Lui Bar at Vue de Monde
The Lui Bar at Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde on the Rialto Towers' 55th floor is a mix of dim lighting, dark interiors, Australiana-inspired bar food and cocktails that are second to none.
Part of Bennett's transformation of the former observation deck, the swish venue – named after the concreter Luigi Grollo (the Rialto would not exist if it weren't for him) – offers a romantic 360-degree view over a sparkling Melbourne night as you sip a Gin-ger Spritz.
At the spacious Lui Bar, an eclectic array of furniture is draped in Sonia Rykiel fabric, and scattered about with astute consideration. The bar menu is printed on paper that you can take home, soak in water and plant to become a lemon scented bottle brush tree – like magic – and it’s made up of cocktails crafted by a busy team of well-dressed bartenders (outfitted by Akira and M.J Bale) under the guidance of Sebastian Reaburn (ex-1806).
It might include a ‘Velvet Rotor Macadamia Martini’ or a ‘Koala Stinger’. These can be sipped with bar food like chicken noodle soup (in a steel cup and poured from a billy tea can), ham and cheese toasties and oysters with jack mackerel. It all has a nice Australiana/Ballarat gold fields swing to it.