A bar-slash-art gallery in Ratchathewi where cocktails and art transcend the limits
Ratchathewi, an area that’s notorious for run-down dive bars highly popular among university students, has recently welcomed what is probably its first quality cocktail den, where both the libations and creative decor promise to blow your mind.
Set in a shophouse that used to house an art gallery of the same name, Figure 8 is a visually disturbing, yet inviting, space dominated by a rather sleazy red neon glow that’s even more enhanced by flickering, melted wax candles—the setting may remind you of a religious cult gathering in a red-light district (in case you’ve ever been to one). Occupying much of the lounge area are art installations created by one of the owners and inspired by French romantic poet Charles Baudelaire’s masterpiece, Fleurs du Mal, including a giant cross hanging from the ceiling that’s restrained by shibari-style bondage ropes, and embellished Goth-inspired frames.
The cocktails are the creation of Prince Armornkunathum, one of the people behind Sugar Ray cocktail bar in Ekkamai and Thaipioka in Thonglor. Each concoction is funkily named after famous artists, or musicians or one of their songs. Japanese queen of polka dots, Yayoi Kusama, inspires a silky-smooth blend with a hint of umeshu and yoghurt (B330), while Imagine by Yoko Ono is a refreshingly delicious mix of gin, Campari, honey, lime juice and grapefruit. If you’re look for a stronger option, go for the Figure 8, which is named after crooner Elliot Smith’s hit song. The gin-based cocktail puts a twist on the Rob Roy with the injection of cherry liqueur (B330). Yadong (herb-infused spirits) are also offered as shots or highball-style (B200).
Make sure to keep your eyes on the bar's Facebook page as Figure 8 occasionally becomes a playgound for young budding artists and breakthrough deejays to showcase their talents.
|Venue name:||Figure 8|
Soi Petchaburi 13
|Opening hours:||Open Tue-Sun 17:00-24:00|