Coogee Pavilion (Sydney) is one of Australia’s top rooftop bar destinations. Photo: Ellaslist.

Fancy a cocktail or beer while soaking in some of the best sights from around the country? From Millers Point to Darlinghurst and from Perth to Brisbane, takes you atop the rooftop bars with the best views from around Australia, and with delicious drinks menus to match!

The Glenmore, The Rocks

96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, 02 9247 4794

Seeking Opera House views? Go no further. This pub in The Rocks has been topping ‘best rooftop bars’ lists for some time. Get in early to nab a seat.

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Rooftop Bar, Melbourne

252 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 03 9654 5394

A must-add to your next Melbourne itinerary if you have more than a couple of days in town. Climb the staircase to Rooftop Bar and enjoy a mulled wine in winter, or the outdoor cinema option in summer.

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Dandy’s Rooftop, Brisbane

71-73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, 07 3844 2883

One of the more colourful hotspots on this list, Dandy’s Rooftop at the Fox Hotel in South Brisbane is themed around a 1970s tennis club. Enjoy the city views from the terrace bar with a craft beer or wine.

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Rocket Rooftop, Adelaide

142 Hindley Street, Adelaide, 08 8212 7433

Enjoy the bowling club vibes at Rocket Rooftop in Adelaide. It’s part pumping live music venue and summer cinema. Sit back with a cold beer or cocktail and relax against a background of astro turf, red bricks and besser blocks.

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Coogee Pavilion, Sydney

169 Dolphin Street, Coogee, 02 9114 7321

Think pizzas, burgers and Mediterranean fare with a rooftop terrace and a games arena with wraparound views of Coogee’s shoreline included. The Coogee Rooftop bar is a laid back and fuss-free oasis.

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Siglo, Melbourne

Level 2, 161 Spring Street, Melbourne, 03 9654 6300

Siglo is a rooftop terrace overlooking St Patrick’s Cathedral and Parliament House in Melbourne’s CBD – not too shabby. Their late-night menu makes for a stylish choice for your next dinner.

Fitz+Potts, Nundah

180 Sandgate Road, Nundah, 07 3061 6205

Say goodbye to your weekday woes at this 70s Gold Coast bungalow-esque venue. An Australian-only collection of spirits, beers and wine and a cocktail sans ceiling sounds like a decent night to us.

2KW, Adelaide

2 King William Street, Adelaide, 08 8212 5511

Check out the famous Adelaide buildings from 2KW’s terrace, a gentle eight stories above King William Street.

Henry Deane at Hotel Palisade, Millers Point

35 Bettington Street, Millers Point, 02 9018 0123

Henry Deane is not only on a rooftop, but it has a roof of its own. Whether it’s still categorised as a ‘rooftop bar’ is another thing, but there’s a good-sized balcony attached so we’ll let it slide. Enjoy the floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing more than 270-degrees of the harbour. A good spot to watch the sun go down.

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Bomba Rooftop Bar, Melbourne

103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 03 9077 0451

On the hunt for tapas and tempranillo? Why not spend your next weekend taking in the views of Lonsdale Street?

Elixir, Fortitude Valley

646 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, 07 3363 5599

Brisbane’s original rooftop bar, Elixir is small and covered in fairy-lit greenery. What more could you want? Try a daiquiri at the marble bar while you’re there.

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Mechanics Institute, Northbridge

222 William Street Northbridge, 08 9228 4189

Today, the Mechanics is one of Perth’s more popular small bars and serves up a mix of smart cocktail service and stylish scaffolding. The bar’s Epic Bloody Mary is something of an institution too.

Darlo Bar, Darlinghurst

306 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, 02 9331 3672

Darlo Bar’s garden playground terrace is something of an institution for Sydney locals. Check out this cocktail bar’s cheeky decor and weekly drink specials while you’re there.

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Naked in the Sky, Melbourne

285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 03 9416 2238

Sitting high above Naked for Satan on Brunswick Street is Naked in the Sky (we’re sensing a theme) an open terrace bar with great city views and an indoor lounge.

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Sixteen Antlers, Brisbane

Cnr Ann and Roma streets, Brisbane, 07 3229 9111

Take in this spacious bar at the Pullman Hotel’s 16th floor next time you’re in Brisbane and enjoy a glass of prosecco against uninterrupted views of City Hall. If your tastes are reasonably odd you’ll probably dig the illustrations of sexy anthropomorphic deers around the venue too.
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