Just opened, Ninetails Bar & Booster
(148/1 Lad Phrao Rd., 096-859-9571) brings the the nightlife trend for all things moody and Chinese to Ladprao.
This two-story shop-house opposite Union Mall evokes lonely Hong Kong nights circa the 1980s. True to theme, the cocktails come laden with ingredients like plum, tea and chrysanthemum—try the deceptively smooth Ninetails Poison (hazelnut syrup, dark rum and Chinese tea, B180) or potent Curse of the Golden Flower (chrysanthemum juice, gin and vodka, B180). To eat, there are twisted Chinese snacks. For the full low-down on Ninetails, see here
While you're in the neighborhood, consider stopping by these other bars around Ladprao. There's also a handy map below.
Why go: Comforting Thai food and decor that looks ripped straight from the pages of the Three Little Pigs fairy tale.
Drink this: Huff&Puff (B260), a light drink that mixes Cognac VSOP, sweet vermouth, black tea, honey and lemon juice, served with a soft cracker topped with cabernet sauvignon jelly.
Phahon Yothin Soi 20, 098-965-4356. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight
Why go: Rising indie bands looking to make their name
Drink this: A big bottle of Leo beer at B95 or, better yet, a tower at B599.
Ladprao Soi 8, 081-173-3616, 085-146-8017, 086-866-8869. Open daily 6pm-12:30am
The Fat Cow
Why go: You’re hankering for some Thai craft beer and a big, juicy burger (B220) also seems like a good idea.
Drink this: Silom Beer IPA 6% (B150)
Ladprao Soi 15, 092-556-2876. Open daily midday-11pm
Why go: This neon-lit bar comes with freaky lounge-room vibes—think pictures of internet memes like Pepe the Frog and surreal video clips on loop.
Drink this: Taopiphop Ale Project Hurtster Saison (B170).
24/36 Ladprao Soi 21, 094-290-3299. Open Wed-Mon 6pm-midnight