Whether it’s an after-work catch up, a fancy cocktail or simply a glass of something icy cold, the city’s bars and pubs are going all-out for summer.
Enjoy an extensive selection of small batch and craft beers and ciders in the majestic art deco bar, or watch summer life pass by from a table on the footpath. This summer be seduced by The Lincoln’s seasonal and sustainable approach to eating and drinking
A gem hidden in QV’s laneways, the charming Squisito is the ideal spot to refuel during the summer sales. Innovative seasonal dishes include soft shell crab in piadina – combining Italian and Asian influences in one summery taste sensation.
Seek out Good Heavens for its southern-inspired snack menu, local craft beers and old-school cocktails. Then stay a little longer as you catch the last rays of the day on the stunning rooftop.
Lane’s Edge café/bar
The lush garden courtyard at Lane’s Edge serves up a chilled vibe alongside chilled wine. Escape the central city bustle with snacks and cocktails until the early hours. Anyone for spiced rum, fresh lime and ginger beer?
QT Rooftop Bar
The new kid on the rooftop block combines decadent, cutting edge style with sweeping views of the city skyline. Contemplate your next move to a soundtrack as carefully curated as the extensive cocktail menu at QT.
Garden State Hotel
Could this be the most desirable beer garden in the world? Explore the lush, multi-level party and conversation zones in this temple to good times in the heart of Flinders Lane. With every perch offering a fresh perspective, Garden State dishes up a multi-layered experience.
Riverside grazing doesn’t get any better than at Pilgrim. Alongside the historic vaults at Federation Wharf, soak up the Yarra view with a local craft gin cocktail and a peanut butter pretzel, then move on to a seasonal share plate as the sun sets.
Riverland is a relaxed urban beer garden serves up delicious summer snacks and BBQ-inspired tastes on the banks of the Yarra. Enjoy a Sunday drink to a soundtrack of retro hits, or settle in front of the big screen with an Aperol Spritz as the Australian Open tennis takes over this town.
Live, breathe and celebrate laneway culture at Section 8, a relaxed bar with a shipping container at its heart. Try to decipher the inspiration behind the cacophony of graffiti as DJs spin eclectic beats.
Marvellous Melbourne glows from Siglo‘s rooftop perch overlooking Parliament House and Spring Street. Expect attentive service as you peruse the sophisticated drinks list, contemplate a late supper, or eye a Cuban cigar from the well-stocked humidor.
Soak up some maritime ambience over a glass of bubbles or a light red at the ‘Boaties’. The Riverside parkland setting and the award-winning design by Six Degrees Architects keeps Melburnians flocking to this South Wharf institution.
The Hills Rooftop
The Hills brings laneway culture to the sky, populating its relaxed eyrie with apple crates from makers of the craft cider it serves up. Bring your Burger Theory order up from the ground level and contemplate the northern aspect of Melbourne’s ever-changing skyline.
An intimate bar leads to a funky take on a woodland lodge at Wolf’s Lair, an inner north oasis on top of Carlton institution Jimmy Watsons. You’ll want to make over your own outdoor space when you see the living wall conjured up by these creative wolves.
Hopscotch offers a playful take on the beer barn, with 30 brews on tap and a crew happy to customise your cocktails. There is more colour and movement on the menu, focussed on easy-to-hold street food, while the nitro ice-cream bar brings the sugar.