Move over the Toff in Town – there’s a new multiple-floor hospitality venue in Melbourne and Her Rooftop is its crowning glory, boasting city skyline views rivalling the likes of Rooftop Bar, Goldilocks and Loop.
Brought to you by the same people behind Arbory, the venue has a one-in-one-out policy so expect to wait in a line that snakes around Drewery Lane on to Lonsdale Street on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s fast moving due to the many frequented parts of the building, though the rooftop is evidently the most popular destination on a balmy summer’s night.
Cocktails ranging from your classic Negroni and Manhattan to the more unusual Strawberry and Rhubarb Mezcal Sour are mostly dispensed from pre-made bottles or available on tap – though the speed of their preparation alone will have you relieved to skimp on the typical ten-minute wait in a bustling bar where people jostle shoulder-to-shoulder for bartenders’ attention. If you’re not in the mood for a fruity tipple, there’s a decent selection of tap beer, canned beer and natural wines as well as three mocktails for the non-drinkers.
Curly frilled mustard yellow retractable awning, Parisian pleated skirt stools and colourful tile mosaics set the scene for the festive open-air bar. Food is available from Thai-inspired restaurant BKK on level three, where the perfect drinking snacks of tom yum fried peanuts, fried chicken wings and barbecue pork skewers mean you’ll never have any reason to leave the building.