Bars & Pubs

Loop Roof | The Verdict

By Tash Sorensen
28th Jan 2014

Melbourne is globally recognised for its precariously placed watering holes. Nestled in graffiti-soaked alleyways, the mid 2000s arrived with the uprising of prohibition style bars and restaurants. One's sense of accomplishment upon locating such venues made it very easy to warrant a decent night out, especially when surrounded by fellow revellers drinking if for no other reason than achievement. 2013 was the turn of trends, where finding a tasty tipple without a detective-like hunt for the most hip and conceptual venues became a lot easier. Bar owners and investors have created a city of vertical playgrounds, ensuring the thirsty are not short of sky-high drinking getaways. Loop Roof is one of this new breed of drinking establishment.

An already heaving little alleyway, Meyers Place has joined the vertical transition with the introduction of Loop's new rooftop bar. An extension of the institution-like Loop Project Space and Bar, access to Loop Roof requires a small urban journey which is sure to induce a deserved thirst. The three-storey stair climb opens up to an artistic and vibrant setting, which can be expected by the crew behind any Loop project. Guests are met with an extensive orange bar to the immediate left and are entitled to both bar or table service. Contrasting the bar's orange hues are eccentric blue spherical installations strung out across the top of the rectangular space.

The 99-person capacity seating area, which is lined with astro-turf, offers a cityscape of Bourke Street's top end. The staircase, located beside the existing Loop, well prepares tipplers for the incredible food and drink offering the star-studded team has created. The playful cocktail menu was spearheaded by acclaimed Bar Manager, Joshua Crawford, previously The Rum Diary Bar and Eau De Vie, in collaboration with his amazing team.

Tall and refreshing, the Sparkle Motion cocktail tickles the tastebuds with its butter vodka, sunrise tea syrup, hibiscus and mild lychee flavours. Served over a lemongrass, grapefruit and blue orchard ice cube and garnished with edible gold dust, the drink looks almost too good to touch. It is, however, delicious.

Overall, the list introduces colour to cocktails in an experimental and tasty manner and is complemented by a small but savvy beer and wine menu.

Ex-Beaufort chef, Matty Aumann, has cleverly tailored a fresh, seafood driven food menu. In sync with the drinks, Aumann has created a vibrant presentation of dishes. The market-sourced mussels are served with beautiful simplicity and garnished with colorful edible flowers. The tempura oysters with sweet vegetable puree and chilli jam go down like velvet, and the crabmeat beignets and cured meat boards also deserve a shout out. Vegetarians are tantalised by potato and almond croquettes, salads and vegetarian boards. For a more substantial non-meat plate, the mushrooms are our pick.

Loop Roof's Sunday afternoon BBQ makes it a fantastic place to end the weekend. With watering cans of cocktails and good company, it's difficult to warrant being anywhere else.

Loop Roof | Level 3, 23 Meyers Place in Melbourne
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Image Credits: Tash Sorensen, The Urban List

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