This is a bar that is built on hospitality. When Manhattan opened in 2014, it set about the task of creating a venue that conjures up the image of the Golden Age of cocktails, combined with a service ethos that puts the guest experience first. After winning The Best Bar in Asia on two occasions and the Legend of the List Award in 2019, it is little surprise to see it voted as the inaugural recipient of the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award.
Hued with warm tones, the grand lounge melds Old World glamour with luxe contemporary comfort via velvet arm chairs, rich drapery and mahogany tables. A fitting backdrop to drink down over 150 rare American whiskies, or a solera-aged Negroni produced through the bar’s onsite rickhouse, which is the first for any hotel around the world.
Manhattan’s heavily-researched libation list is divided into eras, hinging on classic and forgotten cocktails inspired by historical events in The Big Apple during those times. For example, Kerman, which dates to the 16th and 17th centuries, incorporates tequila, pistachio, lime and raspberry sea salt – an homage to the time period when New York-born pistachios hit the global market.
With a hospitality philosophy that matches its beautifully curated drinks, Manhattan is a deserving winner of the first-ever Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award.