It's not enough for Melbourne to be packed with delightful laneways and underground gems- some of our best destinations are located in the sky. Not only are venues on top of buildings a clever way to economise on space, they also offer great views of the city and beyond. Here are a few of the best rooftop entertainment options.
Watch new releases and cult classics in the open air at the Rooftop Cinema. The equivalent of a drive-in theatre for city dwellers, the Rooftop Cinema is on the very top of Curtin House, the iconic Art Nouveau building brimming with bars.
Take a look at the program to see what film takes your fancy. Screenings begin at 9:30, just when the night air is starting to become chilly, so bring a blanket with you or hire one whilst you're there.
Get your cute vintage clothing fix on a lazy Sunday afternoon at Miss Hullabaloo's Rooftop Market. This is one for the ladies, with stallholders selling pre-loved women's garments, shoes and accessories. As well as selling retro fashion, there is always another drawcard to the market, such as tarot reading or a live band.
As if the market wasn't adorable enough, there are cupcakes to nibble on. You'll be made to feel at home on the couches, which patrons are welcome to laze upon. You'll have to check their Facebook page for the dates of upcoming markets, which seem to happen every month or so.
The market is held in Carlton, on the roof of 57 Palmerston Street.
Perhaps the most prominent rooftop bar in Melbourne, Madame Brussels is set up as a quaint tea party complete with astroturf and seats like park benches. Every effort has been made to dress up the venue, with friendly staff wearing cute tennis outfits. There is an indoor 'parlour' area as well as the outdoor terrace, which overlooks Melbourne. Order one of their famous jugs, quirky cocktails or a platter of snacks.
Madame Brussels is named after an entrepreneur who notoriously owned a series of successful brothels in Lonsdale Street, having opened her first in 1879.
The bar is located on level three of 63 Bourke Street and is open daily from midday to 1:00am.
Famed for its delicious four dollar pizzas, Bimbo Deluxe is a low-key haven with killer decor. Enjoy their cosy interior, or proceed to the rooftop courtyard. Decorated with lanterns and the occasional cactus plant, with music adding to the atmosphere without being loud enough to stem conversation, the rooftop is the perfect place to savour a beer and an exotic pizza. As dusk falls in the summer months, live bands perform as patrons flock to the rooftop in search of fresh air and new friends.
Pick your moment to indulge in one of the gourmet pizzas though- they're four dollars only between the hours of 12pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm weekdays (excluding Fridays), 7pm to 9pm Saturdays, and 7pm to 11pm Sundays.
Bimbo Deluxe is located on the corner of Brunswick and Rose Streets, Fitzroy. Look for the building with an oversized Kewpie doll suspended above the entrance. Bimbo Deluxe is open daily from midday until 3am.