Nautilus Bar: Watering Port

Nautilus Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta isn’t only elegantly designed, it also pushes the boundaries when it comes to their beverage program. The result is a the perfect setting to drink in style.

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Nautilus Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta isn’t only elegantly designed, it also pushes the boundaries when it comes to their beverage program. The result is a the perfect setting to drink in style.

IT WAS HIGH NOON when I walked into the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta. The infamous unpredictable Jakarta traffic combined with the day’s equally unpredictable weather was a perfect combination to demotivate you from doing anything.

Straight from the hotel front door, I turned right and headed to the Nautilus Bar. As I entered the bar, I arrived at another dimension the masculine and classic interiors quickly soothed my senses.

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Nautilus is designed with a historical theme, reminiscent of the old world charm of the famed Sunda Kelapa harbor in Jakarta. You can see bold maritime details in every nook and cranny, offering a blast from the past. Stunning mural art that shows a great vintage ship, accompanied thematically by the wavy pattern on the carpeting and stars on a clear night in the ceiling: you are instantly transported to the middle of the sea, gently floating.

The fine service from the experienced bartender, who also keeps the conversation flowing and is always ready to serve tempting drinks, are what a tired ‘sailor’ definitely looks for.

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The signature cocktails at Nautilus are created specifically using the best spices traded in the past like nutmeg, galangal, clove and lemongrass, and those ingredients are combined with selected spirits from around the world. I imagined how it would be during the old Sunda Kelapa, being used as trading port where you could find different local products as well as ingredients from around the world.

My chit-chat with bartender Dio Trafes was accompanied by the bar’s three exotic signature cocktails. The first cocktail is called Citratus Leaf. It is the favorite cocktail of the other bartenders too at Nautilus. “Because it is simple, yet mesmerizing,” said Dio. Made from lemongrass syrup, lemongrass gin, fresh lime juice and coriander leaf, this cocktails is a combo of fresh and fragrant ingredients.

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The second cocktail was Thousand Island Daiquiri. Yes, it is a twist of the classic Daiquiri cocktail. Based on how daiquiris taste, this Thousand Island Daiquiri was made using clove and honey syrup to create the perfect balance of sweet and sour. Also, the aroma of the clove went beautifully with the rum.

The last one was The Phinisi. Carrying the name of the famous Indonesian traditional ship, I think this drink represents the mixture of two ingredients from opposite sides of the world. Made from scotch whiskey combined with clove dome, it has strong and complex flavors with a smooth and lingering finish.

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Time flies by when you’re enjoying cocktails.. Alas, my midday mischief has to come to an end. I walked out of the bar to return to reality. But Nautilus Bar has refreshed this sailor; this would be a port I wouldn’t mind spending a long layover at.

NAUTILUS BAR
Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta
Capitol Place, Jalan Jenderal Gatot Subroto Kav. 18, Jakarta
T: +62 21 2277 1888
Instagram: @fsjakarta
Twitter: @fsjakarta
www.fourseasons.com/jakarta


Written by Yosua Yanuard Photographs by Dennie Ramon November 7, 2016.

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