When winter hits, Melbourne’s love of rooftops doesn’t go cold – we just break out the heaters, awnings and mulled wine! Step up to these sky-high favourites, where the views are always hot.
David Bowie said we can be heroes just for one day. But at the Fancy Hank’s crew’s new South-East Asian hawker-style barbecue bar, it’s more like every week, Tuesday to Saturday. Heroes is a four-level party palace, including a weather-proof rooftop with views across Chinatown and the city’s skyscrapers. Kanpai!
The Duke Of Wellington
Melbourne’s oldest pub just opened its newest rooftop, with an eye-popping panorama of Fed Square and the Forum. Up here, you’d never know this joint goes back to 1853, because its modern fit-out still has that clean, new-car feel. Especially when you slide into one of the undercover leather booths, which are bookable. Settle in with a cocktail – perhaps the Winter Ginger or Fireside – and ponder The Duke Of Wellington’s menu, from charcuterie to poké. Or drop by after work for something off their winter sundowner menu which includes maple toddies, mulled cider and mulled wine.
This old pub re-opened in spring 2017, after a massive floor-to-rooftop reno. Have you checked it out yet? If you want to beat the warm-weather crowds up on the Waterside Hotel‘s roof, now’s the time. There are retractable awnings, heaters, $10 mulled wine and posh pub grub, from spiced nuts to chicken parma, to keep you snug. Plus grand city and Southbank views for that heartwarming feeling of being out on the town in marvellous Melbourne.
Bomba Tapas Bar and Rooftop
Bomba Tapas Bar and Rooftop top deck has just re-opened after a big reno, and you can enjoy it right now because it’s enclosed for winter. What better time for a Catalan-style toastie, stuffed with deliciousness like jamón ibérico and truffle, and a spiced-fruit All Things Nice cocktail. The views are as epic as ever, plus 1970s Spanish movies are projected on a wall across the way.
You’ve probably been up here in summer for Rooftop Cinema or just to enjoy a cold drink on a warm night. Curtin House’s Rooftop Bar is super busy when the weather’s nice, but even in winter, this iconic watering hole is a local favourite. Cosy heaters and a cocktail will keep you warm, while retractable roofs over the bar and deck grass area provide added shelter. You’ll feel a warm glow just from walking up the seven flights of stairs to get here.
It’s tempting to snuggle up in the Supper Club’s cosy old wood and leather lounge downstairs. But think of the view up at Siglo Bar, the rooftop terrace with a high-Victorian vista of Princess Theatre and Parliament. Think about refined snacks like foie gras and golden fingers of fried polenta, and the wondrous wine list’s warming reds. The top-shelf single malts and cognacs, and the Cuban cigars. When it’s this classy, the temperature’s irrelevant.
The Emerald Peacock
Shake your tail feather at The Emerald Peacock’s big rooftop bar, which has plenty of cover and even more awesome city views. Pop up for a cheeky mulled wine, or settle in with something from the food menu. Thursday is paella night, which means a glass or two of red is also in order.