There’s no single word to describe Loop.
The multi-faceted venue is more than a bar, rooftop garden or arts exhibition space – it is all the above, offering a spot for Melbournians to enjoy lm screenings, audio-visual performances, DJ events, creative forums, and art and design exhibitions, all while knocking back a perfectly prepared cocktail.
The Meyers Place institution has been looking a er the creative needs of locals since 2003, when owners Adam Bunny and George and Alex Giannopoulos decided to create a platform where emerging artists could showcase their work. More than 13 years later, they continue to present an ever-changing arts program in a unique setting, combining delicious dining and drinking with a cultural immersion.
The name Loop reflects the transitory nature of film and performance, referring to the audio-visual programming that takes place within the bar. However, it could also be considered a reference to the ever-changing food and drink options on offer, all of which circle around the idea of fresh ingredients and flavours.
The Loop journey begins in the ground floor project space, where high-end video projectors beam onto large format screens, and audio is delivered by the world-renowned Void sound system. Stairs wind up to the rooftop space, appropriately named Loop Roof, where punters are wowed by the magical garden setting and panoramic city-views.
At Loop Roof, the award-winning team of bartenders presents a cocktail experience that more than matches the surroundings. Start with the refreshing When Jez Gives You Lemons, which combines West Winds Cutlass with native lemon myrtle, lemon juice, sugar, bitters and egg whites. Vino fans are spoilt for choice, with a comprehensive list of both Australian and international drops, while the beer list is equally as diverse, covering an abundance of beer styles with a focus on Australian craft beer.
When it comes to dinner, Loop has you covered with a range of bar snacks and larger dishes perfect for sharing. Double beef and cheese sliders are served with pickles and mayo flanked by a brioche bun, while the marinated mushroom slider comes with gouda cheese, tomato and lettuce.
Lamb and pistachio balls are a gluten-free delight, while bacon and blue cheese croquettes with pear and apple aioli combine classic flavours for an indulgent hit. You can’t go past the KFC – Korean fried cauliflower – these tiny bites of joy are served hot with a side of sweet chilli.
To finish the night, order a glass of dessert wine, a whisky from the very expansive back bar, or a Pedro Ximenez, before devouring the divine sticky date pudding filled with Loop-made gingerbread ice cream.
Adam, George and Alex knew that Melbourne’s fickle weather couldn’t be trusted, so have designed the rooftop to cater for rain, hail or shine. The four-section, retractable awning system protects against extreme conditions, while heating and misting keeps you warm or cool, depending on the season.
There’s no slowing down for the Loop team, with plans to build a majestic moon deck balcony overlooking their existing rooftop, and the installation of lush, exotic vertical gardens to adorn their external walls from street level to rooftop. With such an impressive offering already, things can only go up, up and up.