6 of the best rooftop venues in AustraliaBy Staff Reporter
19 Apr 2017
From relaxed bars and restaurants overlooking iconic Australian beaches, to sophisticated spaces in the heart of the CBD, we profile the best rooftop venues for events Down Under.
Located on the 12th floor of the Hyatt Regency Sydney, the Zephyr Rooftop Bar promises jaw-dropping views across Darling Harbour to the Glebe Point Bridge. With timber flooring, sleek cream furniture and a curvaceous bar at its heart, this glamorous space can accommodate up to 200 guests for a cocktail event.
Acclaimed mixologist Grant Collins has crafted a menu of innovative cocktails, including barrel-aged vermouths served on tap, and high-tech sous vide infusions. The kitchen draws inspiration from the bar, too, enhancing their canapés with fortified wines and reduced rum.
This boutique hotel made a splash when it opened in 2016, thanks to its cutting-edge interiors and innovative dining options—but the jewel in the QT crown is the 11th floor Rooftop, a sleek industrial space of polished concrete, timber and exposed globes.
Backdropped by the city’s skyscrapers and laneways, the terrace offers a quintessentially Melbourne setting. Reserve a space for 12-50 guests any night of the week, or take over the entire floor for 185 guests from Monday to Thursday. Choose from a carefully selected list of Australian and imported wines, beers and cocktails, paired with gourmet hotdogs and wagyu beef sliders.
Coogee Pavilion, Sydney
For spectacular beach views, just 20 minutes from the centre of Sydney, ascend to the third floor of the Coogee Pavilion.
Overlooking Coogee Beach, the top floor of this expansive hotel is designed to look like an eccentric botanist’s conservatory, right down to the leafy greenery, vintage wildlife prints and cabinets filled with specimen jars.
A choice of four indoor and outdoor bars offers flexibility for group bookings, with the terracotta-tiled terrace the pick of the bunch for alfresco functions. The entire space can host 100-600 guests for exclusive hire, while smaller functions are catered for on a non-exclusive basis.
Hennessy Bar, Adelaide
In the heart of Adelaide, Hennessy Rooftop Bar is a sophisticated space of chandeliers, marble and soft lighting. Situated on the 13th floor of the Mayfair Hotel, this high-end bar boasts two outdoor areas: a balcony overlooking King William Street, and the Champagne Terrace with views over Rundle Mall to the Adelaide Hills.
Book the Hennessy Lounge for small events of 20-40 people, or hire the entire bar for a cocktail function for up to 150 guests.
Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) may be packed with contemporary artworks, but on the Goma Roof Terrace, all eyes are on the impressive views of the city skyline, Brisbane river and sculptural Kurilpa Bridge.
This expansive timber-floored space strikes an ideal balance between interior comfort and alfresco charms—it’s open on all sides to allow the breeze and backdrop in, while a roof protects from the elements. The Goma Roof Terrace can host up to 240 for cocktail events or 180 for seated banquets, and is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktail functions.
Henry's Rooftop Bar, Perth
Boasting near 360-degree views of the Swan River, King’s Park and Perth city skyline, Henry’s Rooftop Bar sits atop the Reveley Bar, in the city's Elizabeth Quay waterfront precinct. A stylish brass and grey-tiled bar leads out to a timber deck, where a retractable roof ensures the outdoor space can be enjoyed year-round.
Exclusive hire is available for groups of 50-140 people from Monday to Thursday, and smaller gatherings of 20 or more are hosted on a non-exclusive basis seven days a week. To take full advantage of Henry’s prime position, time your event for late afternoon, when the sunset provides a dramatic backdrop.
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