It might be a while until Bangkok bars welcome international mixologists for guest shifts once again, so why not take this opportunity to celebrate our homegrown talents instead? 

This week, drinks distributor Brand Connect is launching Bangkok Bar Swap, a series of events that will see the city's top bartenders shake things up with guests shifts across Bangkok. To add to the fun, the contest will be themed around the fighting video game series, Street Fighter, with a new “character” unlocked after each round and a PS4 on hand for guests can compete to win prizes.

Kicking things off, two of Tropic City’s finest will be heading over to Thonglor’s Backstage this Aug 26, with the second round seeing the swap reversed on Sep 2. Stay tuned for the next stage of the competition, which will see Ari’s The Key Room No. 72 take over the bar at Havana Social.

Aug 26, 8-11pm. Backstage Bar, L/F, Playhaus Thonglor, 205/22-23 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-712-5747