On your Australia tour holiday it’s important to set aside some time to sit back, relax and have a well-earned rest (with a drink in your hand of course.) So when you arrive into the city of Melbourne and find yourself wondering where to go, all you need to do is look up. Hidden high in the sky are Melbourne’s fabulous rooftop bars, restaurants and cinemas. With supreme views and a relaxing atmosphere, I can guarantee your wining and dining experiences won’t ever be the same again.
Melbourne’s rooftop experiences are the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening to recharge your batteries. Additionally, if you’re still uncertain about what to see in Melbourne, then problem solved, because you’re in the prime spot to see it all from above. And to make it even easier, we have scouted out the finest rooftops you wouldn’t want to miss.
One of Melbourne’s best rooftop spots is located at the top of Curtain House, providing much more than a refreshing drink. Converted into a quaint and quirky rooftop cinema, you can find yourself engrossed in anything from timeless classics to new releases. Then, when the cinema rooftop movie is over, you can look across Melbourne’s picturesque skyline to view the sort of scenes you’d expect to see on the big screen.
The State Library
Above the State Library you may be surprised to know there is an amazing Ibiza styled bar where you can chill-out with some soothing DJ beats in the background.
When it comes to dining, you will find some of Melbourne’s best rooftop restaurants above Bourke Street. The authentic Italian and alfresco restaurants are known for providing food as good as the views. Alternatively, if you’re after something a little bit different, then tropical kitsch bar The Palmz at The Carlton is always a hit. Here, you can sip delicious piña coladas, brought to you by friendly waiters in Hawaiian shirts as you gaze down upon the bustling streets of Melbourne. Another one of Bourke Street’s favourites is Madame Brussels which is quaintly decorated in the style of a 19th century garden tea party. With a pink parlour and fake grass it’s not to everyone’s taste, but it’s certainly worth a try.
The theatre district is located between the stylish Russell and Exhibition Street. And with numerous balcony bars that are renowned for their great selection of cocktails, you can’t go wrong with a visit there.
Keep an eye out for the countless hotels around Melbourne. Having caught on to the popularity of the trendy rooftop bars, they have joined in by opening their own fancy bars often accompanied by swimming pools and sundecks.
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