Five Rooftop Bars Perfect for a Night Under the Stars

Enjoy a few cold ones from great heights at these star-studded Melbourne venues.
Marnie Vinall
Published on August 29, 2018

Five Rooftop Bars Perfect for a Night Under the Stars

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Enjoy a few cold ones from great heights at these star-studded Melbourne venues.

Rooftop bars are an integral part of Melbourne's nightlife culture. And we are fully supportive of that — sipping on some cold ones under the stars is a glorious way to spend an evening. Whether you're keen for a boogie or just want to hang out with some mates, rooftops bars are a must. The winter weather may be blowing strong, but with ample outdoor heating, no one can stop Melburnians from enjoying a night in the fresh open air.

So, it's time to raise the roof and enjoy a drink from great heights. With help from our friends at Heineken, we've come up with a list of our favourite sky-high Melbourne establishments perfect for catching stars and savouring a beer.

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    Located on pulsing Bourke Street, the Carlton Club provides the perfect opportunity to shake off your winter blues and soak in some seriously good views. Get ready to rub shoulders with a slew of Melbourne partygoers, as this venue can rustle up a decent crowd, which is not surprising — the funky decor, loud music and buzzing atmosphere is very hard to say no to. Step out onto the sizeable outdoor balcony and enjoy some cold ones above the hustle and bustle of the city in this eccentric bar.

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    A hop, skip and a jump from Flinders Street Station, Transit Cocktail Lounge, is located in the very heart of the city in Federation Square. Upon arrival, head straight to the roof, and enjoy views of the Yarra River, the CBD, and the Arts and Sports Precinct while the outdoor heaters warm your bones. This iconic bar isn’t just about the location though — its atmosphere is always buzzing and plays hosts to a wide variety of live music. Choose between a cocktail or an ice-cold Heineken, and, whether you’re starting or ending your night here, you’re bound to have a good time.

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    There’s no better bar in South Yarra to revel in the starry night sky. The Emerson Rooftop exudes an elegant yet casual vibe and the cushion-lined deck will keep you nice comfy while you soak in the city skyline views. Whether you want to nab a private booth for a D&M or tear up the dance floor with your mates, this multifaceted venue has you covered. Should hunger strike, the straightforward modern Australian menu is perfect for sharing among friends with, of course, a Heineken or two.

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    Classic Euro vibes fuse with the Melbourne cityscape in this multi-level venue located on the iconic Hardware Lane. With a restaurant downstairs and a rooftop bar upstairs, it’s easy to spend an entire night here. Especially once you’ve tasted the pizza. The cosy rooftop terrace is situated at the end of a narrow staircase lined with street art, and delivers a vibrant energy that’ll make you feel like you’re not in the CBD. But the screens above the bar, keeping you up to date with the latest footy scores, will remind you that you’re firmly in AFL territory. There’s something for everyone here.

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    The Duke of Wellington is Melbourne’s oldest licensed pub and a true cultural icon. From its recently opened rooftop, you can enjoy views of the Forum, Federation Square and Flinders Street. This sky-high venue is the perfect place for weekend drinks with your mates but, really, you can hit up the Duke with no particular reason in mind and still have a raging good time. Among its expansive selection of tap beers, international and local wines and seasonal cocktails, you’ll find the beverage you need here.

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Plan your next night out — all you need to do is rally the troops, choose a venue and order a round of Heineken

For more suggestions on where to spend your night out, send us a message on Facebook to chat with the Heineken Insider.

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