Wandering around the newly renovated Limes Hotel rooftop bar is kind of like seeing an old friend who has recently opted for a revolutionary haircut. She looked great before, but the new look has done her wonders.
Limes Hotel have gone for a greener look with astro-turf and vines hanging from a lattice behind the bar. Two plunge pools have also been installed and add to the party vibe. Easy to move comfy black lounges slot perfectly into the holiday feel and shade covers ensure comfort on sweltering afternoons.
The menu has also had a bit of a makeover and you'll find plenty of pleasant surprises at your next Sunday sesh. Forget boring bar nuts, Limes Hotel offer a great range of snacks on their new rooftop BBQ menu. The short but sweet menu includes summer classics such as chicken skewers and hand-cut coleslaw ($9), and prawn, avocado, ice burg lettuce with lime mayo on a soft roll ($15). A definite must-try is the bratwurst sausage with vintage cheddar, caramelised onion and tomato relish on a soft roll ($9).
Top-notch cocktails have always been Limes Hotel's area of expertise but they have still managed to up the ante with their new drinks list. A favourite is the mango cooler with vodka, Cointreau, mango and orange, lemon and Demerera sugar ($18). The bartender masterfully blended the flavours of summer into a single cocktail and the result is refreshing, sweet and absolutely delicious. For a masculine drink, try the Spiced Jersey with spiced rum, angostura bitters, topped with cider ($17.50).
Limes Hotel's cocktail jugs are a great option for groups. The Gin Berry Smash includes gin, chambord, seasonal berries, lemon, topped with soda ($30). This sweet concoction, with its tasty whole blueberries is quite reasonably priced and has a gorgeous pink hue. Another option is the Flower Fizz consisting of vodka, St Germain Elderflower cordial, lime, mint and soda. The fresh mint puts the cherry on top of this mix and the total combo of flavours combine to make a pleasant drink.
Don't waste your next Sunday afternoon, instead grab your togs and head sky high at Limes Hotel. You'll feel like you're on holidays, even if is just for the afternoon.