Summer is drawing to a close, but not before she sinks her teeth in for one last blast of warm weather. Make the most of the last rays of sunshine, and soak up as much as you can before the looming clouds of winter roll in, dooming us all in their sight (alright, so that’s a little dramatic but you sense the urgency!).
Is there anything better than spending a sunny arvo than on a beautiful rooftop with a few drinks, surrounded by the sights of the most livable city in the world? No way, Jose!
Grab your mates and check out the top 5 rooftop bars Melbourne has to offer. Try one or try them all!
Get in while it’s hot…literally
Best Rooftop Bars in Melbourne
10/18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda
With beautiful ocean views, Captain Baxter is the place to be in the summertime. Named after one of St Kilda’s founding forefathers, Captain Baxter is open until late every night, with Happy Hour running from 5pm – 6pm. This is a great spot for a drink (or seven) any night of the week! Captain Baxter is no stranger to live music, cool DJs and awesome summer parties so head to their website for upcoming events.
23/25 Hardware Ln, Melbourne CBD
Located in the hustle and bustle of the CBD, Campari House boasts “a city venue like no other”. This four story establishment offers dining, drinks and a rooftop with a killer view.
Head upstairs past the private function and events space to their intimate cocktail lounge which is open until late Thursday – Saturday.
Otherwise, keep heading up to find their rooftop bar which offers a little oasis in between the buildings of Hardware Lane. Get in early to secure a table and enjoy some nibblies and drinks under the lights of the city.
143/145 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
This South Yarra, multilevel venue has something for everyone. Whether you’re after a cocktail, some live music or a banging club, The Emerson has it all under one roof.
This rooftop bar is perfect for all seasons, with a retractable roof and heaters for the winter, come rain, hail or shine, The Emerson have you covered (literally).
Be sure to check out their cocktail lounge located on the middle floor which offers a more intimate atmosphere, perfect for a quiet catch up over a cocktail with friends.
Like I said before, The Emerson has everything you could ever need in a night out.
103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD
Bomba is the self-proclaimed “quintessential Melbourne bar” and brings a touch of Spain to CBD. Whilst staying true to the Melbourne vibe of quirky spaces, good drinks and a laid back attitude, Bomba is famous for serving up some of the best Spanish food the city has to offer. Head to their beautiful rooftop and enjoy some tapas and a few drinks with some friends.
Bomba has also earned its reputation for hosting some killers events, so make sure you keep an eye on their socials.
The Carlton Club
193 Bourke St, Melbourne CBD
Weirdly wonderful and avant-garde, The Carlton Club is definitely worth checking out whether you’re looking for a big night out, or some lazy drinks on a weekday.
Head up to the Palmz Rooftop for a great inner city escape, and you’ll immediately feel as though you’ve stepped into the Amazon jungle.
The Carlton is open till late every night of the week with the venue boasting a 24hr licence to keep those drinks flowing all night long. There are DJs to have you dancing the night away no matter what day of the week it is and if dancing isn’t your thing, we still recommend checking it out – there are lots of quirky things to find and see to keep yourself entertained, I’m sure you won’t be sorry!
By Indah Da Silva
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