Summer's splashiest bars for sipping vodka cocktails
French Riviera style
A slice of the fashionable Cote d'Azur is being transported to Australia this summer. Grey Goose, the French vodka brand, is hosting a series of pop-ups to mark its 20th anniversary. Think blue and white decor, spritz cocktails, bikini cover-ups and mirrored aviators. Front and centre is the limited edition Riviera bottle, with its sailor stripes and Impressionist brushstrokes. Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz is the headlining cocktail, a refreshing blend of Grey Goose Vodka, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, lime juice and soda water. Tres chic.
1. The venue: Regatta, Rose Bay
The vibe: Perched on Rose Bay Marina in Sydney's eastern suburbs, Regatta combines the elegance of a Monte Carlo bar with the ease of a vintage sailing club. Its timber-lined deck, blessed with breathtaking harbour views, draws a mix of locals, tourists and foodies.
The drink: Le Grand Fizz by Regatta. The venue has created an exclusive twist on the Grey Goose signature drink, infused with lavender and blended with lychee, which is perfect for sipping out on the terrace.
2. The venue: Mrs Sippy, Double Bay, Sydney
The vibe: The sprawling courtyard bar at this hotspot teems with fashionable revellers every weekend. They come for the electric day-to night vibe, live djs playing on-trend tunes, and buzzing atmosphere that recalls an upscale lounge in The Hamptons.
The drink: Grey Goose L'Orange Grand Fizz. This orange-flavoured version is perfect for this sexy garden setting, which resembles an urban orangerie.
3. The venue: The Emerson, South Yarra, Melbourne
The vibe: It's a club, a bar and a scenic rooftop lounge where Grey Goose will land with its Riviera-themed installation. This vibrant perch offers sunset views over the city, which are best enjoyed with an effervescent beverage in hand.
The drink: Grey Goose La Poire Grand Fizz. The pear-flavoured libation strikes the right balance, with its delicate fruit notes infusing clean-tasting vodka.
4. The venue: Pepe's On The Beach, Wollongong
The vibe: With bean bags, hanging chairs, and private cabanas on its sprawling deck, Pepe's delivers a dose of Riviera chic to The 'Gong. Combine all that with panoramic beach views and it's not hard to see why it's a magnet for partygoers.
The drink: Grey Goose Le Citron. The lemon twist is ideal for this al fresco setting that echoes the stylish drinking holes of St Tropez.
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