Behold, possibly the tastiest Cuban sandwich in town.
Almost one year on from opening, Sukhumvit Soi 11's hidden Cuban bar Havana Social has finally unveiled its second-floor cigar lounge.
The smaller room sticks to the bar's convincing mid-century Latin pastiche, with spare lighting, crumbling walls and vintage curios, and offers a more upbeat atmosphere than to your usual sedate lounges thanks to the sound of live music traveling up from downstairs. In short, it's a good place to sit and puff on a Cuban cigar without feeling too far from the party.
While the cigars are the main attraction—all Cuban with some 25 options, from Guantanamera Puritos (B165) through to Cohiba Siglo I (B1,285)—the bar also stocks a ton of new booze, mostly rum. Try the rum tasting flight (B300) for half-pours of three 12-year-old rums (Dictador, Diplamatico Reserva Exclusiva and Flor de Cana Centenario), grab a Mexican craft beer (our pick being the Day of the Dead Blond Ale, B240) or go all out with a B15,000 bottle of Diplomatico Ambassador.
Maybe the most exciting development, though, comes on the food front. Perched at the entrance to the bar is a little cart which serves probably the tastiest Cuban sandwiches (pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and a killer mustard, B280) in all of Bangkok. You can also order beef and spinach empinadas (B120 each) to your chair, too.
In related news, Soho Hospitality—the group behind Havana Social, as well as Above Eleven and Charcoal—will soon unveil Cantina BKK, a homey Italian restaurant on Aree Samphan Soi 3 that promises to be an upscale wine bistro. Expect pizza, pasta, plenty of affordable wine as well as house-made limoncello from the group's new head mixologist Davide Sambo. Set to open in September; get updates on their Instagram page.
Sukhumvit Soi 11, 087-066-7711. BTS Nana