The Best Rooftop Bars For Long Summer Days
The beach isn’t the only place for summer feels.
The beach isn’t the only place to get them summer feels going. Take your cue from a seagull this summer and perch yourself in prime position on one of the country’s best rooftop bars, where you can enjoy life’s simple pleasures – all with a bird’s-eye view.
Perth: The Aviary
Take in a bird’s eye view of the concrete jungle at The Aviary’s rooftop bar, The Nest. You’ll feel anything but caged-in at the city’s biggest rooftop bar.
Perched above Perth’s main shopping promenades, Murray Street Mall and William Street, The Nest is playfully decked-out with astro-turf, bright seating, day beds and leafy plants, oozing relaxation and carefree vibes.
But best of all, The Nest has its DJ decks spinning for its popular (and free) Summer Rooftop Sessions.
Where: Level 1, 140 William Street, Perth
Melbourne: Madame Brussels
It feels like the Mad Hatter has gone into after-party mode at the Alice in Wonderland-inspired Madame Brussels. Keeping things pretty in pink and white, this four-realm bar takes you from its picture-perfect faux-grass “garden party” – complete with white picket fences) and wicker sun lounges – right through to immensely popular terrace and upper terrace rooftop sections overlooking Melbourne’s skyline.
With smiling staff decked-out in tennis whites serving up house specialty Pimms-based punches, you know this tea party is well-catered for.
Where: Level 3, 59 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Sydney: Ivy Pool Club
The Ivy’s Pool Club has poolside glamour in spades, taking cues from the Italian Riveria with nautical-themed private cabanas set amongst a sea of skyscrapers and palm trees. With cocktails and molto bene pizzas on offer, Sydney’s ultimate pool club worth diving right into.
Where: Level 4, 320 George Street, Sydney
Adelaide: 2K.W. Bar and Restaurant
Set atop a historic building, eight stories above the corner of King William Street North Terrace, 2K.W. Bar and Restaurant is a hive of activity, with its delectable signature cocktails and locally sourced food, including its signature crayfish dish.
The swanky, upmarket rooftop bar draws a well-dressed crowd, so throw on your best threads and join the party.
Where: 2 King William Street, Adelaide
Brisbane: Dandy’s Rooftop
Unleash your inner child at the South Brisbane outdoor sanctuary known as Dandy’s Rooftop, where rainbow-hued furnishings, zany printed parasols and AstroTurf grass could give the folks at Crayola a run for their money.
The central main bar offers a wide selection of wines, craft beers and cocktails, while Dandy’s eats are made to share, with charcoal BBQ platters and pizzas up for grabs. If the timing is right, the $4 happy hour pizza prices are almost as cheap as heading over to the school canteen.
Where: 71–73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
Melbourne: Naked For Satan
The name may be devilish but Basque-style rooftop bar Naked for Satan is basically the rooftop from heaven. This long-established Fitzroy institution is the perfect pit-stop to soak up Spanish-inspired food and drinks. You can enjoy cheap-as-chips pinxtos in the main bar or a pre-siesta sangria at the rooftop bar, Naked in the Sky.
Wooden decking, red brick half-walls and colourful seating add to its relaxed vibe. It looks over the bedlam of Brunswick Street on one side and boasts spectacular views of the city on the other. There are even misters to cool you on the hottest of days.
Where: 285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Perth: Lucky Chan’s Laundry and Noodle Bar
Perth has had an amazing run of good fortune of late, with its sprawling small bar scene reaching new heights. Nowhere is this more evident than at Lucky Chan’s Laundry and Noodle Bar.
This character restaurant and bar sprawls over three floors, including an intimate open-air roof top with views over the city’s impressive skyline. Here, coastal waves are swapped for inner city bubbles – Lucky Chan’s extensive drinks menu include Bubble Tea-based cocktail concoctions.
Where: 311 William Street, Northbridge
(Lead image: Merivale)