Bars & Pubs

The Finer Details On HER, The Four Storey Mega Venue From The Team Behind Arbory Afloat

By Rick Stephens
23rd Nov 2021

HQ Group, the minds behind Arbory have finally spilt the details on HER, the five-storey hospitality labyrinth set smack-bang in the middle of the CBD. 

You’ll find the new locale at 270 Lonsdale Street, right opposite the Emporium. Originally built in 1903 for a cigarette company, the building will play host to a lofty rooftop bar, several bars as well as a fine diner.

First up on ground floor is HER bar, a Parisian-leaning cocktail haunt featuring towering artworks and a zinc covered bar. It's not all smoke and mirrors though, HQ Group’s Executive Chef Nick Bennett and Head Chef Josh Rudd have gone deep on an all-day French-inspired menu which'll pair up with an extensive yet considered wine and cocktail list.

Head up to level one and you'll saunter into what's known as the MUSIC ROOM, which does exactly what it says on the tin and so much more. This space has been modelled off the listening bars found across Tokyo and Europe, focusing on hi-fi sound and acoustics that'll have you conversing with your tablemates no matter what level the volume is. HER has called in Melbourne mainstay DJ Jnett to program an eclectic mix of rare grooves and residencies.

Ascend to level three and you'll discover BKK, which is best described as an elevated Thai BBQ that's headed up by Head Chef Sungeun Mo in conjunction with Bennett; together, the pair have created a fiery menu that pairs up with the stripped back—terracotta laden—interior inspired by the night markets of Thailand. Keep an eye out for the cooked-over-fire Chiang Mai Sausage and Thai Curries from north and south-inspired recipes.

And now, for the crown jewel, HER ROOFTOP. The space has been designed by renowned by Sydney interior designer Tamsin Johnson, who together with the HER team, will transport you to a Euro garden party. The grapefruit paloma won't be one to miss, and you'll likely want to nab a spot on the French mid-century furniture, but what you really need to know is HER ROOFTOP has 360° vistas of Melbourne, no matter which way you look.

Her is set to open this December, and the best part? Levels one to three will be open until 3am every night of the week.

In the meantime, check out Melbourne’s best restaurants here.

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