Fable Rooftop Bar
Hits the Highest Notes
Introducing Fable, the newest and highest rooftop bar in Melbourne, sitting atop the Greek Community Building in Lonsdale St, city.
The Mediteranean style bar is owned and designed by prolific Melbourne hospitality personality Gehan Rajapakse (Sofitel, Hyde Bar, Rah Bar, Club 23, Crown Casino). With exceptional views that take you from the East End of the city all the way to the Arts Centre, Marvel Stadium and the Bolte Bridge, Fable is well worth the visit.
“We have completely redesigned the structure of a 14th floor rooftop to create a destination bar experience like no other, where people can drink and dine until the early hours,” says Gehan.
The venue design is stylish, eclectic and warm, with salmon seating booths, an Italian green tiled bar front and wooden accents. Three quarters of the venue has a retractable roof, for all season dining.
“Our vantage point of the city skyline is unique. Melbourne’s tallest skyscrapers seem to be gathered around to reflect the setting sun, before they sparkle into the night. It feels like you’re in NYC or Tokyo.”
Under venue manager and notable mixologist Alessandro Nardini (Beneath Driver Lane, Nick & Nora’s, Loch & Key), the “light and full of flavour” cocktail menu tells a story with every drink. Aquafaba is used instead of egg white, with drinks mostly gluten-free and vegan friendly.
“A cocktail is more than just a drink to me, I like to consider elements beyond the physical ingredients, proposing a bit of history behind the drink and creating an experience for my guests. At Fable, storytelling is what we do. Our menu of signature drinks playfully pokes at memorable moments in European history, while also honouring the classics,” says Alessandro.
A signature spin on the classic Bloody Mary, Ropespierre’s Faith, tells a tale of karma during the French revolution, while the Singapore Sling inspired Borgia’s Plot riffs on the most famous, and most scandalous family of the Italian renaissance. Historically a famed elixir by an Italian alchemist, Elisir Lungavitais the moniker of another Fable libation that won a place in the Amaro Montenegro World Competition, a refreshing take on a spritz with thyme, rosemary, lemon and grapefruit sherbet.
“Since I became coeliac two years ago, I know all too well the uncomfortable feeling many people deal with when they can’t find anything on the menu that won’t make them sick. I have curated our cocktail list to look after people with gluten free and vegan dietary requirements, without compromising on creativity and exceptional taste,” says Alessandro.
A menu inspired by the Mediterranean complements the drinks. Executive Chef Alex Xinis is at the helm after heading up two Michelin-starred kitchens in Greece and the MelbournePress Club’s path to achieving its second Good Food Guide hat.
“From Yarra Valley trout caviar on buckwheat blinis to a Jacks Creek marbled porterhouse and an always vegan Moussaka and dark chocolate mousse, our menu heroes local Victorian producers, blending decadence with dietary-consciousness,” says Alex.
“We’re incredibly focused on providing really good service and really good food and drink,” says Gehan.
Fable is tipped to become another Melbourne institution, a destination for after work and late night get togethers, with an open-air vantage point that is unmatched.
Book your experience at this wonderful new rooftop Bar in Melbourne on level 13, 168 Lonsdale St at their website: fablemelbourne.com.au