The new Sky Bar on the 40th floor of Southbank opens this month to drink and eat in the clouds

Folks, there’s a flashy newcomer joining Melbourne’s food and drink scene in a matter of weeks, and it promises to take things to a whole new level – literally.

Announced in December last year, the highly anticipated Sky Bar has revealed it will officially launch on Thursday June 30, finally welcoming guests to its spectacular space perched 139 meters above Southbank. (For those playing at home, it’s slightly below where Vue de Monde is on the 55th floor of the Rialto.)

After five years of development, this groundbreaking venue will crown the new Oakwood Premier Melbourne building, with a five-star restaurant, lounge bar and private dining room spread across its top two floors.

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Race skyward in the elevator to Level 40 and you’ll find yourself in a grand foyer with views for days on end and with immersive video projection artwork enveloping the mirrored floors and walls.

The adjacent Sky Bar Lounge seats 70 people, offering more sensational views from its seven-meter high windows and dedicated terrace. With an impressive stone bar in the spotlight, this dizzying haunt is ready to offer a sophisticated offering of cocktails, vino, local craft beer and high-end snacks, including mini Kobe veal burgers and macarons. with foie gras.

On the same floor, the 60-seat Strata Restaurant will offer what is expected to be one of Melbourne’s most elevated dining experiences. The seasonal modern Australian menu is built around five elements – the atmosphere (air), the hydrosphere (water), the cryosphere (ice and permafrost), the lithosphere (the Earth’s upper rock layer) and the biosphere (living things ). To that end, expect plenty of theater to accompany a meal here in the clouds; think, fumes, embers, nitrogen, and even the weird point of levitation.

On the menu, dishes such as a grain-fed beef tartare, a salt and pepper macaron accompanied by langoustine caviar, black pudding croquettes with venison and a trevally ceviche in a heirloom tomato crust, as well as a caviar offer which changes every day.

Venture one level above and you’ll find a lavish private dining space, complete with its own bar and more dazzling views.

Celebrity bartender Charlie Ainsbury (This Must Be the Place, Proof & Company) spearheaded a befitting cocktail program, where old world meets new, and rare spirits and uncommon ingredients come to the fore. Expect drops like a lychee martini misted with rosewater, a Davidson plum infused bellini and a riff on the negroni topped with blood plum.

The rest of the drink offering promises a wide range of wines from near and far, and a list of local beers that includes a signature Sky Bar creation.

And in case you were wondering, yes: boozy brunch should be a regular weekend event here, as should high tea with homemade scones, petit fours and champagne.

Find Sky Bar Melbourne on Levels 41 & 42, 202 Normanby Street, Southbank, from Thursday 30 June. Opening hours to come.

Posted on June 02, 2022 by

Libby Curran


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