One of the many things we love about Bangkok is that the city is never lacking in new speakeasies and trendy bars to check out. Whether you’re looking to enjoy sweet wild honey-inspired cocktails, brand new Italian classics, or a relaxing sundowner on one of Bangkok’s most stylish rooftops, here’s where you need to sip, toast and clink this month.
‘Wild Honey is the New Gold’ at Asia Today Bar
Oh, honey. From the absolute cool kid that brought us the beloved Teens of Thailand, Niks Anuman-Rajadhon’s second venture in what is undeniably the hottest area for Bangkok’s coolest crowd right now is another sweet hit. A few doors down from ToT, Asia Today Bar has launched a brand new menu entitled ‘Wild Honey is the New Gold’, inspired by the team’s explorations of the upcountry and sampling of Thai wild honey. A bar that prides itself in using all-natural local ingredients, the new cocktails are categorised into levels (each assigned with a nostalgia-inducing cartoon character). Order the Dora-A (THB 320), which comes in an actual bee wax mug (!) and features Eastern Honey Bee honey, Flor de Cana Rum, and honey-lime-vanilla foam, or the Saiyan-A (THB 340), made with Wild Turkey Bourbon, Rittenhouse Rye, Angostura Bitters, pure coconut sugar, and honey from the stingless bee (yes, it’s really a thing, Niks explained it to us himself, it’s wild). Tantalising to the taste buds as well as the mind, don’t leave before you check out the hipster-y bottled wild honey library on the newly opened second floor, and be sure to finish all the Chinese doughnut potonko bar snacks served with – of course – Thai honey. Delish.
Asia Today Bar, 35 Soi Rammaitree, Rama IV Rd., Pom Prab, Bangkok, +66 97 134 4704
La Dotta ‘La Grassa’
Foodie Collection does it again. Located in Sukhumvit 19, La Dotta ‘La Grassa’ opened just last week as the “sassy little sister” of La Dotta Pasta Bar & Store. A true haven for all lovers of hearty Italian cuisine, the stylish eatery comes as a casual yet flavourful dining option for everything from romantic dates to buzzing boozy brunches. Yet beyond mouthwateringly good Italian fare, the bar offers a sweet excuse to be whisked away (at least mentally) to Italy’s coasts for a sip of la dolce vita. Group sommelier Thanakorn Mankit has curated an extensive wine list featuring many organic and biodynamic wines, while the team behind the infamous Vesper Cocktail Bar is on the drinks. The incredible Palm Muttarattana has created an Italian aperitivo-inspired cocktail list featuring well-known Mediterranean classics, many with a tasty twist. Traditional options include the Aperol Spritz (THB 360) or the Negroni (THB 360), whilst the charmingly-named Campari ‘Rome with A View’ cocktail (THB 360) offers an exciting choice for those looking to experiment. As a fun post-dinner drink, try the ‘Rasp’Espresso Martini’ (THB 340), made with Ketel One vodka, espresso, and raspberry syrup, paired with one of the signature bomboloni as a sweet bar snack to suit. All the right reasons to say ‘Salute!’ this month.
‘La Dotta La Grassa’, G/F Sacha’s Hotel UNO, 28/19 Sukhumvit 19 Rd., North Klongtan, Bangkok, +66 2 254 9599
Sunset G&Ts at ABar Rooftop
Bangkok is a city buzzing with plenty of rooftop venues. Between champagne bars and sky high fine dining, city dwellers just can’t get enough of the incredible cityscape views. Bringing our sunset sessions to new heights, the ABar Rooftop Bar at the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park hotel is launching ‘Sunset G&Ts’, serving specialty crafted gin and tonics as elegant sundowner cocktails from their 38th floor location. The gin bar (which, in fact, houses one of the most impressive gin selections in the country), has long been known and loved by gin lovers across town, and their sunset menu is worthy proof why. For a Thai-inspired sip, order the G&T No.5, featuring Iron Balls gin, Thai basil, lime wedge, juniper berries, and Lamb & Watt basil tonic; or the G&T No.8 featuring Hanami gin, lemon twist, edible flowers, and hibiscus tonic, for a more fragrant choice. As the rainy season finally draws to a close and the evenings are getting cooler, it’s a beautiful way to celebrate the new season al-fresco and in the company of a very refreshing classic cocktail. ‘Sunset G&Ts’ will take place every Tuesday to Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm, until October 31. All G&Ts are priced at THB 350 nett per glass.
ABar Rooftop, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, 199 Sukhumvit 22 Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok, +66 2 059 5999
New cocktail list launch at Revolucion Cocktail
Ending our list with a wild one, Revolucion Cocktail has been causing much fiery buzz since their opening on one of Sathorn’s most exciting sois of the moment, Soi 10. A bar that helms the motto “it’s never too early for a cocktail”, the vibrant Cuban-inspired cocktail club has been attracting crowds with their Latin-Caribbean music and wicked wild bar showmanship (those fire shows you’ve spotted all over Instagram? Yeah, they’re from here). Fresh for October, Revolucion Cocktail is launching a new cocktail menu, launching at the end of September. Rumour has it, they’ll be debuting funky new glassware too and if their signature tiki mugs are anything to go by, we’re in for a real treat. Not much has yet been unveiled about the new cocktail list, but we’re certain it will be fierce. And we’ll eagerly munch on the Shrimp ceviche (THB 220) and Patatas bravas (THB 150) bar snacks while we wait. For those who want to be part of the reveal, the cocktail list will launch on September 27, with all new drinks priced at THB 200 net from 7pm to 10pm.
Revolucion Cocktail Bangkok, 50 Soi Suksawittaya, Sathorn Soi 10, Bang Rak, Bangkok, +66 2 235 48 23