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By Libby Curran
August 18, 2018
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By Libby Curran
August 18, 2018
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Joining Melbourne's recent burst of rooftop bars is Lonsdale Street Spanish haunt Bomba with its revamped upper level. After a hefty three-month makeover, the space now boasts a fresh fit-out, a gin-inflected drinks list and a standout new Spanish jaffle.

The rooftop is sporting an all-weather retractable roof and a second terrace space. The space, refitted by Ola Architecture Studio, is complete with a central copper bar, lots of high tables and a projector screening 70s Spanish flicks onto the building opposite.

The reimagined drinks list shows lots of love for gin, featuring a careful selection of Australian and Spanish distilleries and a gin-centric lineup of house cocktails — like the Dewy Dilligence, crafted on dill gin, fino sherry, beetroot and apple cordial, and lemon. You'll also spy Central Victoria's Animus Gin starring in a few of those signature sips.

A bigger, eight-strong tap list throws its weight behind indie Melbourne breweries, while the wine selection's focused both on organic and small Aussie producers, and lesser-known Spanish gems, brought in by the owners' Armada Imports.

There's also a range of tap cocktails, including a classic sangria and a spiced wintery blend of Melbourne Moonshine Apple Pie, brandy and pear, dubbed All Things Nice.

Meanwhile, the food situation leans to the snacky, featuring a tapas menu of old favourites and new creations, a covetable selection of Spanish cheeses, and the soon-to-be-legendary 'bikini' — a Catalan riff on the toastie, stuffed with fillings like jamón ibérico and truffle, or smoked ham hock, mahón cheese and mozzarella.

Images: Peter Tarasiuk, Fiona Hamilton and Visit Victoria.

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