Panoramic views, fresh air, beautiful sunshine: the rooftop bars are designed to stretch out with a drink and soak up the scenery. With summer upon us and lockdown relaxed, there’s never been a better time to gather friends, climb to Melbourne’s rooftops, and breathe out.
Whether you want to look out onto the beach or witness a sunset backlit cityscape, there are enough places to keep you outdoors all season. Here are five places to take your spritz.
Johnny’s green room
This bar sits atop Carlton’s famous King and Godfree Restaurant, delicatessen and wine shop. Take the elevator to the rooftop to find peach terrazzo bars, marble tables and the hustle and bustle of Lygon Street gently floating from below. Carlton’s nearly 360-degree views provide the perfect backdrop for the menu of drinkable snacks like Appellation oysters and fried calamari.
Follow the rainbow and you might not find a pot of gold, but you get the next best thing – one of Melbourne’s best rooftop bars. Good Heavens is the roof over Fancy Hanks, smeared with a Miami vice palette and greenery desert oasis. Being next door to Fancy Hanks has its charm too, with a menu of smoked meats, blooming onions, and fried pork ribs, all available on the rooftop.
Above St Kilda’s very popular sea baths sits Captain Baxter, pointing like a ship across the bay. The space has an upscale beach bungalow style, full of whitewashed wood and cane detailing that feels truly tropical. Seating inside is flanked by generous bay views, while outside, the retractable roof and group-friendly patio scream for after-beach drinks. The menu weaves Asian influences with fresh seafood, focusing on lighter options like tuna sashimi with wasabi and ponzu, and shrimp and pomelo salad – perfect to accompany an Aperol Spritz and look over it. waves.
Goldilocks Bar certainly subscribes to the idea that the journey is as important as the destination. You’ll have to make your way through a Chinese restaurant at street level, ride an elevator, pass a bar, and climb a few more steps before you do, but it’s worth it. The rooftop space overlooking Swanston Street is intimate, although the retractable roof can open things up. It’s table service only, with a handful of Mr. Kwok’s Chinese-influenced snacks downstairs.
Find this hidden under the lightning sign in Heffernan Lane in Chinatown. The eclectic space displays the bricks and beams of its former host, while also offering a range of indoor-outdoor style spaces ideal for gathering friends and taking in the city. The small quarters mean it doesn’t make any food, but you can still have dumplings delivered from the nearby New Kum Den right to your table.
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