If you ever want to feel like a celebrity for an evening, the rooftop bar at the InterContinental Hotel
is the place to do it. What was originally reserved as a club bar for guests has been opened up to the public after 9pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays, but you will need to book. After your silent ride up to the 31st floor head to the glass sliding door and use the phone to announce yourself. Head upstairs and you will emerge in a glass-bound room with views that start over Darlinghurst and Kings Cross before sweeping out over Woolloomooloo, Garden Island, across the Harbour and around to the Bridge. You can almost see the diners inside the sails of the Opera House from up here. The vibe is very much hushed glamour, so expect to be doing a lot of reclining in a charcoal grey armchair while sipping a cocktail made from Bulleit bourbon, spice syrup, pineapple juice, vermouth, Campari and bitters. This lush concoction with a bitter backbone doesn’t have a name, nor do any of the other cocktails on the list – it’s all about the ingredients. Even if there’s a cool wind blowing around the skyscrapers of the CBD a tropical mix of white rum, blueberries, vanilla, mint and lime will have your palate convinced you’re in Cancun at the kind of fancy establishment that boasts an infinity pool. The InterContinental is where very famous people stay. They often host film junkets and we’re given to understand that One Direction crashed here before shutting down the city with their fans. Supper Club has been where their A-listers could enjoy cocktails with a view in peace, and now you can live the high life too, if only for an evening.