Bangkok’s vibrant bar scene has gotten so much attention over the last few years, not just for the mixologist-backed drinks they serve, but also for the tiny thrills they offer. Some of the city’s top bars are hidden gems with unmarked doors or require a code to get in, and part of the fun is trying to figure out how and where to find them.
Finding this Old Town speakeasy is certainly not easy. Walk along Phra Sumen Road and slow down when you see Brown Sugar jazz bar. A few steps away is a wooden door next to a spirit house. Step inside and go up to the third floor to access this charming, minimalist space that serves fruit-inflected, top-notch cocktails. Owner Anupas Premanuwat spent some time bartending in New York. Now that he’s back in Bangkok, he experiments with local ingredients to create unique and impeccably balanced drinks. The crowd can be quite varied, but mostly very artsy and chic locals with a smattering of expats and tourists.
469 Phra Sumen Rd.
This Asoke venue is dimly lit, intimate and, because of its narrow space, can get pretty crowded. But you know you’re always in good hands, whether you opt for one of the signature cocktails or leave it to the bartender to mix you a drink. If classics are your thing, Q&A has a passport book that can help you keep track of the 52 classic cocktails that they mix. Bookings are recommended.
235/13 Sukhumvit Soi 21
You need to find the locker room to get into this well-known space. (Hint: it’s right by Thonglor Soi 14.) Put up by a group of well-known bartenders who are serious about their craft, this intimate bar serves cocktails ranging from classic to modern under the concept of “past, present, and future.” The space is quite cozy and is perfect for first dates or to illustrate how fun Bangkok’s hidden bar scene can be.
406 Near Thonglor Soi 14
At this bar off Soi 11, you need to pick up the phone in front and ask for the code to get in. Inside, the atmosphere is lively and colorful. Killer mojitos, which many claim to be one of Bangkok’s best, plus a live Colombian band combine to heighten the mood. Check out their Facebook Page for fun events you can shake a leg on.
1/1 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Make your way to Piman 49 on Sukhumvit Soi 49 and take the elevator to the fourth floor. What will greet you when the doors open is a sleek, predominantly black room where refined, well-crafted cocktails take centerstage. (Don’t be surprised to find local exotic ingredients, such as water bugs or Thai finger roots, in your drink.) They must be doing something right because the head bartender Kitibordee “Gov” Chortubtimwas just declared the winner of Diageo Reserve World Class Thailand 2019.
Piman, Sukhumvit Soi 49