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 to kick back at a California-themed rooftop bar, or sip your star sign with zodiac-inspired cocktails, check out our hot picks for where to enjoy a drink this July.
Psst… there’s a new hidden bar on Soi Sukhumvit 36 — and it’s a true gem for lovers of good cocktails in discreet, top-secret settings. Known as the Middle Bar, July’s best-kept hideout is actually located atop the famed Blue Dye Café, and can only be entered after calling a special number or ringing a special bell. From here, guests will be escorted upstairs into a laid-back, almost bohemian-furnished room, and be seated amongst tribal art and vintage-style rugs to enjoy a selection of fine cocktails. Mixed by Mark Samart, these include anything from a Jaegermeister remake of a gin and tonic, to a sweet pineapple and tequila cocktail. Luckily, the drinks are all named by number, so remembering your favourite is an easy task. A perfect place to escape the crowds of nearby Thonglor outside, it’s the ideal spot for people who enjoy delicious cocktails and great conversation in relaxed, unpretentious settings.
Middle Bar, 40/1 Soi Sukhumvit 36, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, +66941566166
Fans of the popular TV show Californication definitely need to hit up this new bar located in Sathorn’s leafy Soi Yen Akart. Describing itself as a tribute to the Californian way of living, CACTUS is an airy rooftop bar that is on the way to becoming one of the coolest chill-out spots in the neighbourhood. Based around a California theme, it’s a little bit of Palm Springs in Bangkok city, between abstract artworks and a fire pit, and plenty of decorative cacti to suit. Bar snacks are provided from Cagette Canteen and Deli just below, whilst drinks are mixed by the world-renowned Joseph Boroski. Regardless of whether you sip an ‘American Flamingo’, a gin-based cocktail with Thai passionfruit, or a ‘West Hollywood Spritz’, made with Fernet Blanca, Campari, and cucumber, the drinks are cool yet strong, and pay a wild homage to that mid-century Californian lifestyle.
CACTUS Bar Bangkok, 15 Soi Yen Akart, Sathorn, Bangkok, +6622491451
Vogue Lounge Bangkok
Inspired by the iconic magazine of the same name, fashionistas and their fabulous friends have long been flocking to the Vogue Lounge located inside MahaNakhon Cube to sample elegant bar bites and classic cocktails. For this July, head mixologist Fabio Brugnolaro has created a new cocktail list, offering a unique sensorial experience for all those who try them. Inspired by the kitchen and crafting authentic, homemade dishes, the new menu revolves around new flavours and combinations to create a fresh and creative drinks list. A good example is the ‘Cherry Frogs’ cocktail, made up of a dry Martini with fresh cherry tomatoes, thyme, gin, and a “fresh surprise” inside. For Negroni fans, the ‘Robin’ is concocted in traditional Negroni style, yet served in a coupe with homemade Campari and Raspberry Cordial, Vermouth, and Beefeater Gin foam for an intriguing twist.
Vogue Lounge, MahaNakhon CUBE, F/6, 96 Narathiwas Ratchanakharin Road, Bangkok, +6620010697
The Bar Upstairs
Located on an absolutely dreamy and romantic garden terrace, The Bar Upstairs takes its inspiration from Provence, France, with an array of overgrown plants and greenery housed on the 3rd floor of Brasserie Cordonnier. With over 150 global wine labels to choose from, it’s a wine bar with true European flair, featuring an array of French comfort food and a beautiful choice of imported cheese and cold cuts for a casual dining experience. A great spot to catch up with friends over a bottle of wine, or escape the chaos of the city, The Bar Upstairs hosts serene vibes like a secret garden in its glasshouse-style interior. An insider’s tip? Head to The Bar Upstairs this July for ‘Bubbles & Babes’ — a free-flow Prosecco event for ladies from 6-7pm every Tuesday this month.
The Bar Upstairs, F/3, 33/30 Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 11, Klong Toey Nua, Bangkok, +6628215110
Zodiac Cocktails at the St. Regis Bar
Sip your star sign in a glass at The St. Regis Bar this July, as the elegant bar explores the twelve zodiac signs through a selection of creative and imaginative cocktails. Whether you go with your own astrological symbol or uncover the taste of another, the exciting new selection truly plays into a dreamy theme for the summer. Perhaps you’ll opt for a ‘Capricorn Classic’, made with Smirnoff, Martini Bianco, and lemongrass, or perhaps you’re more of a ‘Leo Exotic’, consisting of Malibu, pineapple juice, and blue curacao. Whatever you may choose to explore, there are so many extravagant ways to be stargazing from the glass this month.
The St. Regis Bar, 159 Rajadamri Road, Bangkok, +662207777