10/10-18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda, 3182
A St Kilda gem, Captain Baxter is the beachside rooftop destination for everything from delicious seafood and cocktails to breathtaking views of the surrounding bay.
Open Friday for dinner, and on the weekend for both lunch and dinner, Captain Baxter has a predominately gluten free menu with dishes such as Appellation oysters with shiso mignonette, hiramasa kingfish with yuzu kosho and pickled fennel, and aylesbury duck breast with green onion, confit potato, and chilli.
A refurbishment just a couple of years ago saw the rooftop at Captain Baxter become a hot spot for beach lovers, so be sure to make a booking in advance to enjoy one of the most memorable sunsets you’ll ever experience at a Melbourne rooftop restaurant.
103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
This Spanish tapas and rooftop restaurant right in the heart of Melbourne CBD serves up everything from pork belly and paella to a huge selection of vermouths every day of the week – and although it’s in one of the busiest parts of the city, it still offers a sense of calm among the chaos.
The retractable roof means that even Melbourne’s unpredictable weather won’t dampen your night on the rooftop at Bombabar, and the sangria on tap will have you feeling warm and toasty on the inside as you sample dishes such as three varieties of paella, five versions of a charcuterie board, or the charcoal grilled Crystal Bay prawn with fermented chilli.
While you’re at Bombabar, try any of the Spanish wines, cocktails, or one of the many gin & tonic combinations.
Hobson’s Bay Hotel
28 Ferguson St, Williamstown VIC 3016
A spectacular find in Melbourne’s south west is Hobson’s Bay Hotel, a three-story pub where there’s not only old-school charm, but a modern rooftop with stunning views of Melbourne CBD, as well as Williamstown and Port Phillip Bay.
Those panoramic views won’t be spoiled by the cooler months either, with heaters to keep you warm on the rooftop as you enjoy Steak Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Parma Wednesdays and Trivia Thursdays.
There are also some more upmarket dishes on the a la carte menu such as Sydney rock oysters with ginger lime dressing, pickled mussels on toast, with fennel and nduja (spicy pork sausage), or pressed lamb shoulder with pommes anna (potatoes) and charred brassicas (cabbage).