This landmark hotel’s long-awaited drink spots hit the mark
At took a few more years for the Park Hyatt Bangkok to open than maybe anyone imagined, but it’s finally here. All those discreet touches and upmarket amenities now exist in a realm beyond gossip and mock-ups. Speaking of gossip, there had been a lot of rumours swirling around the bars, including talk of a high-floor spot that would evoke the Park Hyatt Tokyo’s New York Bar (the jazz bar featured in the 2003 film Lost in Translation). After a gradual rollout, all the hotel’s venues have opened, and there’s no denying the wait for them was worthwhile.
While the “Bill Murray bar” got the pre-launch attention, the hotel ended up unveiling a lounge bar on the 10th floor first. Fittingly called The Bar, the space features all the brand’s trademarks: marble fittings, a black and gold colour scheme, and understated local touches in the form of artwork adorning the walls. The interior is warm, quiet, and inviting—the archetype of a bar you would belly up to after work or a long flight, but the downright brilliant drinks make it worth visiting on any occasion.
Designed by Kieren James, of Hyde & Seek fame, the cocktails here revolve around the classics. Churchill’s Secret (B420)—a mix of 420 Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye, H by Hine VSOP Cognac, pear eau de vie, and Angostura bitters—is basically an upscale Old Fashioned. It has the perfect bite and a beautiful fruity aroma that provides balance and complexity. The 1605—featuring Nusa Caña rum from Bali, Giffard Triple Sec, pineapple and lime juices, homemade toffee syrup, egg white, and a garnish of burned star anise for aroma—travels through many strata of scents and tastes, shifting from sweet to sour to rich (B360). The Ambassador (B290), meanwhile, features sweet Thai basil, guava juice, and pineapple syrup in what might be a nod to The Last Word. In any case, it’s sweet, sour, and delicious.
If you’re after cinematic reference points, head to The Penthouse (open daily from 4:30pm till midnight). The 35th-floor bar does indeed have the ebony chairs, walnut touches, and floor-to-ceiling windows that distinguish that aforementioned bar in Tokyo, but the mood is much livelier. You won’t hear live jazz, but rather disco, soul, and hip hop from the DJ stationed above the booze shelf. The cocktails are a shade smaller than The Bar’s, and overall they gravitate toward the sweet side, but they’re also quite unique. A fine example is The Reverent (B360), a mix of whisky, amaretto, Fernet-Branca, and maple syrup.
The Penthouse has a Thong Lor vibe, and that’s great, but if you want quiet, you’ll find it in the unmarked whisky room (located on the same floor at the far end). Decorated with Indonesian artefacts and a wall of rare whiskies from around the world, this is the place to escape to when you want to “make it Suntory time”, metaphorically speaking.
By Craig Sauers
10F, Park Hyatt Bangkok | 88 Wireless Rd.
Tel: 02 012 1234
Open daily: 7am-midnight