The Sunken Lounge, operated by hospitality industry leader, Gerber Group, is the premier bar at the landmark 512-room TWA Hotel. 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.
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 Sunken Lounge’s upholstered benches and admire the authentic sparkling white penny tile and original Chili Pepper Red carpet.
The Sunken Lounge menu is stocked with 1960s cocktail favorites, including the Old Fashioned, the Negroni, and the Aviation. Also in the mix: Original signature cocktails — including The Sunken Lounge Martini and 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!). An expansive collection of small-batch spirits, carefully-curated wines and regionally brewed craft beers are also available, all complemented by elevated bar fare.
Gerber Group — owner-operator of 15 innovative cocktail bars and restaurants in New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Santiago, Chile — operates The Sunken Lounge, The Pool Bar and Connie at the TWA Hotel. Setting out to provide an innovative nightlife experience, Gerber Group opened its first property, The Whiskey at the Paramount Hotel, in 1991. Today, Gerber Group continues to re-define the hospitality industry with innovative dining concepts and bars featuring renowned beverage programs accompanied by exceptional culinary talents.
The extraordinary success of Gerber Group’s brands has established the company as a pre-eminent tastemaker, with a unique ability to create classically timeless bars with a sophisticated allure, as well as destination-worthy restaurants. Its properties have become a top choice of hoteliers who look to the company not only for increased food and beverage revenue, but also for increased occupancy rates.