Bangkok's up in smoke! Here are the places to find sheesha in flavors like fresh lemon, watermelon and vodka.
555/27 Sukhumvit Soi 39. 088-195-0094.
This rooftop bar treats sheesha like its cocktails. There’s a list of signatures from the sheesha master: Sweet Tonight (grape, strawberry, bubble gum and mint, B500) or Unicorn Pop (strawberry, bubble gum, peach and grape, B500). Or you can even ask for an additional vodka shot, milk or iced water in the pot as well. There are also the customized options ranging from B500-1,290, which allow you to craft your own sheesha recipe and have it served on your next visit.
Thonglor, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor). 02-714-8071.
Perfume's another venue for those who love their cocktails and sheesha equally. Interesting combinations come with the likes of orange, melon, berry and bubblegum with bases including bottled water for a clean taste and Coca-Cola, which makes for a really smooth smoke when paired with the apple-flavored shisha (B400).
396 Ekkamai Soi 24. 02-381-2396. www.facebook.com/hauscafexbar
Hidden away, almost at the end of Soi Ekkamai, this new place has taken over the beautiful building that formerly housed the now-defunct Parata Diamond. The original dark mood and tone remain, while the kitchen serves up Thai comfort dishes. It’s already proving popular with a younger crowd drawn by the chance to grab a sheesha and a drink out on the large terrace. Sheesha here is quite interesting through the use of fresh fruits like lemon, pineapple and berries to mix with normal blended flavors. We highly recommend the addition of lemon to the normal apple flavor (B500).
Rooftop/F, Grass, Thonglor Soi 12. 080-770-9800.
It's not only fancy cocktails that this rooftop bar puts its focus on. Myst also serves fresh sheesha with twists, too. Though the view is not particularly dramatic, given it’s only the fourth floor, the balcony still makes for a nice place to escape Thonglor’s din below. House-blended flavors of shisha are available at B400 for two hours, giving you the option to mix both the flavors and the water.
Opus Building, Thonglor Soi 10. 085-859-1515.
This place is not new at all but is a hugely popular spot for smokers. While it's just the place to get classic sheesha, it was also the very first place to introduce twists like sheesha and watermelon juice (B500). It also gets plus points for the traditional atmosphere and Bollywood soundtrack.