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FOOD & DRINK

A $1.3-Million Rooftop Bar Has Just Opened Atop Richmond's Harlow Pub

The expansive space offers sweeping city views, cocktails in bags and bottomless weekend brunches.
By Marissa Ciampi
November 11, 2020
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By Marissa Ciampi
November 11, 2020
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It's been a tough year for the Melbourne hospitality scene, but some good news is in play. As restrictions ease this week (and are set to ease further from November 22) and venues begin to reopen, a few exciting surprises are in store.

One of those is a brand-new rooftop bar, which just opened atop Harlow in Richmond. After being closed for months, the much-loved pub has swung open its doors with a major $1.3-million addition in tow. The expansive, wraparound space offers sweeping city views, cocktails, late-night bites and bottomless weekend brunches to boot.

For starters, the rooftop is pouring and shaking five signature cocktails that you can't get downstairs. Those include the Rockstar (watermelon-infused tequila, Cointreau and chilli salt), the What's Poppin (St Germain, Aperol and grapefruit) and the Dang! (mezcal, blood orange, agave and rosemary). There are also ten beers taps to choose from, plus a selection of tinnies and a good number of wines on offer.

For food, expect pub classics like parmas, fish and chips, steaks and burgers — including a Beyond Meat variety with cheddar, pickles and special sauce. Plus late night bites like salt and pepper calamari, cheeseburger spring rolls, buffalo chicken burgers and haloumi with strawberry and balsamic.

On weekends, stop by for bottomless brunch, with the two-hour package costing $49 per person. Choose from wines, house beer and cocktail in bags — think the Space Kitten (white rum, banana, coconut cream and pineapple) and the Salmon Dance (cinnamon-infused raspberry vodka, peach schnapps and cranberry juice). Alongside the drinks, you can dig into options like the caviar-topped lobster and prawn mornay roll or a chicken and smoked ham parma.

The U-shaped bar offers a mix of high and low tables, alongside picnic bench-style seating. Expect neutral tones contrasted by colourful finishes, including the emerald green tiles behind the bar and the green stone bar top, as well as fruit trees and greenery aplenty. There's also a doggo mural that features the three lucky winners of Harlow's Puppy Pals competition.

The rooftop has capacity for 200 people all up, though that won't come into play until COVID-19 restrictions have eased considerably. In the meantime, we suggest booking your table in advance.

Harlow's rooftop bar isn't the only new venue to be unveiled, either. Calia and Layla in the CBD, The Commons in St Kilda and Atiyah in Federation Square have all opened recently, too. Here's hoping the good news keeps rolling in as summer approaches.

The Harlow Bar rooftop is now open at 447 Church Street, Richmond. It's open from 4–10pm Monday–Thursday, 12pm–midnight Friday–Saturday and 12–10pm Sunday.

Published on November 11, 2020 by Marissa Ciampi

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