HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HANNAH!
Yesterday was my younger sister’s birthday. She was lucky enough to go and spend the weekend on the Mornington Peninsula, wine tasting, vintage perusing and hot bathing.
Last night Mum, Dad, J and I all headed to Melbourne to celebrate with her. Her first choice, the latest cool new place to visit in the city, Chin Chin, was totally booked out and was going to be about a 2 hour wait for a table of 5.
Certain members in our family tend to get hang-gry (hungry-angry) if we don’t eat at the right times (J, Dad and I), so we decided to search for something else.
Choice number two – closed, which we only found out after we had walked to it, a mexican restaurant which didn’t have it’s opening hours on the website (seriously, who doesn’t take advantage of the smart phone era!).
Finally Dad suggested the Sofitel Hotel on Collins St. We walked in through the stunning lobby, past one of the 50 life sized baby elephant sculptures scattered around Melbourne to celebrate the Mebourne Zoo’s 150th birthday.
There was no way I was walking 35 flights of stairs, so the lift was our only option. The lift moves so fast that no numbers are shown for the floors that you are passing, and only shortly after stepping in we arrived at the 35th floor.
My jaw hit the floor as I caught my first glimpse of the breathtaking view! The first thing we all did was go to our respective bathrooms and take a photo of the view.
Needing food we all went to find a table. The bar tender struggled with the fact the were five of us and all night proceeded to bring things out to us in even numbers, strange.
The girls ordered cocktails (the only cocktail I’ve ever had was a Pina Colada) – sadly I can’t remember their names or what was in them, but they were all delicious!
I was worried, looking at the menu, that we wouldn’t get enough food to be content a the end of the night. There was only really finger food options, between $25 and $30, so we opted to share 5 between us.
The food was delicious, and there was plenty enough to go around.
After the dubious start, the night turned out lovely. Mum and Dad introduced us to a placed we’d never been before, with an absolutely stunning view!
My overall conclusion was that the Sofitel Atrium Bar on 35 was just beautiful, but I would never go there knowing I had to pay. Maybe you pay for the view, and maybe that’s worth it, but I don’t have that sort of disposable cash.
Where have you been for a cocktail and some lovely food? Have you had a night where everywhere you wanted to go was full? What did you do?