
59 Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne 3000
With a beautifully designed space and upmarket approach, Sagra’s rooftop bar is a lush place for an Italian aperitivo. Gather with family or friends and take in the view over suburban Melbourne – all while enjoying antipasti alongside spritzes, negronis, prosecco, robust red wines and more.
If you’re planning a whole evening out, we recommend coinciding your rooftop drinks with a booking at Sagra’s restaurant. That way, one can savour both rooftop drinks and seasonal Italian cuisine of the highest quality.
Open Monday & Tuesday, 5pm – late; Wednesday to Sunday 12pm – late
256 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Melbourne 3144
Naked In The Sky
Naked In The Sky is a fifth-floor rooftop bar and restaurant with a panoramic view of Melbourne. This means it’s the perfect spot to bask in the sun, sip on expertly-curated drinks and eat your way through a Spanish-inspired menu. The tapas selection ranges from 18-month aged Serrano jamon and baked Hervey Bay scallops, to beef tartare with anchovy and pumpkin ravioli with goats curd.
The extensive drinks list, meanwhile, really shines with an impressive spirits collection of house-infused vodkas, premium gins and more. For both food and drink, Naked In The Sky is undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s favourite rooftop dining establishments.
Open Monday to Sunday, 12pm – late
285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne 3065
A modern Italian restaurant in the CBD, Sarti has a sleek dining room and hidden rooftop terrace that’s perfect for intimate meals with family, friends or a loved one. The menu is a sophisticated take on Italian cuisine, offering exquisite dishes such as wagyu beef carpaccio, squid ink pasta, braised oxtail tagliatelle and housemade Frangelico and hazelnut cannoli.
To complement the food, an impressive and extensive wine list features bottles from Italy, Australia and New Zealand. For an in-depth preview on Sarti, you can read more here or instead jump straight into a reservation by booking your table online.
Open Monday to Friday, 12 – 3pm and 6pm – 12am; Saturday 6pm – 12am
6 Russell Place, CBD, Melbourne 3000
Melina on the Rooftop
Located on top of The Greek Centre, Melina on the Rooftop has sweeping views over Melbourne from its 13th-storey dining room. What’s also worth mentioning, is that diners can enjoy the authentic Greek food and stunning views any time of the day.
Open from breakfast until late, customers are welcomed to savour Mediterranean brunch, antipasto lunch or a mezze spread of grilled meat and seafood for dinner. Their drinks list is also worthy of a mention, with quality cocktails, wines and spirits availables
Open Monday to Friday, 7am – 11pm; Saturday, 9am – 1am; Sunday, 11am – 11pm
168 Lonsdale Street, CBD, Melbourne 3000
The Imperial Hotel
One of the city’s oldest pubs, The Imperial Hotel rooftop venue is a friendly mix of sports bar, beer garden and restaurant combined into one. For that reason, this casual and spacious waterhole in the CBD is ever-popular with the Melbourne crowds.
With a primetime view of Parliament House in one direction and the Melbourne skyline in the other, it really is the perfect place to unwind over a cold one and hearty pub food. Australian burgers, pizzas and moreish sharing plates all feature alongside an extensive drinks list.
Open Monday to Sunday, 11am – late
2-8 Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne 3000
The Local Taphouse
The Local Taphouse is just as their name suggests, a friendly neighbourhood tavern for St Kilda locals. Specialising in craft beer and cider, The Local have 20 rotating varieties on tap and a curated bottle list. Their quality drinks list is further strengthened by a healthy addition of craft spirits and selected wines.
But The Local is more than a bar, also faring as one of Melbourne’s leading gastro pubs. Except to see dishes roasted eggplant with apricots and pine nut stuffing, braised veal shank with saffron risoni and grilled barramundi with rock and fennel salad. The fact that they house a rooftop packed all year long is just a bonus.
Open Monday to Sunday, 12pm – late
184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East, Melbourne 3183
Bomba is a two-level venue housing a Spanish tapas restaurant and ambient rooftop bar. The passionate team behind Bomba are dedicated to bringing the taste and vibrance of Spain’s dining out scene to the heart of Melbourne.
For the full menu of flavoursome and seasonal tapas, patrons can dine in the ground floor restaurant.
But we recommend checking out the rooftop bar with its amazing views and a thirst-quenching, sophisticated drinks list. The rooftop kitchen whips up delicious tapas of the same magnitude as the restaurant.
Be sure to try the s of Catalan toasties, Spanish cured meats, patatas bravas and gambas al ajillo prawns.
Open Monday to Sunday, 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 12am
103 Lonsdale Street, CBD, Melbourne 3000
This laidback bar and eatery is about bringing people together, whether it’s for after-work drinks or weekend party celebrations. That The Provincial happens to be on a sun-kissed rooftop in Fitzroy makes it that much better.
Amongst the relaxing atmosphere and casual decor, you’ll find a menu of finger-licking tasty food burgers, hotdogs and pizzas; the type of food that’s perfectly washed down with tap beer, classic cocktails and refreshing glasses of sparkling, white or rosé wine. Bottomless brunch on the weekend is also available.
Open Monday to Friday, 12pm – late; Saturday & Sunday, 11am – late
99 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne 3065
20 Best Happy Hours in Melbourne in 2020
With top chefs and cocktail connoisseurs found in bars all across Melbourne, the city has become renowned for its world-class food and drinks culture.
As such, navigating through the maze of bars, pubs and clubs to find a delicious drink that won’t break the bank can prove a challenge. Fortunately, we’ve done the hard work and tracked down the top (budget-friendly) bars that the city has to offer.
Ladies and gentlemen, in no particular order, these are the best happy hours in Melbourne to visit right now.
1. Sisters of Society
Sisters of Society is here for you when it comes to a great night out that won’t break the bank. Featuring sleek, cosy booths, retro neon lights, cheap parmigiana on Wednesdays and live music on Fridays and Sundays, this bar is a winner with all crowds.
Where: 254 Chapel Street, Prahran, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $10 pint of Furphy
Bonus Special: Ladies’ Night – $6 sparkling and $12 espresso martinis
When: Thursdays from 5 pm
2. Tyranny of Distance
Tyranny’s earthy toned walls and eclectic décor make this vibrant indoor-outdoor venue a Windsor favourite. Then there’s the happy hour. From 4 – 7 pm, indulge in some ridiculously well-priced wine, spirits, beer or whatever else takes your fancy while waiting for your dinner reservation at the ever-popular Mr Miyagi or Hawker Hall.
Where: 147 Union Street, Windsor, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $4 wine, basic spirits and selected beers, $10 daily cocktail
When: Daily from 4 pm – 7 pm
3. 56 Bricks
Embodying the meaning of effortlessly cool, Windsor’s 56 Bricks is a hub of artistic talent and delicious drinks. Focusing on promoting local artists, it regularly exhibits fresh artworks on its expansive walls while undiscovered live acts play in the upstairs bar. If you clock off work late, don’t worry. This happy hour runs from 4 – 9 pm.
Where: 56 Chapel Street, Windsor, Melbourne
Happy Hour: $6 spirits and wines, $7 pints
When: Daily from 4 pm – 9 pm
4. Cantina St Kilda
Located under St Kilda’s iconic boutique hotel ‘The Prince’, Cantina is an explosion of Mexican carnival atmosphere, great food and better drinks.
Enjoy a feast of authentic Mexican dishes such as pulled pork tacos, BBQ corn and spiced cinnamon churros before washing them down with a classic margarita.
For an extra festive night, come on Taco Tuesday and pair a sizzling $5 taco with your happy hour cocktail.
Where: 2 Ackland Street, St Kilda, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $10 house cocktails
When: Weekdays from 5 pm – 7 pm
5. European Bier Cafe
In the heart of the CBD, European Bier Cafe provides four levels of drinks, food and fun.
This dynamic venue hosts a retro pizzeria in the basement, a luxe main bar and a modern rooftop garden with lush hanging plants, vibrant umbrellas and an excellent liquor collection.
With a variety of happy hour deals on every day of the week and lasting until the early hours of the morning, it’s hard to find a reason not to visit this stylish bar.
Where: 120 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $7.50 basic spirits
When: Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm – 1 am
Bonus Special 1: Half price tap beer, $10 cocktails, $6 house spirits
When: Mondays from 5 pm
Bonus Special 2: $20 for any cocktail carafe
When: Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm – 6 pm
6. Hoo Haa Bar
Cheeseburger dumplings, tempura fish tacos and lobster corn dogs, oh my! Hoo Haa Bar and its adjoining restaurant Kuku Mama is a vibrant venue with a gorgeous beer garden and a killer cocktail menu. Have you ever tried a Pink Chilean Flamingo, Musk Duck or Passionfruit White Chocolate Martini? At only $10 during happy hour, you’ll want to try all three and more of their delicious drinks.
Where: 105 Chapel Street, Windsor Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $4 basic spirits, $5 house wine and bubbles, $6 Furphy pints, $10 cocktails
When: Tuesday to Saturday from 4 pm – 7 pm
7. Bimbo Deluxe
Rooftop parties every Sunday, check. $4 pizzas until 3 am daily, check. For anyone looking for great food, original tunes and an unbeatable Sunday happy hour, this one is for you. With espresso martinis on offer for a bargain $10, a Sunday at Bimbo will have you dancing well into the early hours of the morning.
Where: 376 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $5 Sailor Jerry spiced rum, $10 espresso martinis and $10 Bloody Marys
When: Sundays from Midday – Midnight
8. Asian Beer Cafe
Asian Beer Cafe, or ‘ABC’, is renowned in the university student community for its eclectic, Asian inspired decor, buzzing atmosphere and stellar prices. Whether you opt to sit inside the vibrant bar and listen to the music or relax on the expansive balcony overlooking the city, ABC is destined to become your new go-to.
Where: Level 3 of Melbourne Central, 211 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $6 selected spirits, $8 Sumo’s Choice jugs
When: Daily from 4 pm – 8 pm
9. The Bridge Hotel
Can’t decide whether you want to visit a sophisticated cocktail lounge, pumping nightclub or chic street bar? At the Bridge Hotel, you can have all three. With an edgy, cobblestoned laneway running through the centre, a glamorous indoor bar on either side and DJ’s spinning tunes down the back, there is indeed something for everyone at this popular Richmond venue.
Where: 642 Bridge Road, Richmond, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $4 pots, $7 pints, $5 house wines
When: Fridays from 5 pm – 7 pm
Bonus Special: $13 espresso martinis
When: Fridays from 9 pm
10. College Lawn Hotel
Featuring live music, $15 steak Tuesdays, Wednesday night trivia, Saturday live sports match screenings and more; College Lawn Hotel is always buzzing with crowds. When it comes to Friday, kick off the end of a long workweek in their sprawling beer garden with a drink (or two) during happy hour.
Where: 36 Greville St, Prahran
Happy Hour Special: $7 wine, pints and basic spirits
When: Fridays from 5 pm to 7 pm
11. Captain Baxter
Looking out across the dazzling water of Port Phillip Bay and the beach below, St Kilda’s Captain Baxter is the ultimate summer hangout. Hosting live music every night and sumptuous oysters for $2 each on Friday evenings, this beachside oasis is perfect for your next date night or catch-up with close friends.
Where: St Kilda Sea Baths, 10/18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $12 classic cocktails, $6 Coronas, $6 house sparkling and wine
When: Weekdays from 5 pm – 6 pm
12. The Swan Hotel
This iconic Richmond pub holds a prime location on the corner of Swan and Church Streets.
Sit back and relax in the modern beer garden while enjoying some live music or catching up on the latest sporting game live on the big screen.
Situated just a stone’s throw away from the MCG, keep your eyes open for local sports stars kicking back with a hard-earned Black Angus steak or a mouth-watering parmigiana after a game of AFL.
Where: 425 Church Street Richmond, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $3.50 pots,$7 pints (local Australian beers)
When: Weekdays from 5 pm – 7 pm
Located in the popular bar district of South Yarra, Imperial is a luxe, vibrant venue that never fails to impress.
With a sleek, striking interior, enticing menu and live entertainment on the weekends, this bar has earned its prestigious reputation.
Whether you’re seeking top-shelf spirits such as Glenmorangie and Belvedere, boutique gins, a glass of Chandon or a simple pint of beer, Imperial has something to suit every taste.
Where: 522 Chapel Street, South Yarra, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $7 for all drinks (excluding cocktails, pints and bottles of wine)
When: Daily from 4 pm – 7 pm
14. Somewhere Bar
For those times when your friend asks “Where are we going?”, “Somewhere” should be your response.
Along with a witty name and relaxed atmosphere, this small boutique venue boasts a secret garden vibe with exposed brick walls and vines hanging from the bar.
Located on the ever-buzzing Chapel Street, this is a great place to stop off for a drink or three with friends at any hour of the day. After all, it’s always five o’clock somewhere.
Where: 181 Chapel Street, Prahran, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $5 wine, $6 basics, $12 jugs
When: Sunday to Thursday from 5:30 pm
15. The Mill House
If you’re looking for an atmospheric place to get your espresso martini fix, The Mill House lies in wait on Flinders Lane.
While there, why not try a Tequila Mockingbird before dancing the night away to the music of live DJs. In this sultry setting, the lights are low, and the cocktails flow.
For a late night feed, snack on one of The Mill House’s gourmet truffle mac and cheeses or some mouth-watering fish and chips.
Where: 277-279 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $7.50 pint of Boags, basic spirits and house wines
When: Daily from 4 pm – 6 pm
Bonus Special: $20 cocktail carafes
16. Munich Brauhaus
For an evening or an afternoon filled with revelry and the live music of a German Oom-Pah band, make your way to South Wharf’s Munich Brauhaus. With multiple levels, including a traditional beer hall, this restaurant/bar is famous for its exclusively imported Bavarian beer and hearty dinner feasts.
Where: 45 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $5 for any craft beer, house spirit, house wine or daily cocktail
When: Daily from 4 pm – 7 pm
17. Bosozuko HQ
If you’re dreaming of Japan but can’t quite afford a plane ticket, head over to the Japanese rally car-inspired bar, Bosozuko HQ. Ever tried a crumbed swordfish burger in a green tea bun? Neither had we until we discovered this delicious burger bar.
The hidden venue is an explosion of lights, colour, and mouthwatering cocktails, which pair perfectly with the must-try food.
In case that isn’t enough to lure you in, they also have private rooms to play Mario Kart on the big screen or sing karaoke, and a dry ice spa.
Where: 34A Bray St, South Yarra, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $5 beer, wine and sake shots
When: Fridays from 4 pm – 6 pm
Transforming playing video games in the basement into a fun, adventurous night out, Bartronica is Australia’s famous arcade bar. Enjoy a cocktail or some local beer while playing rare, original arcade games from the 1970’s to the 1990’s and trying your luck on the pinball machines.
Where: Basement, 335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $4.50 pots, $7 pints
When: Tuesday to Friday from 3 pm – 6 pm
A favourite of locals, Katuk’s quirky library-themed décor makes it a classy, yet homely place to spend a night out. Lay back on one of the wide couches or hide away in one of the booths while playing some Connect Four. Add top-notch cocktails or a few beers to the equation and prepare to make Katuk your new Friday go-to.
Where: 517 Chapel St, South Yarra, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: $12 cocktails, $5 wines, half-price pot, pints, and jugs
When: Fridays from 5 pm – 9 pm
20. Maeve Fox
While its trendy little sister bar Katuk resides in South Yarra, Maeve Fox is the cool older brother over in Richmond.
Full of wit, expect to find quirky cocktails such as Orange is the New…, Treuse or Dare and Sweet Chai of Mine at this classy cocktail bar.
For locals who live or work in Richmond, sign up to the bar’s Locals’ Club and make every hour spent there a happy one. Members receive 25% off drinks at both Maeve Fox and Katuk as well as a complimentary bar tab on their birthday.
Where: 472 Church St, Richmond, Melbourne
Happy Hour Special: Half price tap beer, $4 wine, $10 modern cocktails
When: Fridays from 5 pm – 9 pm
Bonus Special: Half price wine, cocktails, beer and spirits
When: Sundays from 5 pm until midnight
20 Best Rooftop Bars in Melbourne
Melburnians love their rooftop bars, and with good reason! The city offers countless top venues for sipping drinks under a setting sun or starry night. From inner-city hotspots to scenic suburban haunts, Melbourne’s rooftop bar scene is something not to be missed.
So, to ensure you don’t get left behind on the ground floor, we’ve rounded up the best rooftop bars in Melbourne for you to visit. No matter if you’re a craft beer kind of guy or a cocktail-loving lady, you’ll find plenty of places to wet your whistle on this list. Oh, and don’t worry about the weather either.
Heaters, retractable awnings, and more make many of these open-to-the-elements bars perfect for all year round. Below we recap the best rooftop bars in Melbourne for your next pub crawl.
1. Naked in the Sky
Sitting above Naked for Satan in Fitzroy is the Naked in the Sky terrace. While the bar and restaurant are known for its flavoured vodkas and delicious Spanish bites, the view from its top-level is just as impressive. Featuring sweeping sights all around Fitzroy and to the CBD, this cool rooftop bar may even offer the best views in Melbourne’s north.
Location: 285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
2. Rooftop Bar
Rooftop Bar has become a Melbourne institution and favourite choice for drinks in the sky. Set on the seventh storey of Curtin House, this easy-going venue provides jaw-dropping views of the city skyline. From December to April the site also plays host to an awesome open-air cinema.
Location: 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
3. The Rooftop at QT
You don’t have to be staying at the incredible QT Melbourne to experience its lavish environment. Just head to its rooftop bar any night of the week to take in this exciting venue and its fantastic views across inner-city Melbourne.
Location: 11/133 Russell Street, Melbourne
4. The Emerson Rooftop
While the lower levels of The Emerson are all about entertainment and dancing, the rooftop is the perfect place for a drink and chat. The area is elegant and sophisticated while also feeling casual thanks to its stylish and comfortable furnishings. Stop off for a sunset cocktail, and you may just find yourself staying long into the night at this chic South Yarra bar.
Location: 143/145 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Located above Melbourne Supper Club on Spring Street, Siglo offers rooftop drinking with an elegant twist. At this classy venue, you’ll find yourself sitting at a table covered by a traditional white tablecloth as waiters serve you your chose of classic cocktails, premium spirits or even a fine Cuban cigar.
Location: 161 Spring Street, Melbourne
6. Loop Roof
Impressive CBD views and lush, exotic greenery make Loop Roof a must-attend bar. This little piece of paradise in the middle of the city is the perfect place to escape, unwind, and lose track of time. No matter what season or weather, you’ll feel comfortable and carefree at this rooftop bar thanks to its retractable awnings, radiant heating, and subtle misting system.
Location: 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne
7. Good Heavens
Sitting above Fancy Hank’s, Good Heavens is the coolest new rooftop bar in Melbourne. The venue offers patrons a slice of Palm Springs right on Melbourne’s iconic Bourke Street. You can expect 80’s cocktails, killer cheeseburgers, and DJ tunes on the weekend at this fun watering hole.
Location: Level 2, 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne
8. Imperial Hotel
Imperial Hotel may be known for its love of sporting events, but its chic rooftop beer garden is garnering a reputation of its own. Featuring stylish furniture and offering amazing views of Parliament House, this spacious and relaxed bar is the perfect spot for evening drinks.
Location: 2-8 Bourke Street, Melbourne
If you’re looking for a rooftop bar with a point of difference, then Easey’s is the place to go. This cool Collingwood venue features an old train plonked on top of a building. Not just for decoration, you can go ahead and consume your beers and burgers inside these great graffiti-covered carriages.
Location: 3/48 Easey Street, Collingwood
10. Bomba Rooftop
The rooftop at Bomba is open every day from 3 pm till late and dishes up delicious tapas and cocktails for your pleasure. While this venue is excellent in summer, it also fully encloses in winter to become a comfy and cosy haven from the chilly weather.
Location: 103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
11. Upside Rooftop Bar
Situated on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, Upside Rooftop Bar is the perfect venue for catching up with friends. From the bar’s inventive cocktails and extensive drinks list to its live DJ tunes, this space is creative and cool all in one.
Location: 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
12. Madame Brussels
Madame Brussels’ unique and over the top version of country club chic is a sight to behold. From the AstroTurf to the old-fashioned garden furniture, this quirky bar is full of fun and charm. Head on out to the terrace and take in the marvellous Melbourne view while sipping on the Madame’s signature DD Cup cocktail at this unforgettable rooftop bar.
Location: 59 Bourke Street, Melbourne
13. Feast of Merit Rooftop Bar
The rooftop bar at Feast of Merit is Richmond’s best-kept secret. The intimate and secluded space serves tasty Middle Eastern snacks as well as locally sourced wine and beer and cocktails. On top of that, this fantastic bar also invests 100% of its profits into YGAP, which supports entrepreneurs changing lives in some of the world’s toughest communities.
Location: 117 Swan Street, Richmond
14. The Corner Hotel
If you’re catching a gig at the Corner Hotel in Richmond, the rooftop beer garden is the perfect place to hang out before and after. It’s also entirely wheelchair accessible, making it an ideal location for drinks in the sky with all your friends.
Location: 57 Swan Street, Richmond
15. Fonda Mexican in Windsor
Fancy some delicious Mexican style street snacks and authentic Mexican cocktails while enjoying the open air? Fonda in Windsor is the place to go. This restaurant/bar features an excellent rooftop terrace with a fun atmosphere and plenty of great menu items.
Location: 144 Chapel Street, Windsor
16. Palmz Rooftop Bar
Anyone who has visited the Carlton won’t soon forget its weird and wonderful personality and interiors. While the inside boasts psychedelic colours and quirky animal decorations, the Palmz Rooftop Bar is designed to be an island oasis in the city. Surrounded by palm trees and bamboo huts, this venue is the perfect spot for a cocktail or two.
Location: 193 Bourke Street, Melbourne
17. Marquis of Lorne
Chilled, casual drinks don’t get much better than at the rooftop bar of Marquis of Lorne. Located in Fitzroy, this classic pub venue will make you feel a local every time, no matter where you’re from.
Location: 411 George Street, Fitzroy
18. Uncle in St Kilda
Uncle’s St Kilda location is complete with a super stylish rooftop so that you can dine on delicious food under the stars. The restaurant makes incredible Vietnamese dishes and is ideal for those who prefer banh mi and wine over burgers and beers.
Location: 188 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
19. The Local Taphouse
Also in St Kilda and located right near Uncle is the Local Taphouse. While both venues have an impressive rooftop bar, each is far different from the other. If it’s a pint you’re after, then the Local is the place for you. This classic pub venue offers one of the most extensive beer lists in town and is ideal for those who enjoy a craft brew.
Location: 184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East