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In some minds, getting fined for drink driving is the festival organizer's fault.

Valentine's Day can mean a pricey meal topped off with an expensive bottle of Champagne. But there are cheaper alternatives out there. Here, we speak to sommeliers of Bangkok bars and restaurants about their favorite bubblies that won’t break the bank. 

Green Street Smoke at Track 17

The weirdest cocktails in Bangkok which actually taste delicious. In order of yumminess…

Chrysanthemum Vanilla Fizz at Dim Dim

Bangkokians will readily tell you that we’re becoming the cocktail kings of the world—well, Southeast Asia at least. With six bars in Asia’s Best Bars 2016 and one of our bartenders crowned the best on the continent, things are looking bright on the local cocktail scene. Here's what we can expect this year.

World Class

Cocktail competitions have become big business. Cynics say the number of booze awards has become so oversaturated that to win is all but meaningless, while others praise how competition raises the standard and creativity of what the bar scene offers. Whatever you think, the difference between winning and losing can make or break a bar’s fortunes. Here’s a calendar of Bangkok’s biggest cocktail comps of the year, and a look at their past winners and losers. 

These bars will live up to expectations, even if your date doesn't. 

Rabbit Hole
Ever dreamed of running your own bar? Here, Bangkok bartenders tell us what it takes to stay in business. 
Teens of Thailand (left)

This will decide, once and for all, who does the city's best G&T. 

Dim Dim

Come for the new Chinese-themed cocktail bar Dim Dim, stay for these other top drinking holes in the neighborhood.