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.
Hop over to Rabbit Hole for their latest ‘30 New Creations’, which features refreshing sips and flavours of bitters you’ve got to try. For a delicately curated cocktail, we recommend the Sterling Silver a lilac-coloured elixir, made with a a mixture of gin, rose water, crème de violette, aloe vera juice and white grape juice. If you prefer something creamy, order the Absinthe Sour; served in a goblet, the dessert cocktail is made with a blend of absinthe, chocolate, citrus, and a dash of bitters.
Rabbit Hole, 125 Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, +66 98 969 1335
Bunker has recently appointed Wareewan ‘Oil’ Yodkamol, formerly at Freebird, as their new head bartender. Oil played an active role in designing Bunker’s 20 new cocktails, including everything from fruity libations to bittersweet concoctions. Pictured above is the Tennessee Lemonade, which is their take on a Caipiroska with a kick of pandan and lemon drop moonshine. Rum lovers should order the smooth Sail Away, a mix of light and spiced rum blended with rice syrup, citrus, vanilla and egg white.
Bunker, 118/2, Soi Suksa (Sathorn 12) Bangkok, +66 92 563 9991
Orihara Shoten Bangkok
There are plenty of exciting activities this month at Orihara Shoten Bangkok. Continuing their success with the event SAKE + SOUND, they’ll be holding the third one on 9 September. Orihara has been around as a sake distributor for 93 years, and despite its rich history, they encourage us to drink sake casually in a cool, contemporary setting. Teaming up with DJs from 52Hz Bangkok and GIANT SWING, SAKE + SOUND will be a fun-filled night with bottomless sake plus quality techno beats. And on 30 September, the sake bar will be celebrating its first anniversary here in Bangkok. Free welcome drinks plus discounted beer and highballs are promised.
Orihara Shoten Bangkok, 18 Park Lane, Sukhumvit Soi 63, Bangkok, +66 2 382 0131
Wishbeer Home Bar
Rum lovers will be thrilled to know that Wishbeer Home Bar has invited David Giallorenzo, the distiller of Isaan Rum, to educate us on the history and production of rum in a workshop setting. David has dedicated himself to making local rum in Isaan, and his rum has been recognised at several competitions, including IWSC Hong Kong and Rhum Fest Paris. Of course, aside from the learning opportunity, the event will let you sample Issan rum straight from the bottle, as well as in classic concoctions. The workshop will showcase three handcrafted cocktails: Ti Punch, Caïpirinha and Mojito.
Wishbeer, Soi Sukhumvit 67, Khwaeng Phra Khanong Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, +66 2 392 1403
Vogue Lounge is hosting a party on 8 September to unveil chef Cyril Cocconi’s latest delectable menu. Alongside with scrumptious small bites, they will also be showcasing a selection of bespoke concoctions that new head mixologist Fabio Brugnolaro has created upon his appointment. On this particular Friday night, you can take advantage of their buy-one-get-one cocktail deal, and enjoy their unique drinks. Be sure to make a reservation to secure a spot for this fun evening.
Vogue Lounge, 6th Floor, MahaNakhon CUBE 96, Narathiwas Ratchanakharin Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok, +66 2 001 0697
Geek Out Craft Beer Festival
Over at Quaint Bangkok on Sukhumvit 61, they’re celebrating craft beers on 30 September. Seven of Bangkok’s biggest beverage importers are teaming up to offer a collection of intriguing brews at the upcoming Geek Out Craft Beer Festival. You’re promised a wide selection of new, rare and unusual beers, from fresh brews to all-time favourite rotating taps. There are three different types of tickets available for purchase: full-time geek (THB 500), part-time geek (THB 500) and weekend warrior (THB 600). Each ticket includes an entrance pass, welcome drink and access to all special beers found at the event. However, the full-time geek ticket gets you in earlier, at 12pm, but the part-time geek ticket gives you a special beer glass for memories sake.
A modern izakaya-style bar located within the new JIA Thonglor 10 community mall, STIX is doing its soft launch by celebrating with an event on 2 September. On this Saturday night, they’ll be offering a sake tasting, showcasing exquisite sake from the renowned Masumi Brewery. There will also be a wide range of Japanese bar snacks available for pairing, and specially curated sake-based cocktail is promised.
STIX, 225/15 Arena 10 Room 2, Soi 10 Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55, Klongton-Nua Wattana Bangkok, +66 2 077 6595