Rebecca Richards mixes drinks at Coolangatta Hotel’s New Vodka Lounge.
Rebecca Richards mixes drinks at Coolangatta Hotel’s New Vodka Lounge. Blainey Woodham

VIP treatment at Infusion Vodka

COOLANGATTA Hotel has broadened its appeal with the launch of the Infusion Vodka Lounge.

Formerly Cuddy's, the space has undergone more than just a name change, with a complete refurbishment that can only be good for Coolangatta night life.

Owner Mark McIlroy said the objective was to create something more upmarket for the clientele.

“Cuddy's Bar needed to be refurbished and we sat down with the marketing team and came up with the challenge of trying to create something more upmarket,” he said.

Fitted out with all the modern trimmings, the most unique elements are the introduction of VIP lounge areas and a series of functional vodka stills that serve up a variety of the bar's own infused vodka flavours.

“General manager Natasha Flint imagined a lab behind the bar; after seeing something similar overseas the idea went to infusing vodka and using a functional stills behind the bar,” Mr McIlroy said.

While the refurbishment itself took only about a month to complete, the process of selecting the vodka was a little more involved.

“It was a long process. We had a staff member trial 30 different flavours over three months before we narrowed it down to the final five,” he said.

The alcohol is infused in canisters onsite before being placed in the decorative stills that deliver the vodka straight to the glass.

Clubbers can pay for preset packages that include wait service, platters and top-shelf spirits, allowing the full VIP experience.



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