It’s not everyday you get to sip on your favourite drink while admiring the gorgeous view on top of a building in Melbourne’s CBD, but this bar gives you that and more. Located in Swanston Street’s Curtin House, Melbourne’s Rooftop Cinema is not only home to great outdoor movie events, but is also home to some of the city’s best cocktails and brews. Yup, that’s right. There’s a fab bar waiting for you, aptly named Rooftop Bar.
Rooftop Bar might sound gimmicky – after all, you’re getting the best view in Melbourne – but this place is actually top notch with a huge selection of drinks to choose from and a menu foodies are bound to start drooling over (you’ll be in burger heaven here, trust me).
The beauty of this place is that while the rooftop cinema is right next door, you’re free to spend your time away from the screen, taking in the exquisite sights of Melbourne. A cosy area, complete with colourful stools, deck chairs and tables, is set up just for those wanting to relax with a drink and conversation.
Rooftop Bar is open everyday from 11am to 1am. Make this your go-to bar during a trip to Melbourne in the summer (for obvious reasons), or even during the winter, since this place provides gas heaters to keep you warmed up on chilly Melbourne nights.
Other Melbourne bars you’re sure to love for a few drinks with friends include:
Transit Rooftop Bar
A chic and sophisticated rooftop bar in Melbourne’s CBD with views that span from the MCG to the Southbank Promenade, taking in the Yarra River and Botanical Gardens. This is the place to go for artisan cocktails and gourmet nibbles. More on Transit Rooftop Bar here.
Naked in the Sky
This rooftop location is an extension of the famed Naked for Satan, with an open terrace that features spectacular views of the CBD and Fitzroy on one side and out beyond to the Dandenong Ranges on the other. Drop by for a casual beer and appetizer after a long day, or sit down for an evening of fine peasant comfort food. More on Naked In The Sky here.
Overlook Port Phillip Bay at this cosy seaside bar in St Kilda. Take in the waves, the seabreeze, the delicious cocktails, and the first-class dishes served up by some of Melbourne’s best chefs. More on Captain Baxter here.
This is the place to go when you feel like painting the town red! Relax in an upscale ambience, take in the views of the bay 236 metres above the city, and taste some of Melbourne’s finest cuisine, all reinvented for a discerning crowd. More on Lui Bar here.