One of the best qualities about Bangkok is that there’s always a slew of new speakeasies and buzzy bars to check out. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to drop by for a pre-party drink, or wanting the perfect cocktail bar for an evening hideaway, you’re never short of enticing options. But that also means picking one can be a daunting task, which is why we’ve made things easy for you by creating this column. Here, we’ll keep track of new drinks and drinking spots, so you’ll always be in the know about where to drink in Bangkok. And for a list of our favourite bars of the moment, look no further than our Hot 10.
Gin lovers — this is for you. Niche has just stocked up the bar with a lush array of premium gins, including Martin Miller’s Gin, Caorunn, Nordés Atlantic Galician Gin and Williams Elegant 48 Gin. Aside from enjoying these fantastic gins with Premium Fentimans Mixers, you can also get the talented bartenders to craft you a selection of gin-based cocktails. With a touch of citrus and aromatic botanicals, the Thai-inspired gin and tonic here would make a lovely apéritif before your meal.
Try the new savoury twists at Q&A Bar the next time you visit. From now until 20 December, Khun Bee will be serving up a series of cocktails named Stranger’s Gin. Each of these concoctions are infused with black garlic, which adds an extraordinary kick of umami to the cocktails. Aged and fermented, black garlic boasts sweet hints of balsamic vinegar, molasses and tamarind. For those who prefer something sweet and savoury, order The Oddity. The sweetness of the lillet rose — a wine-based apéritif — pairs beautifully with tart rhubarb, bitter fennel and pungent black garlic in this cocktail.
Q&A Bar, 235/13 Soi Sukhumvit 21, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Bangkok, +66 2 664 1445
Vesper, our favourite European-inspired cocktail bar, has just reopened with a brand-new look and delectable selection of inventive cocktails. In celebrating this new era for Vesper, The Foodie Collection team decided to keep and expand The Art Book. Group Bar Manager Palm Muttaratana introduced 15 new concoctions, all inspired by the modern art period. Drawing inspirations from Andy Warhol, The Campbell’s Soup Cans is an intriguing blend of roasted corn-infused bourbon, luscious sherry, tart pineapple, sweet almond and celery bitters. If you’re looking for novel flavour combinations, try the Autumn Rhythm, which is a mix of fig-infused rum and bourbon, sweet vermouth, truffle, chocolate and maple syrup.
Vesper Cocktail Bar, 10/15 Convent Road, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok, +66 2 235 2777
The latest cocktail bar in Thonglor, Thaipioka is cosy, laidback place next to Salil Hotel, serving an selection of Thai-inspired cocktails. The buzzy bar features everything from warm hardwood bar table and intimate candlelit atmosphere to fascinating homemade infusions and secret recipes. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Crying Tiger. Using the clever cocktail technique ‘fat-washing’, the expert bartender imbues the turmeric vodka and black sesame whiskey with flavours of real cow fat. In result, the inventive cocktail is blessed with smoky hints of barbecue and sweet umami flavours. For a refreshing sip, try the Pineapple Spicy Plum, which is served in a rimmed glass coated with sweet plum and chilli powder.
Just A Drink (Maybe)
To add festive cheer to your happy hours, Just A Drink (Maybe) is offering a selection of limited-edition cocktails for this holiday season. A fresh take on Romas Gin Fizz, the Grow Under the Snow is graced with jasmine flower, lime, pineapple juice, basil and mint. For something with a kick, order the Volver. A enticing blend of hibiscus-infused gin and raspberry purée, the scarlet red concoction is completed with a touch of lime and honey.
Just A Drink (Maybe), 44/3 Thonglor Soi 1, Bangkok, +66 2 023 7285