BANGKOK BAR

Dark Bar

This late-night bar is styled like a mansion that’s been left to decay, and serves Jameson at prices from another era.

The buzz: Open just three nights a week (Wed, Fri and Sat), the newest project by Liberty Area One fashion boutique owner Nodnuanwan "Nod" Tatong boasts a rough interior, loose closing hours and decent prices, meaning it’s already packing out with Ekkamai-Thonglor’s edgier cliques.

The décor: The place is styled like some kind of decaying, time-capsule mansion. Half-a-dozen or so chandeliers drape from the ceiling (throwing out light far too moody to see if they're real), while the walls are peeling tableaux of black paint, bare brick and plaster. One wall is given over to a pantomime, MDF-cut-out bar, and another is dominated by a mirror that makes the minute space feel a lot bigger than it is. Though none of this really matters, since most of the guests are outside smoking on the big, second-story terrace.

The drinks: Jameson and other standard bottles. This is no fancy cocktail bar and we're not complaining, since the prices stay around B150 for a spirit with mixer. There are also a few bottled beers, including Beerlao at B150 and Leo at B100.

The crowd: One month in and already a big favorite with the same people you used to see at Moose and Happy Monday (which is right below). Danish rockers Iceage dropped by after their recent Bangkok gig, and their neo-90s punk styling felt right at home.

Why you’ll come back: Because Nod is a great host and the prices are spot on. That, and everywhere else nearby is likely to shut earlier. 

Venue Details
Address: Dark Bar, 2/F, Ekamai Mall, Ekkamai Soi 10, Bangkok,
Phone: 092-446-6298
Website: https://www.facebook.com/darkbarbangkok/
Area: Ekkamai
Open since: January, 2015
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 10pm-2am
Nearest trainBTS Thong Lo
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