Inspired by the elegance of the legendary grand hotel bars of the past, the Manhattan Bar, designed by the design studio Distillery of Singapore and located on the second floor of the Regent Hotel in Singapore. Featuring a strikingly grand central hall, it was built in 1982 on a project by the American architect John Portman.
“The bar itself is shaped as a stage upon which the bartender (as the central actor) performs the craft of cocktail making before a dramatic bottle display” explain the design engineers who decided to focus on the bar area, raising it like a stage above the rest of the premises.
The distinctive feature of the whole setting are the warm shades of leather: the perimeter is lined with Chesterfield sofas, and in the central area, in order to enhance the grand hotel bar style effect, ancient-look mirrors have been installed, along with comfortable chairs also upholstered in dark leather. To create a setting as closely in keeping as possible with the lush style of the “golden age” of cocktails, Distillery consulted the beverage experts Proof & Co.
An even more particular effect is created by the “rick house”, a corner entirely dedicated to whiskey barrels, while right in front of the entrance is the “ingredient room”, drawing emphasis to the vocation of the place