Thursday, July 19, 2018

Day 3193 - Howling Moon Rooftop Bar at the Rex

Let's have a sneaky peek at Canberra's newest hot spot


The influencer daughter was invited by Her Canberra and Agency 9 to take a personal tour and sneak peek of the new Howling Moon rooftop bar at the Rex Hotel in Canberra yesterday and ...  you guessed it ... I went along as her "plus one".

Located on level 6 of the Rex Hotel 150 Northbourne Avenue, Howling Moon has 180 degree views towards Black Mountain to the front, the Brindabellas to the left and the length of Northbourne Avenue to the right as you watch the traffic coming into the city via Canberra's gateway.  Look up to the sky through the glass ceiling or down to the road with a bird's eye view of our light rail construction.

Howling Moon 

Howling Moon has actually been around for about 6 months which has meant they've had plenty of time to perfect their cocktails and create a fabulous vibe.  We visited in advance of their official launch party next week.

Lovely big lounges to hang with friends

Trying the Her Canberra signature cocktail in advance of opening night - the "Her Right Honourable"

Chatting with the bar staff about the uniquely Canberra feel

Learning that the beers on tap are all local Canberra beers plus they also serve a range of local spirits and wines

Swan and King

Howling Moon isn't the only spot to sip a drink at the Rex.  Wander down the gorgeous glass staircase and you'll find the Swan and King luxury cocktail lounge. 

Where Howling Moon offers light, colour and panoramic views protected by glass, the Swan and King gives you a darker more intimate feel.  Candles line the window sills, with big leather couches, ottomans, dark wood tables and every drink imaginable available at the bar. An open-air balcony allows the panorama to continue.

Walk down the glass stairs from Howling Moon to the Swan and King

With over 300 drinks on offer there is plenty to choose from

Big couches, dark wood and candles give an intimate feel

A marble bar and gold features add to the majesty of the Swan and King

The Canberra Rex opened back in 1959 and at the time it was considered to be the place to be for Canberra's VIPs.  Time has aged it and for many years it's been overshadowed by newer shinier hotels.  But a recent multi-million dollar makeover has given it back its luster and the Rex is quickly claiming back its title as the jewel in Canberra's crown.

Howling Moon and Swan and King are a big part of that rebirth.

So while our girl misses the official party due to travel next week, it was lovely that she was invited to experience the venue(s) and a few cocktails ahead of the launch.

I was honoured to be her "plus one".



Do you remember the Rex Hotel?

When was the last time you were somebody's "plus one"?

Which bar are you more attracted to? Howling Moon or Swan and King? 


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32 comments :

  1. Her Right Honourable looks delicious and refreshing! Lucky you being your Influencer Daughter's plus one!

    Ingrid
    https://www.fabulousandfunlife.com.au

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  2. Wow, hasn't the old Rex come a long way! I certainly remember the way that it was in the 80s & 90s...

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    1. Me too! LOL. Remember when it was the interstate bus terminal?

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  3. Ooohh, I'm a bit high maintenance so it's Swan and King for me! Fab mother and daughter night out!

    SSG xxx

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  4. Very cool! I could see myself having a few cocktails there :)

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  5. I remember the Rex. It has been there since I was a kid I think!

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  6. That opening photo is pretty tip top! Hope to make it there!

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  7. Very swish indeed! I'll have to add a visit there to my list of 'to do's' for when I next visit Canberra! :-) #TeamLovinLife

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  8. ACT is the only state I have not been too. Looks like I need to visit!!

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  9. It looks stunning - what a great vista and gorgeous inside. I can't believe you haven't featured Miss T in more pics as you have a model on-hand though perhaps her agency wanted others!

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    1. I know. I'd love to show more pics. I try to give her her space.

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  10. Ohhhh...I think I need to be a "plus one"....what a fabulous place!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I think you do quite well on your own Jodie. Hey, maybe one day I can be your plus one!

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  11. What a funky looking place. It's hard to gather an atmosphere but from all your pictures, looks like the place to be.

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    1. I'd love to see it in full swing. Hard to determine the vibe when it was just us. We did feel very special though.

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  12. It looks like a beautiful venue and I'm glad you both got a little early taste :)

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  13. I enjoy having a cocktail at a rooftop bar. There's something about being up high overlooking the bustling city streets or otherwise pretty scenery. I think the Howling Moon would be a great place for a drink.

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    1. I agree. Being up high and looking down at the stuff that consumes us in everyday life helps put things in perspective.

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  14. Well hello there, gorgeous! I haven't been by your blog in way too long (and haven't been to Canberra in even longer). This looks like a lovely venue. How nice that you were able to enjoy this even with your daughter. I hope you both are doing well. I'm so glad we were able to connect the last time I was in Oz. Hugs xx

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    1. *How nice that you were able to enjoy this EVENT with your daughter!*

      Is what I meant to type.

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  15. What a super place to chill. Very cool. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. Sorry I am so late.

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    1. Never too late! (She says replying 5 days after the linky)

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  16. Haven't yet been to Canberra but that looks like an awesome place! I know where to go when I go there at some point

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