The Imperial Hotel has launched one of Melbourne's largest rooftop beer gardens, with a capacity for 270 people.

Located on the corner of Spring and Bourke Streets, the pub’s rooftop spans 185 square metres, has 360 degree views of the city’s skyline and Parliament House, and is an entirely smoke-free zone.

More than 20 beers are on tap on The Imperial’s rooftop, with a  mix of local and international brews on offer including Little Creatures IPA, Stellar Artois, Guinness, Hoegaarden as well as James Squire pear and apple cider.

A shipping container was brought up to the second storey and now houses a kitchen and a bar. Chef Justin Wise has put together a menu of “pub-style treats with a twist” including the Kevin Bacon (chips with cheese and bacon); Big Earl’s onion rings with BBQ sauce; chicken ribs marinated in XO sauce, ginger and garlic; and jalapeno poppers with cream cheese and raspberry sauce.





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