Asia is home to some of the best bars in the world – from hole in the wall speakeasies, nostalgia joints and specialty bars, there’s really something for everyone. At the same time, what people often overlook is that some of the most charming bars can be found right under their own noses…in their hotels!
First originating as an easy fix for guests to grab a quick drink, hotel bars have since evolved to become some of the most renowned lifestyle hotspots. Each exuding its own unique personality, these bars hold their own and appeal to drinks connoisseurs, music-enthusiasts and party people alike.
For some inspiration, here are some of the most exquisite hotel bars in Asia you have to check out the next time you’re in town. Get ready for a great night out!
- The Loft, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
The Loft, Waldorf Astoria
Look no further than The Loft for a night of intimacy, luxury and indulgence. Steeped in the romance of Art Nouveau, The Loft has been stylishly curated to create a glamourous bohemian escapade complete with a statement spiral staircase and vintage paint tools. It offers an elegant setting to take in scenic views of the city, all while enjoying some of the world’s best hand-crafted cocktails – drawing inspiration from the original 1935 Waldorf Astoria Bar Book itself, the Head Bartender, Michele Montauti and his team are dedicated to creating artisanal spirits and forgotten cocktails that cater to the modern palette and local tastes, including unique Thai touches.
- Marble Bar, Hilton Sydney
The Marble Bar first opened its doors some 126 years ago, and hasn’t ceased to enthral since. Helmed as Sydney’s oldest entertainment hub, this heritage-listed bar continues to offer guests an evening of culture, ambience and an infinitely good time. Think vintage Victorian décor and marble archways, live music, and seasonal cocktails that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the world.
Working the magic behind the scenes is Joshua Hamer, who at 23 years old, became the youngest-ever bar manager to take the helm of Marble Bar in 2015. Since then, he has led the bar to new heights of excellence, and has himself become one of the most recognisable hotel Bar Managers in Australia today. Joshua continues to impress guests with his in-depth knowledge and warm hospitality, and will be sure to make you feel right at home within the old-world charm of Marble Bar.
- Masu, Conrad Pune
With a luxurious yet cosy setting, Masu is a majestic destination bar that guarantees an intimate evening with good company. You’ll fall in love with the relaxed ambience, and won’t help but jive to the delightful beats of the live in-house DJ while sampling unique Asian-inspired cocktails. Masu also boasts a striking wall display showcasing the best rice wines from around the region – underscoring its reputation as a destination bar and providing the perfect photo-worthy spot.
- Long Bar, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
The Long Bar at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, restored to the former glory of its 1911 Shanghai Club past, offers a glimpse of its history as the longest bar top in Asia (110ft of fine raw mahogany!). At the same time, it showcases its distinct personality and modernity with an innovative bar and drinks menu. Leading this charge is Sid Chen, the Head Bartender – having won multiple global bartending competitions, Sid is a master at concocting novel cocktails, and aspires to spread positivity through his creations. No wonder guests keep coming back for more!
- 43 West Rooftop Bar, DoubleTree by Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort
For those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, 43 West Rooftop Bar is just the place. Overlooking the beautiful Okinawan ocean, the bar is the perfect place to unwind in peace – complete with views of the stunning sunset, or a starry starry night. Sip on one of their signature cocktails (the Mihama Blue and Okinawa Gin Tonic are real hits!) while indulging in specialty steaks from the grill.[pro_ad_display_adzone id="915575"]