Take in the millionaire’s-eye view of Melbourne from Vue de Monde’s new bar
In the showing off game, Lui Bar is your ace in the hole. It’s the sky-scraping drinks parlour with 55th floor panoramic views that’s attached to Vue De Monde and carrying all the wine and sharp service weight of the fine diner restaurant. Forget rooftops and secret back alley booze holes. Impressiveness is a Collins Street caper. They’ve somewhat hampered their ability to switch up the menu by printing it as a pop-up book. After two years, it’s still the same list of Australian goldrush era cocktails like Sherry Cobblers and the Lola Montez Fizz (basically a Bellini made with French champagne and fruit puree) only varying fresh ingredients seasonally. Then again, unless you’re flush and sitting on wads of pineapples, this isn’t a bar you’d frequent regularly. The experience of drinking showy-offy mix-it-yourself martinis at altitude twixt stars and satin chairs is one for fancy nights. Speaking of pineapples, though, Lui Bar does one of the most unapologetically full fat party time Pina Coladas in town. Get one, and sucker punch your arteries with the golden 'toasties' while you're at it – cakey spheres filled with molten cheese and jamon. Everyone’s living the dream up here, sitting beneath that plastic cloud installation and ordering Champagne whether they can afford to or not. Try your luck just showing up, but we recommend you book on the weekend if you want to see Melbourne looking its radiant best.