Creative spirit and champagne cocktails, plus eye-popping panoramic views
If you enjoy epic views with your tipple, then the illuminated arch that is the iconic emblem of Centara Grand’s Red Sky rooftop bar has no doubt been one of your go-to drink spot destinations in downtown Bangkok. But, did you know that the city’s aerial jewel, CRU Champagne Bar by G.H. Mumm, sits even further up?
But first, here’s how you get there. Get up to the 55th floor, go up one flight to 56, then take the elevator two flights to 58, and then another flight until you find yourself soaring above the crowds. With the sleek white decor, intimate setting, ambient music, and unhindered 360° vistas, there is certainly an air of exclusivity here.
Debuting in December of 2016, CRU was created to give guests an unparalleled experience, especially one with bubbly in hand. “The whole concept was a collaboration of many fine minds,” says David W. Nowak, Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. “Red Sky was already here, but there was a need to do more. We wanted to give our guests something different, that fantastic feeling of being on top of the world and match that with a luxury product such as G.H Mumm, one of the world’s finest champagnes.”
We revel in this thought as we sip on Mumm’s No 1 Pink (B799/ glass, B4,700/bottle), a limited-edition rose champagne inspired from Formula One. Combining the floral and fruity flavours of a Pinot Noir and sweetness of Chardonnay, it’s a refreshing start to our evening. CRU is the only bar in Thailand with pouring rights to this particular drink.
When you think of champagne, you immediately associate it as a drink that goes hand-in-hand with celebrations, and a hefty price tag. CRU keeps that misconception in check. We’re here on a Tuesday and notice the place is brimming with locals, tourists, and expats alike. The vibe here is casual and unpretentious, just how we like it midweek. Despite having the C-word embedded in their name, CRU offers its patrons more than just premium bubbly, including creative spirit and champagne cocktails, a selection of fine wines and single-malts, as well as finger food. Browsing through the menu it’s clear there is something on it for everyone, and this is definitely a cause of cheers instead of caution.
The list of carefully selected cocktails are what, according to Nowak, sets CRU apart from the rest. I couldn’t agree more. Take for instance, Shop Till You Drop (B700), a delightful concoction of Absolut Mandarin, Grand Marnier, Malibu and fresh fruit juices served in a plastic bag—quintessentially Thai—and in within a miniature supermarket trolley. It’s quirky and delicious all at once. This play on presentation and palate is carried on with Something Green (B650), a Midori, tequila, mango, and pineapple-based cocktail which comes topped with a floating duck, and Chilly Willy (B899) a blue curaçao and pineapple drink served in a penguin-shaped glass; a personal favourite and a perfect libation to complement the twilight. By Reena Karim
CRU Champagne Bar
59F, Centara Grand at CentralWorld
999/99 Rama 1 Rd.
Tel: 02 100 1234
Open daily: 5pm-1am