From north to south, the Sunshine Coast has been turning it on lately with new openings, just in time for spring.
And now, we’ve found another newbie to add to your weekend hit list, because Noosa just got a French-inspired bar on the river and it’s gorgeous.
Opening its doors last month, Riviera Bar & Lounge is a newly refurbed bar within Sofitel Noosa. Fronting Noosa River, this is the only establishment along Hastings Street that grants you sunset views over the river and the opportunity to wave to the SUPers as they paddle on by.
Fitted out to resemble a French Riviera feel (as you’ve probs gathered by the name), the star of this space is the covered deck complete with soft, neutral-coloured furnishings, along with candles, shells and the latest copies of all the mags you want to read.
Inside, a large booth sits beneath a wall of mirrors and the bar itself is in full swing. With a cocktail list that is difficult to say ‘no’ to and over 10 different types of French champagne to try, if you thought it all ended there, you’d be wrong. Because Riviera also specialises in whisky.
Alongside a handpicked whisky menu, whisky flights are also on offer. Have no clue what a ‘whisky flight’ is? Much like a beer paddle, you’ll be presented with and sip on three different whiskies from three corners of the globe. There’s an American Whiskey Flight, Scotch Whisky Flight and, our new fave, the Japanese Whisky Flight—featuring none other than Nikka Barrel, Hibiki and Hakushu. Mmmm…
To balance out all the alcohol, there’s a food menu in play and the mix of Asian and French flavours are d-i-v-i-n-e. From steamed Chinese boa bun and teriyaki salmon skewers to Mooloolaba Popcorn Prawns with a green tea mayonnaise, there’s something for every glass of vino you sink. Or, take it easy, and graze on a selection of warm mixed olives, Riviera roasted nuts with orange zest and a platter of local and French cheese with quince paste and fig and walnut roulade.
We know what you’re thinking. “This sounds like the perfect place for knock-off drinks in the late afternoon.” And you know what? You’re totally right. Even if you call Noosa home, this little escape from the bustle of Hastings Street screams “come to me for sunset”.
So whaddya say? Meet ya there?
Too early for a drink? Check out our roundup of the best coffee in Noosa.
Image credit: Amy Higg for The Urban List