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If you haven’t visited Loft Byron Bay yet, follow the crowd! With a comfortable but classy interior, a cool breeze and premium view, Loft is turning into a favourite lunch spot, not least because the prices are pretty reasonable for a venue like this. 

The long-awaited bar and eatery is now one month young and is located at the top of Jonson St. 

If you’re heading from the beach, shake the sand off your shoes and make your way up their large wooden staircase. You will be greeted by their fresh-as-it-gets deli and oyster bar, and a hostess to help you get sorted. 

Loft’s food menu invites you to share a wide range of cured meats and cheeses on top of a local seafood selection. If you do make it to lunch, their $35 seafood special includes their crowd favourite ceviche, the best way to start tasting your way through the menu. Vegetarians and vegans are not forgotten with coal-smoked beetroot and caramelised Japanese pumpkin dishes available.

And then there’s the bar… that’s on par with the view, with a careful curation of international and local wines, beers, and cocktails. The wine list lets you try grapes from all over the world, opt for more local wine, or select an organic option. 

When you start having trouble making choices it’s time to call on the staff! As well as being genuine, and sometimes pretty funny, they’re happy to make suggestions for food you could be exploring and what booze you might enjoy. Excellent service is the key to a hospitality establishment, and at this young venue there seems to be a relaxed energy and passion that will make you feel at home.

The Loft’s open white chic interior is matched with warm wooden furniture that offers comfort-focused design. You can lay back in the lounge area or prop yourself up on one of the high stools that are ideal for people watching, one storey above the main street crowd. Oh, and don’t forget to look up to check out the brushed brass lighting that adds a little bit of bling to a Byron setting.

The interior design, produce, presentation, and service are of a style that will hit the mark with locals and visitors – a bit of Melbourne with a Byron twist, perhaps. Venue owner Matt Hunt is set on creating a home away from home for his customers, and it seems to be working.

The Loft, 4 Jonson St, Byron. Ph 6680 9183 Loftbyronbay.com.au.

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