QT Secret Garden Bar
This hidden rooftop has Four Pillars gin cocktails and stunning city views.
From a new $1.3-million Richmond rooftop to talk of a rooftop bar at Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne's high spots have been getting more and more attention of late. One of the more recent additions is QT Melbourne's secret rooftop garden, which has just reopened for summer.
Not that the space, dubbed Secret Garden, hasn't existed before now. It was established as a garden while back by an executive chef of QT's Pascale Bar and Grill, but opened to the public for the first time in 2018.
Now, the 40-person bar is run in collaboration with Healesville gin experts Four Pillars. So, you can expect exceptional G&Ts, alongside two gin-spiked cocktails: the Spiced Negroni spritz and the Bloody & Lemon, the latter of which is made with Four Pillars' cult-favourite Bloody Shiraz gin. Neither of those tickle your fancy? You can also create your own cocktail, using herbs from the garden to mix with the gin of your choice.
You'll be drinking these surrounded by native river mint, fruit salad sage and blue lilly pillys, while looking out across the city skyline.
The bar will also be hosting masterclasses and tasting sessions throughout the summer, before it closes with the end of the season.
Secret Garden Bar is open 3–9pm Thursday and 3–11pm Friday–Saturday.
Images: Kate Shanasy