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What better setting to sip on a late afternoon cocktail and toast to your greatness than amongst lush decor provided by mother nature herself? There is no comparison.
Make like a tree and get on down to one of these Australian garden bars next time you’re in the mood to go green.
1. The Beresford, Sydney
Located in the leafy suburb of Surry Hills, The Beresford is a giant establishment spread over two floors – but the real jewel in the crown is the outdoor courtyard, lined wall-to-wall with vines, trees and a bar where the liquor flows all night long.
2. Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
From the extensive vine ceiling hangers to the turquoise colour scheme and plants throughout, this lively haunt has cut zero corners to create the feel of a sanctuary in Brisbane’s bustling nightlife intersection, Fortitude Valley, better known as “The Valley” in local-speak.
3. The Winery, Sydney
While most of the culinary action happens indoors, The Winery features a frond-filled laneway that plays host to a steady stream of well-dressed, pinot-drinking revellers and is a nice inner-city oasis to kick off your weekend.
4. Elixir Rooftop Bar, Brisbane
If you’re into top-notch cocktails and small space solutions incorporating loads of greenery, witness Elixir’s giant walls of leafy flora – then raise a glass to the perfect fusion of nature and night-time fun.
5. The Sherry, Perth
Hidden within a century-old flour mill, The Sherry is an eclectic pocket bar with cool vertical gardens and an even cooler drinks selection.
6. Windsor Castle Hotel, Melbourne
From the front, it may look like a quite old pub – but walk through to the back garden, and you’re instantly transported into a mini oasis of low-hanging trees and plants around every corner.
7. Cloudland, Brisbane
Look up – the vertical gardens of the gargantuan establishment are world-class. Then look down at the equally tidy drinks menu, and go order yourself a cocktail.
8. Sweethearts Rooftop Barbecue, Sydney
Just off the main strip of Sydney’s notorious Kings Cross (and up a long set of stairs), Sweethearts is a cosy, leaf-laden diamond in the city’s burgeoning rooftop scene.
9. Coogee Pavilion, Sydney
Just last year, the iconic venue on the foreshore of Sydney’s Coogee Beach scored itself a worthy upgrade, including a leafy rooftop revamp. Breathe in an invigorating combo of salt air and fragrant palms, herbs and perennials, while enjoying an ocean view and a refreshing drink in hand.
10. Rocket Rooftop, Adelaide
It may not have an abundance of greenery, but the giant palms and open air vibe make it the coolest spot in Adelaide to enjoy a drink and some good music in a laidback, natural setting.
11. Treetops, Melbourne
Climb to the roof of Jimmy Watson’s wine bar and you’ll find an astro-turfed, plant-lined rooftop with plenty of chairs, sun and cocktail-sipping to ease you into the night.
12. The Brisbane Hotel, Perth
A beer garden, yes – but without the bogan connotations of stale cigarette smoke and AC/DC playing loud, and featuring enough foliage to be classified a nature reserve.
13. Palmz, Melbourne
Located on the top floor of Melbourne eclectic Carlton Club, Palmz is, well, just that – a sprawling hive of green palms, good vibes and long nights.
14. Gazebo Wine Garden, Sydney
Where the good-looking and trendy Eastern Sydney-siders like to hang – and for good reason: it’s loaded with greenery and most importantly, damn good wine.
15. Le Bon Ton, Melbourne
Good food, ample green outdoor area – what more do you want?