One of the many things we love about Bangkok is that the city is never lacking for new speakeasies and trendy bars to check out. Whether you’re looking to enjoy local Thai craft beers on tap, or taste and explore the different types of rum at Bangkok Rum Cocktail Week, here’s a list of our new favourites this month.

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Mixologists at Bangkok Rum Week 2018

Bangkok Rum Cocktail Week 2018

The most anticipated event in the calendar of all rum lovers about town, Bangkok Rum Cocktail Week is back for its roaring annual return. Held at the Abar rooftop bar at the Marriott Marquis Queen Park hotel this year from 31 July to 5 August, guests are invited to sip, sample, and explore all things rum amongst the company of some of Bangkok’s most famous mixologists. The lineup this year includes everyone from #FindTheLockerRoom‘s Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn, Teens of Thailand‘s Nik Anuran, and Vesper‘s Supawit Muttarattana. Learn about the origins and history of rum at the various seminars, and watch live demonstrations, before the ultimate top 5 Bangkok rum cocktails are crowned. A rum experience not to be missed by all lovers of the beverage, the event runs from 1 pm to 4 pm every day for the whole week.

Bangkok Rum Cocktail Week 2018 at ABarBangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, 199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok +66 2 059 5555

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Wind and Cloud

Bringing a sweet oasis of calm to a buzzing Bangkok neighbourhood, Wind and Cloud has opened as a serene spot in Sala Daeng for nearby office city dwellers and locals alike. Housed in what was formerly the home of the Hyun Society, the space draws from its Chinese heritage in the decor, and focuses on local and Asian craft beers in its drinks list. Importing specialty beers from Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia, Wind and Cloud provides a relaxed atmosphere to unwind under hanging lanterns and bulbs in its fourth floor outdoor location. Kick back with a Japanese ‘Hitachino Red Rice’, a beer infused with sake and strawberries, or try the local ‘Bang Saray’, from the beach town just two hours outside of Bangkok. With live music every evening and a hearty array of Asian bar snacks (definitely try the Tebasaki chicken wings), it’s a great spot to chill out and drink beers in one of the liveliest parts of town.

Wind & Cloud, 71/2 Sala Daeng 1/1, Bangkok, +66 8 1903 4434

Yao Rooftop Bar

Whilst rooftop bars may be many and plenty in Bangkok, Yao Rooftop Bar brings something new to the table of its 32nd floor. An exclusive spot to nibble on midnight dim sums and Sichuan fried noodles, the bar atop the Yao Restaurant at the Marriott Surawongse was inspired by Shanghai’s alley culture. The interiors feature an intriguing blend of traditional Thai and delicate Chinese ceramics, with a Shanghai twist, and the handcrafted cocktails draw further inspiration from the region. There’s everything from a ‘Sweet Little Jade’ (Midori, kiwi, lime, vodka, and prosecco) to a ‘Chinese Highball’ (mango and bourbon), and fresh new banana-flavoured ‘Shanghai Swing’. To the tunes of modern Chinese music, and with a 360-degree view spanning the Chao Phraya river, the historic Old Town, and Sathorn‘s glittering high rises, Yao is quickly becoming our new favourite sundowner spot in the city.

Yao Rooftop Bar, Marriott Hotel The Surawongse, 262 Surawong Rd., Silom, Bangkok, +66 2 088 5666

Compass Cocktails at The Bamboo Bar

COMPASS Cocktails at The Bamboo Bar

Ranking at 9th place on Asia’s 50 best bars 2018 list, The Bamboo Bar has long been a much-frequented location for those looking to enjoy an elegant evening of great jazz at the iconic Mandarin Oriental. Created by Jamie Rhind and Pinsuda (Ann) Pongprom, the bar has now unveiled a new signature cocktail menu entitled ‘COMPASS’, inspired by Thailand’s five regions. Like a liquid journey from the mountains of the North to the islands of the South, the cocktails draw on the distinctive food, drink, and lifestyle of each area to bring a sip of authentic flavour in creative execution. A great choice is the northeastern Isaan-inspired ‘Get The Mortar’: a reinterpretation of the popular Som Tum papaya salad dish, made with Barrelhouse 53 vodka, tomato juice, papaya compote, lime juice, sugar, and chili. The ‘Talad Nam’, translating to ‘floating market’ and inspired by Eastern Bangkhla, is made with dragon fruit, holy basil, papaya, and passion fruit; whilst Bangkok’s very own Ari-inspired ‘Hawker’ is made with tequila, coconut, lemongrass, kefir lime, and ginger. Take your tastebuds on a trip through Thailand’s rich cultural and culinary landscape, right from a sip of your cocktail glass at The Bamboo Bar this month.

The Bamboo Bar, Mandarin Oriental hotel, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bang Rak, Bangkok, +66 2 659 9000

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.