Indie music scenesters get a new playground.
The buzz: With NOMA, which stands for “Now Our Mother’s Angry,” Kawee "May" Soontornwan (of gig promoters Medium Rare) and his friends have taken the space once Cosmic Cafe and turned it again into a stomping ground of music industry insiders that feels like a friend’s house party.
The decor: Just as grungy as its predecessor, NOMA is “house party” to a T, from mismatched glassware and wall scrawl to mid-century sofas and neon lighting, all of it capped off with a David Bowie poster and a mingle-ready indie soundtrack (Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" and other Trainspotting alt-hits dominated our last visit).
The drinks: They might come in coffee cups or wine glasses, but count on the drinks being boozy childhood throwbacks like the Psycho Tropical Yoghurt (gin, yoghurt, egg whites and pineapple, B160), the Jam on a Toast (vodka, orange and blackberry jam, and gummy bears, B160) or (entering adolescence here) the Dirty Stache (whiskey, smoked coconut milk, Nutella and pineapple juice, B180).
Why you should care: It’s the heart of the indie music scene—both industry and fandom—so come for your people and the quality live music. Neon Boonyadhammakul