By: Smita DeSouza
First impressions: Imagine standing high above the city, a cocktail in hand, the breeze through your hair, the sun setting. That’s exactly the kind of evening you can expect to have at Park Hotel Alexandra’s rooftop bar. Unless, of course, it’s pouring. And, even then, you can still enjoy the tipples and view while seated under a floor-to-ceiling glass enclave.
The chosen one: The Alexandra Sunset ($18) – a tropical cocktail reminiscent of the sunsets you can witness from the bar. Zesty Grand Marnier is infused with flamed rosemary and shaken together with cherry liqueur, white rum, fresh lime, lemon and pineapple juice; a dash of dark rum is the finishing touch.
The cheapskate: While wines start at $12 per glass, the real draw is the menu of refreshing signature cocktails like the Summer Chill or Poire Basil ($18 each), which feature an invigorating blend of fresh fruit and herbs.
Bite on this: If you’re feeling peckish, order the flatbreads, baked to perfection in state-of-the-art wood-fire ovens. We enjoyed the crabmeat and artichoke ($24) variety with fresh American blue swimmer crab atop chunks of artichoke, Roma tomatoes and parsley; there’s also a chorizo and onion ($18) option for meat lovers. Otherwise, the truffle polenta fries ($10) and weightless battered cauliflower ($8) go perfectly with the drinks. Very hungry? Get the 150g medium-rare tenderloin “dirty” steak ($36) with anchovy butter.
Last but not least: The idyllic view of the Southern Ridge by day and Queenstown’s twinkling lights by sundown make this a great spot for a lazy lunch or an intimate date. If you’re a hotel guest, enjoy your cocktails at the infinity pool’s swim-up bar.
Park Hotel Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Road
6828 8885 | parkhotelgroup.com/alexandra
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