Phrom Phong's voodoo-themed bar.
The buzz: Set in an 80-year-old colonial-style house, the voodoo-themed bar Gypsy Spells brings a touch of mystery to Bangkok’s nightlife. It's run by the owner of next door's Myth of Mahanaga, from which you can order Thai cuisine. On top of live "gypsy jazz," weekends also see visits from a fortune teller.
The decor: Said to draw inspiration from Francois Girard's 1998 film The Red Violin (tracing the journey of an antique violin across three centuries), the vintage scene is set by dim lighting, candles and oversized tarot cards hanging on the wall. The smell of herbal incense lingers in the air. Upstairs are two private rooms, while a big outdoor area connects to Mahanaga restaurant.
The food & drinks: Cocktails come inspired by the zodiac signs—for example, the Pisces (B290), which mixes gin, peach schnapps, white wine, tonic and pomegrenate—while they also have 12 different mojito flavors (B290) to choose from, like passion fruit, grass jelly or cherry. Wine by the bottle starts at B1,300. Bar snacks include popcorn in truffle oil (B120) and crispy baked okra (B120), but you can also order chef Sophon "Tong" Nucharoen's modern Thai cuisine from Mahanaga, which includes some French and Japanese touches. Our recommendations include the larb salmon takoyaki (B280) and fried somtum with Thai rice noodles sushi (B280).
The music: Live jazz music every Friday night and blues every Saturday, starting from 8.30pm.
Why you should care: With its prime location in the heart of Sukhumvit, Gypsy Spells offers one of the more esoteric experiences in Bangkok. Mojito lovers will especially love the cocktails, while the food and live jazz are pretty impressive, too.