Inside Scoop: Bangkok’s Hippest Bars
Bangkok is branded as the sanctuary of some of the most stunning, laid-back bars and restaurants. One of those is set in three-story shophouse on Sathorn road also known as Smalls, the brainchild of David Jacobson. Smalls, as the name describes, has a very intimate and cozy aura.
If you are looking to escape Bangkok’s ecstatic crowd and funky atmosphere, then Smalls welcomes every customer into its beautiful crimson drapery, contemporary artwork and a huge list of scrumptious signature cocktails. Jacobson not being new to the world of nightclubs understands that relaxing live jazz music with a good drink in hand can almost conquer any problem.
AR. Sutton and Co Engineers Siam
In the late 00s the look and feel of Bangkok’s nightclubs dramatically changed after the arrival of Australian Ashley Sutton. Starting with ironworks in cocktail lounges, impressive interiors of The Bookshop and vintage furnishing of now the bar he owns known as AR. Sutton & Co Engineers Siam. Designed to give the feeling of an old British gentleman club this bar with its gilded ceiling and the modern cocktail list is a must-go.
Both a restaurant and a bar, Ashley Sutton’s name comes once again when we mention his latest creation known as Maggie Choo’s. From its old wooden Chinese door to dim lighting and web of private rooms with steel doors; Maggie Choo’s is someplace not to miss when in Bangkok. With oozing secrecy and sexiness this nightclub offers fine cocktails and late night jazz performances that shouldn’t be missed.
The Bar @ The House on Sathorn
A Russian embassy turned into an eating and drinking destination known as The House on Sathorn. Three years of renovation brings Bangkok a Russian and Thai infused fascinating restaurant and bar. Outdoor courtyard for mornings and beautifully crafted bar at night The House on Sathorn is a complete package.
Namsaah Bottling Trust
With a beautiful bright pink interior and a cocktail list that features Thai rose-apple martini and tangerine negroni, Namsaah Bottling Trust is most popular Thai-fusion bar/restaurant you would want to see. Located in Silom the white shutters on an early 20th-century villa are hard to miss. The menu is designed by Bangkok’s celebrity chef known as Chef Ian Kittichai.
Tep Bar has to be first on the list to impress non-thai or even Thai friends because of its Thai everything from booze to steak to xylophone. Breaking the westernized nightclub trend top bar gives us a unique ‘Thainess’ in its two-story building tucked away in the street near Hua Lamphong.
Sing Sing Theater
Getting inspiration from the ancient Chinese Sing Sing Theater provides a courtyard theater and brothel for upper and middle class. Using mostly Chinese lanterns, red lights, umbrellas and metal birdcages this bar was opened in 2015. An exceptional feature of the club is to screen 20th-century movies, burlesque and comedy show each night to entertain the audience.
Teens of Thailand
A renovated shophouse found around the corner of Tep Bar. Teens of Thailand is hard to spot with its wooden doors and little venue, but there is a definite exquisiteness found in its minimalism. This faintly lit and classic aesthetics bar attracts a young crowd. Sticking to the originality of the shophouse this bar sure does offer a killer blend of cocktails.
As the name describes, the Red Sky is a very fancy rooftop restaurant/bar located at the 55th of Centara Grand hotel. Red Sky provides a 360degree panoramic view of the city and a perfect atmosphere to relax unlike its competitor Sky Bar which got dreadfully jam-packed after being unjustifiably featured in “The Hangover Part 2”.