With her web of alleys and laneways, Melbourne has always been a fertile breeding ground for clandestine bars and speakeasies. And while many of Melbourne’s best wine bars and watering holes are hidden away in back streets or buried underground, the culture capital also has her fair share of rooftop gems.
Whether perched high above the city skyline or absorbing the ocean’s deep calm from a waterfront locale, the Melbourne bar scene offers some truly jaw-dropping vistas. Cast your eyes over our top 3 picks.
1. Naked For Satan – a devilishly good view
In the heart of Melbourne’s hipsterfied Fitzroy, locals and visitors clamour for the best tables at popular watering hole, Naked For Satan. Not to be mistaken for an exotic lingerie boutique or underground S & M parlour, the oddly named pintxo-bar-come-rooftop-restaurant offers an impressive selection of house-infused vodkas, international wines, Basque-inspired cuisine and, last but by no means least, awesome views. High above the eternal to-and-fro of Brunswick Street, the roof deck at Naked For Satan offers up sweeping views of Fitzroy and the cityscape beyond. On a hot summer’s day, Satan’s outdoor misting system keeps things cool. And on the iciest winter nights, they turn up the heat so you can enjoy the tasty view all year round.
285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065 | (03) 9416 2238 | www.nakedforsatan.com.au
2. Captain Baxter – anchor down for a shipshape view
Named after the convict ship skipper who secured St Kilda’s first grazing lease in 1839, Captain Baxter is a sprawling waterfront drinking and dining hub with a dazzling 180-degree view of Port Phillip Bay. The nautical theme is in full effect at this beachside favourite, from the striped outdoor deck chairs and Astroturf to the custom designed cocktail list recapping St Kilda’s maritime history. The dining area offers a choice of cosy booth seating (for that below-deck vibe) or floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking the sun-bleached sands of the St Kilda foreshore. The menu at Captain Baxter has a distinctly Asian flavour – the seafood-centric dishes are designed with sharing in mind. Always buzzing, the place is more Love Boat than convict fleet.
10/18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC 3182 | (03) 8534 8999 | www.captainbaxter.com.au
3. Goldilocks Bar – fairy tale views of Melbourne city
Like many popular Melbourne foodie haunts, Goldilocks Bar doesn’t let their ‘bar’ label get in the way of serving up damn good food at their hip rooftop digs. Chef Katie Marron honed her craft at some of Melbourne’s most respected eateries, including MoVida and Eau De Vie, before giving the Goldilocks menu her golden touch. Paying homage to the nursery rhyme namesake, the menu includes truffled popcorn and ‘three little pig’ pork belly sliders. The lofty 4th-storey perspective makes Goldilocks a fun setting for delectable libations with knock-out views of Melbourne’s bustling commercial centre.
L4, 264 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 | www.goldilocksbar.com.au
These are just a few panoramas that pair well with a glass of something special and good company. Do you have your own favourite room with a view? Tell us where to find Melbourne’s best bird’s-eye bar.