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What Are The Best Rooftop Restaurants In Melbourne?

Melbourne is one of the best cities in the world when speaking about restaurants and bars. And the rooftop restaurants are no exception.

Here you can find some great rooftop venues suitable for a nice dinner. Romantic spots, vibrant restaurants or just some bar bites after work. Melbourne has it all!

This list of the best rooftop restaurants in Melbourne is made by the world’s leading experts on rooftops – The Rooftop Guide. Enjoy!

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Dine-in on a rooftop is at least 20 per cent more fun than drinking at street level. It's true. Just try it for yourself. So jump on those stairs, hit that lift button and check out these high-and-mighty gems. Some of these are in the city, and some in the surrounding suburbs are perfect for city views. 

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FABLE Melbourne

Taking over the space where you used to find Melina on the Rooftop, FABLE Melbourne is eager to claim a spot in hospitality history. And they have all the ingredients needed to succeed.

With a 13th floor location in the heart of Melbourne, the rooftop comes surrounded by an amazing view over the city skyline. And the modern and sleek design offers a feeling of New York state of mind meets the quintessential Melbourne.

Just as its predecessor, FABLE Melbourne is the most elevated spot in town to enjoy the best of Mediterranean vibes. Created by Executive Chef Alex Xinis, the seasonal Mediterranean food served is full of flavour and designed to share

Complemented with a carefully curated cocktail selection, FABLE is open most nights to dine and drink high above Melbourne.

168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

The Q

The Quincy Hotel brings the essence of Southeast Asia to Melbourne, and it does so up to the very top, with the high and modern The Q.

Perched high, high above the bustling streets of Melbourne CBD (28 floors above to be exact), this stylish indoor/outdoor venue comes surrounded by epic skyline views, right among the city skyscrapers.

The Q rooftop menu includes a great selection of creative and crafted signature cocktails, but it also offers some delicious Asian-inspired small plates. From 'Roasted pork belly bao' and 'Vegetable spring rolls' to 'Mekong chicken ribs', the food is made perfect for sharing.

So bring a loved one or some friends and enjoy a unique Melbourne rooftop experience. After food and drinks, you can stick around for a pulsing and energetic bar experience continuing well into the night.

509 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Bomba

This Spanish restaurant and rooftop bar can be found in the Central Business district of Melbourne and offers beautiful views of one of the busiest areas of the city while still providing a sense of calm and relaxation.

Downstairs, you can enjoy a cozy atmosphere and a fantastic tapas atmosphere. At the same time, at the rooftop, you can find expertly-mixed cocktails, excellent Spanish wines, unique Gin & Tonic combinations, and a beautiful collection of beers.

What's more, Bomba has sangría on tap, a true novelty in the city.

While the streets surrounding Bomba can be pretty busy, the rooftop offers a relaxing and lovely Spanish setting and vibe, complete with a retractable roof and comfortable seating options, making it an excellent alternative for those looking for a break at work or a night out with friends.

Bomba Tapas Bar and Rooftop, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Captain Baxter

The only beachside venue in this list, Captain Baxter, was refurbished a couple of years ago and has quickly become one of the hottest spots in the city.

Delicious food, fresh cocktails, and jaw-dropping views of the ocean make any visit to Captain Baxter one to remember. Still, if that isn't enough, this fantastic rooftop venue also offers a peaceful yet classy atmosphere that you're sure to love.

Matching its location, Captain Baxter serves mainly seafood with Asian influence, as well as a long list of expertly crafted cocktails, wines, and beers.

Tasteful music, relaxing vibes, attentive staff, and more make Captain Baxter one of the best rooftop restaurants and bars, and no visit to the city is complete without watching a sunset from this venue.

10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda VIC 3182

Imperial Hotel

Don't be confused by the name; the Imperial Hotel isn't a hotel, but rather a three stories pub, as well as one of the oldest pubs in the city.

While the entire building is dedicated to eating and drinking, the rooftop terrace is the crown jewel. It offers a fantastic view of the city and a lively atmosphere that keeps visitors returning for more.

The wooden deck terrace offers numerous seating options, large umbrellas to protect guests from the elements, outdoor heaters during the weekend, and a stylish outdoor bar.

While the terrace does offer a semi-roofed area, if the weather is particularly bad, it's recommended to retreat indoors, but hey, "indoors" still means two stories of bar and lounge, so it's hardly a sacrifice.

Since the Imperial Hotel is a classic pub, it features a staggering collection of beers, but also cocktails and delicious and innovative pub food. From pizza and burgers to salads and bar bites. And on Saturdays, a bottomless and great rooftop brunch.

The atmosphere is laid-back yet classy, with no airs of grandeur. People who visit the Imperial Hotel do it to drink, eat and have fun, and that's precisely what they get.

2/8 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Good Heavens

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Perched on top of the famous American BBQ restaurant "Fancy Hank's", Good Heavens is mainly known for its creative signature cocktails and lively atmosphere. And while the restaurant downstairs is a more safe bet for the hungry ones most days, during weekends, Good Heavens offers a great rooftop lunch.

Indulge in a Cubano or Brisket Sandwich, or dig into a Hank's Cheeseburger, all while taking in the beautiful views of Melbourne's skyscrapers and Bourke Street just below.

Chances are you won't be paying attention to the view only, as the bar's decoration is so colourful and charming it's bound to catch your attention. Pastel colours, bright pink signs, Hawaiian shirts on the staff, and eclectic furniture make this rooftop bar one you won't forget, and the retro-inspired signature cocktails are both creative and delicious.

If cocktails aren't your thing, you can also find beers on taps and a decent selection of wines, so chances are you'll find something you'll like.

Good Heaven's atmosphere is casual yet energetic, with live DJs showing off their skills and people mingling and dancing to the sound of music.

Level 2, 79 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Siglo

Siglo is a master multitasker that is very eager to please. Come for an afternoon Aperol Spritz in the sun or a flashy celebration with caviar, cigars and Champagne – either way. You’re well looked after here.  

Getting a seat with a view is like an Olympic event, so we suggest making a pitstop post-midnight when the after-work crowd have long gone, theatregoers have heeded the final call, and it's just you and the night owls looking out over Spring Street’s canopy. 

Park yourself in one of the many Parisian wicker chairs and order a cigar and a Grand Gunner, a punchy nip with two kinds of rum, fig and cinnamon bitters, nutmeg syrup and frosty egg white.

Enjoy refined bar snacks at your table, and venture to the indoor bar to devour Siglo’s signature party pies. Start with both the marinated grilled eggplant and Crust Armour salmon rillettes feel like tiny care packages from old gay Paree – and then when you're ready for the main event, perch on a stool inside for a cheap sausage roll or a flaky spanakopita at the bar.

161 Spring St Melbourne 3000

Runner Up

The Runner Up rooftop bar is above the Collingwood Yards arts precinct and community space. Stepping inside this casual drinking spot is like being in a sleeker version of your creative mate’s shared house – full of random artwork, reclaimed vintage furniture and custom-made pieces, and stacks of house plants.

The eclectic and laid-back feel marries well with the Collingwood Yards ethos. Downstairs, you’ll find some minimalist and clean art spaces run by well-established artists. But at Runner Up, it feels like the younger creatives have taken over and made this rooftop their own.

Take the small cocktail menu, for instance. You’ve got a variety of spritzes, all of which are just that little bit different. Substitute the usual Aperol for Limoncello, and you get a whole new fresh and citrusy summer tipple. It’s super simple. They aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel here – just changing it up a little.

Take the Australiano, an Aussie version of the classic Americano cocktail. Traditionally, it’s made with Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water, but Runner Up substitutes the Campari for Okra amaro. This bitter liqueur is infused with Australian botanicals, giving the cocktail a unique aromatic kick. It’s a nice local touch. Another easy adjustment is substituting the usual egg whites in sours for the vegan-friendly aquafaba.

Reasonably priced beers and an extensive wine list round the drinking menu out. We wish they had more bar snacks but loved the dolmades served right from the can. Yeah, it’s all quite a hipster, but it seems to have been done very honestly. They aren’t trying too hard up here.

And while the drinks menu is a modest success, Runner Up’s original panoramic views of North Melbourne have sadly been blocked by new building developments. Instead of seeing this as a spot to come to and look out over Melbourne, think of it as more of a way to escape it all.

You are far removed from everything else up here – especially as Runner Up is kind of hard to find. It would help if you darted through Collingwood Yards’ corridors to find a small terrace with an elevator that takes you up to the rooftop. This makes Runner Up a true hidden gem – a place to be discovered not stumbled upon.

Don’t go to the Runner Up rooftop bar for expansive views over North Melbourne. Go for the relaxed vibe, good tunes, curated cocktails and – on a hot day – heavenly water misters.

Level 2/35 Johnston St Collingwood 3066

Madame Brussels

Tucked up on the third floor of an unassuming office block and manned by staff in kitschy cute tennis outfits, Madame Brussels is the garden party that never stops. This quintessential Melbourne rooftop bar is a pastel fantasy of pink, green and white and comes decked out with more Astro-Turf than you can poke a parasol at. Boasting a leafy skyline vista made for scoping out city streets and catching killer sunsets, this is the spot to wow spritz-loving out-of-towners. 

No longer helmed by a hostess with the mostess, Miss Pearls, the reopened Bourke Street bar has lost a little of its flirtatious charm. The double-entendre-laden menu has been stripped out and replaced with a list that instead nods to the area’s heritage and famous figures. 

Sangria has long been synonymous with Madame Brussels, and The Parliamentary Mace (created in honour of the Victorian mace lost in the brothel in 1892) ensures this legacy continues. The light, bright, housemade white Sangria is a deft blend of summer fruits enlivened with a subtle floral fragrance.

Wills’ Summer Fix (named for Tom Wills, a notorious cricket match-fixer and founder of the AFL) is a perfect play of prosecco fizz, ruby grapefruit zing, and a citrus twist finished with a slosh of vodka. Sip this dreamy pink treat as the sun sets, and you’ll feel like you’re melting into the fairy floss sky. 

All cocktails on The Usual Suspects menu are ‘juggle’, so if you love your order, upsize and treat the table (or stick in a straw and guzzle it yourself). A menu of seasonal options rotates as the weather changes, and classics are available on request too. 

Choose from a selection of nibbles, including crowd-pleasing toasties (look out for the famous poached chicken, mayo and chives, accompanied by a pint-sized bottle of Tabasco), $12 truffle fries, and charcuterie boards heroing all-Aussie cheeses and cured meats. If you’re in the mood to stick your pinky fingers out, the Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz caviar with dill creme fraiche, housemade pickles and potato crisps is a must.

While the bar may not have the same polish locals have come to expect from new Melbourne venues, it does offer reliable rooftop service doused in nostalgia. A signature spot to impress tourists, Madame Brussels remains a sky-high stalwart of the city scene.

Lvl 359 Bourke St Melbourne 3000

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Johnny’s Green Room

On a sunny Saturday evening, Johnny’s Greenroom is heaving. The rooftop bar at Carlton’s King & Godfrey adds a new element to this iconic Lygon Street business. After being closed for reno's for over three years, the decades-old gourmet purveyor is finally back, offering café service, deli goods and a great selection of European and local wines to take away on the ground floor. 

But up the lifts, you’ll find a big and bright patio bar serving beer, wine, cocktails and snacks. From this lofty position, Carlton is snapping back at the rooftop bar explosion in the CBD and Fitzroy, proving that Melbourne’s original hospitality precinct can do anything the city can do, too. 

Spectacular 270-degree views towards the city skyline are only broken by the tops of Carton’s plane trees in full summer flourish, while canvas awnings and umbrellas offer plenty of shade. 

There are at least two hen’s parties here tonight, and the raucous conversations feel fun rather than overbearing with no walls or ceiling to echo off. The beautiful people of Carlton sip Aperol Spritzes on tap, and DJs let their easy listening beats provide unobtrusive background sounds.

It’s seriously busy, the 200-capacity venue full to the brim, so book in early for groups or expect to wait in line downstairs on the weekend. Even if there’s space at your table, they won’t let mates skip the line to join you unless you’ve pre-booked a function. 

Despite the onslaught, bar service is remarkably quick and efficient. They’ve set this place up for high-volume from day dot and done a good job of it. On a Sunday arvo, the space is far more chilled, with a wide range of ages enjoying a catch-up in the sun.

Cocktails are all fresh and fun but vary in quality. The signature K&G Spritz is a sweet and herbaceous combo of Italian Amari, grapefruit and prosecco providing a good zesty lift. At the same time, a cocktail of tequila and falernum (a spiced Jamaican syrup) tastes mostly lime. 

Beer is approachable and weather-appropriate with Peroni and Mountain Goat Steam ale on tap. Still, there’s also a Garage Project NEIPA and a Sample Blood Orange Spritz, which tastes like a bittersweet Fanta shandy.

Level 3, 293-297 Lygon Street Carlton Melbourne 3053

The Corner Hotel

At its heart, the Corner is a true blue rock venue. It’s also very much a crowd-pleaser. On any given night, the Richmond icon is filled with footy fans glued to the TV screens, leather-clad rocker types, city workers who stumbled off the train station, and groupies of whatever band is playing in the bedroom later on, usually, well-known acts and names that are just about to break (Tame Impala played $30 gigs here). 

The beloved pub would probably have done just fine as it was, but the decision to freshen up the rooftop has made the Corner more fun without compromising its rock’n’roll roots. 

The rooftop bar, renovated in early 2017, is now where you’ll find the best seats in the house. On weekends, a DJ spins tunes spanning old-school rock ‘n’ roll to newer stuff, and there’s something romantic about knocking back a cold one in the early evening, watching trains come and go from Richmond train station.

Also upstairs is the kitchen, which opens late on Fridays and Saturdays for a post-show bite. The counter meals are where it’s at: we don’t know if Patti Smith has tried the beef burger named after her, but if she had, she would have bit into a textbook cheeseburger with an Angus beef patty topped with melted American cheese, tomato, lettuce and pickles. 

The Corner kitchen shuns the brioche bun and uses a sesame seed-topped bun that retains its integrity throughout your meal. The house parma piled high with ham and cheese doesn’t rock any boats, though the side salad of bitter leaves and sliced onions add freshness to the juicy crumbed chicken.

Head Chef Shannon Rice expanded the pub menu into share plates, and the rooftop revamp. The big dishes are excellent value, especially if you’ve spent all your cash on a gig – for less than a pineapple, meaty mains like the smoked pork hock and whole Korean fried chicken come with complete sides (braised potatoes, sauerkraut and gravy for the former, kimchi, pickled cucumber and milk buns for the latter) that means you can easily feed three.

The Corner was also among the first pubs to tap Bob Hawke’s eponymous lager, which we can confirm makes easy skolling. And easy drinking seems to be the pub’s approach to the rest of their drinks menu. The beer list changes often, but you can count on the classics: think Carlton, Melbourne Bitter or Peroni if you’re feeling fancy.

57 Swan St Richmond Melbourne 3121

FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants

Fable

Fable Is Melbourne's Highest Rooftop Bar and the City's Newest Drinking Destination. Fourteen storeys up, this new Mediterranean-inspired beauty is pairing panoramic city views with clever cocktails.

The best rooftop bars in Melbourne CBD are The Rooftop at QT Melbourne, Siglo, State of Grace, Bomba Tapas, Fable, and Union Electric Bar.

Palms Rooftop Bar at the Carlton Club is open 24 hours from Monday to Sunday.

Union Electric Bar & Rooftop Gin Garden has some of the best food at a rooftop bar in Melbourne. Depending on your choice of cuisine, you might prefer Mexican at Fonda Mexican or the Italian at the Pop-up Bar at Sagra.

How to Ensure Your Restaurant Rooftop Seating Increases Revenue

  • Plan For The Weather. 
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  • Consider How Guests Will Get Up To The Roof. 
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  • Decorate & Design. 
  • Have a Backup Plan. 
  • Map Out The Floor Plan.

Conclusion

When it comes to finding a great rooftop restaurant in Melbourne, there are plenty of options to choose from. From Asian-inspired cuisine to Italian food and everything in between, these restaurants have something for everyone. 

So, if you're looking for a unique dining experience with stunning views of the city skyline, be sure to check out one of these top rooftop restaurants.

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