Perched above The Taphouse, the newly opened Elm Rooftop Bar offers an intimate alfresco escape that overlooks Centennial Parklands, Moore Park, Flinders Street and Darlinghurst’s lush green treetops.

Owner Joshua Thorpe says: “We were trying to figure out what we can do to really land the venue coming out of COVID, so we decided to get the rooftop sorted.”

An ideal setting for boozy Sunday sessions, the bar is set to be equipped with AV equipment to host an array of regular live music performances and DJ sets.

The team at Elm also have plans to have as much regular entertainment at the venue as possible. “At the moment, we’re working on getting at least one drag event a week at the venue, most likely Drag Bingo…” adds Joshua Thorpe.

The bar has a stunning array of fresh-juiced cocktails, each with their own tantalising twist. An extensive list of seltzers is also offered, leading the way in the new trend.

Cocktails include a ‘High Passion’ gin drink with passionfruit liqueur and puree topped with fresh cucumber juice. A ‘Bloody Elm’ is also on the menu, giving a new take to the classic Bloody Mary, using basil-infused vodka, house spice mix and freshly juiced tomato juice.

If you’re not a fan of cocktails or seltzers, there is also over 20 local indie craft beers on tap, as well as a generous wine list.

A new menu will also be featured at Elm, with a large range of share options, as well as a fresh new take on classic pub food, featuring fish tacos with spicy tartare, steak ‘sambos’, southern friend cauliflower bites and crumbed jalapeño poppers with blue cheese filling.

Joshua Thorpe is looking forward to launching the refreshed space with its revitalised take on the Sydney rooftop scene.

Photo credit: Jess Brown