One of the many things we love about Bangkok is that the city is never lacking of new speakeasies and trendy bars to check out. Whether you’re looking to enjoy local Chinese-inspired cocktails, Thai craft beers on tap, or experience the bar at Bangkok’s hottest new hotel opening, here’s a list of our new favourites this month.
Sugar Ray: You’ve Just Been Poisoned
Bangkok insiders and avid seekers of its sneaky speakeasies will definitely already be familiar with the name, yet fresh this month Sugar Ray: You’ve Just Been Poisoned has undergone a complete makeover and moved to a new location on Sukhumvit Soi 24. Bringing visitors the thrill of finding its hidden entrance all over again (we won’t give it away just yet, but find a guy in a peculiar medieval costume and you’re on the right track), the revamped Sugar Ray bar sees a sleek and swanky new look, whilst still serving some of the most creative cocktails about town. Mixed by Vipop Jinaphan, go for the East Coast Boulevard, a twist on a classic Boulevardier, made with Bengalese spiced tea Campari and a combination of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Punt e Mes, and chocolate and grapefruit bitters. Enjoying the vast fine whiskey selection by the chic moodily-lit black marble bar on a leather arm chair, the hip-and-happening hotspot is just as cool as it was before, with a fresh refined edge.
Sugar Ray: You’ve Just Been Poisoned, 88 Sukhumvit Soi 24, Klong Toei, Bangkok, +66 2 258 4756
From the guys that brought us PrumPlum Umeshu, a breezy new bar has opened in Songwat, effortlessly bringing in cool points like only the French know how. Decked out on a rooftop overlooking the Chao Phraya river, the cleverly named Barbon (which, see what they did here: translates to ‘good bar’ from French, and ‘upstairs bar’ from Thai), is bringing in likes across town far beyond their very ‘grammable neon light sign by the entrance. The soon-to-be hipster haven is serving up drinks inspired by its home in Bangkok’s Chinese quarter, as well colourful concoctions from across the Southeast Asian region. Whipped up by head bartender Alfred, go for the Gin and Rose, a Yaowarat remake of a gin and tonic, infused with tea and lavender. Feeling a little more adventurous? Let the Burmese local make you a Pegu Club, the gin-based national cocktail of Myanmar. Watching the sunset on deck to the tunes of smooth European jazz, we’re excited to say we’ve found China Town’s most charming excuse to get tipsy this month. In French.
Barbon, 457/1 Hostel Urby, Songwat Rd., Bangkok, +66 2 043 6358
After a sparkly opening event this past week, modern Australian restaurant and bar Odtomato comes as the latest trendy hangout on Sukhumvit Soi 24. Bringing a fresh and fun flair to many of their fine dining dishes, the space has opened as more than just a restaurant, but also a warm neighbourhood spot for locals to catch up over food and four-one-ones. The drinks menu offers signatures with charmingly subtle tweaks, prepared by talented head of bar and Australian native Nick Braun. Go for the ‘Martini Our Way’, featuring Mediterranean gin, potato vodka, dry vermouth, and pickled cherry tomato; or the ‘Fu-Fu’, consisting of Caribbean rum, house-made pomegranate syrup, citrus, pastis, and bitters. For the perfect afternoon indulgence, order the Canadian bacon and Pecorino Fresco pizza as a hearty bar snack and happy drink accompaniment. Whatever you may sip, Odtomato scores high in ambiance and feel-good points this month. As the eatery puts it, it aims to be, yet is not limited to ‘a place for nibbling, sipping, flirting, laughing, sharing, playing, tweeting, meeting, and just hanging out.’ Head right in.
Odtomato, 68/2 Park 24 Building, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Khlongton, Bangkok, +66 80 954 4665
Be you an aspiring brewer or inspired drinker (or retired chugger), Mitr Bar is the place you need to pick pints this September. The newly opened bar on the corner of Soi Rangnam and Phayathai Road is serving up an impressive range of Thai and international craft beers on tap within its third floor location at Victory Monument. And whilst craft beer bars are many and plenty in Bangkok, Mitr brings something new and exciting to the table with its support of local makers and minds. Registering on Mitr Craft, aspiring brewers can pitch their project online for people to vote on, with those winning over 300 votes granted access to have their beer produced at Mitr Craft Brewery in Nonthaburi, and sold at Mitr Bar. An exciting feat for both brewers and experimental drinkers, it’s an interesting way to try out many local new beers, and gain exclusive access to what could be the next big sip in Bangkok’s craft beer scene.
Mitr Bar, 3/F, 23/1 Phaya Thai Rd., Bangkok, +66 89 799 1123
Best in Jazz at the St. Regis Bar
There’s nothing quite like a night of jazz, and if you’ve been searching for just the right moody, broody atmosphere to enjoy a good drink and a great tune, head to The St. Regis Bar this September. Located on the 12th floor of The St. Regis Hotel, the snazzy bar is providing guests with a ‘Best in Jazz’ experience this month, with an array of talented international jazz artists taking the stage every weekend until 29 September from 8 to 11pm. Set within an elegant ambiance of high ceilings, polished wood floors, and an impressively captivating view of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club greens, sit back on the plush banquettes and enjoy a classic night on the town. A must-try is definitely the bar’s signature drink, the Siam Mary, adding a touch of spicy Thai chili, wasabi, lime, coriander, Thai basil and lemongrass to the timeless number. For something special, sample a sip of the seven celebratory cocktails especially created by mixologist Alessandro Stringardi for this year’s seventh anniversary of the hotel in Bangkok.
The St. Regis Bar, The St. Regis, 159 Rajadamri Rd., Bangkok, +66 2 207 7826
The Loft at the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
Marking its debut in Southeast Asia, few openings across town have caused as much buzz as this one. The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is opening its grand doors on 31 August, and die-hard globetrotters and Bangkokians budding for a staycation are excited to say the very least. Yet whilst opulent interiors and a signature five-star service is sure to await all of its guests, the luxury hotel has also announced the opening of two new bars within its vicinities: The Champagne Bar and The Loft. Where the former is an ode to the classic champagne bar, between a rooftop view of the city, and an array of extravagant bubbly by the glass; the latter comes as a tribute to the brand’s legacy. The Loft is a New York inspired bar, based around the Old Waldorf Astoria Barbook, and serving artisanal spirits and classic cocktails. Accompanied by a selection of gourmet bar bites, the glamorous old-world charmed bar is sure to bring a roaring touch of the 1920s to town, and become the city’s most exciting invitation for a drink.
The Loft, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, 151 Rajadamri Rd., Lumpini, Bangkok, +66 2 8468888