Ah Melbourne, the foodie hub, the home to the unexpected and the unique, a place where restaurants and bars push the boundaries, excite and inspire. Ticking off all of Melbourne’s finest venues is a challenge that few can accomplish, however with a little guidance and narrowing down of the options you can experience the best bars this city has to offer.
Just in time for summer, here are 5 of the best Melbourne rooftop bars you should visit.
This quirky rooftop bar is practically a Melbourne icon. Known for its unique take on a fancy garden party, Madame Brussels rooftop bar is rather over the top with a loud pink and white interior and a fabulous food and drink menu to match. Jugs of punch are great for sharing among friends, iced tea will cool you off on hot summer nights and classic cocktails will delight even the fussiest of drinkers.
If you’re planning on sticking around for a while, dig into a selection of sweets and savouries such as sandwiches, cupcakes and macarons out on the terrace.
Pop on in to Madame Brussels from 12pm – 1am daily.
If you’re all for local produce, sustainable food practices, sourcing locally and supporting good causes you will love Richmond restaurant and rooftop, Feast of Merit. Situated in central Richmond just a stone’s throw from the city on Swan Street, this venue pays homage to a northeast Indian tradition which celebrates the sharing of wealth with the community over a communal feast. All of the profits made support YGAP and social entrepreneurs in their efforts to reduce poverty.
Feast of Merit’s rooftop is a hidden treasure and one of Swan Street’s best kept secrets. Serving up scrumptious Middle Eastern snacks and local drinks, both your stomach and your conscience will leave feeling good.
The Feast of Merit rooftop is open Thursday to Saturday, from mid-afternoon until late.
Next up is Good Heavens, one of Melbourne’s newest rooftop watering holes. Open every afternoon and evening, enjoy Australian wines, local craft beers and a delicious range of cocktails inspired by the good old 80s.
If you get a bit snacky the lunch menu is served until 3pm, otherwise you can visit Fancy Hanks downstairs for a feed. Enjoy views of inner Melbourne as you overlook central Bourke Street.
Step on up to Good Heavens from 12pm – 1am every day.
Another new kid in the Melbourne bar scene is Whitehart, a two storey bar made from a shipping container. Found in a converted carpark off Little Bourke Street (right near Emporium, Melbourne Central and the Bourke Street Mall), Whitehart is one of Melbourne’s best outdoor venues, perfectly suited for spring and summer get-togethers.
Treat yourself to a fun cocktail like Cash Me Out Rye, Nikkas in Paris or Poor Sean’s Salary Spritz, bottled or canned beer or a vino of your choice as you take in the industrial vibes surrounded by projections and graffiti. It’s oh so Melbourne.
Whitehart is open from midday, seven days a week.
From converted shipping containers in the CBD to converted train carriages on a roof in Collingwood in the inner north, Melbourne sure does know how to put a spin on the old rooftop bar.
Easey’s offers a great selection of beers and burgers, awesome views of the city and an ever-changing display of graffiti, installations and art from some very talented artists from Australia and abroad. Aside from burgers, you can also order a range of comfort foods like potato cakes and dim sims.
See what all the fuss is about from 11am – 10pm Sundays to Thursdays, or until 11pm Fridays and Saturdays.