Is there anything better than a lively rooftop? There’s a reason this pub is so popular with both visitors and locals; the Imperial offers the best rooftop in the CBD, with views directly opposite to Melbourne’s Parliament House.
No matter the weather, you’re protected. This winter, the rooftop has been transformed into a cosy ski chalet theme, complete with giant mock ice blocks, furry throws, plaid cushions, ski decor and a roof covering that makes the entire place feel a bit like an igloo.
Did we mention the jumbo screen to watch the game? Or the sports bar downstairs, just in case the screen upstairs isn’t quite doing it for you?
On the menu
Traditional pub food is executed perfectly here. From sliders and nachos to parmas and steak sandwiches, portions are hearty and perfectly done to soak up all any drinks you might be having as you watch the game.
There are also plenty of meals on offer to suit all dietaries, including an eggplant parma, risotto, pizza and salads. For dessert, finish up with a sticky date pudding or an apple and rhubarb crumble.
There are live sports constantly on the calendar here, with everything from the NRL to the NFL, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, UFC and WLC playing. Their motto is “if they’re playing, we play it’.
The Princess Theatre is right next door and currently home to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, an incredible 3.5 hour play that is just as exciting as the best of footy games. The Imperial is perfect to duck into before you head into the play, especially if you want to catch a game before or after.
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