One of the many things we love about Bangkok is that the city is never lacking of new speakeasies and trendy bars to check out. Whether you’re looking for the perfect ambience for a sundowner, a Thai herb-based cocktail or a century-old shophouse with unconventional alcoholic creations, here’s a list of our new favourites this month.
A century-old shophouse transformed into a two-storey celebration of Thailand, Tep Bar inspires a new appreciation for Thai culture by offering a sprightly selection of cocktails made with local fruits, herbs and spices. Located in Chinatown, this urban-chic bar is especially known for its house-infused ya dong, a traditional Thai herbal liquor that is normally served on the street. The best way to drink it is by way of Bangfai Phayanak, also commonly called ‘Naga Fireball’, which is a glass of beer with a shot of ya dong — you can’t get more Thai than this.
Tep Bar, 69-71 Soi Rammaitri, Maitrijit Road, Bangkok, +6698 467 2944
Home to Bangkok’s first ever Johnnie Walker Blue Label Room, Decanter at The St. Regis Bangkok introduces ‘Taste for Tapas’, the perfect occasion to indulge in authentic flavours of the Spaniards. Available every Thursday to Saturday at 6-10pm, the elegant lounge offers two hours of free-flowing selected fine red, white and sparkling wine and refreshing sangria, alongside a enticing selection of Spanish hot and cold tapas, including 18-month-aged Serrano ham, Catalonian topped bread, mussels escabeche, Wagyu meatballs, Valenciana paella and more to complete the culinary experience (THB 1,700++). A must-visit for those who want to experience a true taste of ‘La Buena Vida’ — the good life.
Decanter, 12/F, The St. Regis Bangkok, +662 207 7829
Arguably one of the most reliable cocktail teams in Bangkok, the masterminds behind swanky Thonglor speakeasy Rabbit Hole now takes over the upstairs bar at Canvas, a contemporary Thai fine dining establishment just a few steps away from Rabbit Hole. Here, you’ll find conceptual concoctions such as the Canvas Martini served with a mix of gin, aloe vera, vinegar, dry vermouth, ylang-ylang flowers, black olive and coriander flower. Helmed by mixologist Naphat “Yod” Natchachon, the bar boasts innovative cocktails that stay true to the Thai-ingredient focus of the restaurant downstairs. Sooth Your Soul is probably the most interesting of them all: made with bai nium (a rare Chiang Mai leaf) infused with coffee beans in Cognac, the unique aroma comes from a mix with sweet vermouth and smoked star anise.
Canvas, 113/9-10 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok, +6699 614 1158
Set atop Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, the Peruvian-Japanese fusion rooftop bar and restaurant is one of Bangkok’s best-kept secrets that boasts a 180-degree panorama of downtown Bangkok and offers sake and pisco-based concoctions. If you want to start with something light, go with pisco sour, a refreshing tipple made with pisco, lime juice, bitter and topped with foaming egg white. If it is a Japanese flavour you are after, we recommend Sake Spritz, a delicious mixture of Grey Goose, Sake, Prosecco, Pineapple Juice, Passion Fruit Purèe, Lychee and Angostura Bitter.
Above Eleven, 33/F, Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, Sukhumvit Road soi 11, Bangkok, +6683 542 1111