One hot summer night last week a group of us – five couples – hit our famous Noosa strip, Hastings Street, set to celebrate a birthday. The idea was to venue hop and sample the nightlife offering along the white-light-twinkling, beach-street backdrop. A collection of new trendy restaurant bars were waiting to spritz our night with sparkle! Our first stop was a luscious dinner at Gaston where we lapped up the relaxed French ambience.
Next up, the girls in the group excitedly kicked up their heels and led the way out into a balmy night, ready for the Melbourne chic of Miss Moneypenny’s where cocktail-making is theatre by beautiful bar staff. Owner and mixologist, Ben Walsh offers “unfussy Mediterranean coastal fare”. He co-owns Goldfish Bar and Restaurant in the Hunter Valley and is the co-creator of Goldfish Bar in Sydney’s Kings Cross. The stylish spot was abuzz, splashed with colourful, theme-dressed partygoers.
Our friend’s fishnet stockings set the tone for the night!
Moving on, we sashayed off to Locale, at the Paris end of Hastings. Dark chocolate and sexy, this is the hip architecture of Frank Maccia. Innovative Italian food, tapas and yes, a very cool bar, presented. We were welcomed by the owner, Rio Capurso, and previous owner of the much-revered Lindoni’s.
If you’re thinking of following suit and hitting the pavement party-style, two other venues we love but didn’t get to on this night are Noosa Beach House and Bistro C. Renowned chef, restaurateur and TV presenter, Peter Kuruvita, brings his signature style and focus on local seafood to the newly renovated Noosa Beach House with its vibey, fun-loving bar, at The Sheraton.
Absolute beachfront Bistro C rules the parade with its sublime views over Laguna Bay and is the perfect spot for a sunset cocktail, merging into a sumptuous moonlit dinner.
And when you’re not in the mood for any of the above, I recommend a sit-out on the rocks at First Point with your own picnic feast. This week my man and I did just that, watching zippy surfers and the sun smear her lipstick all over the sky.