by Xavier Toby in Cool Travel on Thursday 13 January 2011

It’s date night, and going to the movies is such a cliche that the multiplex is no longer good enough. Over summer, there are movies in gardens, swimming pools and on the most renowned rooftop in Melbourne. That’s at the Rooftop Bar, on top of Curtain House on Swanston Street, which also includes Cookie for cocktails and Thai, and the Toff in Town for gigs and class. Which you should know.

So the movies? Well the schedule is up on the website and it’s a fantastic mix of arthouse, classics and contemporary. Most sell out so buy your tickets in advance. Also take a few jackets, it often gets chilly later on. We’re still in Melbourne remember.

What else? The view of the surrounding skyscrapers is nearly as good as the films, the deck chairs are comfy and colourful, and there’s hot and cold snacks and a full bar. Even better, the bar is open for hours after the film, provided you haven’t stuffed up your date with your choice or film or personality. [Photo by Elsa Campbell]