Brave the seven floors to the top of Curtin House and a grand view of the city with the option of a chilled drink await you at the Rooftop Bar – unquestionably one of the best spots in the city for an open-air drink. As such, you'll undoubtedly find a mixed bunch of patrons as the view, location and smoker-friendly environment draws all types on a warm evening.

Naturally, the success of a session at the Rooftop Bar is subject to weather. A 2017 renovation (Rooftop's first since opening in 2003) added a series of rounded, Art-Deco-inspired metallic awnings, which nod to a 1950s drive-in cinema. Two of them retract to either embrace the sun or provide more shelter in less friendly weather conditions. At night, glowing neon rings illuminate the awnings – the result looks like halos.

Food is available from the Burger Shack (including vego options) or downstairs from Mesa Verde. On weekends, the space is open from 10am. So after a sleep in, grab a mate for a granola or breakfast burger, and wash it down with a non-alcoholic hibiscus soda or a Mango Espadrille cocktail.

Be warned, from December through to the end of March the Rooftop Cinema takes over (five nights a week, no screenings on Monday and Friday), and access to the roof is restricted to ticket holders after 8pm. This isn’t a bad thing, as the cinema screens a mostly well-picked selection of indie and cult films, art documentaries and Bill Murray features. It’s a pretty good way to spend a warm summer evening.

Updated: December 8th, 2020

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