Bangkok is abuzz with bars and drinks events this November. The city is brimming with exciting new spots to check out, what with likely the most anticipated opening of the season (if not year?), and another highly anticipated annual celebration of spirits. We’re continuing on the trend of loving red velvet and dimmed lights (nobody loves a sultry speakeasy like a Bangkokian loves a sultry speakeasy), craft cocktails, and gin, and we’re continuing to find many an excuse to try an experimental tipple. From hip hop beats to burlesque dancers, here are all the new bars to sip, toast, and clink at this November 2019.
[Featured and Hero image credit: Crimson Room]
Is there a bar about town hotter than Crimson Room right now? Of course there isn’t. The place to see and be seen this month, the brainchild of the team behind Rabbit Hole and Liberation presents a new snazzy jazz bar in the heart of Langsuan. Between red velvet furnishings and a dark green marble bar, Crimson room is as sultry as it is seductive, featuring live jazz performances every Wednesday to Saturday, and a selection of signature cocktails. Is this our key to teleportation back to the 1920s? Will Jay Gatsby himself be an old sport and fix us a drink? Will Bangkok soon realise that burlesque is the new black? There’s only one way to find out. Entirely ‘grammable, and deeply alluring.
Crimson Room, 87 Langsuan Rd., Bangkok, +66 62 259 2525; Open Sun-Thurs 6pm-1am and Sat-Fri 6pm-2am.
We don’t know much about this new bar, but we’re excited from the snippets that we do know. Bar 335 has been mysteriously popping up across social media, creating just the right amount of hype to lure all cocktail aficionados right in. The bar boasts somewhat a Japanese vibe, with minimalist interiors, dim lighting, and the secretive flair every city dweller knows and craves. The drinks here are modern and sophisticated, between the gin-based Green Garden (THB 440) and a classic Old Fashioned (THB 440). There’s also a variation of the latter featuring bacon, which is worthy of a try, too. The question of the hour is naturally “why ‘335’?”, and to this the answer is as chill as the bar is to hang out at: the bar’s name is inspired by the song Room 335 by Larry Carlton.
Bar 335, Metropole Building, Soi Promsri, Sukhumvit 39, Bangkok, +66 9 2545 6419; Open Mon-Tues and Thurs-Sat 7pm-2am.
More than just a name that will capture the attention of anyone who reads it, Strange Fruit has opened in Thonglor as the fresh baby of some of Bangkok’s favourites: DJ Tob, DJ Aopsher, and Twopee, no less. It goes without saying, then, that the transformative bar puts a heavy emphasis on great tracks and beats, nestled in between stacks of vinyl records that spin everything from hip hop to funk. If the spot looks familiar, it is because the venue used to house the beloved Sugar Ray bar, and seems to continue in a similarly popular wave. Think of it as Lennon’s in terms of décor, but amp it up a mile of notches in terms of cool points and – we hate to say it but we need to say it – swag. With guest DJs coming in very often (even our notorious Sebastian de la Cruz of Tropic City), definitely keep an eye out for this one.
Strange Fruit, 77 Thonglor Soi 20, Bangkok; +66 94 556 5041.
Bangkok Gin Fest
Following the wild success of the first ever Bangkok Gin Fest last year, the second rendition of the festival is back with a bang this month. Made by gin lovers for gin lovers, the two-day event will see a series of exhibitions, masterclasses, and guest shifts. This year is a true toast to women in the industry, with four leading lady bartenders from around the region mixing specialty gin cocktails at our favourite bars in China Town’s Soi Nana. Tickets to the event at Baan Silom are available at the door at THB 300 or THB 200 via Ticketmelon, and are inclusive of a gin tasting glass too (you’ll need it).
Bangkok Gin Fest is taking place from 9-10 November 2019 from 1pm at Nineteens Up, 2/F, Baan Silom, Silom Soi 19, Bangkok. Guest shifts are taking place on 9 November from 8pm onwards at Teens of Thailand, Asia Today, Tep Bar, and Ba Hao.