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Melbourne is known for many things, including the best coffee and brunches in Australia. But what a lot of visitors don’t know is that Melbourne is also home to a large amount of rooftop bars and restaurants, which are open year-round. Across the inner-city, here are the best to check out.
Located in a converted car park in Melbourne’s CBD, Whitehart is a container bar (shipping containers, that is). Besides its unusual industrial design, Whitehart has a reputation for great live music, craft beers, and cocktails. One of the signature cocktails is the Wrong Island Iced Tea, with English breakfast syrup. Whitebar hosts a rotating lineup of food popups too, including Pok n Kok, a local Thai food truck.
Located upstairs from Fancy Hanks, Good Heavens is a rooftop bar with an impressive city view. Serving a simple lunch menu from Thursday to Sunday, drinks are the main reason locals keep returning to Good Heavens. It’s known for its daily drink specials, 80s-inspired cocktail list, craft beers, extensive spirits menu, and Australian-only wine list. Treat yourself to a Melbourne Made, Heavens to Betsy, or Jungle Boogie cocktail.
Campari House is a rooftop bar, lounge, and restaurant that’s been trading in Melbourne’s iconic Hardware Lane for 50 years. It’s prepared for Melbourne’s unpredictable weather, with heaters and a retractable roof. The drinks menu includes wines from both Australia and Italy, as well as a range of unique cocktails. The modern Italian-inspired cuisine also includes pizzas, sliders, and small plates. Visit Campari House from Monday to Thursday for a Laneway Lunch. For $20, select from a pizza, pasta, or alternative dish with a glass of beer, wine, or soft drink.