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The Q, Melbourne Review

Vaseline 2 months ago

Overview

Melbourne’s CBD has no shortage of rooftop bars, and every time the sun decides to grace us with its presence, there are plenty of them packed. But The Q at the Quincy Hotel still manages to fly under the radar most days, even though it has such a prime location on the corner of Flinders Lane and King Street.

To find it, you need to enter the hotel in Melbourne and go to the 28th floor. Here lies the hotel swimming pool (unfortunately only available to hotel guests) and The Q, with its large covered drinking and dining area and narrow wraparound terrace.

The indoor dining space is great, but you really come here for the view. When you enter, head to the few benches outside in the sun, with beautiful views over the city skyline and the Yarra. While many of Melbourne’s rooftop bars are still within the city’s skyline, The Q towers above most other towers in the area. You really feel high above everything here.

The Q bar at the Quincy Hotel in Melbourne - rooftop bar Melbourne.The Q bar at the Quincy Hotel in Melbourne - rooftop bar Melbourne.

Drink-wise, The Q is more of an upscale cocktail spot than a casual beer and wine spot. And you will realize this as soon as you walk through the door, as you are greeted by the rhythmic sounds of cocktail shakers. The signature seasonal sips cover a wide range of spirits and flavor profiles, and you can count on the classics to be top-notch.

Bar food is available at the downstairs restaurant Salted Egg, which champions refined Southeast Asian street food. Everything is portioned for snacking, including the fresh oysters topped with red nahm jim; fluffy pork baos; raw tuna in shrimp rice cups; chicken ribs with garlic-chili-fish sauce; and cups of wild mushroom lettuce. Many of these options are one-bite snacks, perfect for when you’re juggling a cocktail in the other hand.

And to entice local employees and hotel guests to the rooftop, the team is even offering a great happy hour deal. From Thursday to Saturday between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM you get a 20% discount on all food and drinks. You can also take advantage of The Q’s semi-regular bottomless cocktail package. The contents of this all-you-can-drink deal change from time to time, but from April to June 2024, it’s all about free-flowing margaritas. If you needed an excuse to go to heaven, this should do the trick.

The Q bar at the Quincy Hotel in Melbourne - rooftop bar Melbourne.The Q bar at the Quincy Hotel in Melbourne - rooftop bar Melbourne.