This rainy season, forget the espresso martini and try Bangkok's buzzing caffeine-fueled creations.
Coffee Negroni at Q&A (B390)
Q&A bar sticks closely to the classic recipe of this timeless drink using equal portions gin, vermouth and Campari, but adds a twist by having the mixture brewed for six hours with Ethiopian coffee beans. It's a combination of two of our favorite things: the bittersweet taste of Camapri and warm coffee flavor that lingers on the palate. They occasionally have a special version made using cold brew from Roots, too.
235/13 Sukhumvit Soi 21, 02-664-1445
The Great Grey at The Owl Society Whiskey Saloon (B360)
Ekkamai's new whiskey bar has Suchada “Fahbeer” Sopajaree (one of 2016’s 12 finalists at Diageo World Class Thailand Competition and previously behind Hugo Eatery & Bar) manning the bar. The Great Grey is the manliest choice out of her first set of three signature drinks. She uses Johnnie Walker Black Label as the base spirit, mixed with Cynar artichoke liqueur, port cherry and Patron XO Cafe. It’s a spirit-forward creation (think Negroni) comes with a nice coffee kick for aftertaste.
Sukhumvit Soi 61
Jet Lagged at Evil Man Blues (B490)
72 Courtyard is the hottest place in nightlife right now. The newly opened Evil Man Blues is a top pick for cocktails. It's manned by new-in-town bartender Liam Baer, who came up with this coffee-based drink we’re now obsessed with. Served in a coupe glass with cold brew ice cube, Jet Lagged is a spirit-forward cocktail made with bourbon, coffee liqueur, sweet vermouth, black walnut bitters and Grand Marnier. It tastes as fancy as it sounds.
72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor)
Chocogroni at Osito Unique Spanish (B250)
This is a great spot for gin enthusiasts. Martin Miller’s is the house pour, but the bar stocks another 50-plus bottles. Each is carefully selected for each cocktail, as in this cocoa negroni, which is based on Colombian Gin that's aged in rum barrels and carries a hint of vanilla. The negroni is made with sweet vermouth, white cacao syrup and cedar wood-infused Campari for a more smoky finish. It's garnished with orange and vanilla stick.
Mahatun Plaza, 888/23-24 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-651-4399. BTS Phloen Chit
Dusk till Dawn at Backstage Cocktail Bar