The Terrace Hotel has a top little bar at the rear of the place – it looks out towards the freeway and over the parterre garden next door – it has an al fresco area below and a stunning little bar area up a small flight of stairs.
The hotel itself is a heritage building that has been beautifully restored and holds pride of place at the top of the Terrace. We dropped by for a drink one afternoon this week and walked around to the bar at the rear – we had previously been to eat in the restaurant and drink in the area fronting the Terrace but never before to this bar.
The bar itself is made from moulded wood shaped as a wave, and above the bar are a number of spectacular chandeliers adding sparkle and lustre. Bar furniture is attractive heavy wood and leather stools and the place just oozes old world charm and ambience.
The wine list is outstanding, I think one of the better I have seen in recent times, with an excellent range of varieties, styles, regions, countries – over 500 wines presented in a bound leather file, many available by the glass.
The grazing menu which we had a look over included dishes such as olives with chorizo and sourdough; beef burger; beetroot and walnut goat’s cheese tart; and a charcuterie plate. We thought a few oysters may suffice, so ordered half a dozen which came with shallot vinaigrette, and then a bowl of spiced nuts.
From the wine list we ordered a glass of 2013 Glaetzer-Dixon uberblanc Riesling from Tasmania. This is made more in the German style and is off dry, with a hint of apricot on the nose, tropical fruit tones as well as the more expected lime and grapefruit notes on the palate, with good acid producing a light bodied drinkable wine.
The oysters were creamy, salty and very fresh – they didn’t need the vinaigrette just a squeeze of lemon; the nuts were nicely roasted with a spicy flavour which went down well with our drinks.
The Terrace Hotel bar is a special spot – the style and elegance of the place make it one of the better looking bars around town. The wine list is brilliant and the ambience and outlook excellent. Sitting in the al fresco area or on the terrace deck looking over that area is just a great place to be on a nice autumn day, or evening.