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Vintage glamour unveiled at new Hilton Brisbane bar
May 18, 2012
BRISBANE, Australia - With Hilton Brisbane's $14 million refurbishment setting new standards for the city's upper upscale hotel market the iconic CBD landmark has unveiled the final piece of the puzzle - a swank new bar.
Vintaged Bar arrives to complete Hilton Brisbane's highly anticipated food and beverage offer - Vintaged Bar + Grill - ushering in a new era of sophisticated socialising and a return to the glamour of hotel lobby bars.
Taking advantage of the spectacular atrium overhead, Vintaged Bar offers guests an innercity oasis, perfect for coffee, or a light-meal by day or a delectable cocktail and share plates at sunset, en route to dinner.
The Vintaged Bar menu echoes the restaurant's philosophy of high quality seasonal produce and ingredients, from oysters and olives to gourmet sandwiches and classic cocktails with a twist, designed in tune with the season.
Hilton Brisbane general manager Martin Kendall said Hilton Brisbane was the only hotel designed by Harry Seidler, the father of Australian Modernist design with trademark Seidler influences used throughout the new Vintaged Bar + Grill.
Mr Kendall further said Vintaged Bar restored the lobby bar to its former glory introducing modern touches to create a destination fit for Brisbane's discerning local and visiting clientele.
"In its heyday Hilton Brisbane was the only place to be and to be seen - to stay, to socialise, to dine, to entertain and to do business," Mr Kendall said.
"From visiting international stars to locals looking for a little R&R, in its 25-year history the Hilton Brisbane has carved a reputation for delivering exceptional experiences and we look forward to continuing that tradition and indeed raising the bar even higher."
Remodelled as part of the Hilton Brisbane's multi-million development, the new bar replaces Below7 and challenges the stereotype in providing standalone food and beverage options in a 5-star hotel environment.
Mr Kendall said the trend towards 5-star hotel socialising was well established internationally and was starting to take hold in Australia.
"We are seeing an increase in non-staying guests visiting the restaurants and bars in our Australasia hotels but that's not a new thing per se. It is very common in Europe and the UK for example," he said.
"We're now seeing that pick up here as well. The philosophy at Hilton Brisbane is all about catering to tastes in a way which exceeds expectations and we felt it was important to offer a standalone dining and social experience as part of our refurbishment."
"That's something that was very important to us. As we move through our refurbishment we have been careful to preserve and enhance Seidler's vision and the new bar is no exception."
The Bar completes Vintaged Bar + Grill and follows the restaurant opening in October 2011.
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Since opening its doors in 1986, the Hilton Brisbane has been regarded a true international hotel. One of the hotels to be designed by award-winning Australian architect Harry Seidler, Hilton Brisbane features an eye-catching curved design and boasts the largest atrium in Australasia, stretching 83 metres in height and topped by a spectacular glass dome. All 319 accommodation levels open out onto the atrium, giving the hotel a sense of spaciousness and light. The Hilton Brisbane is set to emerge from extensive refurbishments as Brisbane's most up-to-the-moment five star hotel. The revitalised Hilton Brisbane will feature beautifully renovated rooms and suites of enviable calm and sophistication, a welcoming porte cochere to hint at the luxury within, a stunningly reimagined restaurant, and a new, ultra-modern business centre. When you stay with Hilton Brisbane you'll be at the heart of a vibrant metropolis with all the choice and excitement of a big city, and the unpretentious charm of a small. Find us online at www.brisbane.hilton.com or follow us www.facebook.com/hiltonbrisbane and www.twitter.com/hiltonbrisbane.
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