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Coogee Pavilion, Merivale’s stunning beachside venue, will open its highly anticipated rooftop bar this Tuesday 30 December. The latest instalment of the expansive three level venue, Coogee Pavilion Rooftop is a local oasis where guests can enjoy sensational food, great company and an unrivalled view of the breathtaking Coogee shoreline.


A fun and relaxed social destination for the iconic beachside suburb, Coogee Pavilion Rooftop is home to four indoor and outdoor bars, a sweeping balcony and one of the best vantage points a Sydney venue has to offer. Laidback and fuss-free, the Rooftop caters to a wide range of tastes and occasions, from post-beach snacks to cocktails at sunset.


Executive Chef Jordan Toft leads the Rooftop kitchen. Inspired by his travels throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, the menu is defined by lip-smacking yet simple flavours befitting the Rooftop’s oceanfront home. Think whole baby calamari in ink vinaigrette; haloumi wrapped in grape vine leaves with lemon oil; adana - ground lamb and beef with washed onion and sumac; pork neck with sea salt and fresh dill; and kefta meatballs with warm spice and Arabic string cheese. The drinks menu features a long refreshing list of summertime cocktails and sharing pitchers, alongside a beautiful selection of wine chosen by Merivale’s MS Group Sommelier Franck Moreau.


Toft joined Merivale in June, bringing with him extensive experience in leading kitchens around the world. He worked closely alongside the revered Peter Doyle for six years, both at Doyle’s own restaurant, Celsius, and as sous chef at Merivale’s renowned est. After spending four years cooking around Europe, he moved to Los Angeles in 2010 where he held the position as Executive Chef of Eveleigh, located in the heart of the Sunset Strip. As Executive Chef of Coogee Pavilion, Toft not only presides over the rooftop kitchen, but leads a dynamic team of chefs on the ground floor including Head Chef Zac Sykes and pizza maestro Vincenzo Biondini.


Designed as if it was once the conservatory of an eccentric botanist, Coogee Pavilion Rooftop has been brought to life by a design team including Kelvin Ho and Emilie Delalande of Akin Creative, Amanda Talbot, Justin and Bettina Hemmes. From overflowing lush greenery to mismatched Moroccan tiles, each bar possesses an entirely different aesthetic. Beautiful chairs covered in sketches of exotic birds and tables painted by local artist Mayriel Luke complete the stunning interiors.


Coogee Pavilion Rooftop and Ground Floor will both be open on New Year’s Eve with no bookings or tickets required. The Rooftop provides a beautiful setting to ring in 2015 while the ground floor offers a relaxed approach to the festivities.


Since opening its doors in July, Coogee Pavilion has become a firm favourite among Sydney locals and travellers alike. The ground floor offers a variety of dining experiences and is the ideal location for family get-togethers, weekend breakfasts, coffee dates, light snacks and catching up with friends. It recently won Best Venue Renovation at the 2014 Australian Liquor Industry Awards.


Coogee Pavilion Rooftop

Opens 30 December 2014

For further information and enquiries,

please visit

@coogeepavilion #coogeepavilion



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Rebecca Gibbs

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Phone – 02 9240 3000

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Originally a fashion house, Merivale, owned by the Hemmes family, has been established in Australia for 59 years. The Hemmes family are developing and operating pioneers within the hospitality industry, owning a portfolio of more than 50 restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and function spaces in Sydney. Justin Hemmes is the Chief Executive Officer of Merivale.

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