For this episode of Thirsty Thursday, we’re getting a little bit sentimental.
As COVID-19 tightens its grip around the neck of our hospitality industry, there’s no denying that Bangkok’s most beloved bars have definitely been shaken — but not broken.
It is a difficult time for everyone as numerous establishments have been forced to close, and many, many people are out of jobs, and many, many customers are out of bars. Our Friday nights — once so bright, bold, and boozy — have been reduced to lockdowns in our apartments, and a curfew to kick you to the curb should you have thought of leaving.
But there is a kind of dimly-lit light at the end of this seemingly never ending tunnel.
A lot of our most beloved bars across town have found new initiatives not only to keep their businesses running, but to keep their loyal customers and friends drinking, too. From delivery services to discount vouchers, find out what some of our favourite Bangkok bars have been up to during this time. Inspiring, and never ones to back down from a hustle, it’s also a generous means to keep these small businesses afloat, show them some love, and most importantly, support the industry and all of its greats.
We’re not tearing up, you are.
[Featured and hero image credit: Vesper]
Bangkok, we feel you. We miss Tropic City too.
Yet whilst it’ll be a little while before we can get completely drunk on Piña Coladas and shake it to Sebastian’s track list at the bar, there is a little glimmer of hope. Tropic City is offering up drink vouchers to be enjoyed once the bar opens again, ranging from THB1000 to THB5000 a pop, with up to THB1500 in discount. They’re valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
Find out more: Tropic City/Facebook
(Also, speaking of Sebastian’s track list, be sure to check out the playlist he curated for us last year. Try not to reminisce and cry, though.)
It’s weird not being able to go to Vesper and enjoy an inspired cocktail on any evening after work in Sathorn. As we yearn for those days, the Foodie Collection is offering a series of gift vouchers not only for Vesper, but for all of the group’s outlets, including 80/20, il Fumo, La Dotta, and 1919. The vouchers are available for purchase until 31 May, and combined can bring together a discount of up to THB 25,000. It’s a whopping amount and a wonderful food and drink goal to look forward to.
Find out more: Vesper/Facebook
As one of Bangkok’s most iconic, Smalls comes to the rescue even during a pandemic. Offering up a “proven solution” to remedy “going bonkers and OD-ing on COVID-19 news,” the Suan Phlu bar is providing food and drink delivery services with free delivery to nearby areas. The only requirement is that you spend over THB 1000 (easy), and pay via bank transfer (you’re a Bangkokian, we’re pretty sure you’ve got this).
Find out more: Smalls/Facebook
Teens of Thailand & Asia Today
Both Teens of Thailand and Asia Today seem to have no chill at the moment — and we kind of love it. The gin bar went near viral when they started offering THB 220 drink vouchers (with no expiry date) two weeks ago, and they’re passionately keeping the momentum going by now offering a drinks delivery service, too. You’ll find specialty gins on the menu (Akayane and Sacred, our eyes are on you), as well as Asia Today’s signature honeys and sugarcane spirits.
Ku Bar is doing drinks for a good cause. Selling both their plum wine and a plum cocktail for drink delivery, the bar is giving away 100% of proceeds to COVID-19 relief funds and the Chiang Mai Fire relief fund. Those who love herbal, sweet, and floral drinks and are looking to do a little more good too, here’s your call.
Find out more: Ku Bar Bangkok/Facebook
Remember going on dates (or solo dates and just a chat with Chet) to Jua? Bring back those memories with their delivery service. Whilst you can order from the food menu too (we see bento boxes and we love them), the Charoenkrung izakaya is also offering a drinks delivery service via their bottle shop. Here you’ll find sake by the glass and bottle, as well as a selection of wines, beers, and cocktails. Almost like in old days.
Find our more: Jua/Facebook