Darkly handsome bar exudes understated elegance, serves sophisticated libations.
November 10th, 2012
The recently launched Manhattan Bar at the JW Marriott Bangkok presents an alluring atmosphere for an evening of stylish socialising, accompanied by fine wines, classic cocktails and delicious tapas menu selections. Created and managed by the acclaimed New York Steakhouse- which is directly adjacent on the first floor of the hotel- the Manhattan Bar has a distinctive design that draws inspiration from classic New York style – with dark timbers, ornate light fittings and plush furnishings- executed with exquisite attention to detail. The dark palette of the interior combined with dimmed lighting provide a warm feeling of relaxed sophistication and intimacy. The bar serves a well curated selection of premium wines, single malt whiskys, and expertly crafted cocktails. A delicious range of bar snacks and tapas dishes, prepared by the kitchen of the New York Steakhouse, perfectly compliment the drinks.
Manhattan Bar is conveniently located a short walk from the nearby Ploenchit BTS station and its central Sukhumvit address positions it in the heart of Bangkok’s most vibrant dining and night entertainment district. An excellent option either for pre-dinner aperitifs, or for a complete night of dining and drinks with friends, Manhattan Bar is a notable addition to the Bangkok bar scene.
Open nightly from 6pm, Manhattan Bar offers an attractive “Wine Gone Mad” promotion that matches tapas dishes and wine by the glass and bottle, with prices starting at THB99++ per glass, and with 4 tapas items for only THB100++.
And “Ladies Night Out” on Fridays at Manhattan Bar offers a group of 4 girls a free bottle of wine when dining. Add in the live DJ station and the party goes late into the night.
Classic elegance of the bar design- dark timbers, black marble bar counter, and the impressive liquor bottle display- highlighted by the ornate chandelier.
Full-height dark timber slatted panels swing open onto the 1st floor foyer- creating a series of discrete counter settings outside the bar room.
A relatively compact and narrow space, the main bar room features a gleaming black marble topped bar counter at one end, with seating at comfortable leather bar stools, and a backdrop of floor-to-ceiling shelves displaying the impressive liquor bottle collection. Furnished in an understated luxe that evokes the style of an Upper East Manhattan drawing room, the elegant interior features plush grey velvet armchairs, contemporary black leather sofas, black marble low tables, and walls hung with framed black & white period photographs of typical New York scenes. The unpolished timber floor boards blend warmly with the charcoal grey wall coverings and ceiling, and the predominant dark timber panelling.
The design theme extends into the adjacent Manhattan Studio- the flexible private space opening off behind the bar that can be utilised for private social gatherings, corporate events and meetings, and with its connected Studio Kitchen, interactive culinary experiences.
The long, narrow room features a warm palette of dark browns, charcoal and black- with timber wall panelling, unpolished timber flooring and plush furnishings.
One of the corner settings in the room- the furnishings and framed photographs evoke the refined, understated style of the drawing room in a genteel private NYC residence.
Looking down the gleaming black marble bar counter towards the rear kitchen area and tapas display.
Directly adjacent to the bar room is the Manhattan Studio- a luxurious private room that can be configured for private dining, corporate meetings, or other lifestyle events. At the rear, heavy dark timber doors lead into the adjoining Studio kitchen.
The Studio kitchen can be utilised to cater for events in the Manhattan Studio room- or for interactive cooking demonstrations.
The Studio kitchen connects through a doorway to the main kitchen- seen in the background.
Manhattan Snacks Menu- from New York Steakhouse kitchen
Tapas selections attractively displayed in the room adjacent to the open kitchen.
Seafood Clam Chowder
New York Crab Cakes
Australian Beef Satay with peanut sauce
Caramel Pork Belly
The wide ranging drinks menu at Manhattan Bar is headlined by the Manhattan Classic Martinis, a very decent selection of single malts and whiskys, and the attractive premium wine promotions. The Classic Martinis selection feature 12 varieties of what is widely considered the most perfect of all cocktails. These include the original Dry Martini of Tanqueray Gin and Dry Vermouth; the Perfect Martini – Bombay Sapphire Gin, Dry & Sweet Vermouth; and the Rolls Royce Martini- Bombay Sapphire Gin, Dry Vermouth & Benedictine DOM. Other more exotic martini creations include Absolut Chili Chocolat Martini; Big Apple Martini and Watermelon Martini.
Other cocktail selections include the Signature Manhattan Cocktails- Moon Over Manhattan; Big Apple Manhattan; Maple Leaf Manhattan and Twin Peaks Manhattan. And the International Cocktails include popular drinks such as Mojito, Margarita, Mai Tai, Bloody Mary, and Long Island Ice Tea.
The wine list is a concise assemblage of premium vintage wines from leading global labels, offering champagnes and sparkling wines, whites and reds with prices ranging from around THB2,000 per bottle. The wines by the glass selection offers 28 different labels of white, red and sparkling wines- at very approachable price points from THB99++ to THB299++ per glass.
“Moon Over Manhattan”- Gentleman Jack Whiskey, Disaronno Amaretto, Cranberry Juice.
“Big Apple Martini” – Absolut Vodka, Apple Liqueur, Apple Juice
Manhattan Bar at JW Marriott Bangkok
Address: 2nd floor, JW Marriott Bangkok, 4 South Sukhumvit Road, corner Soi 2, Bangkok 10110. Thailand
BTS: Ploenchit Station – 2 minute walk
Reservations: +66.2.656 7700 ext. 4230
Daily 6:00 pm~ 01:00 am
Tapas & Wine: Daily 6:00 pm ~ closing Wine by the Glass from THB99++, plus Tapas plate of 4 items THB100++
Ladies’ Night-Out: Fridays . Free bottle of wine for group of 4 ladies