These top-level cocktail bars are offering drinks for just B200 this week!
BK’s BAD Night Out is finally upon us. From Oct 30 onward, expect five straight weeks of cocktail-hopping at 40 of the city’s top bars—gin joints, hideaways, rooftops and BAD Award-baiting cocktail dens, all offering specially curated menus with three drinks going for a flat rate of B800++.
How does it work?
Each week (Wed-Sat), the selection of bars will change, allowing our readers try some of the cool venues we write about in BK. The event coincides with our annual nightlife showdown: the BAD Awards (you can see last year’s winners here), happening at the end of November.
You’ll have to book in advance through our website. When you arrive at the venue, they will give each member of the booking party three tickets that can be spent on cocktails created for BAD Night Out—you can split between friends, or drink all three yourself (we’re not judging).
Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
Here are the bars and drinks you can look forward to this week.
WEEK 1 (Oct 30-Nov 2)
Take a cushioned wicker armchair at the flowing wood bar and prepare to be mesmerized as head bartender Kei Sawada masterfully carves blocks of ice, blowtorches herbs and sprinkles curious ingredients from test tubes into exquisite Japanese hand-carved glasses. This is one of the best bars in the city by any measure.
36/5 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 083-019-9062. Open Mon-Sat 6pm-1am.
Must-try cocktail: The Wa-Gyu Thang Clan (A5 wagyu fat-washed Japanese whisky, salted caramel liqueur, Burdock-infused Cynar, chocolate bitters, orange bitters).
Bangkok’s beau monde are making a beeline up the rolling brass staircase of the Waldorf Astoria’s F&B suite and into this intimate cocktail den thanks not just to those stunning interiors by AvroKo, but also because head barman Michele Montauti has found his natural habitat: refined, spirit-forward, and with a strong nod to time-worn traditions.
56/F, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, 151 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-846-8888. Open daily 5pm-midnight.
Must-try cocktail: Waldorf (Michter’s bourbon, sweet vermouth infused with Thai basil and vanilla, bitter and cardamom maple syrup).
Rocking one of the largest selections of gins in the city, with more than 50 different varieties—including many craft labels—ABar Rooftop is the venue of choice for fans of the city’s most on-trend spirit.
Must-try cocktail: North Side (Rock Rose Original, kumquat, homemade tonic syrup, mint).
37-38/F, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, 199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, 02-059-5555. Open daily 5pm-1am, 7pm-1am
Bartenders labor over serious, booze-heavy cocktails amid a photogenic mix of wood, marble, brass and neon at this sexy little cocktail lounge. Funk, old-school hip-hop and R&B provide the soundtrack as you knock back glass after glass of drinks that are potent and in-your-face in all the right ways.
G/F, 72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7740, Open daily 6pm-2am.
Must-try cocktail: B.A.D Meets Evil (Smokey Monkey Shoulder, cardamom vermouth, cherry heering, bergamot, honey).
Sip on botanical cocktails while taking in the Bangkok skyline from one of the best 360-degree vantages in Silom and Sathorn, high up on the 32nd floor of Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse.
32/F, Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse, 262 Surawong Rd., 02-088-5666. Open daily 5pm-2am.
Must-try cocktail: BAD Night Daiquiri (white rum, elderflower, lime juice, passionfruit, vanilla).
Located in the middle of Nana on the seventh floor of The Key Premier hotel, Felicita is a modern spy-themed restaurant and bar, steeped in blue sapphire and black interiors with dim lighting.
12 Sukhumvit Soi 7, 02-255-1988.
Must-try cocktail: Felicita Margarita (Tequila Ocho, Triple Sec, homemade ginger extract, lime juice).
Cantina puts a modern, industrial spin on the brand’s original underground wine cellar style, with exposed brick walls and archways, strings of garlic, round faux-candle chandeliers and wooden tables reminiscent of the small eateries you find scattered throughout Italy. Drinks stick to a selection of classics made with Italian spirits, all crafted by Soho Hospitality’s mixologist, Davide Sambo.
Eleven, 26/3 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-821-5113. Open Sun-Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sat noon-3am
Must-try cocktail: Mirtillo Sour (Bacardi white rum, crème de cassis, Braulio amaro, Rinomato Americano vermouth, balsamic vinegar, citrus, egg white).
From the people behind The Meatchop, Saladang Dining Hall offers a refreshing take on traditional Thai comfort recipes in a sleek, warmly decorated setting close to leafy Lumphini Park. It’s a great place to warm up before checking out the Bangkok Screening Room or cash out with a nightcap.
14, 9-10 Sala Daeng Soi 1, 095-907-9947. Open Mon-Sat 11am-11pm.
Must-try cocktail: Monsoon Cup (Mekhong, Mahiki coconut liqueur, pandan, egg, coconut milk).