Lebua has partnered with Chivas Scotland to create an exclusive whisky bar, 800 feet in the air, at the Dome at lebua in Bangkok.
It probably does not surprise you that a traveler finds himself in a bar while in Thailand, so here I am, perched atop the city in its hottest new bar. My newfound love of whiskey is fully satisfied here at Alfresco 64, the highest outdoor whisky bar in the world, offering connoisseurs and luxury jetsetters (such as myself) the ultimate whisky drinking experience along with stunning aerial views of the skyline and the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok looks great from up here. This busy metropolis seems far less intimidating when you are looking down on it with a whisky drink in hand.
In addition to sampling signature blends from Chivas Regal I am also enjoying the one-of-a-kind limited edition “Chivas Exclusive lebua blend”. The whisky is deemed extra special because it is the first time that Chivas Regal has created a blend exclusively for a partner, and I get to enjoy it.
I am really enjoying my evening up here. Alfresco 64 – A Chivas Bar draws inspiration from the sleek lines of a luxury yacht – the epitome of the luxurious lifestyle of a billionaire. Since the space is recently opened, I am getting the complete VIP experience. The bar is divided into three parts with the section, an indoor area set to resemble an opulent yacht cabin, featuring lacquered rosewood flooring and sunken seating. The bar counter is made of large pieces of wood accentuated with curves and silver metal lines which resemble the dynamic lines of a luxury vessel. I am digging the theme here. The front of the bar takes its design cues from a yacht’s bridge. I have a feeling that as the bar ages, and more clientele starts to pour in, these sections will become even more exclusive and restrictive, but for now, I sit, sip and write to you.
The second section is the Heritage Room, specially created for VIPs and can be used for a variety of special events ranging form private parties to whisky tastings. The last and most outstanding feature of the bar is the outdoor area. Beautifully designed to resemble the prow of a luxury yacht, it juts out over the side of the building. You actually feel as though you are floating. It features comfortable couches and chairs, teak flooring, while a glass railing all along the edge allows for majestic views of the Chao Phraya River as you sip your drink of choice. Things have been so thoughtfully put together, even down to the right glasses and carafes to take the whisky drinking experience to the next level. These glasses are designed to highlight the soft hues of your beverage, intensify flavors and aromas, and chill one’s drink without the addition of ice for a more indulgent tasting.
With this design, signature whisky blends from Chivas Regal and a stunning aerial view of the Bangkok skyline, this bar recreates the luxury drinking experience and made it way to become our Swanky Sip.
Thai rules, customs and traditions are fantastic and add even more spice to their already vibrant society. Here’s a bit of trivia when planning your trip. For those unfamiliar with the sale of alcohol and its subtle nuances in this country, know that there are some days and time when the sale of alcohol is restricted. On religious holidays and elections it may be hard to find shops that are selling alcohol. On regular days retailers are not supposed to sell alcohol between midnight and 11:00 am and then again between 2 pm and 5 pm. We thought you’d like to know, but not to worry. The Alfresco 64 is open every night from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am.