Lui Bar, Vue De Monde, Melbourne – bar review

Wow, what a treat! The evening of magnificence started with a drink at the oh-so-posh Lui Bar. The well-dressed staff were polite yet chatty and gave advice and recommendations as to what cocktails we might after quizzing us on our tastes.

The decor was stunning – old school psychiatrists couches clad in leather, leather bucket chairs with kangaroo fur outers, antique silver tray tables, and leather covered round foot stools. A lot of wood and a lot of leather.  However, I was a bit distracted by the VIEW of Melbourne from the 55fth floor of the Rialto building. With a glorious sunset backlighting the view of the city out to the bay, the only way it can be described is ah-mazing!

The cocktail menu was extensive and contained interesting blends as well as the trusted favourites. I was interested to see a Margaret River Gin listed under the Australian Gins heading.  Apparently it is a new distillery and has just come into stock. It was lovely and smooth – not at all harsh like some of the mass-produced cheaper brands.  Just lovely.

After selecting our drinks, we settled back and enjoyed our luscious surroundings and soaked up the view.

Drinks at Lui Bar

After an hour, our reservation at restaurant Vue De Monde was ready.  Yippee!  My taste buds were in for a extra special treat and I was super excited.


The Lui Bar 
Level 55, Rialto
525 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
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Open every day. Check website for times.

The Lui Bar on Urbanspoon

Liberté, Albany’s coolest bar

This old pub building has been totally transformed into a French style art-deco-ish cafe, cocktail bar, wine bar and tea room. Libertè at The London Hotel in Albany, 450km south of Perth, Western Australia, is the seaside town’s coolest bar.

Owner Kester Solomon, a former Vegas professional poker player (true!), said that he wanted to create a place that was special, where women would feel welcome and want to dress up for a night out, as well as a place that offers locals different wines from the region and from around the world.

The cocktail bar hits you the face when you enter from Stirling Terrace with large murals of fashionista types proving the backdrop to a dark and seductive bar. It is very cool.

Cool cocktail bar

The corner bar is filled with light during the day and it is where you will find great coffee and a cute casual french bar / cafe atmosphere.  The wine list features some locals wineries as well as wines from further afield such as France, Spain and Italy. There is an extensive cocktail list also.

The tea rooms are ornately decorated in a French provincial style and I  can imagine that room would be filled with ladies chatting over high tea during one of the special high tea events held there.

Libertè is a sophisticated breath of fresh air into a town that used to once have a reputation for rough pubs filled with burly fisherman.  No longer.  Well done Kester. You’ve certainly wowed us.

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Libertè at The London Hotel
162 Stirling Terrace
Albany  Wa  6330
Tel: +61 (0)8 9847 4797

Open Mon – Sat early til evening and late night Wed – Sat.