The Brisbane night scene is delightful, no doubt, but you can only hit up the Valley so many times. How about flying down and then heading up to Melbourne’s best rooftop bars? We’ve got you covered with five places you have to hit up next time you visit the city by the bay. Plus, there’s no need to worry about catching a cold; these bars are fully weatherproofed so you can enjoy the Melbourne skyline all winter long!

Imperial Hotel – Melbourne

Drink like they did back in the good old days at Melbourne’s third oldest pub, the Imperial. Walk through original cedar doors propped up in 1858 and take in unparalleled 360-degree views of Melbourne’s stunning skyline from the rooftop beer garden. With an array of international brews on tap and classic pub food to keep you happy, the Imperial is always gorgeous, but nowadays your night can be even more charming. If you missed the train to Hogwarts, there’s no need to steal your dad’s flying car. The Imperial has you covered because their magical rooftop is open for business! Lounge at one of their six ‘stores’ – Messrs Moores & Meager Magical Fashions, Spring St Spell Books, Spellbound Sweets, Parliament Wands, MacArthur Broomsticks and Imperial Potions Co – while sipping on specially-crafted potions like Chuckle Juice, FireWhiskey or the Imperial TattleTale that all taste so good even Snape would give them an A+. It’s straight out of Harry Potter but not Harry Potter for legal reasons, of course.

 

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Naked In The Sky – Fitzroy

This place is so good it’ll knock your socks off (as well as the rest of your clothes, apparently)! Floating above Brunswick Street’s pinxtos bar, Naked for Satan, Naked in the Sky offers killer cocktails and smashing food with a slaying view to match. The bare brick walls offset by colourful steel chairs create the perfect pairing of industrial and rustic that reflects the bar’s roots as a once decomposing building that now draws in queues every night. Enjoy Satan’s Infused Vodka in one hand and txistorra rolls in the other, or anything else that suits your fancy on the seventeen-page long drinks menu or the delightful food menu filled with Basque flavours. Naked in the Sky also comes with the shiniest tick of approval – it’s our editor’s favourite!

 

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Good Heavens – Melbourne

If you’re feeling nostalgic for an 80s summer, or you weren’t alive for any and want to know what all the fuss is about, head on over to Good Heavens for a taste of Palm Springs in the CBD. Located above Fancy Hank’s, relax among the baby pink signage and pastel blue umbrellas while you feel like you’re at a barbecue all-year long – Hawaiian shirt, optional. Offering classic cocktails with a bright, retro twist, take your pick whether it be the Poco Loco, Mango No. 5, Pineapple Express or how about Sloe Dancing With the Moon? Plus there’s no need for a Maccas run on the way home because this bar is serving up the goods with BBQ wings, fried cauliflower, loaded tatertots and smoked brisket all on the menu. Good Heavens, indeed.

 

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The Rooftop At QT – Melbourne

If you’re feeling thirsty, this watering hole will do quite the trick and a lot more! Sip amongst skyscrapers on a sweeping terrace that offers sophistication by the bucket load. The glamorous décor and uninterrupted views will have you loafing in style as you choose from a list of curated cocktails or an impressive selection of beer and wine. If you’re feeling peckish, enjoy a menu of Asian meets American culinary delights, like the Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich or the Braised Wagyu Brisket Sanga. The Rooftop at QT has secured the most ideal vantage point to soak in the heart and soul of Melbourne from above and is a hotel bar even locals will adore. To have the best time at a place this boujee, you have to look the part, so make sure you dress to impress and don’t be surprised if this becomes your new favourite spot.

 

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The Provincial Rooftop – Fitzroy

The peeling-paint walls of the classic Provincial Hotel is an icon of Brunswick Street, so it comes as no surprise that its rooftop is equally as charming. Inspired by the lush rooftop gardens of New York, The Provincial Rooftop offers greenery above the concrete jungle, with rambling vines, fruit trees and comfy furniture calling you to them for your next night out. The vast range of cool-kid cocktails is sure to quench your thirst and are so much fun to ask for – it’s not often you can tell your bartender You’re Punching, Mate and be rewarded with a fruity mix of vodka, watermelon, mint, pomegranate and citrus flavours. When it comes to food, it’s all purely comfort, as the Provincial is serving up burgers, bites and pizzas to keep you warm and fuzzy all night long!

 

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