Great cocktails, wines and food at this upmarket botique bar
The Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar serves a wide range of original cocktails, great snacks and meals, and features one of the best wine menus in Brisbane. But to be the best, you have to always keep getting better, so they brought in a new chef, Josue Lopez, and expanded their wine range with new offers from the French winery, Maison Perrier-Jouët',
The Emporium Hotel In Fortitude Valley is Brisbane's premium luxury boutique hotel. Most people would be familiar with the Emporium precinct that surrounds the hotel, with a wide range of restaurants and shopping.
This bar on the ground floor of the hotel combines an upmarket and trendy feel with a relaxed atmosphere. In other words, this place is cool, but also chill.
In terms of cocktails, the bar features some of the most creative around. Along with classics cocktails, there is also their selection of favourites that use ingredients such as bee pollen (The Bee's Knees), Free Blueberries (Lady Violette) and, believe it or not, beef jerky (Hickory Bacon Old Fashioned). They also have many new cocktails turning up on the menu all the time.
Their extensive wine list is also one of the reasons to go to this bar. Available wines include Australian and New Zealand offerings, as well as a French heavy offering, as well as great wines from other countries, such as Italy and Spain.
The food is fantastic as well. The focus here is on food to go with your drinks, or at the most, a light meal. Wine drinkers know that the right wine enhances the flavour of their food, and the right food makes a great wine taste even better.
On Friday and Saturday nights, there is live music starting around 6pm and finishing at around 10 pm, so if you are looking for an upmarket location for drinks and entertainment, The Emporium Hotel Bar is a great choice.
Maison Perrier-Jouët Launch
As one of the few places in Australia that serves offerings from this well known French winery, The Emporium Hotel was chosen as the place to launch their new wine selection in Brisbane, which included a blanc de blanc, brut and a rosé.
Overall these wines are great summer wines with complex fruity undertones that make them wonderful to drink on a warm day or evening. Each of the wines have their own features, strengths and styles. I definitely was more attracted to the roséthat any of the one wines.
This new blanc de blanc offerrig from Maison Perrier-Jouët is their first new cuvée in 10 years. It is a thoroughly modern and populist wine that still would have great appeal to traditionalists. There is that classic French champagne flavour in the first sip, which then leads into wonderful fruity flavours and ends with lingering notes that makes this wine best-served with food.
The Grand Brut is a wonderful wine that stands happily in many camps. I know that won't make people looking for something specific in their wines happy, but this wine could be a wonderful crowd pleaser. The wine combines dryness with rich flavours. You can drink this wine on its own, or happily enjoy it with foods. On the day of the launch, they served it with chicken, seafood and fruit-based canapes, showing off this wine's wonderful versatility.
My favourite was the blason rosé. Being a new trendy wine, the quality of rosés vary somewhat often making me avoid them due to their great inconsistency, but this one from Maison Perrier-Jouët is a wonderful exception and lovely to drink on its own or great paired with something with a bit of flavour.
Executive Chef Josue Lopez
The Emporium Hotel's new chef, Josue Lopez has worked in some of the most acclaimed restaurants in Europe and Brisbane. Raised in Brisbane, he has worked in Moda, Two Small Rooms, Spring and QAQGOMA where he was responsible for showcasing Australian ingredients for leaders visiting the G20 summit. He has also worked in Copenhagen's famous Norma restaurant.
He now turns his talent onto the menu at The Emporium. Expect exciting things to be happening for the food at The Emporium.
The Emporium Bar manages to put together a great combination of food, drinks and atmosphere. Here is a place that you feel you should dress up to visit, but it is also a place you can sit relax. Overall, a lovely little upmarket spot that more people in Brisbane should know about.