Federation Square’s rooftop bar has views, jazz and fancy drinks
Sitting on top of Taxi Kitchen and Transport Public Bar, Transit Rooftop Bar is the upper crust in the Transport hotel sandwich. From its lofty Fed Square digs Transit is ideal for watching the Yarra after a long day with a cocktail in hand.
The bar knows they’re in prime viewing position and they make good use of it. Transit has a big outdoor deck, all the better for you to idly watch the river, city and sunset. There’s a good selection of beer and wine but where Transit really excels is with its cocktails. Stand outs include the colourfully named Monkey Gland (West Winds Sabre gin, Absinthe, orange and grenadine) and Naked and Famous (Vida Mezcal tequila, Aperol, Yellow Chartreuse and lime). Eats come from the downstairs Taxi Kitchen and come in the form of candied pork with red nam jim and Szechuan duck with five spice caramel.
Transit is a jazz and cocktail bar meaning the soundtrack to your evening comes with plenty of bent notes, swing tunes and improvisation. Live bands play every Saturday night from 9pm and on Wednesdays and Fridays the baby grand piano has its ivories tickled from 6-9pm. DJs get you up and dancing after the pianist finishes on Fridays, and your Sunday session is upgraded with acoustic from 3-6pm.
Lvl 2, Transport Hotel, Federation Square
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Sts
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat noon-late; Sun 11am-late|
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Flinders St|