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Post Horse-Race Drinks at Brisbane's Emporium Hotel

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  Site Where: 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia, 4006
June 14, 2012 at 3:08 PM | by | ()

Ah, a day at the races. The sun shines, the air is heavy of horse stable and gambling luck, and you are smack dab in the middle of well-healed spectators carrying on with dreams of winning big. When the day is perfect, but the main event comes to a close, how do you continue the fun? A fancy schmancy trip to a hotel lobby bar.

Our day of randomly picking winning and losing thoroughbreds brought us to Brisbane's top boutique hotel, The Emporium. Located in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley area, the Emporium is a modest sized complex with high-end fashion, fine dining, and eponymous hotel, aptly named, The Emporium.

Since we imbibed with a few flutes of bubbles during the early races, a bespoke beverage in the super swanky lobby, Cocktail Bar, was in order. The menu was divided into flavors of drinks and we settled on the page entitled Zesty, Tangy and Daring. Naturally.

We picked the Spiced Apple Caipirinha starring handmade spiced sugar syrup, while our companion opted for the Mezcal Mule accented with passionfruit and topped with house-made ginger beer. After a few minutes of the barkeep feverishly muddling, shaking and blending, the drinks were ready to be presented. At a place like this, presentation is just as important as taste and the mixologist nailed both.

The hotel itself has a funky, yet contemporary design and attracts a trendy crowd that enjoys watching people as much as they enjoy being watched.

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