Smart and sexy. That’s the link I’m drawing between this gorgeous and airy bar on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and its namesake, the fictional character of M’s secretary in a string of Bond films.
Miss Moneypenny’s was awarded Best Regional Bar in the 2014 Australian Bar Awards and is literally dripping with a number of other nominations recognising its appeal as both nightspot and restaurant. In the iconic holiday hotspot of Noosa, it’s up against some serious competition in the dining department, yet poised at the ‘quiet’ end of the Hastings Street strip, it’s absolutely cemented itself as the venue du jour in this well-heeled town.
The design child of Paul Kelly, Miss Moneypenny’s aesthetic reflects its beachside location and draws on the principles of the traditional Queenslander: shady interiors cooled by overhead fans and shielded by a wraparound verandah for those blistering Summer months, while fireplaces are at the ready for more cosy cocktail capers during Winter.
The coastal theme is selective and not overstated, unlike the ubiquitous, blindingly white interiors the region is more accustomed to. It’s a more subtle and relaxed palette of warm white, offset by natural and dark chocolate timbers. There is reconstituted stone and muted lighting, lofty ceilings overhead and authentic vintage patchwork rugs from Cadry’s underfoot (an outstanding and I must say, gutsy, choice, given the copious amounts of stain-causing liquids sloshing around a bar environment). The result is pared back, nature-inspired and breezily beautiful, an infinitely inviting atmosphere from breakfast to nightcap, whether clad in a beachy kaftan or fine-dining garb.
COCKTAILS & CUISINE:
I had to try breakfast here, and the haloumi and pesto accompaniment to my poached eggs and smoked salmon ($20) did not disappoint. But transforming from fresh and coastal by day to moody muted lighting at night, dinner is a popular choice with a menu favouring fresh simplicity and ranging from Napoli–style pizzas to pan-seared trout with black garlic puree, asparagus, beetroot and charred pencil leeks.
The cocktail list is impressive and there are regular seasonal specials. The Rose Petal Martini was fresh and tasty, not to mention seriously pretty to look at, complete with Vanilla Pashmac served on the side, so as to sweeten to taste. Mmmmm.
GO HERE IF
You like to feel the fresh salty breeze on your skin while you dine or drink.
SIX WORD SUMMARY
Cool, Chic Queenslander Complete With Cocktails
Pizzas from $14, mains from $32. Cocktails start at $16