Transit Rooftop Bar
From In Transit to Transit Bar
Bustling Flinders Street Station. No one could argue that Melbourne’s busiest train terminal is the nerve center of the city. 100,000 pedestrians scrambling up the steps and through the dome under the clocks every day. It’s one of the most paradigmatic scenes the city offers.
And directly opposite Melbourne’s most recognisable Heritage building is another famous landmark, Federation Square, a complex of buildings dotted around an open-air plaza used for public events and festivals.
For over two hundred years, Fed Square was home to the city morgue and fish market, now it’s a thriving dining precinct with an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, including one of Melbourne’s best cocktail bars, Transit Rooftop.
Perched on top of the most forefront of the Fed Square buildings, above its sister establishments Transport Public Bar and Taxi Kitchen, you’ll find Transit Rooftop Bar. A space originally planned for a penthouse apartment, but instead transformed into a rooftop drinking hole.
With a birds eye view of the city the bar has an enviable vantage point that would rival any rooftop bar in Melbourne. It is the ideal location to sit and take in the surreal surroundings over something expertly shaken or stirred.
From trams exiting and entering the city across Princess Bridge to the amazing spiral on top of the Arts Centre, Southgate, Alexandria Gardens and the MCG, there is not much that the view from Transit Rooftop misses into the distance. But the view is equally fascinating when you take in the effects of Fed Square up close.
From City Morgue to City Muse
Consider this: someone asks you what would be the most iconic monument in Melbourne. One thing we can all agree on is that the architecturally symbolic Federation Square is undeniably one of, if not Melbourne’s most iconic monument. As the Opera House is to Sydney, Federation Square is to Melbourne.
The urban block has come a long way to become Melbourne’s most inspirational public space. When Fed Square opened to the public in 2002 it was considered ahead-of-its-time, its deconstructivist architecture winning numerous awards. Designed to invoke images of the Australian outback through a combination of rustic colours, weird angles, cold metals and textural structures. Most significantly its corners connect the city’s edge with the Yarra River and Birrarung Mar.
Meet You Upstairs
As you escape the crowds of Federation Square and head on up to Transit Rooftop you’re immediately transported into a wonderfully weird and wacky world that has fused together the heavy interiors of the 1930s and the modern architecture of Federation Square.
Inside, the mix of black leather, red velvet, polished timber, gold sheer curtains and quirky styling sets the thirties theme on the interior.
Stepping out onto the balcony takes on the futuristic impression of its Fed Square home, mixing an industrial aura with the stunning view over the rail.
Every Friday and Saturday night the venue fills with live music, a mixture of revolving bands playing mostly Jazz, Blues and Soul. For your Sunday session they have a one-man electronic style DJ to ease you out of your weekend lull.
A perfect meeting spot, Transit Rooftop is perfect for savouring a cocktail or two sitting, enjoying its amazing views of Melbourne.
Using a mixture of fresh herbs picked straight from the kitchen garden and a broad range of spirits from around the world, Transit Bar’s cocktail program predominantly focuses on savoury style cocktails, and incorporates an extensive martini offering.
The bartenders’ experience and passion for cocktails shines through both their service and menu. Perusing the cocktail list, two things stand out – tremendous creativity is poured into designing the drinks, and all the creativity is exhausted by the time they get to naming them.
A boozy cocktail with coffee infused Dolin Vermouth, Martell VS Brandy and Artichoke Cynar. A delightful break away from your classic espresso martini.
A mixture of Chartreuse, Tequila Calle 23 Reposado, lemon and sugar, plus thyme and sage picked from the garden, makes for a delightfully refreshing, slightly sweet, slightly savoury cocktail.
A slightly sweet, slightly sour cocktail with Hayman’s Sloe Gin, cherry rhubarb bitters, lime, passion fruit and a house made brandy cherry for garnish.
A minor twist on the classic martini, using Star of Bombay, Noilly Pratt and fresh basil leaves. A delectable martini like no other.
Level 2, Transport Hotel, Federation Square, Melbourne
Open Mon-Thurs 12pm to 12am | Fri-Sat 12pm to 2am | Sun 12pm to 10pm