Australia's top 10 rooftop bars

22:47, Jun 03 2014
The Glenmore
OPEN TO THE SKY: The incredible view from the Glenmore Rooftop.

Two things that Australia does not lack are beer and sunshine, so it's no surprise the lucky country is flush with rooftop bars.

From Brisbane to Perth, and everywhere in between, you can find a hidden rooftop gem in all of the major cities.

"Everyone loves a good rooftop bar. It's a great way to discover Aussie's spectacular city and water views under the stars," Rachel Mancini, House of Travel's Australia product manager, says.

The Glenmore
NIGHT SKY: With a retractable roof, the Glenmore Rooftop is open rain, hail or shine.

Here's our picks of the best rooftop bars across the ditch:

Zanzibar, Sydney

The top level of a three storey bar, Newtown's Zanzibar is out of this world. It's an ever-popular spot for an after-work drink in the summer as Sydney's orange sunset can be viewed in full over the streets and houses, shining off the potted palms that dot the patio. Order some tapas and you won't be disappointed.


The Glenmore Rooftop, Sydney

Another bar spread over three levels, the Rooftop offers 180 degree views of Sydney Harbour and CBD. The Rooftop has long been a destination for those who would like to soak up the sun and enjoy a meal all whilst gazing at the Sydney Opera House. Thanks to its retractable roof, this bar is open rain, hail or shine.

The Emerald Peacock, Melbourne

The gargantuan rooftop is the highlight of this impressive, double-levelled venue, with decor that's both Moroccan and Baroque. It's named after the peacocks on the walls.

Climb the stairs to the centre of the roof and you'll find room for 200 of your closest friends, with cocktails and views over Melbourne to make you swoon. Dress to impress. This place is a flirt's and networker's dream.

Bimbo Delux, Melbourne

This buzzing bar is a well-deserved Fitzroy icon, not least because it offers hungry punters gourmet pizzas every day of the week for a measly $4.

You can wash that down with  a diverse range of beer, wine and spirits to be enjoyed on the rooftop courtyard. The warmer weather will see live bands take to the outdoor stage beneath Moroccan lights.

Limes Hotel, Brisbane

Embracing Brisbane's near-perfect climate year round, Limes features a completely open air rooftop champagne and cocktail bar. This sultry sanctuary is the perfect setting for a drink at dusk with a bite to eat.

Events, such as open-air movies, live music and the odd cocktail special on pretty much every night give this bar added appeal.

The Fox Hotel, Brisbane

In Brisbane, you don't get much more summery than the colourfully decorated, 1970s tennis club themed bar of Dandy's Rooftop at the Fox Hotel.

Just a five minute walk from Brisbane's CBD and with food specials such as half price burgers mid week and $1 ribs on Thursdays, you can't go wrong. The incredible rooftop offers 360 views of Brisbane as a cold beer helps your lunch or dinner go down.

Crippen Place, Adelaide

Rocket Rooftop at Crippen Place is a recently developed bar and entertainment space situated above the institutional live music venue that is Rocket Bar. This new space features a fully operational bar specialising in cocktails, fine wines and tap beers/ciders.

The unique area boasts a 100 person capacity with comfortable seated areas, table service and open air cinema. With a massive palm tree, lawn and retro decor this is undoubtedly Adelaide's coolest open air venue.

Tiki Tai, Adelaide

Located at the top of the Adelaide Central Bus Station car park, the Tiki Tai Rooftop Bar catches the balmy breezes during the evening and offers 700 guests a unique view of Adelaide as they watch free movies under the stars at the cocktail bar.

The Polynesian themed bar offers a specialised selection of food and drinks - tiki cocktails served by expert bar staff, a barrel of traditional grog for would be pirates and sailors, a barrel of punch, slushies from machines, and Coopers beer or Rosemount wine for the less adventurous.

Garden Bar, Perth

When the Garden Bar opened at the old Leederville Hotel it was the start of a whole new trend for Perth, but this place does it best. Garden Bar serves some of the best food in town and does a mean jug of Pimms, but be warned, it doesn't serve much more in the way of cocktails. Wine, beer and Pimms is your lot.

Perhaps the best thing is the monstrous television, which plays cult classics from various film festivals. Great for an afternoon of lounging

The Conservatory, Perth

The owners claimed to have "raised the bar" in terms of rooftop experiences. It's a terrible pun but it does live up to its reputation. The venue features cutting edge design blended with a luxurious fit out.

It has a retractable roof, an open air lawn with panoramic views of the city and a state of the art contemporary bar serving premium beer, wines, champagnes, cocktails and soft drinks.

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