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BANGKOK BARS & CLUBS:
Chez Jay

  • Chez Jay
  • Chez Jay
  • Chez Jay
  • Chez Jay
  • Chez Jay
The buzz: Following the closure of Thonglor Soi 13's Bellino Wine Room and Boutique, effervescent owner Jay Boccia is back with this mostly-outdoor bar spotlighting well-priced wine and tapas at the petite 49 Terrace mall. 
 
The decor: Located just below La Bottega di Luca, at first glance Chez Jay looks little more than a boho collection of sofas, stools and low tables blending with the trees and string lighting of the open-air mall. There are a few throwbacks to the gypsy-bordello stylings of Bellino in the form of tasseled rugs and distressed wooden accents. The bar sits outside while inside has barely enough room for a single dining table and a small kitchen.
 
The food: Simple Mediterranean small plates made for drinking, in which top quality imported and local produce does most of the talking. Burrata is flown in from Italy every Friday and served up with local tomatoes at B400, while the marinated anchovies (B200) from Sicily are delectable with a squeeze of lemon on top. On top of cold cuts (starting from B395 for a meat platter or B725 if you also want cheese), there are also homespun cooked bites such as lasagna (B325) and pork meatballs (B295). Conkey’s ciabatta bread also goes excellently with Vivin’s pork terrine and duck liver mousse (B325).
 
The drinks: Changing every two weeks, the wine menu covers a lot of territory and at very appealing prices. On our last visit there were 15 boutique labels from all over—Italy, Australia, the U.S. and South Africa—including the full-bodied and robust Italian red, Lucareli Puglia IGT (Negroamaro) 2012 at B275/glass or B1,375/bottle. As for white, grab a glass of Moute (Chenin Blanc) 2015 from California at B200 or just B800 for a whole bottle. Every Thu-Sat, they offer an all-night promotion of a glass of prosecco with three French oysters for B500 or a whole bottle and six oysters at B1,500.
 
The crowd: Dressy Thonglorites pre-drinking for the crazy night ahead interspersed with guys in shorts and flip-flops who are here to chill for the long haul.
 
Why we would come back: Cheap wines, an easy-going atmosphere and a kitchen that stays open till closing time—perfect for a case of the midnight munchies. 
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Phone: 092-639-2895
Chez Jay, G/F, 49 Terrace, Sukhumvit Soi 49, Bangkok, Thailand

Nearest Train:

BTS Phrom Phong

Opening Hours:

Mon-Sat 5pm-1am

Open Since:

July, 2017
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