For a rooftop bar, 1927 fails spectacularly in the views department; its humble sixth-floor height atop the So Sofitel means it’s easily dwarfed by the dreary offices surrounding it. However, the boutique hotel’s new watering hole is still worth a visit, if only for one thing: spectacular tiki cocktails.
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In keeping with its swank decor, 1927 calls its creations “Equatorial Classics” but just know it’s a menu filled with rum-based favourites like the Rum Runner, Fog Cutter and Painkiller. All classics here, equatorial or otherwise, are executed effectively – which is to be expected of any decent hotel bar – so it’s in the original creations that one can witness 1927’s genius.
Start the evening with a Tiki Time Bomb, which gets its sweetness from grapefruit cordial and Velvet Falernum liqueur, and its strength from gin and burnt pineapple-infused vodka. For something lighter, the Hashtag Frose (rose wine, St-Germain, dry vermouth and champagne syrup) is crisp and refreshing. A little absinthe sometimes works wonders for tiki drinks, and is proven here in the bar’s Absinthe Colada.
While there’s no sunset or beach to toast to, 1927 is not lacking in ambience. In the chic space, brightly coloured tropical prints, planters and lounge chairs abound, with an infinity pool beckoning those who (we hope) sip responsibly. The 2.4m-wide screen and projector on the patio also make 1927 a suitable event space for private parties and launches.