BK's annual B.A.D. Awards is all about toasting the best in Bangkok nightlife. Here are some of our top places to celebrate the finer things in life—cigar in one hand, snifter of whiskey in the other.


The Balvenie Lounge


Lurking in the rafters above a cigar and spirits-specializing boutique, this offshoot bar from the renowned Speyside whiskey lets you pull up a rich, tobacco-leather wingback and knock back 35-year-old single malts with some of the best smokes from Latin America.

2/F, Cohiba Atmosphere, 63/3 Soi Ruamrudee, Phloen Chit Rd. 02-650-9006. Mon-Sat 11am-midnight.


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La Casa del Habano 

This intimate time-capsule of a cigar lounge mixes safari chic and gentlemen’s club stateliness—a colonial throwback in keeping with the hotel in which it sits. This was the first official retailer of Habanos cigars in Thailand, and today you can select from a range of 300 cigars (all Cubans). Pair your choice with one of the rare liquors in stock or order in one of the creative Thai concoctions from the adjoining Bamboo Bar.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 48 Oriental Avenue, 02-267-1596. Open daily 12pm-1am.

Character Whisky & Cigar Bar 

A hardwood and leather homage to the Oriental Express, this den of cigars and single malts is a slick operation. Fedora-wearing attendants are quick to prep or relight your hand-rolled cigar (Nicaraguans, Hondurans, Dominicans), while there’s an exhaustive list of Scotch for company.
G/F, Anantara Siam Hotel, 155 Rajdamri Rd., 02-254-4726. Open Mon-Sat 1pm-midnight
32/F, Compass SkyView Hotel, 12 Sukhumvit Soi 24, 02-011-1133. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight.



Whether you want cigars from Cuba, the Dominican Republic or other prominent producers, they’ll have it. It’s also an art gallery, showcasing local talent whose work stretches from eye-catching papier-mache sculptures to grand, statement oil paintings. Big-spenders take out membership packages, which run into the hundreds of thousands and furnish you with ample credit at the bar.

Gaysorn Village, 999 Phloen Chit Rd. 080-587-95200. Open daily 11am-midnight. 


After an era of fancy cigar and whiskey lounges being available in five-star hotels only, came Whisgars. In this standalone, they put the focus on non-Cuban cigars (while most other places focus on Cubans) claiming that the region’s other producers actually offer better quality. 
16 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-661-3220. Open daily 2pm-2am. 

B.A.D. Awards is BK Magazine's annual guide to all that's good in Bangkok nightlife. Read the full list here or download the PDF version here