Johnny’s Green Room
Johnny’s Green Room is a rooftop bar in the landmark King and Godfree complex on a prime Carlton corner – Lygon and Faraday streets – which is also home to King and Godfree Espresso Bar and King and Godfree Deli and Grocer. Entry is via King and Godfree Lane where a lift takes you to level three. As you walk out onto the open-air space, the aspect is immediately stunning: a 360-degree view around Melbourne.
There’s room for 200. Peach terrazzo benches (made from repurposed steps dating back to the ’50s) are topped with navy-blue cushions, brick dividing walls, enormous potted plants and marble-topped tables. A neon-lit Sirena “Tonno” (tuna) sign has been carefully restored after sitting atop the building for decades, and a 15-metre-long bar serves an impressive drinks list.
The bar menu is all about modern-day Italo snacks designed to sit alongside a Victorian wine on tap, a rhubarb spritz or a Manhattan (made here with Bulleit rye whisky, Averna amaro and walnut bitters), all best enjoyed in the afternoon sun. There’s a veal cotoletta roll with slaw and salsa verde, spaghetti-filled cacio e pepe croquettes, pork and veal meatballs with tomato sugo, salumi plates with mozzarella and pickles, and choc tops from nearby Pidapipo. In winter there are open fireplaces.