As the heat builds, make for the rooftops for cocktails and cool breezes.
Johnny’s Green Room
Johnny’s Green Room, on Lygon Street in Melbourne’s Italian district, sits atop King and Godfree, a grocer turned Italian mecca that offers pasta, deli meat, coffee and tipples. The vibe might be lacking, but the expansive 360-degree views stretching all the way into the CBD make up for it. From the bar, the K&G spritz, with Italicus (a bergamot liqueur), Stellacello Pompelmo (pink grapefruit liqueur) and prosecco, is the one to chill out on and enjoy next to their freshly shucked oysters and cold cut plates. johnnysgreenroom.com
One of the city’s first rooftop terraces, it marries fun and fantasy in a garden party setting. It’s Alice in Wonderland twee meets pink walls, garden chaises and picket fences. Cocktails are made with vodka, gin, vermouth and fruit and they can be enjoyed with cupcakes, macarons and cucumber sandwiches. madamebrussels.com
Tetto di Carolina
A newcomer to the rooftop bar club, Tetto di Carolina, in the chic district of South Yarra, is the place for expertly crafted, Italian-inspired drinks. Try the Cafe Decadente, with Amaro Montenegro, white-chocolate cream, nutmeg and coffee. The bar’s concoctions can be paired with Italian diner-style offerings from Bar Carolina on the lower level. Tip: Sit at the terrace and enjoy live jazz from 4pm on Sundays. tettodicarolina.com.au
Locate this gin garden up a flight of stairs, along a laneway. The décor is rough, with graffiti and an exposed brick wall, while the cocktails are dainty — Aussie botanicals, micro herbs and freshly pressed juices come into play. There’s no kitchen, but guests can order bites, like dumplings, from nearby Chinese restaurant New Kum Den. Enjoy it all to the rhythms of Latin jazz. unionelectric.com.au
Ask The Expert
Can you recommend some places to chill in Sydney?
Old Mate’s Place — Great drinks, great staff. There’s a serious spirit and cocktail bar plus rooftop bar. This venue can be both a librarian hard at work, and a university student who’s just finished exams and is ready to tear it up. 4/F 199 Clarence St; fb.com/oldmatesplace
The Baxter Inn — It just won its third-in-a-row Bar of the Year award at the Australian Bar Awards 2019 — and it’s a personal favorite. It has an incredible whisky selection and a great group of staff. 152–156 Clarence St; thebaxterinn.com
— Dan Woolley, national whisky ambassador for Beam Suntory Australia
This article first appeared in the November 2019 issue of Smile magazine.