If gallery-hopping with a glass of wine in hand and artisan food sounds like your thing, you’ll be thrilled to learn that there are plenty of crossover venues to linger in Bangkok. While the culinary scene is booming like never before, the city’s art scene is having a moment, too. From an art venue with cigar lounge to a refurbished factory showcasing artwork alongside tasty meals, here is a list of the best multi-purpose art spaces to visit in Bangkok.
Soy Sauce Factory
While the name often causes people to raise their eyebrows, Soy Sauce Factory actually has nothing to do with the soybean business except for the industrial look of the building, which comes from the former soy sauce factory. Nestled in Charoenkrung district, this warehouse is an art space, a street food restaurant, a speakeasy with a great selection of boozes and home to various exhibitions, film screening and live music of all sorts. This venue has become a major hit among hipsters in town.
Soy Sauce Factory, Charoen Krung 24, Bangkok, +6698 956 6549
Sathorn 11 Art Space
Situated in Sathorn Soi 11, this art space has turned into the hub for artists in Bangkok. Designed the venue with promoting the local art scene in mind, Marc Greene, an American Art Philanthropist, has brought in Thailand’s talented, skilled underground artists hand-picked from across the country and created a new art district with a two-story gallery in Sathorn’s residential area. Here, you can get classic cocktails downstairs, or head upstairs for the exhibitions and workshops, where you’ll find artwork from some of the best artists in the region.
Sathorn 11 Art Space, 404 Sathorn Soi 11, Bangkok, +662 004 1199
DUKE Contemporary Art Space
Described their space as a man cave, this multi-purpose art gallery features a cigar lounge opened to contemporary art lovers. Located on the 1st floor of Gaysorn Urban Village, DUKE will greet you with its iconic soldier sculpture standing amid the exhibition hall. Stepping inside, you’ll find a rustic, masculine space featuring a dark wooden bar and brown furnishings, where delicious snacks and a variety of beers, wines and spirits are served. The speakeasy-style cigar lounge follows the same colour tone and dark wood theme, offering a premium selection of cigars and whiskies next to a expansive wall art painting by Thai artist, Alongkorn Lauwatthana. The cozy cigar lounge also functions as a digital library where visitors can read all about beverages, wine and whiskey. To create a holistic experience for the modern art community, this multi-purpose venue accommodates all types of events, from exhibitions, ateliers to live performances — make sure to check their Facebook page for event updates.
DUKE Contemporary Art Space, 1 st Fl. Gaysorn Urban Village, Bangkok, +6694 647 8888
Jam Cafe Bangkok
Indie bar, underground music venue, emerging art gallery and cinema club, Jam is all of it. A must-visit for culture carnivores, this cafe is by far one of the most laid-back and approachable art spaces in Bangkok that also serves up delectable meals and drinks. Located in Sathorn, one of the most up-and-coming neighbourhoods, this is where you’ll find some of the most exciting art events that echo with the city’s thriving culture. There’s always something happening at Jam — from live DJ performances and film screenings to exhibitions. Make sure you don’t go there just for the art; their signature dish, Jamburger, will elevate your gallery night out with a delicious twist.
Jam Cafe Bangkok, 41 Charoen Rat Soi 1, Bangkok, +6683 5451 833
Another creative space that best showcases the city’s love for art and food is Number1Gallery. Using the number one in Thai alphabet as its logo, the art space expresses their commitment to represent Thai art in their main exhibitions with a focus on contemporary art by leading Thai artists. Situated in the heart of Bangkok’s business centre, Silom, the gallery is divided into three rooms with different names: The Number1gallery, The Gallery Contemporary Art and The Silom Galleria art space. Nestled within the art space itself, a small cafe with relaxed ambience makes it the ideal stop to take a break after several art appreciation sessions. From coffee-based drinks to delicate homemade baked goods, they’ve got it all for hungry art lovers. Having hosted multiple exhibitions by some of the city’s emerging artists, Number1Gallery is gaining more attention from both domestic and international artists and collectors, too.
Number1Gallery, 19 Soi Silom 21, Bangkok, +6683 445 8333