One of the many things we love about Bangkok is that the city is never lacking in new trendy bars to check out. April in particular is always an exciting month in the city, what with Songkran festivities set to make a splash across town, and a host of new bars opening to follow suit. Natural wines continue to rise and rule Bangkokian drinking trends, with highly Instagram-worthy interiors and classic rooftop bars leading the wolf pack for where to drink, as always. From Gaggan’s naughtily-named new wine bar to fiery Latin cocktails in the city centre, here are all the new spots you need to sit, toast, and clink glasses at this month.
There is only one name hot on the lips of every Bangkokian with a knack for natural wines this month, and it is this one. Gaggan Anand’s last and latest venture in the city sits right next to his multi-award-winning restaurant, in a quiet (albeit wildly trendy) corner on Soi Langsuan. A collaboration between Gaggan’s sommelier extraordinaire Vladimir Kojic and the famous Indian chef, Wet opened recently as a hot haven for wines, Indian ‘bar snacks’ a la Gaggan, and a really great and intimate ambience to enjoy these in. Enter via what appears to be a toilet cubicle, and revel under the extremely ‘grammable neon light signs, before selecting a glass or a bottle to enjoy from the (bio)dynamic and largely European wine list. The cosy spot has something of a speakeasy vibe, in a totally unpretentious way, packing in cool points for its playlist and ambience, too. Well worth the hype for pre- or post- dinner drinks, or just entirely on its own.
Wet, 68/9 Soi Langsuan, Phloenchit Rd., Bangkok, +66 2 117 2835, Open Mon-Sat 4.45pm-2am
Spectrum Lounge & Bar
Following a very grand opening party last month, a new rooftop bar has climbed its way to the top of our must-visit list with the unveiling of the Hyatt Regency’s Spectrum Lounge & Bar. Beyond a name that sounds like it could come straight out of a James Bond movie, the impressive venue spans three floors atop the hotel, serving a selection of classic cocktails and drinks. All three floors boast the comfortable, uptown residential vibe the hotel is noted for, with an indoor area on the first floor, outdoor cabanas on the second, and a spectacular view from the exclusive top. A rooftop bar that still manages to boast enough dance floor space and not feel stuffy, the sleek addition to the skyline is already proving popular for snazzy after-dinner drinks or upbeat pre-clubbing tipples.
Spectrum Lounge & Bar, 29/F, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1 Sukhumvit Soi 13, Watthana, Bangkok, +66 2 098 1234; Open daily 5.30pm-1am
Latin flavours are flourishing in Bangkok this month, in large part due to the buzzing opening of Flamenco at EmQuartier. Named after the Spanish dance form, the modern sky bar was inspired by all things Latino, from cultures and colours to music and cocktails. Set in a vibrant interior design concept, sit and swing amongst antique-style furniture and exposed brick, with a selection of Cuba Libres, Caiprinhas, and Tequila shots to enjoy between songs. Pair these with classic tapas bar snacks like Kingfish Ceviche, Chicken Empanadas, or Jalapeño Poppers, and you’ve got yourself a night out like in South America right from the heart of Sukhumvit. Live music and well-known DJs pay homage to Rumba and Samba every night, with a private mezzanine lounge and a panoramic sky view from the outdoor rooftop. The bar’s motto lives and breathes through the venue loud and clear: “Without Passion, Life is Nothing.”
Flamenco Bangkok, 9/F The Helix, The EmQuartier, Watthana, Bangkok +66 2 003 6006; Open daily 5pm-12am
New wine cellar at HARVEST
Where April may feel hot and heavy with its soaring temperatures at times, HARVEST Restaurant is truly whisking us away into the French country-side with its latest unveil. The earthy and rustic eatery has opened a new wine cellar, featuring a varied selection of organic, bio-dynamic, and natural wines from small boutique vineyards across the world. HARVEST has always been loved for having something warmly homely about it, and their new wine room is no different. A great getaway from the hectic outdoors, sip a glass or four of New and Old World wines by candle light, in the company of vintage bicycles and cutely potted plants. If you’re hankering for a cocktail afterwards, there’s also The Woodshed, HARVEST’s in-house craft bar, for live music and a selection of botanical sips and spirits, too.
HARVEST Restaurant, Sukhumvit 31, Watthana, Bangkok, +66 2 262 0762; Open daily 5.30pm-12am
Prepare your social media. You will probably want to snap your new profile picture here. Flowing along a similar route to The Cassette Music Bar, The Chatrooms has opened as the feel-good ‘90s sibling of the Ekkamai favourite, boasting the retro-style vibes we know and love. The lively hangout features old-school telephones on the walls as décor, with velvet chairs and casual chandeliers to suit. Enter through a London-like red phone booth exterior and enjoy colourful cocktails like the plum and gin tonic ‘I Love You’ (THB 350) or the vodka and cherry rose ‘A Good Day’ (THB 350). A giant telephone dial also sits at the entrance as a cute addition – also an educational artefact for those of us who never had to go through the trouble of manually dialing on a landline. The sweet irony.
The Chatrooms, Ekkamai Soi 10, Watthana, Bangkok, +66 61 654 6666; Open daily 6pm-2am