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Full Moon Fever

Lulie's all-weather rooftop bar is an escape to the Cali desert, complete with burgers, brews and an agave-heavy cocktail list.
By Libby Curran
November 15, 2022
By Libby Curran
November 15, 2022

Beloved local drinking destination Lulie Tavern has taken things up a level — quite literally. Just in time for the start of summer, the rock 'n' roll boozer is set to unveil its new pride and joy on Friday, November 18, having transformed the space above its Johnston Street digs into the suburb's newest rooftop bar.

Dubbed Full Moon Fever in honour of music icon (and Lulie idol) Tom Petty, it's every bit as lively and laidback as its downstairs counterpart, with an equally impressive collection of memorabilia lining the walls.

The all-weather, indoor-outdoor space is sporting a retractable roof and wood fire (take that, Melbourne), its warm, breezy look taking cues from the desert bars of California via natural-hued stone, brickwork and timber panelling. Oh, and the odd cactus, of course.

Just as the rooftop works as an extension to the goings on downstairs, so too does its menu rock a distinctly Lulie vibe. On the burger lineup, you've got options like the fried chicken-starring Dead Ringer ($16) (along with a vegan fried chook number ($16)), a double cheeseburger ($17) and the Meatlovers — a cheesy assembly of double beef, bacon, crispy onions and jalapenos ($18).

Snacks might run to the likes of southern-fried buffalo wings ($12), vegan chicken tenders ($12), and hot chips matched with gravy and spring onion ($12).

The drinks offering is both easygoing and considered, with just a handful of Aussie reds, oranges and whites, plus a trio of magnums for those lingering group situations. You'll find a familiar lineup of brews — including options from neighbour Bodriggy — as well as a crop of cocktails featuring both classics and saloon-inspired sips.

Get set for summer sessions on the roof, knocking back creations like the Tommy's margarita ($17), the pear- and agave-infused Johnny Pash ($20), or maybe a Dazed & Confused — a gutsy fusion of mezcal, Mexican chilli liqueur, quandong and grapefruit ($22).

Images: Jake Roden

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