So it's summer in Melbourne (apparently), which means all good Melburnians are heading up rickety stairs and lurching elevators to drink among the clouds. Join us the next instalment of our Rooftop Summer Season at The Hills Rooftop (above Tuxedo Cat).
Imagine your most bohemian mates scored a short-term lease on a weird, ramshackle pub marked for demolition in the CBD and asked you to come over for loose parties. And imagine they convinced their even cooler mates to take over the kitchen and pump out fresh-to-death burgers and fries to chow down over craft beers. These are mates worth having, and they've moved into the old Duke of Kent venue.
It's now a serendipitous, semi-spontaneous union of two young Adelaide businesses, Tuxedo Cat and Burger Theory, which are sharing the site before it gets razed to build a proposed 67-level apartment tower, of course.
Behind the bar are the folks from Tuxedo Cat, an artsy pop-up born at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2008, which has been squatting around Melbourne for the past few years. Founders Cassandra Tombs and Bryan Lynagh are entrepreneurial gypsies, navigating council approvals and building codes to breathe life into abandoned urban shells.
Keep going upstairs and you'll discover the venue's crowning glory, a rocking, relaxed rooftop enclave dubbed The Hills. It's rough-and-ready but homely, with flaking paint, graffiti, wooden pallets, steel drums, milk crates for days. The view is a stunner and shows how rapidly this corner of the city has changed in recent times. Vertiginous towers have sprung up like Blade Runner.
They don't know how long the venture is going to be around for – anything between one and four years while the developers cut the red tape – so go now, before a wrecking ball stops the party for good.
$5 pots of tap beer/cider
$10 select cocktails