Why: Complete with a spacious lawn with big trees and bean bags, this spot is just made for day drinking. If you're worried about sweating, take a spot by the big windows inside where you enjoy the greenery in air-con comfort.
The drinks: Go for the B930 (net) bottles of wine, stick around for the happy hour (4-7pm): B60 draft Asahi, B100 glasses of wine and B120 G&Ts and cocktails.
64 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 098 870 7051. Open Tue-Sun 11am-11pm
Why: Open from 11am, this stunning candy pink brunch-and-cocktail spot comes with stunning decor, an infinity pool and a 360-degree indoor-outdoor bar.
The drinks: Go for tasty cocktails like the Baby shower (B250), with gin, lychee liqueur, Midori, lime, egg white, pineapple and flower blossom.
1/F, Craftsman Hotel, Paholyothin Soi 11, 02-279-7299 ext.55. Open daily 11am-11pm
Why: For brunch lovers, this is one classy all-day dining and drinking establishment thanks to its airy floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the surrounding greenery.
The drinks: Go for the signature Gimlet 137 (B320) for a refreshing taste of mangosteen, angostura bitters, and gin.
59/1 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-079-7134. Open daily 6am-midnight
Why: Located inside the Holiday Inn Hotel Chidlom, this vast, industrial warehouse-inspired venue is the ideal place to chill while waiting for your friends to finish shopping at CentralWorld.
The drinks: Over 70 labels of beer with prices starting from B95 (half a pint of Singha) rising to B750 for something fancy like a 650ml bottle of Frederick H, a tart wheat beer by Bruery Terreux.
Holiday Inn Bangkok, 971 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-656-0080. Open daily 10:30am-midnight
Why: With its al fresco faux lawn, you could almost pretend you’re drinking in the park. Plus, with 40 rotating brews on tap, and 50 more by the bottle, this spot houses one of Bangkok’s biggest craft beer selections.
The drinks: Expect familiar names like Deschutes, Rogue and Anderson Valley. Those who love hoppy, high-alcohol-content IPAs will find plenty to love here. Our pick of the bunch is the tangy and refreshing Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose wheat ale (starting at B260 per glass).
16 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-661-3220. Open daily noon-midnight
Why: Pretend to be cultured while you get sloshed at 11am at this swanky whiskey and cigar lounge-cum-art gallery—they even sell art books.
The drinks: Divided by region, the extravagant whiskey list includes the unmissable Michel Couvreur’s Clearach (B690/shot; B8,600/bottle), a French single malt whiskey aged in French cherry wood barrels for a sweet and flowery aroma. Beer drinkers can opt instead for imports like De Molen from the Netherlands (from B400).
1/F, Gaysorn Village, 999 Phloen Chit Rd., 080-587-9520. Open daily 11am-midnight
Why: This bottle shop offers a 100-strong selection of craft beer and cider to drink in or to go, plus three rotating taps. Delivery is also available.
The drinks: Try Oedipus Avatar (B235), a dry hopped lager; Stone Neverending Haze IPA (B240), a hazy session IPA; De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Hazelnoot (B350), a hazelnut imperial stout; or check out their draft beer, which currently includes the latest release from Eleventh Fort, Damaged Romance (B250/350ml)—get B40 off on all draft beers during happy hours (11am-2pm/5pm-7pm).
G/F, SK Tower, 858 Sukhumvit Rd., 092-887-7141. Open 11am-2pm, 5-11pm
Why: Located in the faraway badlands of Rama 9, you can get smashed at midday without ever being caught at this grungy, all-American shophouse. Plus, you can sober up with some of Bangkok’s best burgers before you leave.
The drinks: The host of craft beer logos plastering the bright orange walls indicate what you’re in for: Stone Head, Chalawan and Deschutes. Prices start at B200 for local craft beer.
598/66 Asoke Din Daeng Rd., 081-438 7221; 02-245-2965, Open Tue-Sun 11am-midnight
Why: The Phrom Phong branch of the asylum-themed craft beer bar rotates 13 taps with wickedly fresh beers from around the world and stocks hundreds more in bottles and cans in the fridge. This branch is bigger than the one in Mahatun Plaza, so more of your friends can join you for day drinking sessions.
The drinks: Beers on draft from global heavyweights like Grimm, Garage, Lervig and Melvin will set you back around B300-350.
593/27 Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, 02-258-1461, Open daily 11am-midnight
Why: Starting early can result in bankruptcy, so opt for the riverside’s cheapest and most cheerful bar, where you can grab a rickety seat overlooking the water and watch the world float by.
The drinks: A large Leo beer costs B100.
Soi Wat Suan Plu. Open daily 11-1am
Why: When it opened, this galley bar kickstarted Suan Phlu’s renaissance as a hip, low-rent alternative to Sathorn Soi 10-12. After 8pm, you’ll be lucky to get a seat, so why not get in there early, say 3pm? Happy hour runs daily from 4:30-6:30pm, with cocktails from B99 (as if you needed another excuse).
The drinks: Owner Bard Passapong brings his killer cocktail techniques to boozy, daytime-friendly craft coffee concoctions (from B240), or you can work your way through their extensive gin list.
454 Suanphlu Soi 1, 085-100-3608. Open Tue-Sun 3pm-midnight
Why: On Saturdays and Sundays, this playful “international izakaya” not only serves indulgent brunch food but also breakfast-friendly cocktails.
The drinks: Bloody Mary (B280), mimosa (B260) and the aptly-named Light in Mid-Day (vodka, ginger liqueur, vanilla, lemon; B280).
2/F, 72 Courtyard, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7790. Brunch is available Sat-Sun 11am-3pm
Why: Around since 1997, this British boozer may be a little hard to reach since moving from Soi 33 to Pattanakarn Road, but that only means it's further from the beer bellied tourists. It also has a third-floor rooftop.
The drinks: Don’t miss their house-made Pilsner (B240), low-carb Pilsner (B240) and IPA (B240)—head there on Mondays and Tuesdays for their beer buffet (three-hours of free-flow for B499 or B699 including wine), Wednesday for all-day happy hour prices and weekends for boozy breakfast cocktails.
1178 Pattanakarn Rd., 02-022-8025. Open Mon-Fri 11am-midnight, Sat-Sun 9am-midnight
Why: Board games, air hockey, and table tennis fill this adult playground, creating a hip atmosphere that’s very “startup rec room” (whitewashed bricks and street art).
The drinks: You can order craft beer (from B180 for half a pint), cocktails (from B350) and finger food like supreme nachos (B250).
Baan Silom, Silom Soi 19, 096-649-6919. Open daily 11-1am
Why: Thanks to its state-of-the-art wine dispenser, this Gaysorn bar is able to serve up to 40 bottles by the glass. We know you’d prefer a bottle but, at these prices, your wallet will thank you for abstaining.
The drinks: If you’re happy paying B300-450 per drink then you won’t feel out of place (and that’s for the full 150ml pours). Talking about variety, they also offer 30ml taster portions (B60-180) and 75ml half pours (B60-450).
2/F, Gaysorn, 999 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-656-1133. Open daily 11am-midnight
Why: Within staggering distance of BTS Phrom Phong, this long-running British pub is open from 9am. Pitch up for any big match or race and you’re guaranteed there’ll be a TV in prime sight showing it.
The drinks: Beer Chang on draft from B90, Guinness from B160 and house spirits from B140.
P.B Building, Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, 02-662-3390. Open 9am-midnight
Why: Day beds with views over Phloen Chit join a vast complex of restaurants and bars at this chilled-out spot, complete with neighboring bookstore-slash-coworking space, Open House.
The drinks: Tropical cocktails like the yellow mango and dill caipirinha (B320) and the spirit-forward Black Pearl Old Fashioned (Bourbon, black tea, creole bitters, dried fig, B390).
5/F, Central Embassy, Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5631. Open daily 11am-midnight
Why: Pirate chic meets industrial charm at this always-popular riverside watering hole. Old wooden crates form the bar, with lobster traps accessorizing the walls and sailboat hardware hanging from the ceiling. Tuck into bistro-style food and inventive cocktails like the Pina Colasi (Appleton Jamaican rum, fresh pineapple, orange and black pepper syrup, citrus and fresh young coconut foam).
The drinks: Beers range from B90-120 (by the bottle).
B/F, River City Shopping Complex, 23 Yotha Rd., 02-639-6305. Open daily 11am-midnight