Brews with a view: scenic drinking spots in Melbourne

Melbourne is a beautiful city. Get the jump on your hibernation-inclined neighbours and check out these spectacularly situated venues with views to stimulate the soul.

Balance the crisp winter air with a warming glass of red at the riverside Arbory Bar and Eatery

Balance the crisp air with a warming glass of red at the riverside Arbory Bar and Eatery

Arbory Bar and Eatery

Impressively situated just behind Platform 13 at Flinders Street Station, the tree-sheltered Arbory Bar and Eatery features gorgeous views along the Yarra River, across to Southbank. Open from 7am until late, you can pop in for a picturesque breakfast or sample the all-day menu and boisterous cocktail list.

The deck at The Boatbuilders Yard is perfect for catching any spare winter rays.

The deck at The Boatbuilders Yard is perfect for catching any spare rays.

The Boatbuilders Yard

Located on the opposite side of the river at South Wharf, the expansive Boatbuilders Yard sits at the water’s edge in the tree-lined area just behind the Exhibition Centre. The large decking is a sun-worshipper’s dream during summer and your best bet for soaking in available vitamin D during the winter months.

The Woolshed is perfect for pre- or post-game refreshments.

Visit The Woolshed for refreshments before or after a game

Woolshed Pub

Across the road from Etihad Stadium in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct, the Woolshed Pub boasts spectacular harbour outlook and stunning cityscape views. A favourite for pre- or post-game drinks, the pub also offers a family friendly bistro downstairs and a separate kitchen for fine dining upstairs.

Rooftop Bar on the top level of Curtin House is a longstanding local favourite.

Rooftop Bar on the top level of Curtin House is a longstanding local favourite

Rooftop Bar

As far as an open-air view over the city goes, the Rooftop Bar is pretty hard to beat. Located right on Swanston Street on the very top level of Curtin House, Rooftop is a Melbourne institution and a must for visitors.

The heated rooftop at Loop lets you enjoy the views year-round.

The heated rooftop at Loop lets you enjoy the views year-round.

Loop Roof

At the Paris end of the city, Loop Roof sits three stories above art bar, Loop Project Space, and features a verdant rooftop beer garden with splendid city views. The heated outdoor area is perfect for a dreamy cocktail escape or an exotic after-work excursion.

Indulge in some Mediterranean food while enjoying the views at Melina on the Rooftop.

Indulge in Mediterranean food and take in skyline views at Melina on the Rooftop

Melina on the Rooftop

Melina on the Rooftop is located up on the roof of the Greek Centre on Lonsdale Street and features a vibrant Mediterranean menu, architecturally designed interiors and spectacular views over Melbourne.