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Get your beers and burgers with an unbeatable view
Many a Melburnian has weighed up the merits of waiting for the slow-moving Curtin House elevator or trudging the seven flights of stairs up to Rooftop Bar. Usually, the latter wins out, taking you past Cookie, the Toff in Town, and whichever curious design store has popped up since your last visit. Once you've made the hike, reward yourself with a pint of beer, a carafe of ruby-hued sangria or a mug of mulled wine, depending on the weather.
Thanks to acres of AstroTurf, garden furniture and sturdy plastic glassware, there’s a chilled backyard-barbecue vibe to Rooftop, even in winter when you’re huddled around heaters. In summer, fair warning though, you might be kicked out once the movie starts at sunset. But once you have a few beers and a burger under your belt, the walk back down the stairs isn't nearly so bad.
Rooftop, Curtin House
252 Swanston St
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Melbourne Central|
|Opening hours:||Daily noon-1am|