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Imperial Hotel

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  1. Two female friends clinking cocktails in front of a decorative tree at a bar.
    Photograph: Kim Jane Photography
  2. Cosy rooftop marquee.
    Photograph: Kim Jane Photography
  3. Smiling friends eating and drinking in a marquee.
    Photograph: Kim Jane Photography
  4. Imperial Hotel
    Photograph: Supplied
  5. Smiling friends eating and drinking in a marquee.
    Photograph: Kim Jane Photography

Time Out says

Melbourne's fave sports pub in the CBD has just turned its rooftop into a cosy winter marquee with après ski-style booths, fluffy rugs and heaters

As Melbourne's wintry temps drop to new lows, rooftop dining and drinking may not be on your radar, but don't strike the Imperial Hotel off your list just yet. The folks have erected a cosy marquee decked out with heaters, plush après ski-style booths, fluffy rugs and cushions so you can enjoy views of Parliament House and the city skyline without catching a chill. 

The winter makeover also sees the bar slinging hot toddies, mulled wine and its classic hearty pub menu, all perfect excuses to duck in one afternoon and make a night of it with friends. Tuck into juicy Wagyu beef sliders on glossy milk buns, fried chilli-glazed chicken ribs or the epic parma that's both the size of a Frisbee and, according to our reviewers, one of Melbourne's tastiest.

The Impy may be the official home of Liverpool supporters in Melbourne, but you’ll be well treated no matter whom you barrack for here. The venue stays open late for all the Premier League matches, and keeps it classy, clean and comfortable with a traditional English pub vibe and welcoming staff. You can even call ahead to book screenings of any sport you like.

About a million taps pour pretty standard stuff, but with a view like this and a frosty pint (or a hot bevvy) in hand, you’re kicking goals at the Imperial. Go to the website to nab a spot on the rooftop before they all get booked out.

Prefer a cosy indoor vibe? Check out our list of Melbourne's best pubs with fireplaces. We've also rounded up our fave places to drink mulled wine this winter.

Lauren Dinse
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Lauren Dinse


2-8 Bourke St
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