Sugar Ray was a mainstay in Ekkamai’s nightlife scene for a reason—its creative cocktails and rustic-meets-minimalist speakeasy vibe drew both eclectic hipsters and cocktail connoisseurs to the second floor of Baan Ekkamai. The bar, however, has just gone through a complete makeover, and it includes a new address on Sukhumvit Soi 24
Nana's slow but steady journey to gentrification pushes on with the opening of The Bar Upstairs, a new wine bar venture of Soho Hospitality, aka the people behind Havana Social and Above Eleven, as well as Brasserie Cordonnier, the French restaurant downstairs.
The folks behind umeshu institution PrumPlum and lowkey guest house Hostel Urby have ventured into the cocktail business, opening up a bar on the rooftop of the latter. French influences permeate this small cocktail joint, from its name, which means “good bar” in French (but also reads “upstairs bar” in Thai), to a gleaming neon sign lighting up a phrase that tempts you to get drunk in French, not to mention a French jazz playlist that makes you momentarily forget that you’re in Bangkok’s Chinese quarter.
While the main Thonglor stretch sees a line-up of weighty food and booze venues, the small alleys on the opposite side of Sukhumvit is home to more low-key hidden gems such as Blue Dye Cafe, a coffee shop-slash-glassware showroom located on Soi Sukhumvit 36. Recently, the brewing house launched a bar on its second floor, converting a small space that used to be the showroom for owner Kittipong Paiboonsombut’s denim clothing line