Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Two New Dramatic Destinations Open in Bangkok


Bangkok’s contrasting sides of its hip social scene were reasons that I fell in love with this Thai city. I called it the “Two Faces” of Bangkok in an article that I wrote soon after my return. Since then, two new dramatic destinations have opened their doors, proving once again that the Thai metropolis is ever-changing and intriguing to returning visitors.

The first new destination is ABar on the 37th floor of Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, high above the bustling city streets. The trendy bar opened on New Years Eve, and I can’t wait to go back to the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park to experience the new destination bar, an attraction in its own right. One thing that I learned while I was in Bangkok was that the Victorian Era was alive and well in the city back in the late 1800s. This bar harkens back to that era with classic dark wooden décor, wingback chairs and leather-bound books.

Its library-like, book lined walls also have the feel of a “Speak Easy” that is making such a strong comeback in the US right now. A recent media release describes the cool, sophisticated cocktail bar as blending “the mystery and magic of Victorian London with the gritty edge of 1930s America.”

The comfortable venue that reminds me of a London gentleman’s club makes ABar the perfect spot in which to unwind and enjoy hand-crafted cocktails in a warm ambiance overlooking the spectacular Bangkok skyline.

Prohibition-Era Cocktails, Craft Spirits and Rustic Mixes

Capturing the spirit of the venue, ABar specializes in dark spirits including whiskies from around the globe, dark rum and cognac. An extensive selection of drinks is available, including vintage and prohibition-era cocktails, craft spirits and rustic mixes.

Sanctuary of High-End Relaxation

I can imagine unwinding with my new favorite beverage or one of the reimagined classics in this sanctuary of high-end relaxation with cool jazz playing in the background. ABar seats 76 guests indoors and 32 on the semi-al fresco terrace which overlooks Benjasiri Park.

ABar Rooftop

The second recently-opened destination bar is ABar Rooftop, also located at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park. Perched on the 38th floor just one floor above ABar, its rooftop location delivers a real wow factor.

The stylish open-air bar features one of the largest selections of gins in the city, with more than 50 different varieties including many craft labels.
The exquisite gins are used to create an extensive range of signature G&Ts and innovative cocktails, which can be enjoyed in the ultimate intimate setting while gazing out over the sparkling Bangkok cityscape.

ABar Rooftop seats 60 people. No reservations are taken at either venue and seating is assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Both ABar and ABar Rooftop will open daily from 5 pm to 1 am.
Access to the bars is via a dedicated elevator from Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park’s South Tower Lobby.

For information and reservations, call +66 (0) 2 059 5999 or email restaurant-reservations.bkkqp@marriotthotels.com or visit www.bangkokmarriottmarquisqueenspark.com.

About Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park
The largest and the first Marriott Marquis in Asia Pacific, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is the city’s new landmark completed with ample amenities and facilities, including 1,360 guestrooms and suites and over 5,000 square meters of function space across 37 venues. The hotel also offers two outdoor swimming pools, Quan Spa and several restaurants and bars on prime location on Sukhumvit Road, surrounded by business centers and entertainment. Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is truly an ideal choice for travelers visiting this vibrant and colorful city.

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Common to the travel industry, writer Stacey Wittig was hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. While that has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure. #ThailandInsider


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