Bars & Pubs

Time Out's definitive guide for the best places to drink in Bangkok

Best indoor sky bars in Bangkok
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Best indoor sky bars in Bangkok

Don’t let the rain ruin happy hour. These walled-in bars promise a memorable sky-high drinking experience in all conditions

Bangkok's best new bar openings this month
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Bangkok's best new bar openings this month

Speakeasy, beer bars, gin bars, cocktail bars–you name it

The best beer bars in Bangkok
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The best beer bars in Bangkok

Beer bars have been popping up all over Bangkok, especially in the past five years. And because we believe that happy hour should start with heavenly hops, we’ve scoped out the places that serve the best malted tipples in the city.

Best speakeasy bars in Bangkok
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Best speakeasy bars in Bangkok

A watering hole hidden behind a discreet entryway is no longer a novelty. The thrill of discovering a joint’s secret entrance only works the first time, but it’s the love, passion, and ideas that go into creating the bar and its spirits-fuelled concoctions that will keep luring you back. And these bars are that kind of place. 

The best rooftop bars in Bangkok
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The best rooftop bars in Bangkok

See how Bangkok actually looks beneath your feet at the city’s best rooftop bars. 

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Crimson Room
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Crimson Room

A theater-themed jazz bar in Langsuan that’s set to wow

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Talk of The Town
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Talk of The Town

You certainly won’t miss this newly opened bar at Phrakanong lifestyle complex W District

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Copper Bar
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Copper Bar

Seating yourself on one of these gilded barstools allows a front-row view to owner Fabio Brugnolaro’s impressive mixology ministrations

Alonetogether
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Alonetogether

The peeps behind Sugar Ray, the city’s coolest hidden gem, have collaborated with the owner of old town speakeasy Ku Bar to open a jazz bar

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars

The best bars and pubs in Bangkok

The best cocktail bars in Bangkok
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The best cocktail bars in Bangkok

Click for the list of our favorite cocktail bars in Bangkok

The best beer bars in Bangkok
Bars

The best beer bars in Bangkok

Beer bars have been popping up all over Bangkok, especially in the past five years. And because we believe that happy hour should start with heavenly hops, we’ve scoped out the places that serve the best malted tipples in the city.

The 88
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The 88

Since barbecue specialist Smokin’ Pug said farewell to Surawong Road for a more spacious outpost in Soi Langsuan, the edgy vibe has gone missing from an area that’s notoriously filled with tourist traps (think knock-off souvenir shops and those kinds of massage parlors). Luckily, the vacant space was quickly filled up by a new tenant. And it’s a cool cocktail bar that strongly focuses on American-style cocktails. This new watering hole, which sits in shophouse number 88 on Surawong Road, has done its best to keep Smokin’ Pug’s grit, retaining the former restaurant’s faux brick and exposed concrete walls. What’s new to the space are a welcoming American diner-style neon sign spelling out the bar’s name out front and high-reaching shelves storing a bevy of booze selections. New York-hailing bartender Eric Stephenson brings American-style cocktails to the fore with minimally garnished creations that allow flavors to take the lead. The menu is categorized into four sections based on a drink’s characteristics and flavor profile—sour, carbonated tropical and aromatized (cocktails that have been injected with aromatized wine like vermouth)—and revolves around lesser-known, forgotten classics as well as some modern and regional numbers (Penicillin and Malaysia’s Jungle Bird, for example). Rare tipples include the spirits-forward Yacht Club, slightly adapted from David Embury’s original recipe that combines Diplomatico aged rum, house-blended vermouth (a mix of sherry-based and cla

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
ABar & ABar Rooftop
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ABar & ABar Rooftop

Posh hotel bars that serve great cocktails are, in most cases, rare in Bangkok. (We usually encounter juice-heavy numbers that skimp on booze). But new waves of establishments, including Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, are doing their best to change this situation. Launched alongside the highly anticipated Akira Back restaurant, ABar impressively combines style with substance by pulling off well-rounded libations in two distinct venues: a Victorian-themed drinking palace and a rooftop drinking space up above. Upon entering the bar, your eyes are met with awe-inspiring, moodily lit interiors that make the most of dark wood, black marble and brass details to pay tribute to Victorian London aesthetics and gritty retro-Manhattan elements. (The whole thing looks like something straight out of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.) The outdoor terrace, fitted with apothecary-like cabinets, provide an area for puffing on vintage cigars while looking out to Sukhumvit’s glittering skyscrapers. The bar is helmed by Rojanat Chareonsri, who honed his skills at Nopa Kitchen + Bar in Washington DC and Fillets in Bangkok. The cocktails put the focus on premium dark spirits, so expect whiskey, rum and cognac to make their way into your drink (though we also noticed a couple of gin-based items). Study in Stone is a sour with Nusa Cana rum, sherry cream, citrus oleo saccharum (macerated lemon oil) and lemon (B415). Another offering, The Oxford, smartly reinvents the class

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars