Glam, glam and more glam—that’s the first thought you’ll have when stepping out of the elevator and into Fortitude Valley’s newest rooftop bar, Dirty Sultan.
Turkish-inspired and Instagram-ready, the exotic new bar has taken over the rooftop of the Tryp Hotel on Constance Street (yep, where Up On Constance used to be). Though the views are pretty spectacular from the edge, you’ll probably be too busy eyeing up the venue to notice, because this baby is quite the looker.
The glorious greenery wall at the entrance is just the start—around the corner awaits a stunning, open-air space (at least when the retractable roof is open), split into different seating areas and cosy nooks. The place to be is definitely the massive daybeds perched right on the edge of the rooftop space, surrounded by sheer curtains with copper pendant lights hanging above. Less lounge-able, but just as glamorous, are the pastel-pink soft chairs scattered around low tables, the velvet bench seating under a vibrant mural and table seating in the indoor area by the bar, with the entire venue adorned in wall gardens and Turkish lanterns.
Tucked away behind a screen is a Turkish bathhouse-looking space where you can lounge while you inhale Turkish shisha, if you’re so inclined. If not, there’s plenty of libations to be had at the bar, not to mention tasty bites.
While there’s a heap of craft beers, boutique wines and spirits on the menu, the cocktail list is definitely the star of the show. Sip on Middle Eastern-inspired creations like the Farah, an espresso martini made using Turkish coffee, a sweet Turkish Delight or the Emira, which involves butter-washed baklava bourbon. Drool.
To eat, you can nibble on shared plates like the meze platter piled with cheese and spinach gozleme, pumpkin and beetroot hummus and Turkish bread, Turkish pide stuffed with fillings, or sticky honey chicken wings. Just make sure you leave a little room for dessert, because we hear there’s Nutella baklava on the menu.
Dirty Sultan is open now—just venture down the alleyway off Constance Street next to the Tryp Hotel and find the elevator going up to the roof.
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