Three of a kind … a good night out

Paradise - - Traveller -

GOLD CLUB, LAMANA HO­TEL, PORT MORESBY

Some vis­i­tors may think there isn’t much to do af­ter dark in Port Moresby, but those in the know have long been head­ing to the Lamana Ho­tel’s Gold Club. It’s well es­tab­lished and it is con­sid­ered a safe venue for lo­cals, ex­pats and vis­i­tors to meet and min­gle.

DRINK

If you can’t find some­thing to slake your thirst at the Gold Club’s five bars, you’re not try­ing. Ice-cold lo­cal beer? Re­fresh­ing cock­tail? Glass of wine from an in­ter­na­tional se­lec­tion?

EAT

The ho­tel’s adjoining Palazzo restau­rant is, per­haps some­what con­fus­ingly, renowned for its Indian cur­ries. But the menu also runs to ‘in­ter­na­tional’ of­fer­ings with a Mediter­ranean twist. The restau­rant is open un­til 10.30pm dur­ing the week and un­til mid­night on Fri­day and Satur­day nights.

DANCE THE ROCK BAR, AYANA RE­SORT, BALI

Bali’s fa­mous rock bar is ac­tu­ally on a rock, at the base of a cliff, jut­ting out into the ocean. The DJ booth is in a cave cut into the cliff face. There’s even a gon­dola ride down the cliff to get there. It’s the per­fect spot to watch the sun set over a cock­tail.

DRINK

Ja­panese de­signer Ya­suhiro Koichi of Stu­dio SPIN ex­ploited the nat­u­ral for­ma­tion and char­ac­ter of the rock on which the bar sits, with the 360-de­gree van­tage point putting noth­ing be­tween you and the hori­zon but shim­mer­ing ocean waves. As you sip your cock­tail, wine or beer, con­tem­plate the bar, cre­ated by Ja­panese glass artist Seiki Torige us­ing thou­sands of lay­ers of re­cy­cled glass canes.

EAT ELEVEN, FORTITUDE VAL­LEY, BRIS­BANE

Perched 11 storeys above Bris­bane’s Ann Street, Eleven rooftop bar of­fers un­ri­valled 270-de­gree views of Fortitude Val­ley, the CBD and sur­round­ing sub­urbs. The rooftop bars of Is­tan­bul, Bali and Ibiza in­spire Eleven’s look – open-air yet cosy and in­ti­mate. Re­mem­ber to dress to im­press – Eleven has a strict door pol­icy – and for a re­ally ex­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ence you can ring ahead to book a booth with a guar­an­teed view.

DRINK

Eleven’s cock­tail list draws on the clas­sics, us­ing top-shelf in­gre­di­ents (over 20 dif­fer­ent gins are on the list, for a start) and fresh twists. The wine and beer of­fer­ings are ex­ten­sive, rang­ing from Aus­tralian sta­ples to in­ter­est­ing (and not out­ra­geously ex­pen­sive) im­ports.

EAT

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