By Vivienne Pearson
It’s winter. There’s no escaping this, but you can escape to an evening out with cocktails to warm your insides and a fire to warm your fingers.
Elements of Byron is offering Fire Pit Fridays. Some locals may not realise that Elements is open to non-guests, but their restaurant, Graze, and their cocktail bar, positively welcomes locals. The only area off-limits to non-guests is the pool, so a winter visit is ideal to avoid suffering any pool envy.
The fire pit is, in fact, lit every evening, but the benefit of going on a Friday (5–7pm) is that there are $1 freshly shucked oysters, as well as complimentary nibbles (really nice ones, not a bit of cracker and dip!).
The setting is as lovely as the photo suggests. The fire, admittedly, is gas fuelled but this has the benefit of avoiding your winter coat being sullied with wood smoke. You can perch on the edge of the fire to enjoy some direct warmth, or lounge on the super-comfy outdoor furniture.
A full bar is available, but I highly recommend a cocktail. The menu is full of original creations with a strong focus on native inspiration and ingredients. Macadamia and eucalyptus liqueurs feature alongside quandong bitters, Marvell Street coffee, Illawara plum and wild flowers (okay, not all in the same drink).
Whether your motivation is cocktails, oysters, free nibbles, or simply having a stickybeak at the new-resort-kid in town, rug up in order to warm up inside and out at Elements’ Fire Pit Fridays.