MELBOURNE | The Stolen Gem is a bar hidden on the eighth floor rooftop of an unassuming building on Bourke Street. Formerly home to a courtyard of an adjoining jeweller (hence the name), and then a private events space, this rooftop bar offers one of the more unique views in the city. 260° degree views across the city, with the spectacular view of the Melbourne GPO building and Bourke Street mall greeting you as you enter.
It’s a classy but unpretentious space, featuring a large terrace with a fully retractable roof and heating, making it suitable no matter the weather.
Cocktails are the focus of the drinks menu, made using Victorian and Australian spirits, and foraged herbs. There’s unique creations like the S’more Old Fashioned, made using Heartshorn peated vodka, housemade vanilla bean spirit, and chocolate bitters, and the Aloe Aloe, which features Rocky Jones gin, bitters, lemon, egg white, and aloe vera foam. Classics are available on request, and there’s also a selection of wine and beer.
For food, it’s share plates like confit salt bush lamb ribs with rendang rub, char sui style beef brisket burnt ends with toasted pumpkin and sesame seeds, and a limited quantity of sushi boxes from Uminono.
The Stolen Gem
L8, 388 Bourke Street
Wed – Thu: 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 1:00am