Melbourne’s oldest pub is getting the city’s newest rooftop bar
The Duke ups the stakes with a schmick new rooftop bar
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This winter, one of Melbourne’s oldest public bars is unveiling a brand new rooftop bar with panoramic views out across the Forum, Fed Square and Flinders Street.
The Duke has a colourful history, and has bared witness to some of the Melbourne CBD’s founding moments, from the city's first trams to the unveiling of Federation Square.
These days the Duke of Wellington is clean and modern: a bit of a rarity for inner-city pubs. After sprucing up much of the space, they'll be levelling up their pub game with the addition of a rooftop bar. Here you'll be able to grab a brew or a spritzer and kick back looking out across the ever-bustling Flinders Street and to the action of Fed Square.
Feel like dining with a view? The Duke is also offering a whole new menu that will suit any occasion, be it a quick catch up or a weekday lunch over share plates. Snacks include mini prawn tostadas with spicy guacamole, corn salsa and kimchi mayo; smoky eggplant dip with fried salt bush, sumac and flat bread; sticky Korean chicken with green onions and mayo. There will also be Melbourne-inspired bites like mini shepherd’s pies with spicy ketchup and lasagne croquettes with a garlic bread crumb and aioli inspired by the Italian restaurants along Lygon Street.
If you're looking for something heartier they have a full range of burgers and hot sandwiches, including with Flinders Street (a classic cheeseburger), a fish and chip sambo with ale battered Barramundi, pea tartare, crispy lettuce and pickled onions, the Melbourne (and epic chicken Parma burger).
To make things easy, they'll also be arranging booth packages, so you can book in for groups of four to eight. You can reserve afternoon or evening seating and snag a cocktail and canape package for $200. The Duke's new rooftop is set to launch of Friday 6 July, so keep your eyes peeled for launch details.