We've only just put another frosty winter to bed, but already Melbourne's thoughts are on those sweet summertime vibes to come, helped along by the launch of new rooftop drinking destination, Top Yard.
Taking over the sky-high level above Geddes Lane nightclub Inflation, the bar and club is the brainchild of local chef Adam Inglis, who has set out to create a space for after-work drinks and laidback weekend visits alike.
Open for good times from Thursday through Sunday each week, Top Yard boasts impressive 360-degree views across the city, to be enjoyed alongside an offering of cocktails, burgers and DJ-fuelled dance floor sessions.
It's a playful, Astroturfed space that riffs on the classic Aussie backyard, decked out with vibrant umbrellas, festoon lights and a lively colour palette that pays homage to acclaimed local artist Howard Arkley.
Sticking to the Australiana theme, the cocktail list comes courtesy of Will Cabantong (Bond, Baroq House), loaded with recognisable flavours in Nan-worthy iterations, like The Lamington and Iced Vovo. Those wishing to relive their early 20s can also buy a Passion Pop Punch. If not, you'll find a an approachable wine program, focused on solid local drops that won't break the bank.
To match, there's a banging burger offering, run by a couple of ex-Tuck Shop Take Away chefs. You'll find cheekily named creations like the Mia Wallace, loaded with Swiss cheese and truffle mayo, the Beatrix Kiddo, and the Not Cho' Cheese — rocking two beef patties, bacon, chipotle mayo and Doritos.
As for the entertainment, expect a high-energy music program by Melbourne DJ Tom Evans, with a calendar of day parties and Sunday sessions set to launch once the mercury heats up.