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The Sunken Lounge pre-construction in 2017; photo by Max Touhey.
The Sunken Lounge at the TWA Hotel

The Sunken Lounge

Drink in the spirit of the glamorous Sixties with retro cocktails and swizzle sticks once enjoyed in-flight.

The best martinis at JFK Airport await you! Gerber Group — owner-operator of 11 innovative cocktail bars and restaurants in New York, Atlanta and Santiago, Chile — will operate The Sunken Lounge, the premier bar at the landmark 512-room TWA Hotel, opening on May 15, 2019. A great deal of history has been made in the Eero Saarinen-designed Sunken Lounge: Crowds gathered to watch the Beatles arrive in the United States in 1965, and visitors saw the Tin Goose break a transcontinental record right outside the window in June 1962. Reservations for The Sunken Lounge will open soon; please add your email address to our email list to be notified.

 The Sunken Lounge circa 1962.
The Sunken Lounge circa 1962; photo by Balthazar Korab.

When The Sunken Lounge welcomes its first guests in May, travelers will clink glasses in a space unlike any other. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the hotel’s 1958 “Connie” airplane (parked on the tarmac just outside) while overhead a split flap departures board by Solari di Udine displays custom messages. Looking to relax post-flight? Recline on the lounge’s upholstered benches and admire the authentic sparkling white penny tile and original Chili Pepper Red carpet.

 A Royal Ambassador menu from MCR’s collection of authentic artifacts.
The hotel's collection of authentic TWA artifacts includes this Royal Ambassador menu.

Naturally, Gerber Group will stock the menu with 1960s cocktail favorites, including the Old Fashioned (whiskey and bitters) and the Aviation (Crème de violette, Maraschino liqueur, gin and lemon juice). To honor TWA, Gerber Group will offer the official TWA Martini and put its own modern twist on the Royal Ambassador Cocktail (Champagne, orange juice and Grand Marnier), which was served in gold-flecked glassware to elite passengers.

 Swizzle sticks based on retro TWA designs.
Stir it up: Swizzle sticks based on TWA designs make every cocktail a conversation piece.

Also in the mix: Original signature cocktails — including the Come Fly With Me, inspired by Frank Sinatra’s 1958 album cover — garnished with a rainbow of swizzle sticks. The stirrers are modeled after TWA’s original sets highlighting its travel destinations (Africa, Greece, England) and its own fleet (propellers!). Guests can also order from an expansive collection of small-batch spirits, carefully-curated wines and regionally brewed craft beers, all complemented by elevated bar fare.

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