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 enjoy Tiki cocktails at a beach club setting, expand your palate with Thai craft beer flights or get a taste (read: bottle) of rare fine sake, here’s a list of our new favourites this month.
This instagram-worthy rooftop bar nestled on fifth floor of swanky EmQuartier is the place to be in Bangkok right now. For those of us yearning for that tropical escape, this new beach club-inspired will remind you of your beach holiday with its Bohemian vibes (think sofa beds, thatched patio umbrella and lots of bamboo) and Tiki cocktails. Here, you’ll find beach-friendly concoctions such as Sailor on Wrath, a mix of rum, tequila, Pina Con Criollo Puree, Creole aromatic bitters, lime juice and a blow-torched topping of sugar coated pineapple. For a stronger kick, we recommend the bar’s spirit-forward Legend of Union, which is made up of a combination of 5 different liquors.
Escape Bangkok, 5/F, The EmQuartier, 693 695 Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok, +662 258 6515
Arguably one of the first proper cocktail bars in Ari, Frank Mansion comes from the masterminds behind the neighbourhood’s popular hangouts such as Porcupine Cafe, Landhaus Bakery, Sasori Izakaya, O’Glee and Sousaku. Crafted by the team at BootleggersBKK, the cocktail menu features seven signature cocktails, which already sets the bar apart from most of the beer bar-slash-cafes in Ari. Those who enjoy refreshing, floral cocktails will want to order Dorothy, a mix of vodka, rose water and thyme. If you’re feeling adventurous, try JFK — a bold, masculine cocktail with rye whiskey as the main ingredient.
Frank Mansion, 3-4/F, Ari One, Ari Soi 1, Bangkok, +662 048 3225
Rain Hill’s new bottle shop is the brainchild of the team at e-Shochu, supplier of Sapporo Beer. Conveniently located in Sukhumvit Soi 47 where the Japanese community resides, Sake Forest is more than just a liquor store — it boasts a wide selection of sake and plum wine that you can’t find elsewhere in town. Here, you’ll find seats at the counter and small tables where you can taste sake by the glass. Our favourite is Nabeshima Lovely Label, a delicately fragrant and floral sake — not only does it make the perfect aperitif, but it also has enough oomph to stand up to a variety of foods, not to mention it’s a rare find even in Japan.
Sake Forest, 2/F, Rain Hill, Sukhumvit Soi 47, Bangkok, +662 258 4975
Iron Balls Gin Parlour
Ashley Sutton, the force behind Iron Fairies and Maggie Choo has opened a second branch of his gin distillery, Iron Balls, right next to the his another creation, Sing Sing Theatre. The main alcohol base here is, of course, Sutton’s famed artisan gin, Iron Balls Gin. Meticulously crafted at A R. Sutton & Co Engineers micro distillery in the heart of Bangkok, Iran Balls Gin makes a deliciously simple, refreshing gin and tonic served on ice garnished with fresh slices of pineapple, basil and a squeezed lime. For first-timers, The Spitcock a great way to start, with a mix of Iron Balls gin, fresh passion fruit, roselle syrup, meringue and a light topping of cinnamon powder. Simply delicious.
Iron Balls Gin Parlour, Sukhumvit Soi 45, Bangkok, +662 662 4478
Let The Boy Die
Bangkok’s pioneering craft beer bars is back after over a year of absence from the scene, with a an expanded space and craft beer options on tap. Known as one of the best spots to try some Thai craft beer, the beer menu here is designed by Pieak Pipattanaphon, the founder of Golden Coins Taproom in Ekkamai. We recommend starting with Pilsner beer, the lightest one on offer, with a smooth taste similar to the local lager that most Thai people are familiar with. Our favourite is Happy Stout, a dark beer that gives hints of vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut.
Let The Boy Die, 542 Luang Rd., Wat Thepsirin, Bangkok, +6699 493 9909