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The best bars in Bangkok for daytime drinking

Because midday is the new midnight.

By Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj | May 03, 2017

  • The best bars in Bangkok for daytime drinking

Craft

This semi-outdoor stall exclusively sells craft beers, with 40 labels on tap rotating monthly and 50 bottled varieties. Expect familiar names like Deschutes, Rogue and Anderson Valley, with a particular focus on hoppy, high-alcohol-content IPAs. One of our picks, The Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose (starting at B260 per glass), is made from an ancient German recipe and has a unique salty-grapefruit like flavor. There’s nothing like an ice-cold beer in the sun (just pray for no rain).

16 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-661-3220. Open daily 12pm-12am

Duke NEW!

Bangkok’s latest whiskey and cigar lounge is also a serious art gallery showing off the works of Thai talents. The huge list of whiskey is divided into different categories based on region. Order some of Michel Couvreur’s Clearach (B690/shot; B8,600/bottle), a French single malt whiskey aged in French cherry wood barrels for a sweet and flowery aroma, or an imported beer like De Molen from the Netherlands (from B400) while taking in pieces like Sarakin Krue-On’s Line Dance, an eye-catching papier-mache sculpture of six dancing women in pink blouses.
1/F, Gaysorn Village, 999 Phloen Chit Rd., 080-587-9520. Open daily 11am-midnight

Fatty's Bar and Diner

Situated in a grungy shop-house out in the Rama 9 badlands, Fatty’s Bar & Diner is the kind of place that pulls a steady and devoted following (mostly expats) while flying completely under the radar for most. That hasn’t stopped word seeping out about the quality of its all-American hotdogs, burgers and various other hot sandwiches, though. Inside you will see a ton of craft beer brand logos stickered all over the bright orange walls: Stone Head, Chalawan and Deschutes. Prices start at B200 for a Thai craft beer. Originally only opened in the evening, Fatty’s now wakes up for lunch—and of course, food is not the only thing they serve at 11am.

598/66 Asoke Din Daeng Rd., 081-438 7221; 02-245-2965, Open Tue-Sun 11am-midnight

Junker and Bar

Junker was one of the first places on the scene for the rebirth of Suan Phlu as a hip, low-rent alternative to Sathorn Soi 10-12. Its recipe is part WTF (crowds drinking on the street outside) and after 8pm on any given evening you’ll be lucky to get a seat right away. Recently, they’ve even started to open for breakfast from 8:30am(!), serving Vietnamese street food along with craft coffee made with owner Bard Passapong’s killer cocktail techniques. It’s never too early for one of his boozy concoctions (from B240), either.
454 Suanphlu Soi 1, 085-100-3608. Open Tue-Sun 8:30am-midnight
 

Nineteens Up NEW!

This adult playground not only serves drinks but also stocks plenty of games and activities—hence the name, the last year of teenage life. It all takes place in an atmosphere that’s very “startup rec room” (think whitewashed bricks and street art). The fun starts at B20 per person for a game of air hockey or pool and B60 per hour per person for any board game. Table tennis is free. You can also order craft beer (from B180 for half a pint), cocktails (from B350) and finger food like supreme nachos (B250).
Baan Silom, Silom Soi 19, 096-649-6919. Open daily 11-1am
Credit: Sergio Del Amo

Quince

Our Top Tables 2017 guide named Quince as Bangkok’s best brunch destination. Its got everything we want on a Sunday morning, be it a strong bloody Mary (B320), hummus with a sesame flatbread, a rabbit terrine accompanied by pickled veggies or a Campari and raspberry sorbet. But we’d be happy to make every day a Sunday here, thanks largely to that space: soaring ceilings, glass on three sides, rustic Casa Pagoda decor pieces and a little garden. Head barman Carson Quinn’s experimental cocktails certainly help, too. He has some secret cocktails that are not on the menu like the charred lime Mezcalita (B380) or triple whiskey old fashioned with cigar smoke and absinthe mist (B380).
Sukhumvit Soi 45, 02-662-4478. Open Mon-Fri 11am-midnight; Sat-Sun 10:30am-midnight
 

Riedel Wine Bar

This wine bar in Gaysorn comes equipped with a state-of-the-art wine dispenser which allows for up to 40 open bottles to be stored without oxidizing. The result is a huge list of wines to try by the glass rather than forking out for the bottle. If you’re happy paying B300-450 per drink then you won’t feel out of place, and that’s for the full 150ml pours. They also offer 30ml taster portions (B60-180) and 75ml half pours (B60-450). We say take a seat on the balcony overlooking CentralWorld.

2/F, Gaysorn, 999 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-656-1133. Open daily 11am-midnight

Viva Aviv

Pirate chic meets industrial charm at this always-popular riverside watering hole. Old wooden crates form the bar, with lobster traps accessorizing the walls and sailboat hardware hanging from the ceiling. Tuck into bistro-style food and inventive, well-made cocktails like the Pina Colasi (Appleton Jamaican rum, fresh pineapple, orange and black pepper syrup, citrus and fresh young coconut foam). Beers range from B90-120 (by the bottle). The river views: priceless.

B/F, River City Shopping Complex, 23 Yotha Rd., 02-639-6305. Open daily 11am-midnight

 

 

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