Beau-Rivage Palace’s BAR Shakes Up Bespoke Cocktails

The BAR handcrafts stylish cocktails

The BAR at Beau-Rivage Palace serves bespoke cocktails.

Switzerland’s Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne has unveiled a new bar specializing in unique signature cocktails. The BAR is stocked with more than 250 spirits, including rare finds like the A. E. DOR le signe du temps (there are only 17 bottles in the world, according to the hotel).

Each cocktail is served in a unique glass, with ice cubes carved à la minute from a large block of ice at the bar. Each drink is lightly sprayed with a regional fruit-flavored eau de vie from an antique perfume atomizer, a nod to Coco Chanel's frequent visits to the bars of the Beau-Rivage Palace, and served with a recipe for the customer to take home.

Regular customers can also reserve their own personal bottles of wines and spirits, which are stored in a special cupboard.

The BAR’s modern-meets-traditional moldings and pillars are juxtaposed stylistically with a transparent onyx bar and metal and oak shelves filled with antique glass vases. An outdoor terrace, where guests can sip cocktails while overlooking Lake Geneva, is in the works.