A karaoke den with upscale spirit in Thonglor’s nightlife central.
The buzz: When the UNCLE and Lady Brett team packed up and left 72 Courtyard, the community mall needed to do something big with that two story space; something that pulled in the masses and not just the odd cocktail snob. Their answer is a karaoke lounge and punch bar which wouldn't feel out of place over with the hi-so party crowd at Arena 10, but which keeps hold of UNCLE's glamorously low-key styling.
The decor: This might be the most elegant punch bar ever, thanks to UNCLE's old black marble and flock wallpaper. The whole thing feels like a glamorous living room, but one with a DJ booth in the middle. Grab one of the fancy-looking armchairs inside if you’re in a party mood. Once drunk enough, stumble downstairs to the karaoke rooms, where you’ll find a knowingly kitsch, slightly sleazy blend of Persian rugs and stuffy pink sofas. There are only four of these rooms in total (this also means you need to book in advance). The smallest fits around 10 people and the biggest 20. Access means spending at least B1,000 on weekdays and B2,000 on weekends for one hour.
The drinks: Punch is the drink of choice, but this being 72 Courtyard, forget about buckets of sugary, cheap booze. Art Nouveau silver punch bowls look like they might have been stolen from the real Savoy in London, and hold giant portions of sweet, grown-up tonics flecked with fruit and herbs. Our favorite, named after the bar, sees brandy, vermouth and peach schnapps mixed with fresh pine apple juice, sparkling wine and soda. A small portion is good for four people and costs B1,250. Single servings are also available at B390-590.
The music: Anything and everything, thanks to a karaoke machine with 60,000 tracks. When we visited, it was just a few days before the Britney Spears concert, but instead of the real music videos we got some blonde chick in a bikini walking along the beach. Chinese, Japanese and Thai songs are all accounted for.
Why we’d be back: Savoy makes every other karaoke place look stuffy, boring or kind of gross. If you like drinking in places like Rabbit Hole but want to belt out some Destiny’s Child at the same time, this is for you. Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj