Unexpected Places to Escape the Winter Chill in Melbourne
Fight the frost and ward off the cold with these wonderful city winter warmers.
Just because the days are shorter and the temperature has plummeted doesn’t mean you should avoid getting out and about. The Melbourne winter is a whole lot more enjoyable when you’re at one of these fiery and fun city hotspots. Add them to your cold weather itinerary.
Arbory Bar & Eatery
1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne
Melbourne’s longest outdoor bar and eatery, squeezed in between Flinders Street Railway Station and the Yarra River isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think warm winter hideouts. Despite being entirely open air (with some cover to shield you from the rain) Arbory is a surprisingly cosy spot.
You’ll find heaters galore, blankets for your comfort and a cocktail menu with winter drinks specifically designed to keep your belly and hands nice and toasty. Think spiced hot apple cider, warmed whiskey with honey, citrus and spice and spiked hot chocolates to name a few. Sip on your steamy drink as you take in the views of Southbank and the city skyline.
The Winter Night Market at Queen Victoria Market
Queen Street & Therry Street, Melbourne
Wednesday nights in winter aren’t all bad, at least not when there are market aisles to be wandered. The Queen Victoria Market is a major drawcard for Melbourne locals and visitors alike. And although it’s not hot and balmy as it is during summer, that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on the Night Market action.
Savour spiced mulled wine or hot cider as you browse the specialty and designer stalls for something special to take home with you. Once you’ve worked up an appetite (and had enough food envy from passers-by) grab some street food eats from one of the 30 different global cuisines on offer. Try to snag a spot next to one of the roaring open fires, or watch on as performers illuminate the night with fire and lights. Before you call it a night, build some heat and work off your treats with a boogie over at the silent disco.
Loop Roof Rooftop Bar
23 Meyers Place, Melbourne
This central city rooftop was designed to with Melbourne’s unpredictable, ‘four seasons in a day’ conditions in mind. Complete with radiating heaters for winter, a retractable roof and a chilling misting system for hot summer days you’ll find comfort here from whatever elements throw themselves your way during your Melbourne stay.
There’s a tipple to suit every taste at Loop Roof. Whisky drinkers have many options to choose from, while beer connoisseurs will appreciate the selection of dark ales for extra belly warming. If beer and whisky isn’t your cup of tea don’t fret. Loop Roof have all bases covered, serving up hot tea paired with spirits for an extra kick and a classic mulled wine too.
If you want to find out more about the rooftop bars Melbourne has to offer, take a look at our rooftop bar guide.
Ice skating at O'Brien Group Arena
105 Pearl River Road, Docklands
It might seem counterintuitive to spend time on the ice when you’re trying to thaw out, but with a good pair of gloves and a beanie to boot you’ll be warmed up in no time. Whizzing your way around the O’Brien Group Arena rink requires whole body movement, and some serious concentration and arm flailing for extra balance!
If nothing else, endless laughter as you and your friends attempt to stay upright is sure to turn up the heat. Once you’ve finished up grab yourself a hot drink as a reward for a job well done.