Acclaimed new Mediterranean inspired rooftop bar Fable Melbourne launches Aperitivo this Friday 28 January. Aperitivo cocktails and bites will be served from 3-6pm Fridays-Saturdays.
Enjoy a classic Italian Aperitivo experience, while savouring the venue’s exceptional 14th floor views from the East End of the city all the way to the Arts Centre, Marvel Stadium and the Bolte Bridge.
The stylish, eclectic and warm venue has just commissioned a striking new mural by Melbourne artist Paink, installed in the venue alongside a range of other new artworks, curated by assistant venue manager Daniel Monk.
Owned and designed by prolific hospitality personality Gehan Rajapakse (Sofitel, Hyde Bar, Rah Bar, Club 23, Crown Casino), Fable had an overwhelmingly positive welcome when it opened in November 2021. With a thoughtful menu of mythical cocktails that are mostly gluten-free and vegan friendly, the bar also boasts a considered share plate menu by Michelin Star chef Alex Xinis.
Venue manager Alessandro Nardini (Beneath Driver Lane, Nick & Nora’s) and Bar Manager Alessandro De Giorgio (The Clove Club London, Michelin Star restaurant/bars across Europe) both grew up in parts of Italy where Aperitivo is “almost a religious thing”, making Aperitivo at Fable Melbourne the essential first addition to the venue’s upcoming program of special events.
Fable Melbourne is now ready to entertain from mid-afternoon until 2am, every weekend at the highest rooftop bar in the CBD.
“We want to recreate the vibes Alessandro and I remember so well from afternoons in Italy, when you catch up with friends for what Aussies call “pre-drinks”. The Aperitivo is a lovely pairing of easy but tasty food and drinks; simplicity is key. What is really special at Fable Melbourne is the view, the service and the people around you,” says Alessandro Nardini.
“Get ready for the Italian classics. We can’t wait to mix Negronis, Paper Planes and showcase our dedicated Spritz menu, ready to refresh your weekend afternoons,” adds Alessandro De Giorgio.
Aperitivo cocktails are priced at just $15. The Spritz selection includes Aperol Spritz, Campari Spritz, Limoncello Spritz, Hugo Spritz and Venetian Spritz.
An Aperitivo bites menu complements the drinks, by Executive Chef Alex Xinis. After helming a two Michelin-starred kitchen in Greece, Alex became the head chef at Melbourne Press Club before the venue achieved its second Good Food Guide hat.
The Aperitivo menu includes simple bites but full of flavour inspired by Italian style Aperitivo such as focaccia with prosciutto, mortadella and more, a charcuterie board and a selection of vegan cheeses.
Aperitivo will be a ritual at Fable Melbourne and the menu will be updated regularly, with the venue’s retractable roof allowing for all season dining. Prices range from $6 – $25.
Bookings are now open for Aperitivo via www.fablemelbourne.com.au. Late night walk-ins are encouraged from Wednesday until Saturday, with the venue open until 2am on weekends.
What: Aperitivo at Fable Melbourne
Where: Level 13, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
When: 3pm – 6pm Fridays and Saturdays
Fable Melbourne Opening Hours: 5pm–1am Wednesday and Thursday; 3pm–2am Friday and Saturday
Fable is fast becoming a Melbourne destination for after work and late night get togethers, with an open-air vantage point that is unmatched.
Main image: Sam Tabone