The Ivanhoe Hotel
Around since 1901, late-night goliath The Ivanhoe Hotel has blossomed from a heaving mass of shiny gaming machines, musty carpets and karaoke corners into three unique levels of nouveau coastal bliss.
Seasonal aromas from a front-facing kitchen greet you in the place of the former bottle shop. Here, head chef Derek Morris and his team work with local, fresh produce in the glass-paned kitchen, a steady stream of burgers, fish and chips and pizza sliding out the front to those on the go, and out the back for those who want to hang around a while.
As you make your way up the stairwell to the second floor, a fresh, white timber terrace awaits, complete with an army of floating cane basket lights. It's the smaller details that make the difference: raw timber-panelled walls with fresh pineapple props, varnished wooden bunting hanging above the back bar, bespoke marble bench tops and a solid variety of indoor and outdoor greenery giving the space an atmosphere all of its own.
Arriving on third floor at The Pines, you'll find hanging squash rackets, surf nostalgia, plaid painted floors and another, slightly more intimate rooftop bar, designed by interiors queen Sibella Court.