Creative spirit and champagne cocktails, plus eye-popping panoramic views
With a city that’s rife with bars, we are often faced with the daunting task of choosing one that works for everyone, especially when you’ve convinced your friends to meet for after-work drinks. Most likely you’ll prefer that to be somewhere BTS or MRT-convenient, somewhere not too loud, forcing you to shout over the music. Most importantly, you want a spot with great cocktails at sensible prices. Well, look no further than Zest Bar & Terrace, a downtown joint that checks all of the above points. What’s more, with friendly faces and creative cocktails, it has all the makings to be your favourite watering hole. And we’ll drink to that!
The chic bar is perched on the 7th floor of the Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok, overlooking one of the city’s busiest strips. The spacious indoor area is furnished in creamy beige couches and ambient lighting makes it feel less like a hotel bar and more like the swanky living room of a rich friend’s apartment. The wraparound terrace with its intimate seating arrangements is ideal for soaking up fantastic views over one (or more) of their signature “Crafted at Westin” cocktails.
As Nicole Agsten, the Marketing Communications Manager tells me, “The drink menu launched in 2014 at all Westin Hotels worldwide, the “Crafted at Westin” beverage program allows the hotel bar to design 8 artisanal cocktails, drawing inspiration from native flavours.” She continues, “At this Westin, our Beverage Manager Khun Puchong Charoentham designed seven cocktails and one mocktail with a focus on local ingredients.”
While the menu offers a standard offering of classics, premium liquers and wines, we were eager to sample the delicious cocktails from the Crafted menu. We started with the fruity Emerald Sapphire (B320), comprising of Ketel one, maraschino liqueur, lychee and pineapple juice; swiftly moving to Zest Society (B320) an aptly named, Tanqueray gin-based offering that is just the right concoction of sweet and sour. Luckily for us, we had Nicole there to recommend a few of her favourites from the menu, one of which was the Floating Bubble (B320) with Tres maqueyes tequila, prosecco and elderflower. On other days, the highly skilled and knowledgeable all-women bartenders and servers, are quick to make suggestions.
Another great highlight of Zest is their live in-house band that is on everyday starting at 6:30pm and grooving all the way until midnight. The music is soulful and thankfully at the perfect decibel to make conversations around the settee easier.
While we waited for the next round of libations, we nibbled on the Antipasti platter (B380) consisting of grilled zucchini, capsicum, Parma ham with bread sticks, salami, smoked chicken and black olives, as well as on the BBQ Chicken Wings (B290), which was an all-round fiery favourite. Luckily for us, the Botanize (B320) arrived just in time, its sweetness helping to ease and cool our palates.
by Reena Karim
Zest Bar & Terrace
7F, The Westin Grande Sukhumvit
259 Sukhumvit Rd.
Tel: 02 207 8000
Open daily: 7am-1am