Hotel bars have had a bad rep. They were stuffy, old establishments (an afterthought, really), and nothing more than a convenient place to meet frequented by tired-eyed business travelers. But all that’s behind us now. In fact, hotel bars are getting a major makeover with spectacular ambiance and award-winning cocktails designed by mixologists. They have become the pride and joy of the establishments. These four InterContinental Hotels & Resorts group bars from Singapore to Bangkok, Sydney and Danang are cases-in-point. They are some of the trendiest watering holes in the region.
Spirited in Singapore
Idlewild at the InterContinental Singapore is inspired by the golden age of air travel. There’s a deep yet subtle sense of retro glamour, opulence, adventure and romance that runs through its mid-century modern interiors. Their beverage menu is curated by award-winning bartender Andy Griffiths, playing on a global voyage theme.
“We’re focusing on the transatlantic route, looking at flavours from Dublin, to Rome, Peru, Portugal, New York State, London, Casablanca, Paris and Mexico City,” said Griffiths. “Each place inspires two cocktails, resulting in a pretty varied menu celebrating the rituals of different cultures around the world.”
Make sure to sample from the unique Cabinet of Curiosities, boasting a variety of artisanal spirits sourced from small-batch distilleries and rare vintages in each location. Taking flight will take on a whole new meaning here.
Whiskies and Cigars in Bangkok
The sophisticated ambience of the Balcony Lounge and Humidor Cigar Bar at the ultra-modern InterContinental Bangkok is truly a lesson in style and class. The humidor itself is stocked with some of the finest cigars in the world that will appeal to the most demanding of all connoisseurs. An impressive array of rare Scotch whiskies and fine wines are available, as well.
Plush leather armchairs, ambient lighting and the soft strains of live piano tunes create the ideal setting for an indulgent evening spent with that flawless drink in one hand and a warm cigar in the other.
Champagne in Sydney
Experience the thrill of being on the top of the world, figuratively speaking, at the Supper Club. Located on the 32nd floor of the InterContinental Sydney, this stunning rooftop bar offers breathtaking, 270-degree panoramic views of the surrounding landscape — from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past the Opera House, overlooking the Botanic Gardens, and out to the leafy eastern suburbs.
The high-profile venue is quite the favourite amongst the city’s elite. This is no wonder, given its exceptional 27-bottle champagne ensemble, presented under the masterful artistry of resident mixologist, John Toubia. Live music, open balconies and a menu of delectable dishes make this the ultimate destination for every type of celebration.
Cocktails in Danang
The innovative L_o_n_G Bar at the prestigious InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is a charming beachfront bar that beckons with its invitingly laidback spirit. Showcasing tasteful touches of colonial elegance mixed with contemporary aesthetics, this restful space stretches down a 27-metre-long pristine beach. Elongated surfboards and nesting chairs reminiscent of Asian fishermen’s baskets add to the themed décor.
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The highlights here, however, are the sinfully comfortable, extra-long day beds — simply lie back and savour the gentle ocean breeze while sipping on any one of the many delicious cocktails from the exquisitely curated menu. Don’t forget to try their must-have signature creation, the much-awarded Lotus Cocktail.