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David Penker’s cocktail journey along the 26th degrees of longitude
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New bar 26°EAST at Palais Hansen Kempinski

New bar 26°EAST at Palais Hansen Kempinski

Vienna. March 2018. “Cape Town’s Drunken Gardener”, “Turkish Honey” or “Borschtsch” – at the 26°EAST Bar, Bar Manager David Penker takes his guests on an extraordinary journey with his signature cocktails at a longitude of 26 degrees east.


On the menu at 26° EAST Bar at Palais Hansen Kempinski are creative cocktails, fine spirits and exquisite champagne. The new location opened its doors at the beginning of March to all bar enthusiasts and drinks connoisseurs in Vienna. The unusual name of the bar also reflects its concept: the signature cocktails are inspired by the countries that are situated at a longitude of 26 degrees to the east – 26, because of the bar’s address at Schottenring 26.


Inventive cocktails from north to south
26°EAST’s launch sees cocktails inspired by South Africa, Botswana, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine and Latvia on the menu. The cocktails change seasonally and are continually updated with new cocktails from a total of 20 countries situated at 26 degrees of eastern longitude. David Penker is the bar manager at 26°EAST and is in charge of the drinks at the new bar: “I thoroughly enjoy creating new cocktail recipes and unusual drinks, for example, our Botswanan cocktail: this contains a consommé, which is stored in a cow’s stomach. It adds a particularly exciting flavour to the drink.” Though you will also get your money’s worth when splashing out on the less experimental and traditional cocktail lover’s staples at 26°EAST.


Raise a glass of high-quality, exquisite bubbly
“At home, I myself like a good peated single-malt whisky”, Penker admits. Because of that, there is also a wide range of Scottish and Japanese whiskies on offer, as well as bourbons, gins and rums. Additionally, Penker has also rediscovered the traditional technique of ‘dry throwing’, a method of mixing cocktails conceived at the time when there was no ice to cool drinks. One of 26°EAST’s special features is also the selection of champagnes on offer, whereby the bar team serves you an individual glass of champagne from the magnum bottle. In terms of the bar snacks on offer, delicacies from around the world are served, such as Russian wareniki, Indian samosas, and Chinese dim sum. A seafood bar serving lobster, oysters and caviar also provides a befitting accompaniment to the champagne.


Master of Bar Arts
David Penker was not unknown to Palais Hansen Kempinski when he was chosen for 26°EAST’s launch. As the bartender and bar manager of venues such as Hangar-7, Little Grain, Licca Lounge and Döllerers Genusswelten, the 28-year-old Styrian has already made a name for himself. He holds an IBA Master in Bartending, Wine and Spirits, and is a state-certified barkeeper. He has already demonstrated his barkeeping talents at the finals of the prestigious competitions Beefeater MIXLDN 2016 and Diageo Worldclass 2017 Personal development and exchanges with colleagues are extremely important to the bar manager. For this reason, Penker will regularly invite colleagues to work guest shifts at 26°EAST, and he himself will also continue to work as a guest in other bars, presenting his signature cocktails.


26°EAST
Palais Hansen Kempinski
Schottenring 26, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Opening hours: daily 5pm to 2am
Live Music: TUE-THU
DJ: FRI-SUN
Reservations at: 0043 1 236 1000 8088 or 26east.bar@kempinski.com

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