Here’s one of the few culinary creations the pandemic has birthed.
As many bars are facing difficulty with the ban on alcohol sales, various establishments, as a measure to survive through this time, have temporarily turned themselves into cafes, highlighting their secondary speciality in brewing coffee or tea and whipping up scrumptious meals. It’s truly a wonderful time to see the hidden sides of your favourite bartenders (or cheftenders) as they channel their inner baristas, portraying positive (and sober) vibes through their menu of caffeinated drinks, craft soda, and even dimsum. Below, find our list of bar-turned-cafe venues you need to visit or order treats from.
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Bangkok’s new bar with a naughty 50 Shades of Grey theme, Playroom is here to slay with their latest coffee and pastry game under the concept of “Playroom Cafe.” Saunter over and take delight in their freshly-brewed coffee along with a repertoire of pastries and savoury bites curated by Restaurant Stage to a backdrop of jazz music. Seriously, your new cafe experience just can’t get any posher than this.
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From a gin-focused bar to dumpling-fuelled business, Teens of Thailand presents “DSI – Dim Sum International” this month, doling out mouth-walloping dishes and drinks from a very intruiging menu. Expect real-deal delicious and big flavours from their OG Pork Siu Mai, over to the Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiew and Northern Pork Larb. Order these alongside beverages like F*ck Covid Cold Brew Coffee, Enlightenment Coffee with Local Wild Honey, and more, all made in-house, and all reminiscent of the bar’s cheeky spirit. Drop by to pick up your order in person or order online for delivery via Line: @yologroup.
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Ranked as No. 11 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars and No. 62 in World’s 50 Best Bars in 2020, Vesper is undeniably one of the best cocktail bars in Bangkok. And although you can’t indulge in their signature drinks at the moment, here’s a prime time to explore their other talents in cooking and mocktail-making. Vesper’s ‘Caffè Edition’ offers up a unique, all-day cafe experience featuring a selection of mocktails and small bites. The non-alcoholic drinks are curated by the one and only Bar Manager Supawit ‘Palm’ Muttarattana and are complemented by toothsome fare like Black Truffle & Wagyu Flank Steak “Katsu” (THB 340), Prawns Cocktail Brioche Roll (THB 250), and more, by Chef Nelson Amorim of il Fumo, and Chef Francesco Deiana of La Dotta and 1919 Italian Bar & Restaurant.
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Highlighting their waste reduction concept, Bo.lan’s bar adjacent to Err and Bo.lan Grocer, wasteland, boasts a selection of astounding cocktails crafted mainly from unwanted or leftover ingredients from the kitchen. But as for the alcohol-free now, the venue invites drink devotees to bask in the glory of craft sodas and non-alcoholic drinks at the bar instead. All drinks will still be made with ingredients considered in many kitchens “a waste,” which will be turned into something of succulence worth sipping again and again.
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Let’s admit it: the drinks and music at Smalls are nothing short of amazing, but for many of us, it’s really the food that makes us revisit the bar over and over again. Starting this month, the establishment offers up a delivery service that will deliver their toothsome Thai dishes right to your doorstep. Must-tries include Massaman Curry with Chicken, Stir-fried Basil with Pork/Chicken, or the Crispy Larb Pork Meatballs. Available now for takeaway and delivery every day from 11am-8pm, except Tuesdays. Order via Facebook.
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