Firefly Bar Will Take You a Journey Across the World One Cocktail at a Time

The previous couple of years have seen a surge in new entrants making an attempt…

Firefly Bar Will Take You a Journey Across the World One Cocktail at a Time

The previous couple of years have seen a surge in new entrants making an attempt to make their mark on Bangkok’s thriving bar scene. On account of the stiff competitors, the equation for a profitable bar has turn out to be much more difficult, requiring extra than simply ‘stiff’ drinks to make sure discerning patrons return many times.

One bar that has managed to propel itself onto the scene and preserve its reputation is Firefly Bar at Sindhorn Kempinski Resort Bangkok. Not solely is it thematically distinctive, however the crew are wildly gifted, and the cocktail listing will make it troublesome to select a favorite.

Firefly Bar is situated on the Foyer stage of the Sindhorn Kempinski Resort Bangkok, which is part of the leafy Sindhorn Village in Langsuan. Its design is impressed by the jazz bars of yesteryear, boasting luxurious furnishings, darkish wooden finishes, glowing chandeliers, plush armchairs, assertion lamps, and putting, patterned flooring.

The venue’s centre-piece is undoubtedly the primary bar, which is bathed in a deep inexperienced color and topped with a darkish tiled bar-top, making a putting distinction towards the gold cupboard of spirits that sits behind it. Right here, company are supplied a glimpse of the in depth listing of tipples they’ll get pleasure from throughout their night.

Heading the bar crew is Bar Supervisor, Dicky Hartono, who is not any stranger within the Bangkok booze scene. Identified for his progressive creations and savvy for utilising native substances, Dicky has received numerous awards over his profession. He brings his wealth of data to his function at Firefly Bar, crafting a memorable menu of signature cocktails that embody the bar’s ethos. To higher perceive what that’s, I spoke to Dicky about how Firefly Bar was conceptualised.

Throughout our dialog, I used to be instructed that on the coronary heart of Firefly Bar is a narrative impressed by the mythology surrounding fireflies. This story centres on an imagined group of them that after travelled far and vast the world over, flashing alongside their journey to sign their pals to affix them. Throughout their travels, these fireflies picked up numerous spices, herbs, bitters, and florals earlier than heading again ‘dwelling’ to Firefly Bar. It’s via this ‘assortment’ of substances that the bar’s menu of imaginative cocktails got here to be.

The menu itself reads like a small image e book, full with drawings, ingredient lists, and witty descriptions of every tipple. The component I appreciated most, nonetheless, was the incorporation of a ‘cocktail legend’ illustrated utilizing phases of the moon to explain that are fruity and light-weight, bitter and refreshing, advanced and bitter, and powerful and daring.

When explaining the menu, Dicky instructed me that it was conceptualised to be very buyer targeted, paralleling the general method to working the bar. The crew needed every patron to really feel comfy searching the menu, and for the knowledge to be accessible so that each visitor can develop their information and appreciation for the drinks on supply.

Past simply cocktails, the menu additionally boasts a wide-range of wine and spirits, together with a formidable assortment of gin. Throughout two of its pages, the menu includes a ‘DIY Gin & Tonic’ information the place you’ll be able to choose your favorite sort of gin, mixer, and garnishes.

After all, if you’re undecided in your drink of alternative, the bar crew are more than pleased to assist reply any questions and even select a tipple for you. As Dicky places it, “Not like different locations, we don’t ask the shopper what they like, however moderately what they don’t like. This opens many avenues for us to fortunately shock them.”

The component of enjoyable is current in lots of features of the Firefly Bar expertise. For instance, we have been proven a classy drinks trolley utilized by the crew to create basic concoctions, corresponding to martinis, tableside. Furthermore, the bar options stay leisure each night courtesy of the gifted Toby & Pleasure who carry out jazz, Motown, and soul hits. We have been additionally instructed that Dicky, who can also be a gifted vocalist, joins the band now and again.

After an entertaining dialog with the crew, we tucked right into a number of bar bites starting with crispy calamari served with a piquant chilli aioli. One other really helpful dish for many who like spicy flavours is their spicy umami prawns – tiger prawns coated in banana chillies, smoky cajun seasoning, oregano flakes, and a zesty mayonnaise.

We adopted this with their sourdough bikini toast topped with oozing cheddar cheese, applewood smoked ham, and a moreish truffle sauce. We then moved onto the marinated beef tartar served with a aspect of crispy sourdough bread; French fries topped with truffle and parmesan shavings; and their lobster roll that consists of toasted brioche topped with tender chunks of Canadian lobster.

As for the drinks, we sampled a number of Firefly Bar’s signature cocktails starting with their ‘fruity and light-weight’ concoctions. ‘Malaya’ places Thai flavours centre-stage and is crafted utilizing Phraya Parts rum; falernum syrup liqueur that has essences of ginger, lime, almond, cloves and allspice; kaffir lime, SILPIN mango sticky rice concentrated flavouring, and creole bitters. For a style of South America, ‘Over the Andes’ is a tackle a pisco bitter with hints of apricot, lime, and pink grapefruit.

The Kempinski model ambassador for all their properties is the ‘Girl in Purple,’ elegantly dressed hosts who care for company from the second they arrive to the second they depart. To pay tribute to this necessary a part of the Kempinski luxurious expertise, Firefly Bar have a ‘Elegant Girl in Purple’ cocktail that includes of gin, purple wine, raspberries, blueberries, yuzushu, citrus and a rose discount. Extremely Instagrammable, the drink is served with a bubble dome that you would be able to pop for dramatic impact.

‘Elegant Girl in Purple’ was considered one of my favourites of the night, the opposite was ‘Firefly Rebirth.’ Much like a whisky bitter, the cocktail is crafted utilizing J.W. Gold Label whisky, egg white, lavender, umeshu, citrus, yuzu, aloe vera, and peach bitters, and is simply as tasty as it’s fragrant.

In the event you favor your drinks spirit-forward, go for ‘Don’t Break My Nuts,’ a punchy whisky and bourbon concoction infused with dates and walnuts, and sweetened with a Campari discount, and chocolate and orange bitters. Additionally sturdy and daring, the ‘Bamboo Cocktail’ is a crisp mixture of dry sherry, Mancino Secco vermouth, and angostura bitters.

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