Like its Concorde Room namesakes at London Heathrow and New York JFK, the door of the Concorde Bar will swish open only for BA’s first class passengers and top-tier Executive Club frequent flyers holding either a Concorde Room Card or invitation-only black Premier card.
If you’re not on that list, here’s a sneak peek at what’s behind that discreet and rather solid door, located just to the right of the lounge’s reception area.
British Airways’ Singapore Concorde Bar affords seating room for just 41 travellers, compared to the 200+ capacity of the main lounge.
It also has a decidedly different design aesthetic that’s more akin to a ‘private members club’, including generous use of black Nero marble with European oak flooring.
“It's taking some of the Concorde Room concept from Heathrow and making it more useful for the oversea market” explains Rob Williams, BA's Head of Asia Pacific Sales, who positions the Concorde Bar as “a sanctuary where our first class customers can relaxing before or between flights… an area in which to go and sit quietly and not necessarily be in the larger lounge.”
The Concorde Bar is more dimly lit compared to the main lounge, which appears could be a clever nod to the late night departure of BA’s flights to London.
Given that the Concorde Bar is nestled within its parent lounge there are no windows, views or natural light – so the Concorde Bar has its own video screens showing the Singapore skyline, in a video loop which reflects the time of day or night.
High flyers can make themselves comfortable in high-backed leather winged chairs, deep sofas or one of seven booths, each of which has its own flat-screen TV.
While meals are the same as in the main lounge there’s a better selection of drinks available from the self-serve bar, which is tastefully framed by blackened oak cabinetry.
This includes a Joseph Perrier NV champagne (there’s no champers served in the main lounge), Johnnie Walker Blue rather than Black, and a Glenlivet 18 scotch instead of the main lounge’s Glenlivet 15.
British Airways plans to open its next Concorde Bar at the airline’s Dubai lounge.
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