Freelance writer with a passion for anything that involves eating and drinking.
Published February 4th 2014
Nestled on top of the St Kilda Sea Baths is this ultimate hot summers day hide out. This place is the perfect location to sink few beers and enjoy the breeze whilst people watching those below at the St Kilda beach.
[ADVERT]As an ex-St Kilda local I often made the short trip up the staircase and on to this rooftop bar, and on Sunday I decided to revisit my old stomping ground and pay Captain Baxter a little visit.
As expected for a nearly forty-degree day, it was packed. In true St Kilda style, the shaded areas were abandoned and the beautiful people were sunning themselves on the deck. I myself am usually on a sun and shade carousel, constantly moving around and generally being a pest to those that I am with who have to follow me and assess the redness of my skin. The views are lovely though and it's hard not to stand outside and look down on the busy beach, the waves and the palm trees whilst sipping on a refreshing beverage.
The drinks menu has something for everyone - and I mean everyone. The menu is like a short story. Chapter one, wine, about 200 of them. The following chapters cover classic cocktails, unique cocktails, jugs of cocktails, short cocktails, tall cocktails, non alcoholic cocktails, beers, ciders, and finally a whole smorgasbord of spirits. I was feeling sentimental and in the mood for some St Kilda nostalgia so I ordered an Acland Smash, a muddled up pomello mixed with Westwinds Gin, pink grapefruit, kaffir lime leaves and grapefruit bitters. Delicious. As it was such a hot day I was careful not to drink too much alcohol and so for my next drink I opted for a "Nojito," a non-alcoholic mojito. Also delicious.
Captain Baxter does food too but I didn't indulge this time. I have, however, eaten there before and I can say with confidence that the food is great. Unsurprisingly though, it's the drink selections and the glorious views that keep people coming back to this fantastic beach look-out point.