Henry Deane, Sydney, NSW
9 of the best rooftop bars in Australia
Head up to Australia’s liveliest rooftop hangs.
By Jessica Wilkinson
Sitting high above the fray of Australia’s bustling cities, rooftop bars were made for a good time. From bright and breezy to sleek and sophisticated, these alluring rooftops (and their panoramic views) are calling your name.
Where: Darlinghurst, Sydney
Slim's Rooftop sits atop the historic Hyde Park House in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Darlinghurst. Lush tropical greenery and potted cacti set the scene as you perch under the pink umbrellas, snack on Asian-inspired eats and order from a creative cocktail menu. Pull up a seat for a fantastic view over the grassy expanse of Hyde Park.
Henry Deane at Hotel Palisade
Where: Millers Point, Sydney
The sleek and sophisticated Henry Deane is located at the top of Hotel Palisade in Sydney’s harbourside suburb of Millers Point. Its sky-high location means it offers up some of the best views in the city. Enjoy the incredible vantage point of the sparkling ocean and Harbour Bridge as you indulge in plates of mussels, prawns and scallops. Of course, a glass of bubbly is a must.
Johnny's Green Room
Where: Carlton, Melbourne
Johnny’s Green Room is a rooftop reincarnation of the original Johnny’s – a good-time Carlton staple known for its all-hours parties. The Green Room is a little more refined – with 360-degree views of Melbourne, modern-day Italian snacks and an impressive drinks menu – but it has still retained its fondness for good times and good company.
Heroes Karaoke & Rooftop Bar
At the back of ice-cream shop Nitro Lab, right in the heart of Melbourne’s city centre, sits the entrance to Heroes. Downstairs, you’ll hear the karaoke-goers belting out tunes, but climb to the fourth floor and you’ll find a rooftop bar all about bright lights, colour and fun. The southeast Asian-inspired cocktail list offers something a little different to sip on while enjoying the open air.
Brisbane’s Fiume Bar is the definition of understated glamour. The resort-style rooftop sits above the busy Howard Smith Wharves at Crystalbrook Vincent and comes complete with an infinity pool and strings of twinkling lights. Sip on a spritz and enjoy panoramic views stretching across the Brisbane River and iconic Story Bridge.
Where: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
The bright and breezy MAYA will transport you to the tropics with its white-washed walls, stone and timber. Set among olive trees, MAYA is fuelled by a love of artisanal tequila and an appreciation of regional Mexican cuisine. Of course, no rooftop is complete without an epic view, and the sweeping panorama of Brisbane’s skyline doesn’t disappoint.
Prince Lane in Perth’s city centre is akin to a chameleon. Each floor has a different vibe, so there’s something for every occasion. The rooftop is where you go if you want to spend an open-air evening overlooking the city. An ever-changing schedule of karaoke, trivia, DJs and live music means it’s a new experience every time.
Where: Northbridge, Perth
Whether you’re after beers in the sun or cocktails under the stars, The Standard is your go-to. Tucked away from the bustling Perth suburb of Northbridge, this city escape is perfect for unwinding on a lazy Sunday (a ‘Sunday session’ as the locals call it). Enjoy a locally brewed beer and a few snacks from the Asian fusion menu, and marvel at the Perth city backdrop.
2KW Bar and Restaurant
Sitting pretty on the eighth floor, 2KW Bar and Restaurant looks out across the River Torrens and beyond to the Adelaide Hills. This luxe bar has one of Adelaide's best selections of wine, with local and small production wines dominating the wine list. They’ll pair perfectly with the menu’s local and seasonal produce (think fresh oysters, artisanal cheeses and hand-crafted cured meats).