One of the many things we love about Bangkok is that the city is never lacking in new trendy bars to check out. August — hot, humid, and gloriously decked out with a sprinkling of sweet long weekends — presents many a reason to celebrate the season, with new bars opening across town, and an exciting new menu launch to top it all off. We’re seeing moodier, broodier interiors, as Bangkok seems to have fallen into a trajectory in which we love dark velvet and dimmed lights, and we continue to embrace experimental concoctions at both sleek and seductive speakeasies. Highly ‘grammable as always, unpretentiously put-together as we know and best seek it, here’s where you should sip, toast, and clink to take it all in.
It bears a name that is as simple as it is ingenious. Located in Soi Sawasdee, Alonetogether opened to much buzz within the insiders’ bar hop circuit, as a laid-back speakeasy-like jazz bar. Between warm wooden interiors, vintage flowers, and a live band, consider it a space to drink really great cocktails, become inspired by the tête-à-têtes you hold, and ponder the meaning of life. As the bar itself proudly puts it (by quotation of Stan Getz), “a good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other’s ideas.” Deeply philosophical yet head-scratchingly simple. And that’s why it works.
Alonetogether Bangkok, 29 Sukhumvit 31 (Soi Sawasdee), Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, +66 2 163 4778; Open daily 6pm-2am.
Surawong Road may be more famously known for its historical and cultural associations, as well as a thriving food scene (late-night foodies, we’ve spotted you at Boon), yet Suriyasai Bar presents a reason to head to Silom for a cocktail, too. Once a Thai family compound, Baan Suriyasai is bringing together a restaurant, a tea room, and a bar all in one space, with the Suriyasai Bar quickly making its way to the top of the must-visit list. With a design ethos that matches 1920s glamour with the elegant Orient Express, expect Thai-inspired cocktails that use local ingredients and spirits. We love the ‘Opt for Gay Sorn’ (THB 360), made with Thai vodka-infused fruit tear, citrus, and ginger ale. It’s as if Gatsby ventured out from the Hamptons to Surawong, and we totally give it the green light.
The Suriyasai Bar, Baan Suriyasai, 174 Surawong Rd., Suriyawong, Bangkok, +6695 949 1952; Open daily 6pm-1am.
From the team behind Bangkok beloved Sugarray: You’ve Just Been Poisoned, Thonglor’s theCommons sees a curious yet very cool new addition to its ever-popular community space. Located on the first floor, Sugarray Apartment is a place for ‘all day cocktails and fine drinks’, where guests can take a seat at the small bar and enjoy a unique drinking experience. It’s supposed to be as if you’re at the bartender’s apartment (why do we love this idea so much, and why has no one embarked on this concept previously?),where you can sip refreshing beverages to feel-good tunes. There’s also a live vinyl DJ at the decks on some nights, so if you’re seeking vibes, you’re sure to find them here.
Sugarray Apartment, The Commons, M/F, 335 Thong Lo 17 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok, +66 2 006 6089; Open Mon-Thurs 5pm-12am, Fri-Sun 5pm-1am.
Created by a group of seven friends, Mutual Bar is the classic kind of place where you too would want to take your group of seven friends. Cosy seating, well-crafted cocktails, and live music put together an ambience here that is as inviting as it is carefree. A red neon light sign (goodness, how we love a neon light sign) reads “people you may know”, which makes sense given the name of the bar, but also stands as a glowing invite to get a little social as you sip. On the menu, expect an array of cocktails especially crafted by industry insiders for the bar, ranging from a tea and gin-based ‘Freddie Mercu Tea’ (THB 340) to the Thai coffee-infused ‘Vivid Midnight’ (THB 340) for a surefire kick. “Let’s get to know each other” is the underlying concept, and with a book for décor entitled No One Belongs Here More Than You, it certainly feels true.
Mutual Bar, 3/7,8,9 Soi Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok, +66 2 550 6820; Open Tues-Sun 5pm-1am.
New Menu at #FindTheLockerRoom
We don’t have to spell it out and swoon about #FindTheLockerRoom, because if you’re any kind of cool, you’ve definitely already been, sipped, and swooned about the hidden bar already. One of Bangkok’s most iconic speakeasies, the dream project put together by Colin Chia, Hidetsugu Ueno, Nick Wu, and our very own Ronnaporn Neung Kanivichaporn and Chennaopring Jan Bhumichitr, is back this season with a new menu that celebrates its two-year anniversary in their typical tongue-teasing taste. The ‘Past-Present-Future’ concept takes classic cocktails and presents them in different variations, from the gin-based ‘Million Dollar Cocktail’ (THB 390) to a playful tequila-based ‘Margherita or Margarita?’ (THB 420). There are great stories behind each and all of these, making for a great conversation for yet another fun evening behind those unsuspecting sticker-clad lockers. Consider this a refreshing new excuse to head back once again.
Find The Locker Room, 406 Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Bangkok, +66 61 524 2689; Open daily 6pm-2am.