Speakeasy might just be the buzzword of 2017. We’ve got hidden bars in back alleyways requiring a text message invite for access and a booze-only watering hole masqueraded behind a telephone booth. But you haven’t seen anything yet.
When Patrick and the Gennari Group unveiled The Loose Moose in Broadbeach last year, our mind was blown by one of the most extravagant restaurant fit-outs the Coast had ever seen. So much was its popularity, securing a table on a busy weekend was like a real life Hunger Games mission. So, when the tenancy came available next door, they snatched up the extra real estate to provide overflow seating for The Loose Moose.
Though their plans for the extension was always much greater.
How do you fabricate a private, speakeasy-style bar out of a cavernous space? Well, you get creative and carve away a corner so quickly that no one will notice it was even missing. And voila. Enter, The Roosevelt Lounge.
With minimal signage and a discrete side entrance, The Roosevelt Lounge is Broadbeach’s newest after-dark and well-into-the night offering. An exclusively intimate, 80-seat lounge bar that is all kinds of sophisticated and a welcome addition that’s bringing some serious panache to the Gold Coast party scene.
No expense has been spared to create this game-changing 1930s America-inspired bar and restaurant.
If you’re not made of money, you’ll definitely feel like it after a night spent lounging around looking glamorous in sinkable leather chesterfields and red velvet booths. There are hints of Great Gatsby in the decorative carpet and copper pressed-metal ceiling detail; hard bound encyclopedias and vintage glassware fill opulent custom-made cabinetry, while glittering crystal chandeliers and candelabras throw the kind of soft glow that’ll make anyone look like a Hollywood movie star. Hung dramatically on silky Tasmania Oak wood paneling, are ornate frames with homages to Marilyn Munroe and Hedy Lamarr, alongside presidential bust statues of Franklin Roosevelt himself. Swoon.
When we say exclusive, we’re not kidding. The red velvet-lined 12-seat President Suite at the rear will set you back a minimum spend of $2,000 to secure. Though when your package includes an appetizer of Dom Perignon (delivered with flashy sparklers, Vegas style), bottles of Belvedere Black, all your mixers and a degustation of refined tapas, a price tag of about $160 per person doesn’t sound as daunting. With flowing mouthfuls of divine oysters three ways, gin-cured ocean trout, tuna tartare and ponzu served inside savoury cones, nigiri, yakitori pork belly (we could go on), attentive table service and the most balling position in the room when the tempo steps up for dancing, well, sometimes, you've just gotta treat yo’self.
Speaking of food, every morsel we tried on our visit had us longing for what was coming next. Though you don’t need to go full bling to step through the doors. There are tables for two and booths for eight, and we can’t wait to return for the full dining experience. To work our way through a menu beckoning with the likes of cured meat salumi boards, chilli salt squid, wild mushroom and black truffle ravioli, WA octopus squid ink risotto, 7+ Kobe beef and a drinks list loaded with high-end whiskies, cognacs, gins and bespoke cocktails the stylish bartenders are justly proud of.
As expected, there’s a strict dress code, which means collared shirts for men and no exposed tattoos. They’ve put in a crazy effort to create a high-end environment, so you should do your part and complete the novel. Have a dinner jacket or a cocktail dress in the closet collecting dust? Well, now you’ve got a fine excuse to frock up and pretend you're somewhere else... or someone else.
We’re not going to pretend Roosevelt is for everyone. Targeted at the affluent 30-plus crowd, it’s luxe and sophisticated and will probably see you parting with a few weeks’ savings once you’re in the mood and totally in character. #makeitrain
And just when those champagnes and cocktails have you shoulder swaying in your seat to the sassy lounge tunes, enter the live saxophonist. Planned for every Friday and Saturday night, it’s the kinda surreal entrance that induces goosebumps and makes you think, “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore”. But you are, you’re still right here, on the Gold Coast.
We could go on and on about this place, but we’re going to cut ourselves off right there, because by now, you should be sufficiently tempted to go and make a date with The Roosevelt. Take our word for it, he’s one helluva fine specimen.
What: The Roosevelt Lounge
Where: 75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
When: Open Wednesday and Thursday (5pm 'til late) + Friday to Sunday lunch (12pm to 3pm) and dinner/dancing (5pm 'til late)
Scratching your head about this The Loose Moose. Where have you been hiding? Read more about the sister venue here.
Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List