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  1. The interior of Strato bar with large windows and blue velvet seating.
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  2. A group of people sitting around drinking and eating at Strato.
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  3. A fancy bar at Strato with high seating and bottles lining the shelves.
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  4. A white table loaded with drinks and plates of food.
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  5. The dining area of Strato, with plush booths and tables.
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  6. Two people cheersing with cocktails.
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Time Out says

Elevated drinking and dining take on a whole new meaning at Strato, a swanky Southbank venue located 139 metres above the ground

If it's the wow factor you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Located on the 40th floor of Oakwood Premier Melbourne, Strato is a sleek and sophisticated venue that's home to a modern Australian restaurant, two VIP function areas, a bar and an outdoor lounge. And yes, if there's one thing this sky-high space delivers on, it's spectacular views across Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra River and the CBD skyline.

Entry is via the glamorous hotel lobby – fancy, right? Upon arrival you'll see the main bar and lounge, which boasts seven-metre-high windows, an al fresco terrace and a 16-metre glass bar. It's the perfect spot to indulge in some snacks and a pre- or post-dinner tipple; the menu features seasonal cocktails, an impressive selection of wines and locally crafted beers.  

The vibe at the 100-seat restaurant is refined elegance, with luxe touches like plush velvet banquettes, sheer curtains and a central bar with an enormous stone benchtop – it’s the type of establishment that wouldn’t look out of place in New York City. The seasonal fare on offer is a celebration of locally sourced Victorian produce from places like King Island and Mount Zero. And while the menu evolves depending on what ingredients are available, a snapshot of the current dishes includes Wagyu steak tartare, fig-glazed chicken and goldband snapper. We're drooling already.

But wait, there's more! Strato hosts a midweek mixology special on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-7pm, which allows you to enjoy five cocktails for just $99!

Whether it's a romantic date night, milestone birthday, Christmas party or you just want a 'grammable drinking and dining moment up in the clouds, it doesn't get much better than Strato. For more information and to make a booking, head to the website.

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Leah Glynn
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Leah Glynn


40/202 Normanby Rd
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Opening hours:
Wed-Sat 5pm-late; Sun 5pm-9pm
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