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QT Melbourne's Secret Garden Bar Is Being Reborn as an Art-Filled Italian Paradise For Summer

Melbourne's secluded summer hideaway returns — this time with bocce, vintage Italian tunes and vino from Dal Zotto Wines.
By Libby Curran
October 18, 2021
By Libby Curran
October 18, 2021

As the city kicks back into gear after a long Lockdown 6.0, we're set to see plenty of venue makeovers and some bold new additions to Melbourne's food and drink scene. Including the latest iteration of QT Melbourne's rooftop hideout, the Secret Garden, which has been reimagined as a vibrant, Italian-inspired oasis complete with colourful artworks and top-notch local vino.

Embodying the motto of la dolce vita, the new-look Secret Garden will open its doors from Friday, October 22, for walk-ins until the end of summer.

While its sights and sounds are wholeheartedly Italian, the food and drinks are set to be an all-Victorian affair, led by a collaboration with King Valley's Dal Zotto Wines. The celebrated winemaker will be pouring a selection of its Italian-leaning signature drops — , that includes plenty of prosecco — alongside a special appearance from the exclusive reserve list it usually keeps for its wine club members.

It'll be the first time an Aussie venue gets access to creations like the 2015 Limmigrante Barbera and early 2000s vintages of the Riesling.

Hayden Dib

Backing up the vino, you'll find beers from Beechworth's Bridge Road Brewers, gin and limoncello courtesy of Bass & Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula, and salumi from The Meat Room in Kilmore, Central Victoria.

While you're sipping and snacking beneath the festoon lights, you'll also soak up the artistic offerings of artist Rowena Martinich, and rounding out the vibe, there'll be bocce, plus a soundtrack heavy on 1920s Italia from QT's music collaborator Andrew Lewis.

Secret Garden launches at 3pm on Friday, October 22, at 133 Russell St, Melbourne. It's set to stick around until the end of summer, open for walk-ins only, 2pm–late, Thursday–Sunday.

Images: Hayden Dib

Published on October 18, 2021 by Libby Curran
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