Nothing says Melbourne more than imbibing way too many espresso martinis at a rooftop bar sunset sesh. Throw some brunch talk into the mix, serve up a gnarly spread of grazing options, and you’ve pretty much distilled our city’s lifeblood.
Revived from the ashes of a 2015 blaze, The Albion South Melbourne is channelling exactly that. Guys, this one was worth the wait. Its dove-white doors are now open for business, and we’re double-parked cheers-ing to the stellar new façade.
The crew responsible for your new favourite hang includes Collingwood royalty Dane Swan, Trent Casson of Domain, Matt Darcy, and ex-Melb Storm rugby players Robbie Kearns and Danny Williams.
“We wanted to create an all-inclusive lifestyle venue, a place where patrons can come for the food and stay for the nightlife,” says Darcy.
And that they have. There’s even a 5AM LICENSE (!!!) for Fridays and Saturdays that'll see you boogying from sunset to sunrise. Because who needs sleep when you can pop prosecco bottles in syncopation with hand-spun DJ beats?
A lesson in history and charm, this place tracks all the way back to the bygone era of 1869. Phwoar. Fast-forward a whole one-fiddy years later, and we have a full cycle return to the name that started it all. It’s officially the longest-standing party Melbs has hosted, and we’re here to embrace it with a big, inebriated hug (the best kind).
The Albion climbs across three impressive levels (for the stiletto-clad, don’t worry—there’s an elevator to get you from A to B in a flash), culminating in the pièce de résistance that is the rooftop bar. We're talking serious pano possibilities. On a backdrop of lush greens and contrasting timber tailoring, you’ll also be whipping out the boomerangs in obnoxious excess. It'd just be rude not to.
For feasting, think crispy lotus root chips with kewpie mayo, and soft shell crab bao spreads to soak up your savvy b’s. There’s also vegan-friendly miso glazed tofu, and larger dishes like seared nori tuna and cider-braised pork belly. It’s a menu set to cull your cravings.
Inside the Boston Shaker, there are tasty cocktail iterations like the Ginvender (a refreshing G&T made with lavender, St Germain Elderflower, Bombay Sapphire and Capi Tonic). And the beer? Trial the eight varieties on tap including Fat Yak, Goose Midway IPA and thirteen local and international bottled beers. Noice.
Image credit: The Albion