From wild honey to liquid popcorn, goat's milk to cheese foam—trust us, it all works!
Chinatown is proven to still be where it’s at with this cocktail joint by Teens of Thailand founder Niks Anuman-Rajadhon. The bar specializes in local, natural ingredients, usually foraged by Niks himself on hiking trips rather than from the market. Their new menu centers around wild honey, with each named after the bee their nectar comes from: the Giant Honey Bee combines Tio Pepe dry sherry, Sacred dry vermouth (something that Niks imports himself), fresh lime, tiger's ear mint, orange and prosecco (B300), while the Sting-less Bee features Wild Turkey bourbon, Rittenhouse Rye, Angostura bitters and pure coconut sugar (B340).
35 Soi Maitri Chit, 097-134-4704. Open Tue-Sun 7pm-1am
This tiny Chinese-themed bar hidden in the back roads of Phrom Phong offers the perfect cozy, intimate experience. Cocktails stay in keeping with the Chinatown theme, like the Jasmine tea-based Zhen Chen Martini (B380), mixed with gin and white wine, or the Ong (B380), which mixes salted plum, apple, raisin, cinnamon and lime with cognac and gin.
27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 33, 02-085-2788. Open Mon-Sat 6:30pm-1:30am
No, this hidden bar is not closed, it just moved to a new location in Thonglor! The menu still sticks to the same concept of "Past, Present and Future"—meaning one classic cocktail gets turned into two twisted versions. Start your night with the Cheese Platter (B420) cocktail—we know what you’re thinking, but trust us, it's tasty—a "present" twist on the classic Parisian (B390), mixing gin, dry vermouth, lemon juice, orgeat, and raspberry jam topped with a cheddar cheese foam and grated cracker. For a more spirit-forward cocktail, Dear Juan Gallardo (B420) is our favorite—a twist on The Matador (B390), combining earthy tequila and mezcal with sweet vermouth, creme de violet and a final spritz of fragrant rose water.
406 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 061-524-2689. Open daily 6pm-2am
This retro tropical bar hidden behind thick, pink curtains inside the fine-dining restaurant Prelude is a fun little spot to try cocktails with local flavors. Fresh, tropical and easy to drink, their Forest Flower offers an upgrade on your standard G&T with the addition of red shiso, elderflower and white wine vinegar (B350). The Lady Marmalade (B350) is another interesting option that mixes aged rum with orange marmalade and milk. If you're feeling indecisive, you can always go for the Mystery Box—a customized surprise by the bartender (B350).
2/F, Arena 10, Thonglor Soi 10, 061-384-1067. Open Tue-Sun 6pm-midnight
Our favorite late-night, fire-show spot on Sathorn Soi 10 has launched a new cocktail menu and it’s better than ever. Stepping away from the street food theme to something a little more refined and crafted, the tasty Banana Fashion (B333) combines banana-infused Diplomatico rum, sugar, and bitters, garnished with rum sous-vide-banana. Other must-tries are the Bull Kiss (B333) topped with vanilla Red Bull foam, or if you’re feeling a little crazy, the youcorn.com (B299)—basically the cocktail version of sweet and buttery popcorn.
50 Sathorn Soi 10, 02-235-4823. Open daily 7pm-2am
This tropical-leaning drinking den on Charoenkrung will celebrate its first anniversary this December, but until then, there's a new, grown-up cocktail menu to get excited about. If you think this is just a typical easy-drinking tiki bar, you’re wrong. The team has taken tropical cocktails to the next level through the use of a bunch of unusual techniques—the clear as crystal “milk punch” Tropicopop (B390) has everyone talking with its blend of Barcardi Carter Blanca rum, Diplomatico Planas rum, coconut water, lychee, lemon juice and goat's milk, all of which is run through coffee filter paper to get the clearest of liquid, garnished with a simple edible flower.
672/65 Charoenkrung Soi 28, 091-870-9825. Open Wed-Sun 7pm-1am
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