The buzz: Ashley Sutton is well on his way to becoming Thong Lor’s nightlife baron. After his Edwardian industrial fantasy (Iron Fairies) and his bluesy speakeasy (Fat Gut’z), he now fast-forwards into the 22nd century with Clouds, a techno-eco-inspired bar that’s already packing in Thong Lor’s beautiful people.

The décor: You’ll probably first notice the glass panes dotted with square tiles, or the sea of gently undulating Barbie dolls on the ceiling, or even the large open kitchen where an army of young men and women in white overalls and headlamps are either experimenting on stem cells or mixing drinks. But the concept is actually centered on the 80-year-old tree enshrined in the bar’s center. With its acrylic blocks showcasing decomposing leaves and futuristic looks, Clouds is meant to evoke a kind of museum for nature, in a world where it would have all but disappeared.

The music: A DJ mixes an energetic collection of electronica.

The crowd: It’s hip, it’s in Thong Lor—you get the picture.

The price: Cocktails B280-290,some of which come in fishbowls serving four (B1,250). Wines B250-350 by the glass and B1,600-2,500 by the bottle. Spirits B2,150-9,900 by the bottle.

Why you’ll come back? After doing “the best” burger and fish & chips at his previous ventures, Sutton now claims to have created the perfect pizza (B60-190—they’re sized more like snacks). The oregano, sea salt and olive oil’s salty crunch certainly calls for plenty of drinking, and after three Cloud 9s (a potent dragon fruit and vodka cocktail), you may be inclined to believe him. Gregoire Glachant

Venue Details
Address: Clouds, G/F, Seenspace, 251/1 Thonglor Soi 13, Bangkok,
Phone: 02-185-2365
Area: Thonglor
Open since: May, 2011
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