The Aylesbury Rooftop… it just makes me happy thinking about the prospect of drinking there. Somehow it takes the idea of the Melbourne rooftop bar and does something a little different with it. It manages class and sophistication with a touch of laid back and humble. They start with a sleek and unassuming decor, spot on staff and a killer drinks list. They round this off with spanish nibbles, perfect for snacking, and quite frankly, all I have to say is well done them.
Just off Lonsdale street, you slip past the door for The Aylesbury downstairs and head straight to the evelator. Hit number 5 and up you head – it all feels very penthouse and special. Once you get there you find a small bar and a little outdoor section that allows you to soak up the sun. During the day it’s relaxed and perfect for that afternoon G&T (or three lets be honest), and by night it turns into an intimate, buzzing bar serving up great cocktails and beautiful food.
I’ve been there many a time, usually during the afternoon to make the most of the summer heat, but a week or so ago was the first time I managed to eat there.
In a pre-theatre kind of mood, we opted to share a few of the smaller items between us. The Eggplant chips, the patatas bravas and some of the smoked eel croquettes.
Everything was spot on and not too heavy, even though most of what we ordered was deep fried. The eggplant chips managed to taste fresh and the flavour of the smoked eel was strong and beautiful.
Mother Collins also ordered the lamb ribs (she isn’t really the sharing type) and she informed me that these were ‘stunning’ – that’s pretty good coming from her.
We sipped many a glass of the Lonia Brut, Macabeo Xarel-lo Parellada from Spain and almost didn’t want to leave in time to make our show.