The journey to The Hills rooftop bar involves a short stroll down La Trobe Street, a right turn at Flanigan Lane and ascending a few flights of outdoor stairs.
When you reach the top of the former Duke of Kent Hotel, you’ll see the walls are splashed with old graffiti and peeling paint. Seating options range from apple crates and cushions, to picnic tables and lounge chairs.
The Hills rooftop bar is in the shape of a U, and sits at the top level of the Tuxedo Cat complex with a theatre and bar on the levels below. Popular Adelaide shop Burger Theory makes its Melbourne debut on the ground level. Bring your order upstairs to enjoy in the sunshine.
The Tuxedo Cat seeks out non-conventional spaces or buildings that are earmarked for development. It then gets them licensed and compliant to build theatres and bars with unique environments.
The Hills’ no-frills menu consists of basic spirits, wine, Thunder Road beer on tap and The Adelaide Hills Cider – which is also where the apple-bin crates are from.
The Hills rooftop bar is here to stay until at least the beginning of 2017, but will have an uncertain future after that because the building is earmarked for development.