Embla Rooftop Bar and Cinema

This summer enjoy drinks, dinner and a movie with Embla in Melbourne’s CBD. 

Embla is going up! Discovering the ideal rooftop space atop its Russell Street neighbour – the Melbourne Theosophical Society – owners Christian McCabe and Dave Verheul are launching a drink, dine and viewing concept and have given the space a sun-loving fit-out.

An extended summer season at Embla Rooftop will commence Saturday, 30 January with an evening screening of True Romance, to be followed by weekly movie themes such as:

  •  Food and wine week
  •  80s week
  •  Music week
  •  Nicolas Cage week 
  •  And more great themes to be announced

Dotted with sun lounges, yellow-striped deck chairs in vintage fabric, picnic tables, brightly painted walls with murals of nature, and a giant 5-metre wide (= around 220 inches) screen, the space lends itself to Italian Mediterranean cuisine, delivered in an Embla style of fresh, summery and shareable smaller plates, including: 

  •  Crab, fennel and lemon toasts
  •  Raw kingfish, pumpkin seed miso, cucumber and cumquat
  •  Stracciatella, cimi di rapa, golden beetroot and walnut  

Open for drinks and bites from 3pm, the rooftop will transform into an open-air movie theatre after sunset where film fans will be delivered al fresco-appropriate drinks and served classic cinema food, including gelato pops from Piccolina Gelateria, cultured butter and sea salt popcorn and some Embla-inspired ice-cream sundaes. 

Events company, District Agency (Gourmet Cinema), have curated the films and themes, with viewing to include Chef, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sideways, Dirty Dancing, The Lost Boys, The Gentlemen and Pulp Fiction, among others – ensuring there is something for everyone. 

The relaxed spirit will be encouraged in the delivery of something familiar in a new environment with the Embla team, some nostalgia through the films and optimism and hope. “We feel this is what people need in these uncertain times,” said Christian McCabe.

“It’s really cool to have an old building to be able to do this with. It’s also a product of the times, in that we are permitted to create this activation on this temporary site. It’s a fun bottle of wine, a good movie and some Embla snacks, on a Melbourne rooftop – the ideal recipe for summer.” 

The activation is an opportunity to celebrate the building and its assets one last time before it is developed into a boutique hotel.

Embla Rooftopwill be open from 3pm Wednesday to Sunday, with Embla lunch seatings available on weekends. Movie tickets will need to be purchased in advance via the website: www.emblarooftop.com.au

126 Russell Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
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