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, the Legend of the List Award 2019 and the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award in 2020, it continues to mark itself as one of the finest hostelries in the continent.
Bar manager Rusty Cerven joined Manhattan in late 2020 and he is already starting to make his mark on the menu, with some unique barrel-aged cocktails that speak to his flavour-forward bartending style and a roster of forthcoming guest shifts that utilise his extensive black book of contacts. Hued with warm tones, the grand lounge melds Old World glamour with luxe contemporary comfort via velvet armchairs, rich drapery and mahogany tables. A fitting backdrop to drink down over 150 rare American whiskies, or a solera-aged Negronis produced through the bar’s onsite rickhouse, which is the first for any hotel in the world. Manhattan’s heavily researched cocktail list is currently entitled New York Personified and showcases a series of drinks that take their cues from Big Apple luminaries, past and present. The Cigarette Break, inspired by Anthony Bourdain, features hazelnut liqueur, espresso liqueur, coconut and whisky, while the 3000, drawing on Robert Downey Jr, contains rum, chocolate and strawberry dust. The bar’s food menu is one of the finest you’ll find anywhere.