If I had five kuai for every time someone said, “Central Park needs a [whiskey / whisky / cocktail] bar“, I’d sponsor a massive LM Plus pizza party. But I have no such revenue stream, and even if someone decided to give me one now, it’s too late because Central Park is getting a nice new bar of its own.
Called Ala House, it is long, narrow and a few doors from cafe L’Atelier. It consists of a long bar, 12 seats and several long benches backed against the wall behind those seats. And a small private room for three. Modest in size, and with a few knickknacks, it safely walks the line between cozy and kitschy.
Ala House has ~100 single malts, Scotches and Bourbons stocked behind the bar and explained in the menu via sniffing and sipping notes. Pours start at rmb80. Expect the regular crowd of bottles, plus less commonly seen ones, from Speyside’s Tomatin and Inchgrower to Kentucky’s Rittenhouse and Willet.
Expect cocktails, too. The menu will focus on classics like Martinis, Negronis and Old-Fashioneds, with a former Constellation bartender handling the mixing glass.
Sigh of relief, imbibers of Central Park, Ala House will open sometime next week. Photos to come.
(Big hat tip to wisebartender.)