“There is absolutely nothing in Australia that compares to this. From the moment you arrive, you are completely captivated by the extraordinary view and design aesthetic.”

If this resounding endorsement from Emporium Hotel South Bank’s Charles Martin didn’t prick your ears, you’re incredibly jaded or have trust issues. Or both. Charles was speaking on Emporium’s new 150-pax rooftop bar, The Terrace, which paraded its unrivalled river views and subtropical ambience to guests for the first time this week. As with any rooftop bar, to understand its magic is to experience it firsthand, but as a teaser, imagine an enchanting mosaic of green walls, custom lighting, a backlit onyx bar and mature date palms. The fresh, open vibe extends to the menu, which includes a range of locally-sourced produce with an emphasis on seafood.

Now go and check it out, and let us know whether we’ve just fallen victim to clever marketing.