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Calypso Club set to be summer dining hotspot

CRYSTALBROOK Collection has opened its doors and daybeds to welcome Cairns to Calypso Club, the latest addition to Cairns’ vibrant hospitality scene.

Located at the heart of Crystalbrook Riley resort overlooking the Cairns Esplanade, the specialty rum and seafood bar is poised to be the hottest new dining destination in Tropical North Queensland.

Surrounded by swaying palm trees and endless cerulean skies, the newly unveiled bar transports patrons to a nostalgic era reminiscent of idyllic coastal holidays spent on sun-kissed shores, lazing by the beach and leisurely sipping cocktails in the warm breeze.

More than just a resort bar, Calypso Club is a destination where strangers become friends, and where every guest is a VIP.

Calypso Club espouses a commitment to sustainability and seasonality, with fresh local seafood sourced to craft a menu inspired by Australian fish and chip shops and American crab shacks.

Notable dish highlights include fish burgers, refreshing coral trout ceviche and the signature ‘Calypso Roll’: a nod to the iconic lobster rolls of New England, featuring a local seasonal shellfish.

Renowned cocktail specialist Tom Bulmer, celebrated for his artistry at The Social Spirits, has joined forces with Calypso Club to curate a refined cocktail program.

Highlights from the drinks menu include the ‘Clarified Coco’- combining Havana Club Anejo Rum, coconut, coffee, spices and colada foam – and ‘Club Stinger’, a blend of local Mt. Uncle Distillery aged rum, Rinomato, Agricole, hibiscus, watermelon and grapefruit.

Crystalbrook Riley general manager Melissa Shaw said the group was thrilled to introduce Calypso Club as the newest addition to the Cairns hospitality scene just in time for summer.

“As we unveil this new tropical oasis, we’re looking forward to offering a dining destination that captivates the senses and reflects the vibrant essence of Cairns,” she said.

We can’t wait to share the charm of Calypso Club with our guests

Crystalbrook Riley general manager Melissa Shaw

Designed by acclaimed interior architecture and design studio Mitchell & Eades, the Calypso Club experience seamlessly marries an indoor-outdoor flow at the bottom of the iconic Riley tower, with capacity for 100 guests.

With vibrant, playful hues and an ambience of timeless charm, the interior brings to life the spirit of paradise, while the outdoor setting exudes tropical holiday vibes.

The entrance welcomes guests with a hand-painted mural created by renowned Melbourne-based artist Mark Conlon, whose characteristically whimsical style and bold use of colour pair perfectly with the venue’s design.

With a unique blend of coastal inspired dishes, a focus on local and international rums, and an abundance of fresh seasonal tropical fruit, Calypso Club is set to take patrons on a journey through Far North Queensland’s sugarcane-soaked history, while establishing itself as a must-visit for anyone who takes the business of holidays seriously.

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