Imperial Up

An art deco-inspired rooftop space that combines Italian food and cocktail culture with the vibrancy of LBGTQI+ culture.
Noelle Monge
Published on September 20, 2018
Updated on November 22, 2021


In 2018, Imperial Up joined the Sydney rooftop scene, all thanks to the Imperial's $6 million redevelopment. After being closed for nearly three decades, Imperial's top floor has been spruced up with a 200-person courtyard, a plethora of pop art and gold mirror covered pizza ovens. "Imagine a little Italian trattoria that loves disco and has a very cool lounge room," says co-owner Fraser Short. Think serious Studio 54 feels with artisanal eats, drinks and Andy Warhol vibes.

Menu-wise, expect Italian food with a touch of the Imperial's flamboyant flair. The lineup features nine different types of pizzas (including favourites such as pepperoni, prawn and four-cheese), as well as smaller bites including marinated sardines and taleggio, parmesan and mozzarella arancini. Like downstairs sibling Priscillas, Imperial UP also has a strong list of vegan, gluten free and dairy free dishes.

And — importantly — there's an extensive cocktail menu, which stretches from the classics through to colourful jugs of inventive drinks.

Updated November 22, 2022.


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