Take advantage of the waning summer sunshine and while away an evening or two at one of the CBD’s rooftop watering holes.
Curtin House’s Rooftop Bar has it all – comfy deck chairs, a 360 degree view of the Melbourne skyline and (from December through to April) even an open-air cinema. Open every day from 11am and licensed until 1am, choose a flick from the program of art house, classic and recent release films, hope that the weather gods are kind, and settle in for a movie under the stars.
The newly-opened rooftop deck at the Imperial Hotel, at Spring and Bourke streets, is the perfect place to take in the city sights over after work drinks. It is one of the largest rooftops in the city and spans 185 sqm. With a wide range of beers and boozy snacks like onion rings and chicken ribs on offer, this smoke-free rooftop bar is set to be a summer favourite.
Perched on top of the famed Melbourne Supper Club, Siglo offers old-world views of Melbourne in a cosy terrace atmosphere and serves high-end drinks late into the night. This is arguably one of the CBD’s most iconic rooftops and attracts crowds on Friday and Saturday nights. Enter through the unmarked door on Spring St and head on up.
Loop Roof, located in one of the city’s most-favoured laneways Meyers Place, is a garden paradise – three floors up, serving botanical-inspired cocktails and panoramic rooftop views. It’s open all year round and is well-prepared in the event of an infamous Melbourne “four seasons in one day” type situation with retractable awnings, radiant heating and a misting system.
Sporting city views of Lonsdale St, an adventurous cocktail list and Spanish-inspired snacks, Bomba Rooftop is always an impressive option. Perched on top of the ground floor tapas bar, the Bomba name is synonymous with excellent food, drinks and hospitality. Pull up a window seat on the terrace and watch the sun go down while dreaming of Madrid.
Wander upstairs to Goldilocks Rooftop Bar on Swanston St for a fairytale-esque experience of ever-changing creative cocktails and simple appealing food. Don’t let the Noodle Kingdom directly below fool you, Goldilocks is a first and last stop venue, with no third-time-luck required. And if weather isn’t permitting, the cosy booths of the indoor cottage are an ideal alternative.