Here’s the thing about Bangkok — the city constantly buzzes with the tantalising promise of exciting things to come. This is especially true of our drinks and dining scene. With a seemingly endless array of choices, and a constant stream of new additions to boot, it can be difficult to decide which are worthy of <em>your</em> visit. Which is why we’ve gone and done the hard work for you. With our ‘Where to Drink in Bangkok’ series, we round up the most interesting additions to the city’s drinks scene every month — from new bar openings, to pop-up events, and unmissable collaborations. Scroll to see where you’ll be drinking this November!
Tango Tonight Group — the masterminds behind some of our favourite evening haunts including Rabbit Hole and Liberation — have unveiled another exciting addition to Bangkok’s buzzing bar scene. Enter Crimson Room, a speakeasy-esque cocktail bar that’s all about jazz and the extravagance of the golden era. Design-wise, think 1920s glamour, with Great Gatsby-inspired decor and an ambiance that gives you the roaring twenties at its peak. An impressive set of stairs cuts through the center of the space, facing a stage above which hangs a saxophone-shaped brass chandelier, and crimson curtains. Facing it are intimate stadium-style seats, where patrons can enjoy live jazz bands, DJ performances, and special shows all through the night. Of course, the bar doesn’t shine through design alone. On the menu are a series of signature cocktails that reflect the various feelings one experiences while watching a show — our favourite is hands-down the Bee Pollen, which gives you tangy citrus blended with sweet caramel syrup made with bee pollen and thyme, spiked with Hendrick’s gin and yellow chartreuse.
Open daily, 6pm-1am. Crimson Room, Velaa Sindhorn Village. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 06 2259 2525, or visit the official Facebook page.
Regulars at Bangkok’s old town should definitely make it a point to check out Tai Soon Bar. Occupying what was once an abandoned Chinese drug store, Charoenkrung’s latest craft beer venue gives you a taste of past meets present, with the original building structure and façade — complete with photogenic cracked walls — juxtaposed by red neon lights and Chinese-inspired installations. The beer counter itself has been designed to replicate an old drug cabinet as a clever nod to the original roots of the space, while a neon strip illuminates the 13 beer taps. A void dominates the second floor, from which Chinese lanterns hang suspended, bathing the space in a warm red glow.
Open daily, 5pm-midnight (all day on Sunday). Tai Soon Bar, Samran Rat. To reserve your seats or find ouTt more, call 09 1463 6465, or visit the official Facebook page.
Nestled in the heart of Phra Khanong, Stryke sets to introduce a totally new kind of night-life to Bangkok’s party scene — one that’s slightly more brain than brawn. Think the likes of science-inspired shots, some topped with edible glitter, and others mixed with white pearls. Expect a menu of exciting, artfully created cocktails and Italian and Asian-inspired tapas food, ranging from truffle mac and cheese, to roast beef burrata, and even massaman lasagna.
Open daily, 5pm-3am. Stryke, Phra Khanong. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2381 2855, or visit the official Facebook page.
Founded by Chavayos Rattakul — who himself is reputed for a love of fine wines — Terroir Expression was born from a goal of providing a cosy space where people can come together to share, discuss, and appreciate wines. An intimate setting of around 40 seats, the space is akin to a library of wines from around the world — one where wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike can learn more about the wines they love, as well as meet others who share the same passion. Expect an impressive wine list — half of which are burgundy wines full of rich history — as well as an emphasis on representing, as the name would suggest, each wine’s terroir and the people making them. Nearly all the wines available are organic or biodynamic, and also come with a selection of light bites such as cold cuts and grilled dishes.
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 5:30pm-midnight. Terroir Expression, Acmen Ekamai Complex. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 09 1556 6566, or visit the official Instagram page.