Singapore may be tops when it comes to cocktails, but we just love the beautiful interiors (and solid, far more affordable cocktails) of Bangkok. There’s been a slew of new openings over the past few weeks, enough to keep you busy on your next trip to Thailand. Here’s where to hit up.
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 29
Said to draw inspiration from Francois Girard’s 1998 flim The Red Violin (tracing the journey of an antique violin across three centuries), the vintage scene is set by dim lighting, candles and oversized tarot cards hanging on the wall. The smell of herbal incense lingers in the air. Upstairs are two private rooms, while a big outdoor area connects to Mahanaga restaurant.
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 61
Like Thirsty Owl, The Owls Society Whiskey Saloon sees a two-story Ekkamai home renovated with a warm and cozy vibe—but that’s where the similarities end. The head designer of fashion label Issue Kai London is responsible for the mature, industrial-meets-gentlemen’s-club style, with all the vintage furnishings imported straight from England. If you’re looking for a place to host your own party, there are two private rooms upstairs.
Address: 49 Phra Athit Rd.
Replacing the glass box that used to be Foong cafe on Phra Athit Road, not far from the burger joint, Rarb has a bit of a construction site feel—stickered and sprayed zinc roof sheets and bare, cracked concrete—with nostalgic touches courtesy of Thai thriller comics glued on the ceiling and white-out-strewn tables.
Address: 113 Charan Sanit Wong Soi 92
Their humble beginnings stem from being a lifestyle website that told stories of adorable cafes, crafty local brands and beer. They later added a weekend festival to their portfolio, and now have a permanent brick-and-mortar space located by the Chao Phraya River. This huge, industrial-like cement bar uses a mish-mash of both vintage and classic-looking furniture to dress up the space (in our opinion, it almost looks a little like our very own Artistry).
Address: Ladprao Wanghin
Raw and easy-going. This place is a tiny, loft-style bare cement room that’s decked out with dangling bulbs and great, big hunks of wooden furniture, including handmade tables that feature old gas tanks. A nifty wall painting behind the bar adds the appearance of complex piping connecting the beer taps.