We love a good rooftop bar, but the thought of heading down to a breezy outdoor venue in the middle of winter is not something that easily gets us off the couch. Thankfully, the East Village Hotel is providing us with a dream winter option, having transformed their rooftop terrace into a cosy, northern hemisphere-style winter garden.
Inspired by owner Locky Paech's experience of European winter markets in Berlin and Prague, the Darlinghurst pub will be doling out hot European eats, the toastiest of heaters, snowflake-print blankets and literally thousands of fairy lights to make you forget about the grim situation around you. Assuredly, hot alcoholic drinks are involved — cognac hot toddies, warm mead and mulled wine are all on the menu.
The limited-time Winter Escape menu features soul-warming delicacies such as honey-glazed ham with spiced pear chutney, bratwurst, currywurst and beef bourguignon. The decked-out rooftop will be open throughout winter — it's a pretty ideal place to thaw out with a savoury pretzel.