The Lui Bar
Level 55, Rialto
525 Collins Street
A couple of seasons ago, I took a visiting friend up to the Lui Bar. High up on the 55th floor of the Rialto, it was an ideal place to soak in all of Melbourne and her gloriousness. Coupled with alcohol, what more could we want?
The Lui Bar is exquisite. There’s plush lounges aplenty and the very fact that you are sipping on a cocktail, sprawled on leather amidst the clouds, provides a sense of class and exclusivity.
Being new to Melbourne, Opossum had a lot to take in. Since Melbourne was a coffee hub, we insisted he get an espresso cocktail. The set up was impressive with the slow drip coffee percolating into Belvedere vodka. It was a fantastic balance of both brews, each complimenting the other into a delightful head-buzzing concoction. I had a lovely mixture of honeyed whisky. The use of leatherwood gave the drink an easy sweetness, buffed up with leathery and herby notes.
With the very air of Vue de Monde spilling in, we had to order some food. The Wagyu beef sliders made one very delicious mouthful of burger. The patty was thick and juicy and was accompanied by the classic American pickings of ketchup, cheese and pickle. The beer-battered fish burger too was excellent. The fish was well-battered without being too oily and the house-made tartare was one of the best I’ve come across.
The chickpea fries were oh-my-god-amazing. The legume had been pureed into a soft fluffy mix and then deep fried. Each baton was steaming hot, crunchy and at the same time, velvety smooth. I couldn’t get enough of them.
The Lui Bar is a great place to chill and a haven for unwinding. Be it a bar-hopping tourist or a home-grown Melbournian, I highly recommend that you get into that elevator and shoot up to the Lui Bar for some good times. And of course, if the wallet isn’t complaining, complete the experience with the gastronomical theatre of Vue De Monde.