Bangkok’s gin scene is thriving, and gin bars are popping up across town like those refreshing prickles in a classic G&T. Three years after the opening of Thailand’s first gin bar at the much-loved Teens of Thailand, the city is getting its first ever international gin showcase at the Bangkok Gin Festival this weekend from 20-21 October. If you’re a lover of the fine spirit, we can assure you’ll love this like a cucumber peel loves a pour of Hendrick’s on ice.

In a wonderfully Asian homage to the botanical spirit, the event will take place across four bars in Bangkok’s heart of herb and spice: China Town’s Soi Nana. Quietly rising as the hottest spot for cool bars and great drinks, it’s a fabulous chance to explore some of the most exciting watering holes in the area right now, in the company of tantalising tipple and talk.

Bangkok Gin Festival 2018

BoilerMaker presents Teens of Thailand, Asia Today, Tep Bar, and Ba Hao as the participating bars, each of which will see a one-night-only takeover by four international female bartenders on 20 October. From 8pm onwards, Hendrick’s brand ambassador Charmain Thio will be mixing Hendrick’s gin cocktails at Teens of Thailand, Shelly Tai from Hong Kong’s Quinary will be working with The Botanist gin at Asia Today, Jess Hutchinson from Singapore’s EC Proof will be serving Caorunn gin drinks at Tep Bar, and Nikki Vera (aka ‘The Martian) from Hong Kong’s The Pontiac will be mixing Star of Bombay gin cocktails at Ba Hao.

Bangkok Gin Festival 2018
Jess Hutchinson and Nikki Vera

A unique opportunity to sample four very different gins with various pairings, guests will also be given a ‘Passport to Soi Nana’ booklet at any of the bars that night. With each drink ordered, you’ll receive a special cocktail sticker to stick on the back of the passport, and after filling up the booklet with 16 stickers, be granted a special gin fest souvenir. 10% of profits made that night will also be going to an animal wildlife protection project by SocialGiver, so there’s a good cause, too. (Also, we checked, and passports can be shared and combined, so not one person has to drink all 16 cocktails alone — unless you’re up for that kind of challenge).

Closing the Bangkok Gin Festival on a high note, the festivities move to the Banana Press Gallery on 21 October from 2pm onwards. Here, guests are invited to discover over 30 international premium and craft gins, and learn about the different types of gin and their varying flavour notes and fragrances. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own glassware for sips and samples, in an effort to reduce waste.

Bangkok Gin Festival 2018
Shelly Tai and Charmain Thio

A great way to embrace the spirit, the first ever Bangkok Gin Festival will take place from 20-21 October. For more information, head to the Event Page, and let the fun begin.

 

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Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.