From swanky Thonglor nightclubs to rooftop bars in Silom with unmatched views, Time Out Bangkok searched through the city to find the greatest mixologists with their unrivaled cocktail concoctions. Scroll down for the list of our favorite cocktail bars in Bangkok.
The best cocktail bars in Bangkok
Discover the sassiest mojito and the most delicious margarita at these cocktail bars in Bangkok.
The best cocktail bars in Bangkok
This cozy bar on the lobby level of Playhaus Thonglor Boutique Hotel was given a revamp by six of Bangkok’s leading bartenders. The entire venue is decorated after four famous stage plays including Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the Rattanakosin-era epic See Pan Din.
Run by the same team behind cult favorite Sugarray Bar in Ekkamai Soi 21, Q&A serves innovative cocktails within a setting reminiscent of a vintage train carriage. The bar is nestled inside a little alley on Sukhumvit Soi 21 with just a little sign above a green marble wall to give you a hint.
Four Asian superstar bartenders behind the popular #Findthelockerroom in Thonglor—Colin Chia of Singapore’s Nutmeg & Clove, Hidetsugu Ueno of Tokyo’s Bar High Five, Nick Wu of Bar Mood Taipei and our own Ronnaporn “Neung” Kanivichaporn—has opened a new speakeasy that is hidden behind a photo booth in Soi Sukhumvit 11.
Situated on party street, Sukhumvit Soi 11, Havana Social keeps itself unseen, hiding behind a telephone booth and requiring a secret code to get in. The interior presents an interpretation of pre-revolution Cuba in the ′40s, said to have been the “Las Vegas of the Caribbean” at that time.
For first-timers, the experience of discovering this hidden gem in the Old Town can be quite spine-tingling. In a small alley by Brown Sugar jazz bar is an abandoned-looking building that sits behind a spirit house (it’s an ideal setting for a Thai horror film). A heavy gate leads to a spooky stairway that climbs up to a third floor.
Set on the top floors of the swish Rosewood Bangkok is another addition to Bangkok’s long list of speakeasies. Lennon’s indulges the audiophile’s whims by celebrating those good old days when listening to music was considered an art form. Nostalgia is evoked in a setting reminiscent of a 1950s home-recording studio and a drinks list that features all-time classics.
The brainchild of four award-winning Asian bartenders—Colin Chia of Singapore’s Nutmeg & Clove, Hidetsugu Ueno of Tokyo’s Bar High Five, Nick Wu of Taipei’s East End and our own Ronnaporn “Neung” Kanivichaporn of Backstage Cocktail Bar—this bar takes the speakeasy theme very seriously, not only with its hidden location, but also the fact that it doesn’t even have a name.
Located behind a wooden door next to Ainu Japanese restaurant, Rabbit Hole is a three-story bar that retains the rustic structure of its converted shop house shell but revels in a luxurious renovation involving polished copper and brass. Whiskey fans can pick their favorite from a selection of bottles straddling the copper rack behind the bar.
Located on Soi Nana in China Town, this gin bar is hidden behind a big wooden door just waiting to be discovered. This place serves almost 80 gin-based drinks (the drinks list changes daily, mind you). Plus, its mixologist, Niks Anuman-Rajadhon, is always there to make sure you have a good time.
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.