The buzz: Located on the 24th and 25th floor of the freshly opened boutique Hotel Muse in Lang Suan, the Speakeasy follows the 1920s theme of the hotel with some prohibition era chic and a focus on serving classic cocktails.
The décor: Welcome to Boardwalk Empire. Level 24 is just a small balcony with a petite bar in the middle surrounded by stools. For something more leisurely, crash into monochrome sofas and take in the 180-degree views of the city. Up on the rooftop, fake grass and garden seats await, for when the summer heat is finally over.
The music: For better or for worse, they’re not playing anything from the 1920s. So expect bland pop indoors and a DJ spinning house on the rooftop.
The crowd: Surprisingly varied, from older tourists and Thais who just blew some cash at the Italian restaurant, Medici, downstairs to young moneyed execs from neighboring offices and even a few celebs bored with Aqua.
The price: Forgotten classics created by the mixologist behind the Nest Rooftop Lounge at Le Fenix Hotel. The taste lets the base spirit do the talking, so don’t expect a ton of syrup or flavorings. Strong and smooth, the Sazerac 1838 (B350) combines Jack Daniels, absinthe and bitter. Ladies might feel much more comfortable with a Brandy Crusta’s (B350) mix of Hennessy VSOP, orange curacao and bitters. White spirits are also available by the glass (B250-900) and bottle (B3,500-17,300). Whiskey from B250 by the glass. And if you need to soak up the booze, there are tapas dishes like calamari (B140), lamb kebab (B140) and Italian sausages (B130). Through Aug 31, they have a special deal though: just say “Sticky Fingers” to get tapas dishes from B89 per dish and “Who Hef?” for 15% discounts on drinks and cigars at the Blind Pig Cigar Lounge (reservations required).
Why you’ll come back: Stunning rooftop views, authentic cocktails that pack a punch and a décor with genuine personality. Vasachol Quadri
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