After a brief stint of retail therapy around Melbourne and checking out the ginormous H&M which is housed within the very impressive Melbourne GPO, it was time for a follow up snack and drink or two to carry on with the weekend celebrations.
Bar of choice? The Lui Bar at Vue de Monde on the 55th floor in the Rialto Tower, which also happens to be the tallest office building in the Southern Hemisphere–that’s a bit of trivia for you ;). The sophisticated cocktail bar sits 236 meters above the city with views of Melbourne and the bay and is accessed via an express lift that is controlled by the front desk staff on the ground floor of the building.
Ooh lah la! Have a look at that pretty ‘chandelier’ of transparent clouds above the bar
Us girls perused through the menu before we left it up to the guys to take charge with what to order whilst we ventured outside to the observation deck to take in the views.
It was super blustery and windy that day so we didn’t last too long outside, we quickly took a few snaps and before we ventured back inside where it was a lot warmer and calmer.
Leatherwood Old Fashioned
No surprises to what the guys ordered, Leatherwood Old Fashioneds for both fellas. The Old Fashioned was stirred using single malt whisky with a Tasmanian honey called Leatherwood in place of sugar. Quite noticeably, the much loved cocktail had a sweeter and floral scent as well as a sweeter finish on the palate. The Stranger much preferred the usual Old Fashioned minus the honey but it was nice to try something different. As for us ladies, they ordered us a bottle of bubbles, a 2008 Josef Chromy from Tama Valley, Tasmania ($95) which got us a few glasses each whilst we clinked each others glasses every time we got a top up. 😉 Oh them bubbles!
And of course, not forgetting the snacks!
Marron brioche roll; $12.00
So, so good. The tiger and I even recalled that it reminded us of the lobster roll we had back in NYC a few years back but this one was way, way wayyyyyy tastier. The soft fluffy brioche bun was sweet with a toasty slightly caramelised crunch; each half filled generously with a slightly creamy marron meat mixture. So yum!
Mini burgers; $18.00
A trio of mini burgers: David Blackmore Wagyu Beef, barramundi and a seasonal veggie one. All were spot on and sated our snacky bellies enough to not verge on the ‘I’m full’ scale.
And a final cocktail for the birthday girl! A classic and one of many favourite–the espresso martini.
What a lovely spot to relax and chill and get a little time out from the city below. The bar itself is fancy and rather relaxing; and the service was fantastic, our waiter during our visit was very attentive, informative and friendly. We will definitely pay a revisit when we’re in town… hopefully we’ll be dining on the other side inside Vue de Monde next time! 😉
The Lui Bar
Level 55, Rialto
525 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000