Johnny’s Green Room rooftop in Melbourne

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Johnny’s Green Room has recently reopened its doors, unveiling a stunning transformation that exudes Tuscan terrace vibes. This beloved rooftop watering hole, located at the corner of Lygon and Faraday Streets, has undergone a complete makeover under the guidance of award-winning designer Dion Hall.

With a semi-retractable roof, patrons can now enjoy the captivating atmosphere of Johnny’s Green Room throughout the year. The venue’s new design showcases upgraded bar and kitchen facilities, as well as new bathrooms and furniture. The seating capacity has also been expanded to accommodate up to 260 guests.

Drawing inspiration from the warmth and allure of Italian nuances, the venue boasts a palette of warm tones and incorporates materials such as Douglas Fir timber, terracotta tiles, tiled mosaic elements, and milled zinc. The result is a space that seamlessly blends timeless elegance with a vibrant and inviting ambiance.

In addition to the physical transformation, Johnny’s Green Room has also undergone a brand refresh, masterfully executed by local branding studio Projects of Imagination. The iconic Johnny’s wolf symbol has been reimagined as a more nostalgic icon, while a secondary logo has been introduced to complement the original. The bar staff will sport custom-designed white waiter jackets, adding a touch of classic Italian style to the venue.

When it comes to the culinary offerings, Johnny’s Green Room has enlisted the expertise of renowned chef and author Karen Martini as the Culinary Director. With a focus on pizza and a refreshed take on Mediterranean flavors, the menu features a delightful selection of Italian-style share plates. From zucchine fritte with whipped cod’s roe and anchovy to calamari spiedini with Italian-style tartare sauce, every dish is designed to elevate alfresco dining to new heights.

Celebrated cocktail aficionado Matt Bax has curated an irresistible drink menu, showcasing twists on classic Italian cocktails and an array of refreshing options. From an Amalfi-inspired Limoncello Margarita to a Hugo Spritz featuring handpicked spearmint from the King & Godfree kitchen garden, each sip promises to transport you to the enchanting terrazza of Italy. Non-alcoholic options like Zero Hugo Spritz and Camomilla Sgroppino ensure that everyone can savor the vibrant flavors on offer.

Johnny’s Green Room is not just a feast for the senses but also a haven for music lovers. Collaborating with online radio station Hope St Radio, the venue will feature a year-round music program, showcasing some of Melbourne’s most sought-after DJs and musical acts. With a state-of-the-art KV2 Audio sound system expertly crafted by sound designer Mickey Levis, the soundscape at Johnny’s Green Room promises an immersive experience like no other.

The reopening of Johnny’s Green Room marks a new chapter in its illustrious journey. Owners Jamie Valmorbida and Luca Sbardella are thrilled to welcome guests to this revitalized oasis. As Jamie Valmorbida puts it, “We’re excited about Johnny’s 2.0. Think Tuscan terrace without the daggy music.”

So, whether you’re seeking breathtaking views of the city skyline, delectable food and drinks, or an unforgettable musical experience, Johnny’s Green Room is the ultimate destination. Come and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this reimagined rooftop oasis.