- Monique La Terra
Melbournians are spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and restaurants. All across the city, hidden elevators and discreet staircases will lead you to a world of rooftop bars and restaurants. We’ve picked the 10 best places so that you always know where to go for great food with a great view.
Decorated in primary colours, with watering cans acting as table numbers, and climbing botanicals, Loop Roof caters to Melbourne’s multi-seasonal days ensuring the laid back space can be enjoyed all year round. Dine at altitude on sliders, snow cones and sweet drinks with striped straws under the strings of baubles and city lights. Ask one of the skilled bartenders to mix you one of their concoctions with amusing names, like the Foxy Bingo, El Drinko, and the Dangle Berry.
Loop Roof, Level 3, 23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC +61 03 9654 0500
There’s nothing Grimm about this fairy-tale themed bar where the motifs are understated and the atmosphere is intimate. Hidden above Noodle Kingdom on Swanston Street, Goldilocks is an alchemist’s retreat, with its whimsical rotating drinks menu and picnic basket nibblies. Take note of the three wooden bear busts hanging on the wall.
Goldilocks, Level 4, 264 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC
Naked In The Sky
Known for its sharing platters, unique views, and elevator lines, Naked in the Sky is a Melbourne nightlife staple. Located in Fitzroy directly above Naked for Satan, the views on the terrace stretch as far as the eye can see. Come here and eat baked camembert with marinated green olives and listen to jazz crooners while you enjoy a view of the Dandenongs. Look out for the brand new gin menu, and have yourself a relaxing afternoon or evening on the city outskirts.
Naked in the Sky, 285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC +61 03 9416 2238
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Named after the pirate hunter who was one of Melbourne’s founding fathers, Captain Benjamin Baxter, this resort-style cocktail bar offers picturesque views of Port Phillip Bay. Here you can enjoy a wide selection of locally sourced appetizers inspired by Asian street food. The décor is nautical, with blue and white striped lounges, and the atmosphere is as youthful as the air is salty. Allow Mixoligist David van Iersel to find you a drink to quench your thirst as you you lay back and think to yourself ‘this is the good life.’
Captain Baxter, 10/18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC +61 03 8534 8999
Pull up a deck chair, let your toes graze the AstroTurf, and gaze upon Melbourne’s city skyline at the iconic Rooftop Bar. Situated in the heart of the city above Curtin House, Rooftop is part bar, part cinema, and part Instagrammer’s paradise. Work up an appetite as you ascend the stairs (not for the faint of heart) or take the lift and then treat yourself at The Burger Shack. In the summer months, Rooftop transforms into an open-air cinema and is restricted to ticket holders.
Rooftop Bar, Level 7 252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC +61 03 9654 5394
This space transformed into a Spanish worker’s bar in 2013 known as Bomba. Jesse Gerner and Andrew Fisk have cultivated a quintessential Spanish bar menu bursting with vermouth varieties and excellent tapas. A fiesta for your palate at affordable prices, Bomba will become your new favourite after work spot.
Bomba, 103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC +61 03 9077 0451
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Laden with European charm, Siglo is the place where Spring Street suits come to smoke Cuban cigars and discuss world matters. Set against a Princess Theatre backdrop in Spring Street, this spot offers grand views of St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Parliament house, which you can enjoy while drinking sophisticated liquors and savouring late night caviar with polenta chips.
Siglo, Level 2 161 Spring St, Melbourne VIC +61 03 9654 6300
Located high above Collingwood, this American-style burger joint is anything but typical. Order off the train schedule-style menu and feast upon milkshake flavoured doughnuts, deep fried pop tarts, and Easey Cheesy burgers inside graffiti covered train carriages. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks, Easey’s offers a meal with a view all day long. You’ve arrived at your new favourite destination.
Easeys, Level 3 48 Easey St, Collingwood VIC +61 03 9079 5942
Palmz Rooftop at The Carlton
Obscured under a shroud of palm trees lies the Palmz Rooftop at The Carlton. Located on Bourke Street, this rooftop venue is so tropical you can almost hear the waves as you enjoy an ice cold daiquiri. Bamboo trimmings and a thatched roof bar will transport you to a paradise oasis. A tropical heaven among the hustle and bustle of Melbourne.
Palmz Rooftop, 193 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC +61 03 9663 3246
Get your monogrammed shirts and pearls at the ready. Madame Brussels is the fanciest rooftop bar around. Located on Bourke Street, follow its brick road as it leads you through AstroTurf and into the garden party of your dreams. Relax on pretty patio furniture, be served by waiters in Wimbledon white, and share a fruity jug of Pimm’s Cup. You’ll feel as if you’re visiting a classic country club somewhere in Nantucket.
Madame Brussels, Level 3, 59 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC +61 03 9662 2775
By Monique La Terra
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