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May 17, 2014 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Manhattan at Regent Singapore is a grand hotel bar inspired by the 19th century’s Golden Age of cocktails and fine drinking. Delivering on its name with a glamorous yet modern space reminiscent of old New York, craft bartending meets artisanal spirits to pay homage to classic and forgotten cocktails that leap from the pages of history.
Here, the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse serves as a unique workshop for celebrated American Head Bartender Ricky Paiva. Featuring over 100 American oak barrels from a small cooperage in Minnesota, the rickhouse will be used to finish whiskies and other spirits and to age bitters and single-cask cocktails. Throughout the year, guests can savour a rotating “From the Rickhouse” selection of Paiva’s finest oak-driven work.Untitled

A one-of-its-kind Ingredients Room – housing a remarkable collection of unusual ingredients from around the world (think rarities such as wildcherry bark, shisandra berries and dandelion root) – along with a carefully curated selection of fine artisanal spirits and recipes of yesteryear, serve as inspiration for Paiva as he handcrafts his list of interesting and unusual tipples.

The main beverage menu will feature 25 seasonally rotating cocktails that take you on a journey through the rich history, cultures and flavours of Manhattan’s countless intriguing neighbourhoods, be it Spanish Harlem, the Theatre District or Wall Street. Other must-tries include a unique solera-aged Negroni, the housemade traditional rock & rye, and a first-of-its-kind trolley service that elevates the classic Manhattan cocktail by blending rare and house-finished spirits, artisanal vermouths and a unique collection of bitters to each guest’s taste.

Equally noteworthy: A premium ice programme carefully designed to showcase the multitude of rare, housemade and artisanal ingredients in the cocktails. Made from water of the highest quality, the array of high-purity, high-density hand-cut ice offerings ensure flavours take centerstage, enhancing your experience.

Manhattan’s tireless attention to detail also extends to its custom cocktail glasses, handcrafted by one of the world’s oldest glass factories. Shaken cocktail lovers can sip from the rim of an elegantly striated coupe, while stirred whiskey enthusiasts can imbibe from the depths of one-of-a-kind Nick and Nora styled stemware.

Recognizing that all fine whiskeys start as an artfully arranged grain mash, Manhattan worked closely with an award-winning local microbrewery to develop an exclusive “Knickerbocker” lager that pays respect to the deep traditions of craft brewing in America. Inspired by the traditional American steam ale, the refreshingly crisp lager combines multiple malts and two different hops to lend a light “fruity” feel.

At Manhattan, food isn’t an afterthought. To complement the inspired beverages, Chef Nicholas Trosien reinvents iconic New York gastronomy, serving up gourmet bar bites that reflect New York’s melting pot of cultures. Citrusy Shrimp Ceviche Tacos ($20), topped with a delicious Bloody Mary cocktail sauce, are excellent to share, as are the House-made Kettle Chips ($12), perfect with a pan-fried onion dip laced with ruminfused
grated foie gras. A modern spin on classics, other libation-friendly standouts include the Maine Lobster “Roll” ($26), fresh Maine lobster wrapped around a refreshing crab salad, and Street Style Hot Dogs ($15) dressed with mustard made from Manhattan’s Knickerbocker lager. His clever interpretation of The Big Apple Cheesecake ($10) (a delicate rum-infused apple mousse on a vanilla sable) and Bourbon-infused Donuts ($10)
make for a sweet finish to your night out.

A contemporary evocation to the Golden Age of cocktails, Manhattan’s sophisticated décor spotlights the bar as the “stage” and the bartender, the lead actor. Behind mysterious black lacquer panels and a refined Italian marble entry foyer, a feature staircase draws the eye to the center of the room where more than 300 illuminated bottles become “the dramatic backdrop” against which the bartenders perform. While the luxuriantly colored
furnishings evoke the richness associated with legendary 19th century New York hotel bars, the ornate inlaid Turkish and Italian stone scalloping of the bar stage pays homage to the iconic buildings of Manhattan with an art deco style.

Despite these strong throwback elements, Manhattan exudes an upscale contemporary feel with luxuriously upholstered leather chairs and sofas and walls lined with patterned woven linen, making it the perfect spot to congregate and celebrate over well-executed cocktails and bar cuisine. At the same time, the openness of the design ensures that every guest entering the door will soak in the theater of craft bartending.

Welcome to the new Golden Age of fine drinking.

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