Pavement Whispers: Catalina, a rooftop restaurant and bar boasting skyline views, is coming to South Brisbane
Okay, imagine this – a Mediterranean-inspired beach club, but in the sky. Okay yes, it sounds far-fetched but bear with us. You’re on a rooftop several stories above terra firma, an infinity pool stretches out in front of you to the lip of the building and off in the distance is city skyline in all of its splendour. To your back there’s an open-air terrace with cabana lounges and a chic restaurant, too. The sun is out, the sky is blue (so is the pool) and the drinks are cold. Although it sounds like an unreal conjuring out of our wildest dreams, it’s actually something that will become a reality in late February. Catalina is a soon-to-open 1500-sqm rooftop bar and eatery taking resort-style vibes to sun-kissed heights. Here’s what we know …
The past few years have seen Brisbane’s rooftops become hot property. Numerous rooftop bars and restaurants are appearing all over town, giving sippers, snackers and skyline-loving merrymakers a chance to leave their earthbound existence behind for a few hours of high-rise hospitality. The latest venue to snag a prime piece of raised-up realty is Catalina Rooftop, a forthcoming restaurant and bar that is taking cues from open-air Mediterranean beach clubs, transporting similar feel-good and sun-soaked vibes to its perch atop the only non-residential commercial tower in Australia equipped with an infinity rooftop pool. The venue, located in South Brisbane, is the brainchild of Icatha Hospitality’s Ross Ledingham and Salt Meat Cheese Group’s Stefano De Blasi, whose other recent collaborative endeavour Evita invigorated Fortitude Valley’s dining scene when it opened late last year. Here, they’re looking to (literally) up their game, creating a multi-faceted day-and-night venue perfect for those that can’t resist a view.
Catalina’s 1500-sqm footprint allows for quite a versatile suite of amenities. One major feature that will draw the eye is the venue’s 30-metre infinity pool (complete with cabanas and daybeds for max relaxing), which will give guests the chance to swim up near the building’s precipice for some insanely good Instagram shots (consider our swimmers packed). Catalina’s restaurant will boast a mix of indoor and outdoor seating (including curved sky-blue booths and hanging greenery) for breezy bacchanalian banqueting, while a sunken rosé lounge will no doubt prove ideal for sunset sips dispensed from the venue’s bar.
Catalina Rooftop is looking to launch in late-February, so keep your summer-suitable duds close at hand. We’ll have an up-close look for you as soon as it opens!
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