They say not to judge something based on its age — and Melbourne institution The Duke of Wellington is proving just that. The city's oldest licensed pub is showing it still has a few new tricks up its sleeve by unveiling a new rooftop bar.
Head to the new sky-high setting, which incorporates sweeping city views against a large-scale artwork by illustrator James Gulliver Hancock, for the ideal after-work wind-down. The food menu adds to the casual vibe with burgers, poké bowls and share-style snack food — think Lygon Street-style lasagne croquettes, charcuterie plates and smoky eggplant dip with flatbread. And in a win for late-night snackers, the kitchen will be open until late.
The booze program is packed with a range of tap beers and both local and international wines, though you'll easily be tempted by the crafty seasonal cocktails. Among them, you'll find the Spellbound Smash — made with bourbon, orange bitters, blackberries, sage and thyme — and a spiced tequila and coffee number dubbed Café ala Mexicana.
If you can tear your gaze away from the city views, six TVs scattered around the venue will display sports matches. Plus, you can reserve one of the booths from this Friday, July 13 if you've managed to rally a big group.
For more information on the new rooftop bar, visit The Duke's website.
Images: Brook James.