6 Outdoor Rooftop Bars in Melbourne for After Work Drinks

Words by Claudia Lim Zhi | Image Credit negin_mirsalehifann

When the sun goes down, it’s time to hit the roof – literally, and in a good way. In Melbourne, rooftop bars are quite possibly the best way to relax after a long day at work. Here are our top 5 rooftop bar picks for you to go after hours, because a well-deserved after work cocktail is so much better with a view.

Rooftop Bar

With the most straightforward name a rooftop bar can have, this outdoor bar sitting atop Curtin House right on Swanston Street is easily crowned one of the best spots in the city. Thanks to fake grass and garden furniture, Rooftop promises a chilled backyard-barbecue vibe in the heart of the city. You might even catch your favourite movies playing in the Summer.  Address: Rooftop, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000

Madame Brussels 

Step into Alice’s Wonderland just along Bourke Street and immerse yourself in its quirky decor. Paying tribute to Caroline “Madame Brussels” Baum herself – a 19th

century city  entrepreneur, the bar was inspired by her sensational attitude and unconventional lifestyle.  Address: L3, 59 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

Arbory Afloat

Possibly the best place to spend this summer, the newly installed Upper Deck rooftop hosts up to 116 guests and offers you stunning panoramic views of the city. Choose from a range of seating options (they have daybeds!) and take in the beautiful Melbourne sunset while enjoying your glass of champagne.  Address: 2 Flinders Walk, Melbourne VIC 3000


This insta-worthy pastel pink fantasy land is the perfect place for you to boogie and let loose. The cocktail menu is divided into four music-themed genres: 90s pop, funk, metal and disco. If you’re hungry, try the  Sichuan-spiced fried chicken or ‘cold’ with yuzu mayo and pickles – are a must  Address:  L2, 301 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


Conveniently located along Lonsdale street, the spanish-style workers bar offers mouth-watering Spanish Tapas and beautifully brewed cocktails. The rooftop bar gives you a stunning view of North and South Melbourne, together with the ambience of a bustling city below. Definitely an epic spot to grab a post-work cocktail or party late into the night. Address: 103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Lui Bar 

Not really an outdoor rooftop bar, but such a fantastic bar that it deserves a mention anyway. Perched on the 55th floor of the Rialto Towers, this stylish and elegant bar overlooks the CBD skyline. With fantastic service and harmonious and charming vibes, this is a perfect bar for pre-or post dinner cocktails, or even better, a combo of both dinner and cocktails. Address: 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Melbourne City boasts a wide array of rooftop bars, each of them offering something different for everyone. Want to learn more about the best spots in town? Sign up for our newsletter or head to Her Economy’s travel page for more!

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