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Top 10 Intimate Inner-City Rooftops

Monday 5th September 2016
There is something so wildly energising about being elevated and exposed to the elements. There's a promise of adventure and enlightenment as you reach the very top and revel in the city's contours. Forever enchanted by grandiose buildings, where multiple reveals are on offer as you surpass each level, we profile some of Australia's (and the world's) most exquisite hovering venues with a view.
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Mon Bijou – Vic

Set high among the clouds, Mon Bijou’s outdoor terrace and floor to ceiling windows overlook Melbourne’s mosaic structures and glittering nightlife. Celestial-inspired reflective surfaces and eclectic furnishings contribute to the venues sophisticated Art Deco zephyr.

Siglo – Vic

Perched over Spring Street, overlooking the Gothic spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the grandeur of Parliament House, Siglo is an intimate terrace where everything old is new again. The venue tenders a late night, European charm laden with tact and a Provencal nonchalance. “There’s just something uniquely Melbourne about having a rooftop wedding and Siglo is spoilt with its CBD location,” Amy Collins of Spring Street Events says. “With a retractable roof and plenty of mushroom heaters weddings at Siglo are cosy and romantic.”

InterContinental, Double Bay – NSW

Sydney’s most alluring suburban hotel has recently had a face lift. There’s an overreaching ‘glam-factor’ to the property, from the marble lobby to the modern-luxe charcoal interiors. On the rooftop, flavours of Miami are conjured. Sit back and watch from afar as luxury charter boats bob up down in the watery gleam and the blood-orange fire of the sunset, sets the harbour aflame.

Bomba – Vic

Quintessentially Spanish in spirit, Bomba is a profusion of old-world elements and granite-like flooring, a common design element in the mountainous areas of Spain and Mexico. Distressed beam work and soft, opaque lighting bring an unexpected whimsy to the interior, while the rooftop is aglow with variegated strips of neon. Melbourne’s exuberant soul is on display at Bomba. Her enigmatic, multi-layered personality will breath vitality into your event, as you watch the tapered laneways become animated after dark.

Taylor’s Rooftop Bar – NSW

Resting atop the heritage listed Republic Hotel, Taylor’s Rooftop Bar is a verdant oasis in the middle of Sydney’s corporate citadel. The open-air event space is a melodic fusion of the harbourside’s ingrained smart-casual aesthetic and urban-industrial architecture. A burgeoning vertical garden provides a welcome contrast against the svelte grey-scale buildings that meander over and above. While an unlikely choice, “Taylor’s” (as it is so affectionately known) is accessible and unambiguously offbeat, for those who are seeking a space void of tradition.

Luminare – Vic

The loft style setting of Luminare is raw, classic and minimal. Offsetting the venues clean lines and ultra utilitarian space, is perhaps one of Melbourne’s most impressive skyline silhouettes. Bare minimum decor and maximum-impact design lines means that you can configure the space in anyway you see fit.


Photo: Pen / Carlson.


Fathom Gallery and Roof Deck – DC

Fostering an appreciation of the creative arts, this newly renovated working gallery space and open-plan roof top garden is a refreshing interpretation of the building’s original Victorian design. Fragrant pear trees and exposed red brick encourage a highly emotive urban environment. Meanwhile, the 360 degree view of Washington DC’s phosphorescent city skyline, softly illuminates the area.

Spyglass Rooftop Bar – NY

Inimitable views of the Empire State Building can be seen from this 22nd floor terrace, while hidden alcoves offer a glimpse of the commotion from the streets below. Black granite and steel grey accents create a definitive ‘dark’ atmosphere in the room, evoking the industrial heritage of the surrounding neighbourhood. Spyglass Rooftop Bar is a classic cosmopolitan cocktail venue suitable for a standing soirée of 125 guests.

Morgan Manufacturing – IL

The renovated, pre-Chicago fire building shoulders a strong style identity which amalgams into it’s immediate warehouse surroundings. The 32,000 square feet space maintains its sense of intimacy through a highly curated synthesis of modularity and industrial elegance, visible at every open corner or corridor. The focal point, of course, is the view. Chicago’s aerial-like towers contour the sky, sweeping majestically over some of their, shorter counterparts.

Perch LA – LA 

Elevated 16 floors in to the sky, Perch LA revels in intimate bohemian dining. The French-inspired rooftop patio, equipped with sumptuous upholstered furnishings and sheltered fire pits, floats above the Pershing Square Building. Paris meets Provence in this indoor/outdoor space, with an unobstructed vantage point of downtown Los Angeles. Typical of the Rocco style, curved wood panels and lavish trim in serpentine shapes decorate the al fresco restaurant.














Monday 5th September 2016

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Verity says:
2 years ago
Siglo is one of my favs. So beautiful lit!