Brisbane bar lovers, things are looking up — and we mean that literally. If you're standing in the CBD, you'll be craning your neck to see the city's new lounge bar. And if you're enjoying a drink at what's certain to be the next big hotspot, you'll be looking down on the world.
Meet Sazerac, Brisbane's new sky-high watering hole and the place that's about to make Four Points by Sheraton Hotel at 99 Mary Street the topic of conversation for this month and next, and probably several more after that too. Patrons climb 30 storeys above street level to sip cocktails, including the New Orleans-originated combination of cognac, absinthe, Peychaud's Bitters and sugar it's named for.
Now, calling a hotel bar after a specific beverage might seem unusual, but cocktails — and the evolution of cocktails, specifically — will be Sazerac's main focus. Whiskey, wine and beer will also feature; however when you're in a place that boasts the likes of a salted caramel martini and peach mint julep, as well as head bartenders from Melbourne's Candela Nuevo and the Gold Coast's Stingray bar at QT Surfers Paradise mixing them up, you're going to want to try one.
They'll go down nicely with panoramic city skyline views, and with the share plate-heavy food menu by executive chef Ambrose Andrews. With all that to indulge in, you'll quickly forget the 120-150 seat site's former life. Before the space became the bar everyone's going to be busting to go to, it was a gym.