Remember when 21 igloos and an ice-skating rink were dropped on top of Fed Square for the Winter Village? Well, the team behind it is back with a far less cosy (and far more summer-appropriate) instalment for the warmer months.
Pop-up rooftop playground Summertime Social has taken over the car park rooftop. It has city views, a huge communal lawn and retro games such as bocce, shuffleboard, skittles and giant Jenga.
If semi-athletic games aren’t your thing, kick back in a hut or converted caravan. Each hut can accommodate 20 of your closest mates, and the old-school caravans fit 10 people and come with a picnic spread, beer-filled eskies and nostalgic board games.
During the Australian Open, tennis matches will be broadcast on a big screen over the lawn, which will also play host to a tournament of classic Aussie games on the January 26 public holiday.
To drink, there are Passionfruit Caprioskas, Miami Iced Teas and Aperol Spritzes on tap, as well as Mango Daiquiris and Margaritas in alcoholic-slushy form. Happy hour is between 4pm and 6pm weekdays – tap cocktails, rose, prosecco and beer are $6 a pop.
Hungry? Grab a picnic basket filled with cheese and meats, party pies, fried chicken, summer slaw and potato salad. There’s also a more bougie version with lobster rolls.
Other food options include burgers, fried chicken, woodfired pizzas and salads. And an ice-cream cart will be scooping boozy flavours and serving peanut-butter-and-jelly ice-cream sandwiches all summer long.
On Saturdays there’s a bottomless brunch with free-flowing tap cocktails, prosecco and beer for 90 minutes, plus your choice of a BLT burger, tomato salad or prawn croissant, all for $49.