A lush beer garden has arrived in The Hills just in time for summer. Located out the back of the Bella Vista Hotel, Bella Garden is scattered with booths, lounges, greenery and a repurposed bath and a piano bursting with plants, which make it a great spot to laze about in the sunshine.
To fit with the garden vibe is a menu of flower-inspired cocktails. Starting at $14, the vivid drinks on offer include a rose and gin concoction made with house-made raspberry syrup and the Marigold, which combines Aperol, pink grapefruit juice, lychee and rose syrup. On the food menu, you'll find Neapolitan-style pizzas, pastas, salads and a huge lineup of sharing dishes, which feature everything from lamb kofta to clams in 'nduja-spiked tomato sauce and buttermilk-fried chicken wings.
While it's suitably summery, the beer garden is appropriate for all seasons, as it has a retractable roof. And Sundays are when it's liveliest, with live acoustic musicians, DJs, $9 cocktails and $20 carafes from 2pm.
The bar in the beer garden is only open on Friday nights and from 11am on Saturdays and Sundays, but the space is open all week — you'll just need to order food from inside the hotel.