Created by designer Steve Leung, the new St. Regis Bar Macao brings Old School British luxury to the city’s newest hotel.
While the global Covid-19 pandemic has caused disruption to virtually every corner of the globe, one silver lining is that the downtime has allowed some of us to get on with projects we’ve been meaning to peruse for some time. It might have been trying your hand at yoga, setting up a home office, starting an arts project or a new blog, or brushing up on your culinary skills. Sometimes a change of pace is what we need to achieve a change in focus and that’s something that’s happening in Macao.
While Asia’s own Sin City is still shut off to most travellers, there’s still plenty going on. The Londoner is a new luxury hotel that has opened on the Cotai Strip, and set within the new space (and oddly not in the hotel of the same name nearby) the new St. Regis Bar Macao has opened as the city’s sexiest new watering hole.
Conceived by architect and interior designer Steve Leung, the new cocktail divan delivers a distinctive take on traditional British luxury, with an elegant gentleman’s club persona, custom furnishings, swinging live jazz, and an extensive menu of mixology classics.
Arriving guests at the new St. Regis Bar are greeted by a wine room boasting an impressive selection of international labels, before passing through into a space of oak-panelled walls, velvety sofas, custom-made leather benches, and a central ceiling inspired by London’s Big Ben. Beyond, a specially commissioned mural depicts the city’s Sino-Portuguese legacy, while a half tail piano hints at the live jazz performances that will serenade cocktail lovers.
Speaking of cocktails, the new St. Regis Bar will welcome its own rendition of the New York bar’s signature cocktail, the Bloody Mary, with the Maria do Leste or the Mary of the East. The Bloody mary has been part of St. Regis heritage since Fernand Petiot concocted the first drink at the original New York hotel in 1934. A combination of cultural influences, the Maria do Leste features pink peppercorns and lime from Brazil, piri piri from Africa, cinnamon and paprika from India, black vinegar from China, and chouriço from Portugal.
In addition to an extensive menu of classic cocktails, the new St. Regis Bar also presents its own libations, which range from the Coley #2, with aged gin, Antica Formula infused with cherry, yuzu juice, lemon juice, and orange blossom honey; and the Caroline 400, with St. Regis blend tea gin, citrus microcarpa, rhubarb bitters, citrus juice, and orange blossom honey; to the elegant The 5th Avenue, a blend of lemon leaf infused vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, crème de violette, kaffir lime, superberries, and ginger ale.
Of course, you’ll also be able to dine well at the new space, with highlights of the bar menu including Daniel Sorlut Oysters Kilpatrick with guanciale bacon, brandy, and Worcestershire; “24 Karat Gold” fried chicken; and Boston lobster sliders with Japanese mayonnaise and grilled lettuce.
You’ll also be serenaded by resident jazz pianists and vocalists, the performances of which put the finishing touches on the city’s newest luxury entertaining destination.
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