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BOTTOMS UP: Five airport bars to wait out a flight

11 Nov 2009

Travellers, who need to chill out while waiting for their flights, can repair to these bars located in convenient areas around major airports.

OXYGEN THERAPY

Changi Airport, Singapore

It’s within the premises of the Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal 2. At the Oxygen Therapy bar, patrons can inhale scented oxygen of their choice through a nasal tube. They can opt to do the session in private or otherwise. A dose of the stuff costs S$15 (US$10.90) for 10 minutes. Prices are charged by the minute and lasts a maximum of 20 minutes per session.

Where: Terminal 2, Level 3, inside the airside Plaza Premium Lounge

Operation Hours: 24 hours

Website: http://www.plaza-network.com/sg_en/index.php

CAVIAR HOUSE & PRUNIER SEAFOOD BAR

Hongkong International Airport, Hongkong

For the individuals with an acquired taste, HKIA has a bar that serves only from a platinum selection of fine wines and spirits. Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar also serves a range of premium seafood items that are prepared on the spot. You can easily get a set of raw salmon or king crab legs. The interesting point about this bar is that if they do not serve a specific salmon dish within 15 minutes, the dish will be on the house. But be prepared to fork out a bundle for this gustatory indulgence. One signature item dubbed “Taste of Excellence” – consisting of 10 grams of caviar, two slices of Balik salmon and 40 grams of foie gras – is priced at HK$628 (US$81).

As part of the airport-wide F&B promotion, bar patrons can order a 50-gram Saint James “Solo” caviar specially priced at HK$2,200 (US$284).

Where: Terminal 1, Level 6, airside

Operation Hours: 0700 to 2300 daily

Website: www.caviarhouse-prunier.com

HEINEKEN LOUNGE

Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, US

A bar geared towards design and branding, the Heineken Lounge seeks to share the high-end airline lounge experience with all travellers, regardless of which airline they travel with. Interiors follow the beer brand’s unmistakable hues of green. The lighting is also toned down enough to provide travellers with the respite from the brightly-lit public spaces. Despite its name, the Heineken Lounge serves a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as sandwiches and appetisers.

Where: Terminal C, C2 Gate 103, post-security area

Operation Hours: 0900 to 2100 daily

Website: www.heineken.com

WETHERSPOONS

London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom

A bar with a strong presence throughout the UK, Wetherspoons can be found in all terminal buildings of the airport. It is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, reasonable prices and variety. Food here is cheaper than most bars, with a burger set meal costing approximately £4.75 (US$7.95), and drinks are approximately a few cents to a pound cheaper. Wetherspoons features a Super Chilled Lager that is served in a way that ensures temperature of the drink is not higher than three degrees Celsius when it touches the lips.

Where: Terminals 1, 2 and 5 airside, while Terminal 4 has an outlet located at both airside and landside.

Operation Hours: It varies from outlet to outlet. The outlets at T1 and T2 are open from 0500 until the last domestic flight. The one at T5 welcomes patrons from 0500 to 2200. At  T4, the landside branch is open from 0600 to 2300 and its airside counterpart from 0730 to 2345.

Website: www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk

GLASS BAR, REEF BAR, LIGHT BAR and SEAFOOD BAR

Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand

The 500 metre-long hallway called Concourse D houses four bars, the Reef Bar, Glass Bar, Light Bar and Seafood Bar. These outlets, managed by the Accor hotel group, serve premium food such as wine, champagne, oysters and other seafood. There are other restaurants and fast food joints along the same corridor, but the quartet beats them all in style and presentation of their offerings.

Where: Level 4, Concourse D

Operation hours: 1100 onwards, no specified closing time, but serves past dinner time.

Website: www.suvarnabhumiairport.com

Hongzou Liu

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