A new bar just opened at JFK’s Greenwich Lounge

Mar 10, 2023

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Thirsty travellers can now enjoy a new bar inside British Airways and American Airlines’ Greenwich Lounge JFK.

The shiny new cocktail haunt follows the opening of the Brooklyn Brewery Pub inside the relatively new JFK Terminal 8 lounge (previously the Flagship Lounge).

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The Bridge Bar has exclusively partnered with A-list actor Ryan Reynolds’ aptly named Aviation American Gin, and offers a slew of special cocktails and mocktails, all backed by Betty Buzz, a range of non-alcoholic sparkling mixers launched by actress Blake Lively.


The bar has been crafted to transport customers to a ‘golden age’ of air travel and certainly tips its hat (a Sinatra-approved fedora no doubt) to the heady days of the sixties when air travel was as exclusive as it gets.

Calum Laming, British Airways’ Chief Customer Officer, believes the new addition couldn’t be better suited to the lounge: “We are excited to unveil a new experience in the Greenwich Lounge. With Betty Buzz and Aviation American Gin, we have created the perfect space for customers to relax pre-flight, offering a varied and delicious cocktail selection and flavours to suit every taste.”

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If you’d rather grab a beer while waiting on your plane, you needn’t look far. Greenwich, which makes up a holy trinity of Terminal 8 lounges for BA and AA, alongside Soho and Chelsea, is also home to a ‘Tasting Room’ run by native ale purveyors Brooklyn Brewery.


In this self-styled tap room pictured above you can look out over the tarmac while you sup a brewski and wait for your boarding time, customers can also choose from a quirky pairing menu which includes Beer Braised Bratwurst, French Onion Grilled Cheese, and a Beer Float dessert.

Related: How can you access British Airways lounges?

Together, the Bridge Bar and the Tasting Room are top-tier additions catering to an already stellar space. In order to gain entry to the Greenwich Lounge you will need to have one of the following statuses:

  • British Airways Club World passengers.
  • Oneworld Sapphire members from non-U.S. programs on any same-day Oneworld flights.
  • American Flagship Business flyers (including on transcontinental routes).
  • American Platinum flyers on Flagship routes, including from the U.S. to:
    • Asia.
    • Australia.
    • Europe.
    • Middle East.
    • New Zealand.
    • South America (excluding Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela).
    • Access is available regardless of cabin class.

Now the only question that remains is whether or not you’re going to head for beer or cocktails. Although we suppose you can cross that bridge when you come to it…

Featured image by BRITISH AIRWAYS

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