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Skinny Dog Hotel

The new sun-soaked rooftop is home to a huge light-filled atrium, refined gastropub eats and weekly live music gigs.
By Andrew Zuccala
December 07, 2023
By Andrew Zuccala
December 07, 2023

Kew's Skinny Dog Hotel has been kicking around in one form or another for over 150 years. In that time, it has passed through the hands of several owners and gone through a series of makeovers. Nowadays, the pub has settled into having two distinct spaces.

Downstairs, you'll find the classic gastropub, serving up steak, pizza and parma deals and sporting plenty of beers and wines to locals. It still has that old-school boozer feel to it.

Steak and chips at Skinny Dog Hotel's rooftop.

But upstairs is altogether more sleek and refined. The rooftop was renovated in 2023, making it one of the area's must-visit spots in summer.

The 400-capacity rooftop bar at Skinny Dog Hotel includes a light-filled atrium full of hanging plants and an openair terrace where you can soak up all the sun during a long day of drinking and eating.

Dishes are somewhat more refined compared to the downstairs pub as well. Coconut chilli prawns, tofu chips and charcuterie tasting boards kick things off. A selection of gourmet pizzas, house-made pasta, a few roasts and plenty of seafood dishes round out the savoury dining options.

The dining room at Skinny Dog Hotel's rooftop.

The drinks on the Skinny Dog Hotel's new rooftop are also a step above those found downstairs. The extensive wine list features stacks of Aussie and New Zealand drops, and the team has dreamt up a few new signature cocktails. Beers, ciders and ginger beer are all on tap, plus plenty of fruity seltzers come in can form. It's ticking all the right boxes.

From Friday to Sunday, the team hosts live music gigs and DJs up on the roof, transforming the space into more of a party destination as the sun goes down.

Skinny Dog Hotel's rooftop.

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