The old home of Overground
has gotten a swanky facelift in this shimmering and velvet cocktail bar.
The decor: As with the former venue, you enter Luna Lounge by following a set of narrow stairs onto a terrace. That’s where the familiarity stops, because the decor of this new cocktail bar is full-on. The ceiling’s an undulating mass of textured paper lit up from within, making it look like you’re dancing under cloud cover on a full-moon night. The couches are Chesterfields, lending a cigar-lounge effect offset by velvet upholstery and plush pillows in different colors. The result? Very “Sukhumvit Soi 22.”
The drinks: Serbian head bartender and bar manager Ivan Stojanovic has stepped right off a six-year stint on a cruise ship and into the Bangkok bar scene. His bar menu currently features five signature cocktails, with more to come (and go) each month. The drinks are mostly simple, straight-shooters with bold flavors, like the Crater In The Head, a fiery concoction of dried chili-infused tequila, Southern Comfort, Grand Marnier, passion fruit, orange juice, lime juice, watermelon syrup, all garnished with more chili. That spiciness went down well with the tiki-toned Green Alien (Havana Club 3yo rum, Malibu, Midori, banana liquor, pineapple and almond syrup). All signature cocktails are B300, and classics go for B280. Arriving with the new year is a tapas menu.
The crowd: The usual suspects of Soi 22: older farangs out for a good time and locals more interested in a juicy drink than highfalutin mixology and cocktail awards.
The music: It varies by the night, but typically a fist-pumping mishmash of progressive house, techno and hip-hop.
Why you should care: This bar is in its element on Soi 22, and as such is a perfect use of Overground’s former space. If ever we were to frequent this neighborhood on a night out, Luna Lounge is where we’d pre-game.