Bangkok’s drinks industry is thriving more than ever, and as your trusted insiders and late-night sippers at all of the city’s trendiest bars, we’re always on the lookout for where to enjoy the next best tipple. Yet whilst we list new bars and new cocktail menus for you on the monthly, we couldn’t possibly fit all of our findings into one merry round-up. That’s why we’ve created Thirsty Thursday: a one-stop one-drink solution to where (and what) you should drink, every single week of the year. Featuring new standouts or old favourites, consider it a bit like your calling for when you don’t know where to go; served like a shot, but, well, in writing. See you at the bar.

It’s February. We smell like sanitiser. We have an imprint of a protective face mask on our cheeks. And everywhere we go, we’re trying not to catch things like respiratory diseases, Coronavirus, or pre-Vday love bugs. 

Somber introductions aside, this week, for Thirsty Thursday, we’re going booze-free and down a healthier route. Yet whilst we’d love to be the kinds of people who down apple cider vinegar every morning and live on ginger shots and green juice, we just aren’t quite there yet. We still love a good coffee. We still crave that caffeine shot. But you know what? Combine it with the mother of all healthy waters (coconut), and it’s actually a killer (no puns) combination. 

[All images courtesy of Sarnies Bangkok]

Sarnies Coffee

Where might you find this combo executed to near immaculacy, then, you may ask? In the heart of one of our favourite neighbourhoods: Charoenkrung’s Sarnies

Sarnies caused a lot of buzz amongst brunch-goers and cafe-hoppers alike last year, bringing together all essences of a really chill coffeeshop hangout. You’ve got the historic house. You’ve got the ‘grammable (and also downright delicious) dishes. You’ve got a lesser mainstream yet still very trendy location. And you’ve also got a really neat Iced Coconut Long Black Coffee (THB 140). 

Granted, it shouldn’t come to all too much shock and surprise. Sarnies in Bangkok is a sister to Singapore’s infamous A Stimulant by Sarnies. They’re one of the coolest coffee roasters in the region. 

Sarnies Coffee

But back to the Iced Coconut Long Black. What’s important to note about this drink is that it is not made with coconut milk. This is obvious because it’s a long black and there’s no space for milk in a long black (duh). Nevertheless, it’s refreshing to see a different kind of coconut liquid being used in a beverage. 

The one at Sarnies is made with actual fresh coconut water (cut daily), and topped with coconut flesh. It is both a coffee and a snack, and despite its name does not taste overly coconut-y at all. It’s extremely refreshing, and interesting in taste, providing both something for the avid coffee drinker and the adventurous souls who like infused waters over regular waters. Here it even comes with a cocktail umbrella, because not only is the Iced Coconut Long Black cool and interesting, but it knows how to have a good time, too. 

This Thirsty Thursday, we feel we can fight it all. Forget Coronavirus, we’re coco(nuts) about Coconut Coffee. 

Sarnies Bangkok, 101, 103 Soi Charoenkrung 44, Bangkok. Open daily 8am-5.30pm. 

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.