GO BIG OR GO HOME

VOGUE Australia - - VOGUE VIEWPOINT -

Laid-back sum­mer par­ties might be best en­joyed at home, but these max­i­mal­ist, non-con­form­ing bars call for sun-soaked af­ter­noons with a flair of New Year cel­e­bra­tion – fring­ing, ruf­fles and gim­micks in­cluded.

DANDY’S ROOFTOP BAR, BRISBANE

If this is the sum­mer of kitsch, Dandy’s is where you need to be. Hy­per-hued and ul­tra-sat­u­rated, this rooftop Brisbane bar knows how to do colour. The ar­ti­fi­cial turf might be kind of corny, but it will keep your spilled drink a se­cret once the sun goes down.

THE IM­PE­RIAL HO­TEL, SYD­NEY

If walls could talk, they’d have a lot to say at lo­cal in­sti­tu­tion and newly re­opened Im­pe­rial in Ersk­ineville. With in­te­ri­ors that are a de­sign an­ti­dote to any­thing pared back, and just like a Calvin Klein fringe dress, this is a space to be seen and heard.

BOUZY BAR À VIN, MEL­BOURNE

If the oh-so grey vel­vet bar stools with added tas­sels don’t do it for you, then what hope does sub­tle max­i­mal­ism have in Mel­bourne? Serv­ing clas­sic French fare in a re­fined yet OTT set­ting, this is one bougie bar that ticks all the boxes.

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