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Now Open: Johnny's Green Room Relaunches with a Fresh Look and New Italian-Inspired Menu

Carlton's much-loved rooftop bar returns with a stylish renovation, seasonal Italian menu and music curated by the Hope St Radio crew.
By David Allegretti and Andrew Zuccala
January 17, 2024
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By David Allegretti and Andrew Zuccala
January 17, 2024
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Good news for literally anyone who's sought a pre-Cinema Nova negroni recently — Johnny's Green Room has officially flipped its 'Closed' sign to 'Open'. After shutting its doors in July for months of hibernation, the much-adored rooftop oasis has sprung back to life, bringing a taste of Roman summer energy to Carlton right in time for Melbourne rooftop season.

Owners Jamie Valmorbida and Luca Sbardella have joined forces with architect Dion Hall (known for his work at Music Room, Supernormal, Pidapipo Laboratorio and Rare Hare) to give the place a snazzy makeover and increase the site's capacity. They've even thrown in a semi-retractable roof, because Melbourne weather.

Johnny's Green Room Rooftop bar in Carlton

Celebrity chef and author Karen Martini, who has taken on the role of Culinary Director, has whipped up an Italian-inspired menu that's all about sharing — think 48-hour slow-fermented dough pizzas and stacks of cicchetti — which is great because food tastes better when it's pinched from someone else's plate. Expect a culinary journey from Carlton to the coasts of Italy, minus the jet lag.

Johnny's Green Room Rooftop bar in Carlton

As for the drinks, cocktail guru Matthew Bax (formerly Bar Americano) is crafting the cocktail list as an ode to Italian outdoor drinking. Envision sophisticated yet cool sips with a side of people-watching — one of the oldest and greatest forms of entertainment. The wine program comes from sommelier George McCullough and features mostly Italian drops from both established and emerging winemakers.

Vibes will be set from afar, thanks to Hope St Radio. The crew has collaborated with Johnny's Green Room to curate a year-round music program that'll feature Melbourne DJs and live music acts.

Johnny's Green Room Rooftop bar in Carlton

Johnny's Green Room Rooftop bar in Carlton

Johnny's Green Room Rooftop bar in Carlton

You'll find Johnny's Green Room at 293 Lygon Street in Carlton, open from midday till late every day of the week. Head to the venue's website for more details.

Images: Arianna Leggiero

Published on January 17, 2024 by David Allegretti
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