Find the Photo Booth
Time Out says
The spotlight is back on Sukhumvit 11, thanks to a new speakeasy concealed behind a photobooth
Sukhumvit Soi 11 is notorious for its crowded dance clubs and raucous sports bars—not exactly the ideal destination for serious cocktail appreciation. But the 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—is looking to change the area’s reputation with the opening of a new speakeasy that, this time, is hidden behind a photo booth.
Accessing the bar is not too difficult, though it requires quite an effort on your first visit. The bar won’t come up in any navigating applications, so don’t bother using GPS. Here’s what you need to do instead: locate 8 On Eleven near Grand President Hotel and climb up the stairs to the second floor. You will find Score Bar where you can watch ball games or play pool and beer-pong—or you can just walk to the end of the room and find yourself in front of a photo booth. This is it. The entrance is automatically activated, and you’d need to take a self-portrait (take as many as you like) before swinging open the door (we won’t spoil the fun by telling you exactly how to do it).
An eerie darkroom filled with light-sensitive photographic items greets you once you’ve managed to get inside. Continue down the hallway to a cocktail chamber that features sleek black marble bar tops and posh-looking leather seats.
The drinks list revolves around a creative cocktail program that involves classic versions and corresponding Thai-influenced alternatives. Take the Vesper martini as an example (B360). James Bond’s preferred poison takes on a Thai twist as Bond Loved Jasmine, a smoother version of the Vesper martini that combines jasmine-infused vermouth and chrysanthemum bitters (B390). (For a perfectly diluted drink, the throwing technique is applied to the vodka- and gin-based classic instead of the shaking Mr. Bond requires.)
Red Hook is a classic that pays tribute to the same-named Brooklyn neighborhood with a heady combination of rye whiskey, Punt e Mes vermouth and maraschino liqueur (B360). At #Findthephotobooth, the cocktail is transformed into Got Hooked in Sukhumvit 11 with the injection of house-made Thai herb-infused Amaro liqueur (B390).
As with #Findthelockerroom, #Findthephotobooth proves that the hidden speakeasy concept is not just a fleeting gimmick with a well-executed cocktail program that satisfies both conservative and adventurous imbibers.