The new Viaduct Harbour sensation, Bivacco Bar & Grill, is the only place you need to be this summer

Having just opened its doors officially, new waterfront bar and brasserie Bivacco Bar and Grill has fast become the place to be. Set in the iconic Viaduct Harbour spot that used to house Headquarters, this exceptional new hospitality destination is offering the kind of experience that one might compare to the likes of Balthazar in New York or Totti’s in Sydney — such is its scale.

As much a place for long, indulgent lunches of flavourful Italian fare as it is for a late-afternoon drink, Bivacco is quickly establishing itself as one of the best places to head to when the work day is done — mostly because of its dedicated aperitivo hour. From 4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday, Bivacco welcomes punters to watch the sun go down over the sparkling waters of Viaduct Harbour, as they delight in an array of champagne, cocktail, and Peroni specials, accompanied by complimentary bites.

Of course, Bivacco’s antipasti menu is extensive and delicious, where dishes like burrata with black garlic, courgette, mint and asparagus and raw white asparagus, drizzled with aged balsamic and thyme and finished with parmesan, meet the likes of fried mozzarella sticks with caviar, and delicate beef carpaccio with truffle, wild garlic, pickled mushroom and ricotta salata. On the main menu, a number of tasty pizza and pasta dishes sit alongside meats that have been cooked to perfection on an open flame, as well as an array of satiating sides and one of the best tiramisu dishes we have ever tried.

Having opened just in time for the summer season, Bivacco is one of the best places in the City at which to make the most of the long, warm nights and beautiful sunsets that will become more and more frequent in the coming weeks — after all, you won’t get much better than this spot for views, food and drinks.

To celebrate the opening of this stunning new destination, we are giving away a Bivacco aperitivo and dining experience to one lucky Denizen valued at $900. From a selection of antipasti (including shaved white asparagus and fried mozzarella) to goat’s cheese ravioli, wood-fired whole John Dory and Bivacco’s signature dish of Veal Milanese, finished off with an Amalfi lemon tart and rosemary ice cream and drinks to match, this is one experience to savour.

This competition is now closed.

Gastronomy

Taking over a coveted spot in Parnell, meet Rhu — the elevated new all-day eatery from an ex-Pasture chef
Raise a glass to rosé as Soul Bar & Bistro launches a month-long celebration of this delicious drop
Ahi is raising the bar with the introduction of its new, alcohol-free wild sodas