As the temperatures rise and the rain falls hard and heavy on the city this month, Bangkok’s event scene seems to be getting even hotter. The city is abuzz will all sorts of happenings, giving us more reasons than one to step out and brave the humidity for a little diversion. Check out our picks below for everything from a spirited spoken word night to a photography exhibition and sumptuously summery American feast, and make the most out of the rest of this fun-filled month.

Abandonia Exhibition

Abandonia Exhibition by Dax Ward
When: 18-24 July, 6:30-11pm

Hosted by Wish Beer Home Bar, ‘Abandonia’ is a comprehensive showcase of the Arkansas-native photographer Dax Ward, centred around urban exploration imagery. Having documented over 40 abandoned sites in Thailand, the photography exhibition will offer a prime opportunity for the public to rediscover things and places that have been forgotten in time. Bask in the glorious beauty of deserted locations, artfully brought back to life through photography, alongside a selection of specialty craft beers. Additionally, all featured photographs will also be available for purchase.

Wish Beer Home Bar, Vue Bangkok, 707 Charoen Nakorn Road Soi 13 Thonburi, Bangkok, +662 392 1403

Taste of American Summer

DEAN & DELUCA’s Taste of American Summer
When: 16 July-16 September

It’s always summer somewhere, and for foodies right now that somewhere is none other than American upscale eatery DEAN & DELUCA. Whilst Thailand’s sky brings rain and thunder to us this monsoon season, the restaurant is inviting guests to escape the drizzles to enjoy their “Taste of American Summer” menu, inspired by summer days in the States. Diners can expect to savour hearty American specialities such as the classic chili cheeseburger and chilli cheese fries, doused in meaty chili, melted cheese, and a scattering of jalapeño and bacon bits. To complete the experience, round up your meal with the thick, rich rocky road milkshake or a luscious slice of apple raspberry crumble cheesecake. Running from 16th July to 16th September, diners can enjoy this menu at all DEAN & DELUCA Thailand outlets, excluding Khao Yai and Suvarnabhumi stores.

DEAN & DELUCA, 479 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Road, Silom, Bangkok, +662 023 1616

Kai

Members Night at Kai
When:  21 July, 6-10:30 pm
Price: Two-course dinner: members THB 650++, non-member THB 890++. Three-course dinner: member THB 790++, non-member THB 1,090++.

Treat your taste buds to an exclusive Member’s Night dinner at Kai New Zealand, situated on Sathorn Soi 12. Choosing between a two- or three-course dinner, diners will get to enjoy a culinary celebration of modern Kiwi cuisine, featuring both local Thai produce, and freshly imported ingredients from New Zealand. From farm-raised mussels to smoked venison carpaccio, everyone is invited to enjoy the thoughtfully prepared dishes, with a special discount available to Kai members.

Kai, 142/22-23 Sathorn Soi 12, Sathorn Road, Bangkok, +662 635 3800

Lylu - Open Mic

Lylu Open Mic Night
When: 26 July, 7-10:30 pm
Price: THB 300

Calling all poets looking for an audience and a stage, Live Lounge BKK is hosting an open mic night entitled ‘Lylu‘ (a combination of ‘Lyrical’ and ‘Lunacy’) to end the month in accompaniment of dreamy melodious verses. Not that into poetry? Fear not, the event will also see live musical acts, as well as a terrific selection of drinks to accompany. Those looking for that little soulful inspiration, be sure to get there early, as seats are expected to fill up very quickly.

Live Lounge BKK, 10/47 Trendy Building, Sukumvit Soi 13, Bangkok, +662 168 7335

Bamboo Bar

‘COMPASS’ at The Bamboo Bar

Ranking at No.9 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list, The Bamboo Bar never ceases to amaze us with its creatively concocted cocktail lists. For July, the newly launched ‘COMPASS’ menu sees a selection of crafted drinks celebrating the unique characteristics and cuisines of five different regions in Thailand. With a truly authentic touch of local flavour, the cocktails will transport your taste buds to different parts of the country in no time. Our favourite? Definitely try the ‘Mortar’: an Isaan papaya-salad-inspired cocktail made with Barrelhouse 53 vodka, tomato juice, papaya compote, lime juice, and chilli flakes. Within the bar’s elegant tropical bamboo surroundings, and to the soulful melodies of live jazz, it’ll spice up your night unlike any other this July.

The Bamboo BarMandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok, +662 659 9000

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.