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The best bars in Phrom Phong

The best bars in Phrom Phong

By Time Out Bangkok editors
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Sip your way through the best cocktail and beer bars in one of Bangkok's busiest hoods. 

The best bars in Phrom Phong

Alonetogether
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Alonetogether

5 out of 5 stars
Bars Cocktail bars Phrom Phong

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 named after one of Chet Baker’s hit songs. Alone Together lies behind a non-descript wooden door that’s obstructed by a chaotic curtain of electric wires. Inside is a boisterous, candle-lit music hall dominated by masculine brown wood. Take a seat at the narrow bar or walk further in to the spacious living room-like area, where jazz musicians perform from Wednesday to Sunday night. Upstairs is a cigar bar-cumvinyl shop operated by Recoroom. Anupas “Kong” Premanurat, who designed the tipples at Ku Bar, is behind the cocktail program here, the one that doesn't recognize the concept of signature drinks. “I want customers to walk into the bar and simply order their favorite classic drinks like gin and tonic or whiskey and soda,” he says. But Kong injects his personal touch into these classics, using local produce as substitutes for certain ingredients, along with house-made liqueurs. For example, the absinthe in the Sazerac (B420) is replaced by bai prong fah (murraya leaf), a staple herb used to make larb (meat salad) in the north. The leaf, surprisingly boasts a similar flavor profile to the green spirit, and gives a more refreshing finish to Alone Together’s version of the beloved cocktail. Creamy beach favorite, piña colada (B380), is recreated into a lighter version using fresh coconut juice and house-made smoked coconut liqueur. The Scr

Salon du Japonisant
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Salon du Japonisant

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Lounges Phrom Phong

Spirits importer and distributor Bacchus is no stranger to the city’s Japanese restaurants and izakayas. The company has been acting as purveyor, importer and distributor of premium Japanese spirits for years and has introduced Bangkok to some of the best palate-pleasing, head-numbing whisky and sake the island country can provide. Now, Bacchus has made it easier for Sukhumvit tipplers to access their bottles with the launch of a stylish watering hole that, curiously enough, is backed by a French-sounding name. Tucked in Sukhumvit 39 (an area regularly packed with Japanese expats) Salon du Japonisant, at first glance, looks a tad like those earth-toned townhouses that dot upscale residential neighborhoods in Tokyo. Step in and you’ll find yourself in an achingly cool drinking room that will please Japanophiles. The walls are decked with colorful sake labels, setting a playful vibe for a comfy room that blasts slick-as-hell hip hop tunes. Your journey into Japanese spirits begins with the exploration of a wide range of whiskey selections from distilleries like Suntory, Mars Shinshu and Chichibu. Our go-to choice was the Hakushu single malt whiskey served highball in a stylish Kimura glass. You can also find rare selections like Suntory Whiskey Century 2001, Suntory Whiskey “Imperial” and Suntory Crest 12 Years. For those who prefer sake, Salon stocks up on a variation of rice wines such as Born Junmai Daiginjo “Gold”, which has a complex flavor but is not too difficult to drin

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Mutual Bar
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Mutual Bar

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Cocktail bars Sukhumvit 24

A collaborative project among seven friends, Mutual Bar is a casual and cozy space where you can wind down while surrounded by comfy seating, good cocktails and lively music. The drinks list focuses on seven signature cocktails, each one inspired by the characters of the owners, plus one DIY cocktail created with the help of the folks from Asia Today bar in Charoenkrung. The refreshing Allen’s Apple (B340), inspired by one of the owner’s life in New York and his love for Woody Allen, mixes bourbon, orgeat syrup, red wine reduction, apple and lime juice. The coffee-infused Vivid Midnight (B340), “a breakfast in a glass” created from one of the partner’s love of all thing black, beer, and breakfast, sees a mixture of brandy, Thai-style espresso coffee, stout beer, orgeat syrup, and lemon juice; while the spirits-forward Hendrix’s Garden (B340), a drink by a musician owner, reflects his admiration for the legendary Jimmy Hendrix, and is a mix of whisky, tequila, amaro, pandansyrup, and burnt rosemary. The bar also introduces a special drink each month. If you go now, you can try the Freddie Mercu Tea (B340), an Earl Grey- and gininfused drink with butterscotch syrup and egg white, and served in a cute tea set. Classic cocktails and wine are also available. The bar doesn’t serve food but they do provide complementary unlimited snacks with your drinks. In the future, Mutual Bar plans to host events and talks. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Bar 335
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Bar 335

Bars Cocktail bars Phrom Phong

Set in a quasi-residential lane that connects soi Sukhuvmit 39 and 49, Bar 335—named after a song by American jazz-rock musician Larry Carlton—offers an escape from Sukhumvit’s more chaotic bar and club offerings. Bartender/owner Throntan “Pae” Siriwittayacharoen has drawn inspiration from his travels, personal preferences and cherished aspects of a Japanese sensibility to put together a space where you can sip well-made cocktails, rendezvous in relative intimacy, and appreciate an eclectic playlist that includes disco, rock, afro-jazz or electronic tunes. The drinks menu is limited, some parts changing constantly according to Pae’s immediate inspiration. The aim is to offer cocktails that are similar in presentation to the neat and simple tipples offered in Tokyo cocktail bars, but have the bold flavors of Western cocktail culture. Most of the ingredients are finds from Pae’s own travels around Thailand. There’s a shortlist of classics and highballs, but you’d do well to try some of Pae’s creations. Green Garden (B380) is an herbal gin and tonic that takes its profile from marigold leaves and the spirit called “Overproof Thyme”, while New York Lemon Cream (B360) is Pae’s take on New York Sour—his version replaces American whiskey with gin and clarified mix of cream cheese and homemade limoncello. Late Night Coconut (B380) evokes the taste and aroma of the fruit its named after—rum-infused with burnt fig leaves gives it a toasted coconut flavor, coconut water adds refreshing

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Flamenco

Bars Phrom Phong

Restaurant creators The Mall Group may have outdone themselves with Flamenco, a new venue that unexpectedly combines over-the-top Baroque splendor with bold brash Latino party vibes. Distinguishing itself from other shopping mall eateries in The Emquatier, the entrance to Flamenco is marked by potted greenery and a mish mash of tribal accessories. The main chamber is bathed in red light, and is liberally decorated with an eclectic mix of Baroque and Middle Eastern furniture that includes French rococo-style chairs, crystal chandeliers, Persian rugs and velvet curtains. Amidst all the opulence, the whole setting feels like a luxurious mansion of a South American drug lord—at least how we think one would look. A cocktail bar leads to a small al fresco area and a stage where live bands or a DJ kick off the night with heady Latin-inspired beats. There’s also a handsomely decorated cigar for those inclined to sip their drinks with a Habano. The drink menu includes a long list of spirits and a smattering of creative cocktails. Star in My Eye (B380) is a photogenic blue drink that mixes rum and blue curacao syrup with lime, egg white and vanilla, while Autora Nuevo (B380) is a heavily garnished tiki drink that blends rum, gin and Cointreau with a fruity mix of strawberry purée, mango and orange juice. The bar also serves five different margaritas. We tried the Margarita del Reposado (B380), which uses El Jimardor Reposado tequila as a base, and adds Cointreau and agave syrup, making

Costal
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Coastal

3 out of 5 stars
Bars Phrom Phong

The garden fronting Thai restaurant Kram welcomes a beach-themed cocktail bar, which is possibly the closest in Sukhumvit you can get to a tropical island experience. The brainchild of the people behind Blaq Lyte dance club in Thonglor and bar-slash-art gallery Future Factory in Ari, Coastal takes on a beachy atmosphere with rustic bamboo-shack interiors festooned with trendy umbrella and colorful inflatable tubes. Adding to the laidback feel are mats for lounging on the grass and low khan tok-style tables. Sweet and fruity cocktails are the bar’s main focus, as in the Smashing Basil, a Mojito-lookalike that is a light, gin-based concoction with a hint of Thai basil (B340), and the fiery yet refreshing Sweet Juan, which combines chili-infused tequila with pineapple juice, lime and cilantro (B340). For something a bit more grown-up, go for the Cottonmouth, a sipping drink that mixes gold and dark rum with slight hints of citrus (B380).

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Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit, Aire Bar
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Aire Bar

Bars Sukhumvit 24

Just like other hotel rooftop bars, Aire Bar at Hyatt Place offers expansive views over Bangkok. The difference is, the drinks here don’t empty out your pocket. Offering the perfect lookout to Benjasiri Park against a backdrop of skyscrapers, the bar caters to punters on a budget—sparkling wine starts from B199 while cocktails created by mixologist Nick Braun sets you back around B260.

The Woodshed
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The WoodShed

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Cocktail bars Phrom Phong

Harvest has secured its reputation among the city’s gastrophiles for its delectable preparation of meat and seafood. Now, the cottage-themed eatery is stepping up its game and hoping to become a contender in Bangkok’s nightlife scene with The WoodShed, a separate cocktail bar adjacent to its dining room. Keeping to the pastoral feel that dominates the restaurant, The WoodShed is beautifully dressed up in refurbished old wood and dainty fairy lights. The seating area is scattered with low wooden tables and leather couches. The pervading simplicity is dramatically obstructed by a tree that grows through the roof. The bar is pretty selective with their liquor and stocks only craft items, some of which are rare even for well-established cocktail institutions. These craft items are turned into well-executed cocktails such as the savory Gintichoke (B365), which reminds us of the classic cocktail Gibson but served in ice. The drink mixes Whitley Neill gin, which has botanical notes from the baobab fruit and gooseberry, with vermouth and pickled artichoke brine. A smoky coffee flavor from espresso and house-made coffee syrup permeates in The Smoke Lingers (B450), a drinks that benefits from the heady kick of Laphroaig 10 Years single malt and Ocho tequila. If you like sipping cocktails, try The Deadly Invitation. As the name suggests, the drink is a head-spinning mix of Plantation 3 Stars rum and herb-flavored Zubrowka Bison vodka. The whole experience is elevated by old-school jazz

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Vanilla Sky

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Hotel bars Sukhumvit 24

Named after the mellow hue the sky took on when its owner first arrived at the location, Vanilla Sky is nestled on the 35th floor of Compass SkyView (aka that tower sitting right behind the Emporium mall), offering stunning views of Sukhumvit from every angle. The music is pretty chill, and perfectly complement the bar’s selection of refreshing cocktails. For a more exciting experience, ask for the flammable cocktail named Lamborghini (Sambuca, Kahlúa, Blue Curaçao, Bailey’s, B850) or head downstairs to Vanilla Club.

Hanakaruta
Hanakaruta

Hanakaruta

3 out of 5 stars
Bars Cocktail bars Phrom Phong

Hanakurata serves great food, amazing cocktails and killer sake. The strawberry mogu mogu, mixed with Yakult and fresh strawberry, preps up the palate for a variety of Japanese dishes, from tofu salad with zesty dressing to saba rolls.

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