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Koi

The swanky Japanese party lounge returns in Sathorn. 

You might remember Koi from its Sukhumvit days as the place where models went to get free drinks.

Now, the California-born brand has taken over what was once the 39th-floor restaurant at Ku De Ta, where it dishes out fusion-y, Japanese comfort food—spicy tuna on crispy rice cakes (B450), wagyu beef with mashed potatoes and fried rice (B1,300).

The long, narrow space retains its sultry, lounge-bar ambience with leather upholstered seats and a deeply polished bar. Stop here to sip on the Lychee Rose Martini (B380)—a mix of vodka and lychee liquer—before heading into the club at Ce La Vie. 

The buzz: This swanky Japanese party lounge is not only a part of Sathorn’s Koi restaurant but is also connected to new next-door hotspot, The Club by Koi (a takeover from former Cé la Vie).

The drinks: Koi specializes in perfectly-executed cocktails with a twist. This branch’s own signature gin-based cocktail, Midnight Train to Sathorn (B380), takes its name from the BTS closing time and packs a refreshingly zingy punch with grapefruit juice and lime. The Japanese-inspired Zetsumyu (B380) lives up to its name—literally translating as ‘superb’—and comes prettily garnished with Koi’s homemade dehydrated pineapple and berries. Its egg-white base gives it a delicious thickness, with a heavy dose of bourbon, sweet elderflower and honey truffle, all offset perfectly with tangy pineapple juice and lime. The Tokyo-Hattan (B380) takes new a spin on the classic Manhattan, using Japanese whiskey instead of the traditional rye, mixed with gin and cherry liquor. Not into cocktails? Check out their Japanese whisky selection, starting from the entry-level Black Nikka (B350/glass) to the premium 18-year-old Yamazaki (B3,500/glass).

The decor: Red neon strips form a circle on the ceiling representative of the Land of the Rising Sun, whilst an abundance of leather upholstered seating gives a sleek and sultry ambience. The bar feels modern, with natural touches giving a feeling of Zen. Although the space may be small, you’ll feel anything but claustrophobic with its stunning skyscraper backdrop.

The music: A mix of deep house sounds pump out from the DJ booth.

The crowd: As to be expected, Koi is a celebrity and model hotspot that attracts a trendy hi-so crowd.

Why you should care: Located inside the famous Japanese-Californian fusion restaurant, as well as being connected to their nightclub right next door, you can float seamlessly from dinner to drinks to party, making this the perfect spot for a night of excess.

Venue Details
Address: Koi, 39/F, Sathorn Square, Narathiwas Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: 02-036-8899
Website: koirestaurantbkk.com
Area: Sathorn
Cuisine: Fusion, Japanese
Price Range: BBBB
Open since: April, 2018
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat 6pm-2am
Reservation recommended, Parking available
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