The Arborist is a sleek rooftop retreat in the heart of Geelong

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The Arborist is a sleek rooftop retreat in the heart of Geelong

Words by Chloe Cicero

Look up, because Geelong's newest rooftop gem, The Arborist Rooftop, is a welcome addition to the central Geelong skyline.

For the last few years, the Arborist has been a go-to spot for drinks and dining.

With a sleek contemporary design, attentive service, and now a rooftop bar serving up sophisticated cocktails and seasonal snacks, what more could you ask for?

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Step into The Arborist and be transported to another world. The venue’s design is a masterpiece, blending materials, textures, and an arboretum-inspired palette to create an urban oasis. Muted greens, blacks, and earthy tones harmonise with the European Ash trees framing the building. The showstopper? A stunning green marble bar, while bespoke wall lamps cast a soft glow over the sleek brick dining walls, mirroring the curved external fence.

Indulge in a modern Australian menu with Mediterranean influences. From Raw Tuna with Finger Lime to Gribiche Haloumi with Sultanas, Saffron, Honey, and Almonds, each dish is a culinary treat. Don’t miss out on the Quark Donut with Muhammara and Anchovy or the flavour-packed Baharat Lamb Shoulder. With a heavy focus on shared plates, Executive Chef Anthony Hammel and Head Chef Chantal Chenery recommend their ‘Feed Me’ option, offering a taste of their best small, large, and side dishes.

The Arborist’s beverage selection is equally impressive. Whether you’re into wines or cocktails, the menu is designed for you to curate your own experience. Design cues from the Ash trees continue indoors, with touches of mauve, burgundy, and shell-pink marble adding a touch of elegance to the furnishings and tableware.

A visit to The Arborist can be many things – a leisurely lunch with wine pairings or a lively night of cocktails and grazing with friends. So, when someone asks, “Where shall we go?” There’s only one answer – The Arborist.

The Arborist is located at 75 Little Malop Street, Geelong CBD. It’s open Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, & Wednesday – Sunday 5:00 pm – till late. The Rooftop Bar is open from 3:00 pm – Late, Wednesday to Sunday. 

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