There’s nothing better than pulling up a bar stool and soaking up the scenery, especially when the view reveals 360 degree vistas and impressive landmarks. We’ve rounded up seven watering holes around the country that set the bar high — sometimes literally.
WORDS: Walter Marsh
This lofty bar and fine dining spot atop Melbourne’s gold-plated Eureka Tower offers a very literal interpretation of ‘living the high life’. Set one floor above the Skydeck, it’s a perfect place to gaze at the twinkling lights of Melbourne’s great sprawl while you raise your second Espresso Martini. Reserve a dinner spot to make sure you get a window-side table as you work through the chef ’s tasting menu.
For a drinking experience paired with Melbourne’s finest views, book a table at Eureka 89, Eureka Tower, Southbank, Melbourne.
BATHERS BEACH HOUSE
Mews Road, Fremantle
A few years ago, this summer favourite became the first licensed beach in Australia — now you can feel the sand in your toes as you sample a pint of Single Fin summer ale from nearby Gage Road Brew Co. A hop and a skip from the city centre, it’s also just next door to the Fremantle Tourist Wheel if you’re in need of extra elevation.
North Terrace, Adelaide
This rooftop wonder right on the CBD’s northern edge looks out over Adelaide’s parklands, revealing the hallowed turf of Adelaide Oval and a bird’s eye view of the front yard of Government House (it’s just across the road). Grab a glass of Alpha Box & Dice Prosecco and wave hello to the Governor for us.
PEE WEE’S AT THE POINT
East Point, Darwin
Sandwiched between a monsoon forest reserve and the tropical waters of Fannie Bay, Pee Wee’s at the Point is a bar and restaurant a short drive out of Darwin, and offers a tranquil spot to catch your breath. But be warned: those Top End views may just take it away again.
South Bank, Brisbane
This swanky hotel bar sits at the more luxurious end of the spectrum, and has the views to match. With glass balconies, glass tables, translucent chairs and, most ambitiously, a retractable glass ceiling, you’ll feel like you’re floating over the Brisbane River in a great glass prism. Sip on a Rosella Spritz to take the edge off the vertigo.
Market Street, Sydney
The 309-metre high Sydney Tower is one of the most recognisable sights in the Sydney skyline — from everywhere but Bar 83, that is. Here you’ll be sitting inside that great golden needle, taking in unparalleled views of the city amidst a polished, 70s-inspired decor. Lean into the bar’s retro-futuristic setting with a Kubrick inspired cocktail, the Hal #2.
THE GLASS HOUSE
Franklin Wharf, Hobart
Perched on a pier overlooking the River Derwent, this waterside joint is an ideal setting for letting your eyes settle after a day spent viewing experimental art at Mona or exploring the natural wonders that sit on the city’s doorstep. Take your pick from a deep selection of Tasmanian wine or spirits to pair with locally-sourced seafood while you drink in all that southern serenity.