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The Long Goodbye, Darlinghurst, Sydney

The Long Goodbye is one of Sydney’s hidden gems. A small doorway to a secret flight of stairs takes you to a candlelit bar, with red velvet chaise lounges. It’s a quaint little place with an air of elegance; perfect for winding down, or a special occasion. I didn’t see a drinks menu at all, but I told the bartender what I liked and he whipped up a mysterious concoction that was absolutely delectable. My friends and I were very happy to sojourn here for the night with our whiskeys and cocktails.  Definitely recommend to all. 



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Bosozoku, South Yarra, Melbourne

What a cool bar! First of all, the aesthetic is awesome; Japanese popular culture themed with Mario Kart, a jacuzzi and games to play. The food is delicious, with Japanese inspired burgers served in a bento box and cocktails served like bubble tea. It’s such a fun bar to hang at with friends, and you’ll probably amuse yourselves for a solid amount of time here like we did, before moving on. It’s pricey, but not too obscene. You’ve got to embrace it and go the full experience. Totally recommend and will definitely return some day soon. 
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Naked for Satan, Fitzroy, Melbourne

Naked For Satan is an outstanding rooftop terrace with sophisticated cocktails and swanky tapas. The views of the Melbourne skyline are glorious on a clear day, although take your hat if the sun’s out as there isn’t much shade outside. Worth visiting for an afternoon of carefree gin and tonics. 

***Hit the link for views from the bar!



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Long Table, Bangkok

The cocktails are exquisite, the views of Bangkok are sublime, the food is gourmet and deliciously inventive and unique. I highly recommend coming here for after dinner drinks, or even at dusk. Either way, it’s definitely part of the nightlife. It’s not pumping like a nightclub- it’s more like an elegant lounge and it runs at a slower pace to the rest of the city. It’s sublime.

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Self-Preservation, Melbourne

We stumbled across Self Preservation by accident- and eating there was the best decision of our visit to Melbourne.

Self Preservation is a cozy little wine bar that is a creative space, offering gallery space for jewellry and local art, as well as boasting a breakfast through dinner menu. Their wine list is extensive and their cheese and antipasto pairings are sublime.

Our waitress was attentive and very warm, and we were immediately put at ease with smooth music and dim lights.

We had three dishes:
1. Brandy infused baked camembert with grilled sourdough, pickled carrot and candied nut salad.
2. Housemade fettuccine with seared prawns, dill and garlic sauce.
3. Beetroot and goat’s cheese risotto with walnut and rocket.

The best food we’ve had all trip. It was a complex fusion of decadent and rich flavours. Excellent food, paired with a Pinot Noir 2010 and service. I’m so glad I came across this restaurant.

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Hemingway’s, Bangkok

It was flooding on Bastille Day, so we created our own tapas celebration with wine and a selection of fine foods, and sat at Hemingway’s for the night.

The atmosphere was family friendly,  but also accommodating to those like us, who were in a large social group.  The attention to detail in the theme of the restaurant was so amusing,  with wicker chairs, South African sunsets and low ceiling fans-  I enjoyed just drinking in the ambience.

The food was great too.  We ordered everything off the appetizer menu and each morsel was a delicacy.  So wonderful and delicious.

Would go again!

 

 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

The Canopy, The Sheaf

As twilight slowly faded, the creatures of the twilight came out. Bejewelled and boat shoed beings slipped from the side streets of Double Bay and paraded into The Sheaf on New south Head road. They didn’t stop there, they thirsted for something more, something higher, something that would promise respite from the stifling Sydney humidity. They danced rhrough the dappled light from the fig tree in the courtyard and, up the side stairs to The Canopy; a new space above The Sheaf.

The Canopy seems to operate on another clock. Opening at 5pm, it unwinds the day, teases out your tension and asks nothing more from you than to while away your summer.

High up in the canopy of the fig tree, the space is botanical themed; moss greens, deep jades and climbing ivy adorned the walls. As the fairy lights twinkle in the momentary movement of the light zephyr, you find yourself perched high above suburbia.  

Upon arrival, I was serenaded with a Veuve Clicquot to celebrate the launch, and felt immediately at ease with the warm staff and hospitality.  The Canopy boasts a great range of gins, tonics and well matched garnishes. Their Lighthouse Gin was served with dehydrated orange and lavender, offering a crisp aromatic freshness to a very clean gin. The Pacific Pearl Punch Cocktail was the very essence of summer in a glass, celebrating notes of passionfruit, fresh mint and hibiscus tea. To keep the wolces away, there were bountiful charcuterie boards, laden with fine delicacies and delicious meats.

I sat back and actually induced myself back in Bangkok- the trendy, relaxed aesthetic was a similar change of pace. In fact, The Canopy should be commended for capturing this ambience. They’ve paid close attention to detail, in the lush greenery, encased scientific oddities, mosaic tables and framed botanical specimens like framed butterflies and press dried flora. The DJ created a perfect pulse to set the atmosphere.

The Canopy is a fresh new space for summer. A relaxed retreat, with an air of elegance and a touch sophistication.