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Your guide to an Ekkamai bar crawl

Ekkamai nightlife is booming. If you’ve missed out on what’s been happening, here’s how to spend the perfect night. 

By Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj | Mar 21, 2017

  • Your guide to an Ekkamai bar crawl
    Golden Coins Taproom

Newly opened craft beer bar Golden Coins Taproom (Ekamai Mall, Ekkamai Soi 10, 082-675-9673) is just the place to kickstart an Ekkamai bar crawl owing to daily happy hours from 5-7pm, where all beers are just B100/glass. 

Following the closure of the Old Town's much-loved beer bar Let the Boy Die, one of its founders, Pipatnapon “Piek” Pumpo, returns with this new project taking its name from his own brewery, launched in 2011. The six-tap craft beer bar exclusively serves strains of Golden Coins beer, priced at B180 per glass (except for the pilsner, with 4.7% ABV, that’s only B150). Enjoy it all with pork or beef ribs (B360/B550) courtesy of The Commons' barbecue specialist Meat and Bones.

While you're in the neighborhood, consider stopping by these other classic bars on Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Soi Ekkamai) and slightly beyond. There's also a handy map below.

Situated in the same community mall as Golden Coins, Malt & Salt (G/F, Ekamai Mall, Ekkamai Soi 10, 02-714-4249) is a Scotch whiskey bar that’s not just limited to enthusiasts. Best-sellers include the Glenfiddich 12 year old (B280/35ml glass) and the owner-recommended Ardbeg 10 year old (B250). For the uninitiated there are several tasting flights to try, like Value for Money (Monkey Shoulder, Black Label, Gentleman Jack, Chivas 12 year old, B790).

Heading further down Ekkamai Soi 10, you'll find another craft beer bar, Mikkeller (26 Ekkamai Soi 10), hidden away from the hubbub of the main drag. Set in a modern-meets-rustic house, this is the first ever bar in Asia from the Danish "gypsy" microbrewer and you're guaranteed to find some unique brews on tap to enjoy in the lush garden. (Visit on Thu-Fri and you might want to book for Upstairs at Mikkeller, the second-floor restaurant that offers a 10-course tasting menu of "progressive American" cuisine paired with beers from downstairs.) 

Heading deeper down Soi Ekkamai, Sugar Ray (Ekkamai Soi 21, 094-417-9898) offers a secluded speakeasy-like vibe and quality cocktails from the same people behind Asoke's Q&A (#26 is last year's Asia's 50 Best Bars list). Expect all the classics but with twists in ingredients and techniques, whether its infused syrups or handcrafted ice-balls.

Back towards Sukhumvit Road you'll find Orihara Shoten (18 Park Lane Sukhumvit Soi 63, 02-382-0131), Bangkok's newest sake bar. Part bottle shop, part izakaya, this is a collaboration between Japanese sake exporters Orihara and local booze distributors BB&B, so you can rest assured you're getting the good stuff. The 100-plus-bottle selection of both chilled and hot sake starts from as little as B180 per glass. You can get some sustenance from the adjoining Tori Tama, a Tokyo-hailing yakitori restaurant run by the same people.  

For your final stop for the night, drop by The Owl Society Whiskey Saloon (Sukhumvit Soi 61, 02-046-3798), a hidden whiskey bar on Sukhumvit Soi 61. Over 100 bottles from all over the world are on offer, categorized by country and region. Behind the bar you'll find Suchada “Fahbeer” Sopajaree, one of 12 finalists for Diageo World Class Thailand Competition 2016, who whips up vintage classics as well as ever-changing signature drinks. 

Still thirsty? Try beers with an awesome soundtrack at Happy Monday, the breezy rooftop at Baan Puen, the massive cocktails and retro decor at Tuba or the EDM and club vibes at Do Not Disturb

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