The Time Out gift guide 2017
Season’s greetings, Bangkok! Still looking for year-end gift inspiration? Relax – we’ve sorted out. The Time Out Bangkok gift guide is packed with ideas sure to satisfy everyone, from your grumpy mom to really picky friends. Enjoy! (Click the tab below to see more categories)
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Golden Coins Taproom
After ardous attempts to make their brand legit in Thailand, Golden Coins take things a step further by bringing their kegs to a taproom concept with an eponymous named bar. It was a long journey for founder Pieak Pipattanaphon, who started the brand in 2011, pioneering the local craft beer industry and becoming one of the first-talked about Thai craft beers. In 2015, he opend Let The Boy Die in the Chinatown, the first bar in Bangkok to serve only Thai craft beer on tap. The future of Thai craft beer still remains uncertain, with many Thai brewers, including Golden Coins, needing to partner up with local breweries in neighboring countries to produce batches of beer before importing them back to Thailand just to make the entire process more legal. Replacing the old spot of Butterscotch ice cream shop at Ekkamai Shopping Mall, Golden Coins Taproom features six taps dedicated to the brand's different beer styles (in the future you can expect more brews on rotation). Golden Coins is known for their IPA and Pale Ale beers, and beer lovers would do themselves a favor by trying the Wish Do, an American-style Pale Ale brew. The Happy Stout is another blockbuster. Containing five percent stout, this style is easy to drink and smells just like cookies and cream — it may actually be a little too sweet if you're more into bitter IPAs. (Beers start from B180/glass.) The food menu has more variety than in Let The Boy Die, combining a range of beer chow from all over the world. You can
Flûte A Perrier-Jouët Bar
Sky Bar and Sirocco, two notable establishments at The Dome at Lebua, have topped the lists of Asia’s – if not the world’s – best rooftop dining and drinking venues over the recent years. Last year, Lebua decided to team up with Pernord Ricard in a project meant to elevate the sky-high drinking experience even more. After talks and discussions, the project was revealed as Flûte A Perrier-Jouët Bar, the world’s highest bar of its kind. Set on the 64th floor of the State Tower Buiding, the sophisticated bar is located right at the entrance to Sky Bar and Sirocco. From the lit-up bar adorned with elegant butterfly patterns, lush green cushions, and exclusive Champagne glasses decorated with golden butterflies, it’s not too difficult to guess that the space was designed to cater more to ladies who look for the finer things in life. The Champagne selection includes Perrier-Jouet Blanc de Blancs, Cuvée Belle Époque Brut & Rosé, G.H. Mumm Cuvée R. Lalou (B40,000/bottle), G.H. Mumm Grand Cru Brut Selection (B21,000/bottle), Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé (B18,000/bottle) – all of which are available exclusively here. Some of the world’s finest caviar – Beluga Imperial (30g, B40,000), Beluga Special Reserve (30g, B70,000) and Ossetra Special Reserve (30g, B44,000) – are available to compliment the expensive bubbly. With limited seats, the privilege of tasting exclusive Champagne belongs to only a few guests per night.
Stepping into their second anniversary in November, one of Bangkok’s most stylish cocktail bars, Vogue Lounge, offers a solid reason why you should pay them a revisit: a new barman. Everyone's favorite bartender, Hideyuki Saito, has left Vogue Lounge to open his own joint, Bronx Liquid Parlour, on Thonglor Soi 25, providing a chance for new mixman, Francesco Moretti, to shine in the spotlight. Moretti is no stranger to Asia's drinking scene. He’s tended the bar in many watering holes, including the famous Bar Rouge in Shanghai where he made his fame with “fire magic" (he really set fire to his drinks). He set foot in Bangkok two years ago to consult with Char Bangkok and Pirate Chambre during their opening periods, and decided to settle in the city. In Bangkok, Moretti begins a new chapter in his life by infusing classic concoctions with local flavors and aromas. Try Oh Beautiful (B340), one of his signatures, a well-rounded sweet and sour concoction that mixes pineapple skin-infused tequila with house-made pandan syrup, fresh pineapple juice, egg whites, Galliano vanilla syrup and fresh lemon juice. The vaporizer by the bar is not there to merely set the mood. Lemon bitters are placed inside and the scent that is produced is used to wash a pipe-shaped serving glass for a cocktail called This is Not a Pipe (mezcal, white rum, apple juice, amaretto, chocolate bitters and lemon juice, B360). For something a little rough, the Gold Fashioned (B380) plays up a classic drink with
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When Eddie Redmayne first started acting professionally after Cambridge, he half expected to get a call from the Harry Potter casting agent. With a ginger tinge, he thought he might be in with a shot of playing a minor Weasley. ‘Sadly, it never happened!’ he says. This is typical Redmayne. He has landed the role of a lifetime in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, JK Rowling’s new film set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. The film’s producer says that he was the first and only choice to play magician Newt Scamander. And yet, here he is with a nice line in self-deprecating humour. We meet at 9am at Claridge’s. It’s Redmayne’s first day back at work after paternity leave. His wife Hannah gave birth to their first child, Iris, in June. He says he’s knackered, but he’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, grinning ear to ear. The 34-year-old Londoner has a lot to smile about. Last year he pocketed the Best Actor Oscar for his gorgeous portrayal of Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’. Now, he’s gone and bagged – or briefcased – the lead in ‘Fantastic Beasts’. JK Rowling has written the script (her first) for the film, which finds eccentric magician Newt arriving in 1920s New York with a case full of misbehaving magical creatures. During the hour we spend chatting, the only time a cloud passes over Redmayne’s face is when he thinks he might have let slip something about ‘Fantastic Beasts’ he shouldn’t have (he hasn’t). He glances at the door as if heavies might
Where to stay in Bangkok
One of the franchise of the well-known W Hotel, W Bangkok integrated Thai Culture with Western style beautifully throughout the hotel and its facilities. A Boxing ring is used to separate the VIP zone at Woobar. The elevator is decorated colorfully inspired by the light of Tuk Tuk. Hanuman, from Thai myth, welcomes all the guest in front of SWEAT fitness. Not to mention their exquisite service, W retains their concept of Whatever/Whenever to keep all customer pleased.
The restaurant has everything from familiar menus such as Nam Prik Long Rua serving together with vegetables, Thai omlette and bitter melon soup with minced pork. The others are quite rare to see in normal Thai restaurant. The best bet would be Pla Haeng Tangmo, diced watermelon with crispy little fish is perfect for summer while Kanom Pa Pai, the rare Thai dessert making of green beans is so yummy that 5 pieces are barely enough. Here also serves monthly special menu as Khao Chae in April. We’re still waiting for the new menu in May but we are so ready for this mysterious dish.
Silom Art Hostel
Silom Art Hostel changes your mind about all hostels being “risky, too public and dissatisfying.” Giving off the vibe of a boutique hotel, this colorful, unique four-story building was decorated by an experienced architect who plays a big role in designing many of the city’s upscale hotels. Here, the desire and imagination inspired by Bangkok is reflected in every little detail. The mezzanine features a cozy TV room and a small sized business center, as well as a comfy-looking hammock. Different types of rooms are available: shared rooms and bathrooms, ensuite rooms with twin beds or king-sized beds. The fourth floor houses the women’s dormitory, which requires a keycard to enter. Ladies don’t have to worry about security anymore.