Like a bottle of Italian sunshine with a zingy citrus kick, Aperol is this summer’s essential ingredient. Here’s where to get better acquainted.
On the water
On the other side of Princes Bridge, Arbory Afloat is also turning on some riverside magic this summer. Aperol Spritz is the drink of choice at this Mediterranean-inspired alfresco haven of blonde wood, blue and white. Order some lobster spaghetti, pizza or gelato too, and let the day float by.
With a view
Want to look across the Yarra from above while sipping a spritz or two? Taking in some of the city’s best views, Transit Rooftop Bar’s expansive balcony is another hot spot for cool drinks by the water. With fabulous food from Taxi Kitchen downstairs, there’s every reason to linger as the city skyline lights up.
Another cool rooftop locale is the Waterside Hotel, where you can sip on the Waterside Spritz, a summery concoction of Florente elderflower, mint, strawberies and sparkling wine.
View a view, too
Another CBD bar for sky-high pleasure, Good Heavens rooftop bar is always a top option when you feel that Aperol Spritz urge. Bonus if you feel it coming on between midday and 4pm on Sundays, when they’re only $10! Expand your spritz horizons, because this Sunday special applies to all five on the menu, including the Beauregard Spritz and Forbidden Fruit.
On the balcony
Get in early if you want to go alfresco on the little balcony at Magic Mountain Saloon. Don’t sweat it though, because that Aperol Spritz is going to be just as good indoors or out. Team this taste of the Amalfi Coast with the flavours of Bangkok: playful Thai’s on the menu at this neon-lit bar.
A byword for relaxing Italian-style, Brunetti is now also in Flinders Lane, complete with the Campari Bar. Aperol is the co-star on the drinks list, which includes several takes on the spritz. These boozy Italians even snuggle up together in the Aperol and Campari Spritz, which is only $15 for two between 4 and 7pm daily. As if you needed another excuse to check out the new Brunetti City?
In the rooftop jungle
Fancy sipping your spritz in tropical surroundings? You’ll be spoilt for choice with six different varieties to choose from at the Palmz rooftop bar. Unwind and watch the sun go down in the jungle oasis right in the middle of the city.
By the garden
The Botanical, a longtime Melbourne wining-and-dining favourite, is all class, so don’t think twice about ordering a second glass of chilled Italian sunshine. And make time to take a stroll in the Royal Botanic Gardens across the road.
Please drink responsibly.