Secret Sips at Sofitel Noosa

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Looking for the perfect spot away from the hustle and bustle to watch the sun go down over the Noosa River, martini in hand? Rebecca Jamieson Dwyer dives into Riviera Bar & Lounge – Sofitel Noosa’s haven where the exquisite menu and relaxed vibe really floats our boat.

Transport yourself to the French Riviera minus the travel costs and jet-lag this summer by visiting Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort’s stunning Riviera Bar & Lounge – a hidden gem combining a coastal chic aesthetic and a fabulous menu of snacks and drinks with an unforgettable view of the Noosa River from the dreamy balcony.

Nestled in the serenity of one of Noosa’s premium resorts and the only Hastings Street bar with river views, Riviera Lounge might just be the best bar you’ve never heard of!

The best news is that you don’t have to be staying at Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort to soak up the resort vibe and indulge in all that is on offer. Just head to reception and you’ll see the waterfront views and hear the cocktail shaking of Riviera Lounge beckoning.

Whether you prefer yours shaken, stirred or dirty, martini fans won’t want to miss the daily Martini Hour from 4pm till 6pm, featuring three iconic martinis priced at just $12!

Choose from The Classic, made with Martin Miller’s Gin or Absolut Vodka and your choice of a twist or olive; The French made with Absolut Vodka, Chambord and pineapple; or The Espresso, the ever-popular caffeinated version made from Absolut Vodka, Tia Maria and espresso.

Martini Hour (or hours) is made even happier with a special $10 Mooloolaba Prawn Roll – featuring local Mooloolaba prawns on a brioche roll with kewpie mayo and diced cucumber – the perfect way to take the edge off your hunger, so you can linger a little longer before moving on for dinner later in the evening. Cheers to that!

The menu might change for Martini Hour during summer but you can be guaranteed the offer will be divine with the highest quality ingredients, expertly prepared and presented.

Watching the sun sparkle on the Noosa River and the birds swooping above is a guaranteed way to work up an appetite.

Outside of Martini Hour, the martini love continues with an extended summer menu that includes other creative concoctions such as Vesper with Grey Goose, Martin Miller, Lillet and lemon;  and Breakfast – perfect for any time of the day with gin, marmalade and Cointreau.

The mixologists have a few yet-to-be announced special festive versions to spread some Christmas cheer and make your sundown session extra merry and bright so be sure to keep en eye on social media – or pop in and see what the daily delight is!

The sensational summer vibes also extend to the food menu, which features some of the most decadent French-inspired bar snacks in town dreamed up by renowned Noosa Beach House Head Chef, Nick Blake: a sneak peek of what’s on offer includes the Lobster Cocktail with marie rose; the Classic Beef Carpaccio with rocket and pine nuts; Freshly Shucked Oysters with Champagne mignonette; and the indulgent Oscietra Caviar Service served with hash browns, crème fraîche and chives. Mais oui!

Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort General Manager Mark Wilkinson said Riviera Bar & Lounge was athe perfect place for sunset drinks and connecting with friends in a relaxed environment.

“Riviera Bar is an intimate environment where we keep it simple yet sophisticated,” he says. “Open from 4pm  until late daily, it is ideal for guests and locals looking for a pre-dinner destination – or to make an evening of it with carefully-curated dishes designed for sharing and cocktails created by some of the best in the business.

“Martini Hour and our Martini Menu have proven a hit with three iconic martinis for $12 each until 6pm every day and the food menu is a constant delight with the freshest ingredients with our signature French flair.”

Riviera Bar also has an extensive Whiskey Menu representing the best from Australia as well as Scotland; an extensive Tequila and Mezcal menu and the resident sommelier has sourced  the best national and international wines.

The beers lean heavily towards local legends with global superstars.

When it comes to sunset sips and a night to remember, you can bank on Riviera Bar this summer. See you on the balcony for sunset!


Don’t miss Martini Hour at Riviera Lounge:

Three iconic Martinis for $12 each
Mooloolaba Prawn Roll for just $10

Daily from 4pm-6pm

Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort
14/16 Hastings Street

Enter via Reception.

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