Where to eat outdoors this summer

Love those balmy nights when all of Melbourne is out on the town? Summer is a great time to soak up the up the warmth and extra hours of daylight over dinner with friends in Melbourne ‘great outdoors’. Here’s our tips to get you started.



One of Melbourne’s oldest outdoor beer gardens is an institution through summer. The biggest beer garden in the CBD, Trunk is home to 14 tap beers, 30 cocktails and over 100 wines. Enjoy puffy-crusted pizzas with San Marzano tomato, San Daniele prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and olives.

Riverland Bar

Don’t miss the Insta-perfect frosé at Riverland Bar. Tucked under one of the busiest bridges in Melbourne, order a feast of drinks and nibbles with an uninterrupted view of the Yarra River and city skyline. White wines and cocktails are ideal for warmer months, paired with cheeky burgers or sides including mac and cheese croquettes.


Located in a prime position next to Hamer Hall,  Fatto Bar and Cantina boasts spectacular views across Melbourne’s city skyline and Yarra river. Sample their fresh, modern interpretations of the Italian classics over lunch, dinner or with a vino during Aperitivo hour between 5pm – 7pm.


Town Hall Hotel

If you’re hunting for a no-frills, no-fuss beer garden, Town Hall Hotel in North Melbourne is the place. The sun-soaked area is decorated with aged timber for a rustic drinking hole. The steak sandwich with caramelised onions, tomato, cheese, lettuce, mayo and chips on Turkish Bread is a star on the menu Nibblers can browse through nachos, tacos and a trio of dips.

DOC Mozzarella Bar

One of the best places for pizza in Melbourne, DOC Carlton is always buzzing and brimming with hungry foodies. If you’re lucky (or patient) enough to snag an outdoor seat, you’ll have prime people-watching position as well as some of the best Italian food around.

D.O.C Mozzarella Bar (image: Smudge Eats)