Aurora is the snappy new bar on the sixth flooring of the Melbourne Hotel in Milligan Street. With an indoor area, protected by bi-fold glass doorways and out of doors an ethereal picket deck with views throughout the CBD and over to Northbridge, it’s already proving well-liked in its first couple of weeks of opening. We arrived mid-afternoon and it was virtually full inside, and was out on the deck.
It has a small however nicely thought by way of wine record, with about half a dozen every of purple and white obtainable by the glass, in addition to a few glowing and a rosé – though I want to see an Australian rosé on the listing slightly than the one French entrant.
A glass of Singlefile Riesling and one other of Runfree Pinot Noir, each from Denmark, proved very satisfying as we sat again and admired the view.
They are nonetheless feeling their means in relation to each wine and meals, so the wine record might change over coming weeks as buyer response is assessed – and as for the meals in the intervening time mild, small dishes corresponding to spinach and potato croquettes, hen tulips, salmon bruschetta, chargrilled octopus and a charcuterie share plate are on supply.
Aurora sits properly within the revamped and upgraded Melbourne Hotel improvement and ought to be successful – all of us love a superb rooftop bar in any case. Relaxed atmosphere, good views, pleasant waiters and bar employees, uncomplicated however nice meals, and good wine, all on prime of the world – what extra do you want?