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Thursday 8 February 2024

Meet Melbourne's new rooftop bar

UPDATE: Now open for business

Melbourne has a new rooftop bar towering over Flinders Street. 

Fleet offers sweeping views of the Yarra River and beyond.

Flinders Street Station, the river, Southbank and beyond are visible from the 90-person venue, which sits above Vibe Hotel Melbourne and has a drinks list compiled by cocktail guru Grant Collins.

Negronis, spritzes, and martinis will be front and centre along with drinks like the Hurricane, made from gold rum, navy rum, pineapple, orange, lime, and passionfruit. Or maybe a Tequilla Manhattan with six-month barrel aged reposado tequila, sweet vermouth, orange bitters, angostura bitters and maraschino.

There is a Victorian-focused wine list featuring names like Soumah, Ten Minutes x Tractor, Levantine Hill, Polperro and Tar & Roses by the glass.    

The drinks pair with chef Asish Kumar’s bar snack menu.

So think half-shell seared scallops drizzled in lemon chili and butter topped with Yarra Valley caviar; torched Skull Island prawns with orange gastrique and puffed wild rice; Yurrita Cantabrico anchovies served with tomato butter and rye bread crisp; grilled corn tostada; braised pork cheek croquettes; and grilled lamb tenderloin served with olive salsa, pickled fennel, and black garlic jus.  

Fleet is open every Tuesday to Saturday from 3pm until late, and for lunch from May 16 every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The hotel is at the intersection of Melbourne’s Flinders and Queen streets and notable for its original 1873 facade at street level.


Images: Tim Grey Photography

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