It turns out Melbourne's oldest licensed pub has a few new tricks up its sleeve, as The Duke Of Wellington gets set to unveil its very own rooftop bar next week.
The CBD stalwart has expanded upwards with a total top-floor revamp, incorporating sweeping city views against a large-scale artwork by illustrator James Gulliver Hancock.
The new sky-high setting is pitched to be a favourite for after-work adventures and weekend wind-downs alike, with its own snack-happy, share-focused menu and broad-ranging drinks lineup. Up here, enjoy bites like the Lygon Street-style lasagne croquettes, coated in garlic breadcrumbs and teamed with aioli — or 'The G' hotdog, best devoured with the stadium itself visible in the background. In a win for late-night snackers, the kitchen is open daily 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.
There's also group-friendly booths, plus six big-screen TVs for when a sports-watching session's on the cards.
The Duke Rooftop Bar is set to open at 146 Flinders Street, Melbourne, on Friday, July 6. To be among the first to see it, RSVP here for the opening night party.