Climb the spiral staircase to Harvie’s slender rooftop bar: in an Art Deco gem in Armadale

Legend has it that the man in charge of Armadale’s Coughlin’s Dairy built a rooftop on his property in the early 1940s so he could drink his daily glass of milk with a panoramic view.

Some 80 years later, the milk stopped flowing, and Nick Foley and Andrew Savvas (also owners of Camberwell’s Gloria’s wine bar) resurrected part of the old dairy as a two-story bar and rooftop Harvie.

It is a place to choose your own adventure. Behind the heritage-listed façade on the street level (once a milk bar), settle in by the beautiful curved window and watch the world go by. You can also cozy up by the fire on the patio, which is the largest space in the place. Or check Harvie’s website for the next sunset and climb the stairs to the skinny rooftop for spectacular views of the neighborhood as the sun fades. Still to come in the not too distant future is an art gallery and a small cigar bar (on a second rooftop).

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However, Harvie’s pièce de résistance is the means by which the rooftop is reached: a remarkable terrazzo-covered spiral staircase that is already drawing crowds. “It’s wild,” says Foley. “There is a new angle to admire every day. People deserve to see it.” And during the day, a circular skylight floods the staircase with natural light.

As for the food, the hero is a roll brimming with lobster and prawns that is already so popular that locals order takeout. In addition, there are also charcuterie and cheese boards to prepare yourself, spicy smoked paprika hummus (made by Savvas’s mother), ham croquettes and an exquisite duck and cherry pâté. Overseeing the wine list is Mark Nelson, co-founder of The Moon and Milton Wine Shop.

Cremorne-based furniture store Arthur G outfitted the space in timeless and sophisticated styles. It’s in keeping with modern-style architecture (rounded corners and softened white walls) with a custom sofa by prolific Australian designer Wendy Bergman.


109 Wattletree Road, Armadale


Tue to Thu 3pm–11pm

Friday and Saturday from 13:00 to 00:00

Sun 13:00–10:00

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