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Four Bangkok cocktail hot spots launch new menus

This weekend was made for Freebird, Just a Drink Maybe, Rabbit Hole and Vesper.

By Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj | Aug 08, 2017

  • Four Bangkok cocktail hot spots launch new menus
    Freebird

Freebird

After former head bartender Wareewan “Oil” Yodkamol jumped ship for Sathorn’s Bunker, this Australian restaurant recruited Montrey “Win” Kumphai, previously of the St. Regis hotel’s bar. His new drinks keep up with the restaurant’s fresh theme. Get the White Magic (B340) for an aromatic mix of basil, thyme and dehydrated lime. The Corretto Coffee (B360) is perfect for a hungover weekend brunch, a nice balance of espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur and coconut liqueur, topped with milk foam and cocoa powder. 
28 Sukhumvit Soi 47, 02-662-4936
 

Just A Drink Maybe

Three months after opening, this Thonglor gin hub has already announced the second, much easier to understand iteration of its menu. Drinks are placed around a wheel divided into four flavor profiles: sweet, sour, smooth and bitter/earthy. Try the well balanced, sweet and sour BBQ Maybe (B350), which features Chinese dried meat-infused gin, lemon juice, Taiwanese black tea syrup, red wine vinegar, egg white and crushed peppercorns, served with barbecue chips. Rum fans should try the deceptively simple Kungfu Tofu, Maybe Not (B350)—tofu-infused rum, coconut water and peanut syrup.
44/3 Thonglor Soi 1, 02-023-7285
 

Rabbit Hole

The new menu from this Thonglor speakeasy also aims to make your drink selection simpler. By splitting the menu into categories—Spirit Forward, Dry, Fragranced and Savory—you can know what kind of flavor to expect. Each category contains 7-10 cocktails, both signatures and classics with small twists. For something basic yet very aromatic, we recommend Goma (B380), which includes roasted black sesame sous-vide Nicaragua rum, coconut water and lotus flower syrup.
125 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 081-822-3392, 098-969-1335
 

Vesper

Palm Muttaratana has been leading the bar at Vesper since Milk Pailin left for St. Regis’s Zuma, and it’s time he launches his own cocktail menu. To go with Milk’s “The Art Book” (each cocktail takes inspiration from a historic painting), Palm reinterprets 15  “modern classic” drinks. Among them you’ll find the White Negroni (B370, invented by Wayne Collins at VinExpo in Bordeaux, 2001), a drink that combines Tanqueray gin, Carpano Bianco Vermouth and Luxardo Bitters Bianco (Italian herb bitters).
10/15 Convent Rd., 02-235-2777
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