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Soko Rooftop Is the 500-Person Peruvian and Japanese Bar That’s Set to Tower Over St Paul’s Terrace

By George Hadgelias

If you’re the kind of person who can’t stop moving up in the world — taking every opportunity to see whichever city you’re in from towering heights, that is — then you’ll understand why one Brisbane hospitality crew keeps being drawn to rooftop bars. Earlier in 2022, Icatha Hospitality’s Ross Ledingham launched Lina Rooftop, which soars over South Brisbane. Now, with Evita’s ex-head chef David Hernandez, he’s about to add Soko Rooftop to the Fortitude Valley skyline.

Set to welcome in patrons from November this year, Soko will sit on the 14th floor of Jubilee Place, which towers over St Paul’s Terrace. If you’ve been in the area lately, you won’t have missed the new building, which sits above the Jubilee Hotel.

Perched on its top level, Soko will offer scenic views over the city to 500 patrons — and a mix of Peruvian and Japanese drinks and bites to eat. While the full menu hasn’t been revealed as yet, ceviche, traditional lomito al jugo, yakitori and sashimi will all be on offer. So will grade nine wagyu served with yuzu kosho, which’ll be created by the venue’s specialist chefs on each counter.

Drinks-wise, wine and sake will feature heavily, and the cocktail menu will include more than 40 flavours of pisco sours — including using sake and yuzu.

Soko will take inspiration for its decor from South America, too, complete with an Amazon-inspired irrigated ceiling that’ll be filled with greenery.

And, while you’re eating and drinking, you’ll be listening to Latin music, and watching Latin dancers and bongo players, with the venue’s live entertainment set to be as big of a drawcard as the obviously impressive vistas.

Find Soko Rooftop on the 14th floor at Jubilee Place, 470 St Paul’s Terrace, Fortitude Valley from early November — open 11am–3pm Monday–Friday for lunch, 5pm–late Wednesday–Friday for dinner, and 12pm–late on weekends. We’ll update you with an exact launch date when one is announced.

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