The perfect way to soothe you into that sweet Friday feeling: meet the Lifestyle Asia BK Playlist.
Taking inspiration from our favourite venues about town, every last Friday of the month we’re inviting a Bangkok cool cat to curate an exclusive playlist for our readers (and listeners) to tune in to. Whatever your jam, consider it the ideal pre-game, house party, solo party, or even casual commute track list at your handy disposal. We only give our guest DJs one prerequisite: make it really, really vibe-y.
For the September edition of the Lifestyle Asia playlist, we’re heading to Sukhumvit for the very first time to suss out a selection of seriously spicy Latin beats. You’ll know this one if you’ve ever woken up with one of their signature Panama hats and a memory of dancing to rum and Rumba, and you’ll love this one if a sultry speakeasy is your favourite kind of sipping secret. No need for much introduction beyond these tantalising tell-tales, our playlist this month is curated by none other than the beloved Havana Social.
[All images courtesy Havana Social]
Now long every party-goers best-kept Saturday night secret, the 1950s Cuban cocktail bar on Sukhumvit Soi 11 has quickly become synonymous with a vibrant night out. Nestled into a back alley in the notorious nightlife district, Havana Social brings together everything we love about the classic hidden bar — but cranks it up a fiery notch with its chic pre-revolution theme, passionate drinks list, and downright addictive feel-good energy.
From the unsuspecting phone booth at its entrance (get the code wrong and you may actually be denied entry) to the extremely flavoursome Cubano sandwiches and empanadas, Havana Social has become a real hot haven for the kind of crowd that craves a South American hideout with exclusive flair. The seemingly crumbling walls and the colourful posters are an ideal backdrop for Davide’s concoctions and the snazzy upstairs cigar offering. Nevertheless, it is the music that truly sets Havana Social apart. Head to the four-storey shophouse on any night and you’ll always find people dancing – some extremely familiar DJs included.
This month, the grand El Jefe of not just Havana Social but of the whole Soho Hospitality group is at our turntables to bring us the Lifestyle Asia Playlist for September. Rohit Sachdev is the mastermind behind the hospitality and design company. You’ll know him from other popular spots around Soi 11, from Above Eleven and Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology, over to Cantina Wine Bar & Italian Kitchen and Brasserie Cordonnier.
For September, Rohit brings his skill for eclectic evening curations to our playlist, capturing the true essence of Havana Social in a list of 45 tracks. Expect everything from Camilla Cabello’s ‘Havana’ (naturally) over to further Latino favourites such as Maluma, Luis Fonsi, and Ozuna. There’s also a sprinkling of more mainstream beats by the likes of Drake, DJ Snake, and Nicki Minaj, as well as Sean Paul. ‘Taki Taki’ your heart out or belt it out to ‘Mi Gente’; you needn’t have to speak or even understand Spanish to get down and love this playlist. A perfect combination to grind, unwind, and rewind, find the full list below.
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Havana Social, 1/1 Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 11, Bangkok, +66 80 467 7409; Open daily 6pm-2am.