Yes, this is another bar in town. Yes, they serve drinks and offer great service. What’s next?

While everyone else offers sky views, good cocktails (everyone offers good cocktails – if the drinks are bad don’t open a bar), good service, and good value, Oriental Residence Bangkok offers something a little different.

Through leverage from its location, surrounded by embassies and ambassadors’ residences, this former storage room on the 2nd floor of the hotel has been transformed into an Oriental Room that can host up to 220 people, and an Oriental Bar that has enjoyed the privilege of the company of diplomatic neighbors such as H.E. Mr. Karel Hartogh, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, who attended the opening of the Oriental Bar on June 22nd and demonstrated how to make his favorite drink, a Whiskey Sour.

The menu at Oriental Bar includes standard drinks, signature drinks, and a selection of ambassadors’ favorites, including the Whiskey Sour of H.E. Mr. Karel Hartogh, the Dirty Martini favored by H.E. Mr. Brian John Davidson, Ambassador of the United Kingdom, and the Dry Martini recommended by H.E. Mr. Ivo Sieber, Ambassador of Switzerland. All these choices are served on an embossed copper plate bearing the name of the ambassador, and can be enjoyed with views over the diplomatic heart of Bangkok.

There’s no doubt this is one of the city’s more refined venues where you can sit, sip your drink, and do business.

Not everyone is blessed with such civilized neighbors, but one thing we can learn from Oriental Residence Bangkok is that you can always find a way to leverage your neighborhood’s attributes. Using what you have with just a little bit of creativity can make a great story to sell to your guests.