Things to Do in Soi Nana Chinatown
Tep bar is a tapas bar and restaurant that screams Thai. Enjoy traditional Thai drinks and snacks along with the upbeat Thai classical music. Prawn cracker is one of the all time favourite served with sweet chilli paste. Yadong or the potent Thai Whiskey is also available in a set of 3. One is believed to be an aphrodisiac too!
Located on Soi Nana in China Town, this gin bar – the first in Thailand – 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. Last time we went, he created Passoa CNX (passion fruit from Chiang Mai mixed with gin) for us to try, and it was awesome! If you love gin (and you should), Teens of Thailand will surely be your favorite new hangout.
Niks Anuman-Rajadhon and the guys behind gin haunt Teens of Thailand deserve recognition for having a hand in transforming the notorious alley of Chinatown’s Soi Nana into a happening bar-hopping destination. Recently, rumors arose that Niks, along with Kiattikoon “Toon” Auengkum (the former head barman at Bunker), was opening another rum bar across the street. But when Asia Today finally opened, it was revealed to be a rather simple bar with a strong focus on exotic Thai ingredients. While Teens of Thailand combines a watering-hole vibe with interiors representing the gritty side of Soi Nana—think a sleazy, dimly lit neon glow and explicit photographs—Asia Today presents a mixed bag of kitschy elements. “Asian elements, to some outsiders, is associated with bad taste, which consists of stuff that don’t go together,” explains Gunn Leelhasuwan, who’s also responsible for the look of Teens of Thailand. “We’re not trying to fix the stereotype but glorify it instead.” Tipplers are therefore bombarded by items that invoke a post-modern feel, like a white shark dummy hanging from the ceiling, framed old sleazy posters, and a cheeky self-referencing sign that says, “This bar is better than Teens of Thailand.” The bar focuses on creating cocktails made with lesser-known ingredients, including bai hor wor (an indigenous herb from the Pga K’nyau community in northern Thailand), bai hoo seur (an aromatic plant that’s used in larb) and thirteen types of honey sourced from different reg
Cho Why only opens when there’s an exhibition. It’s one of the full service gallery that’s the owner intention is to pronounce the name as a homophones of ‘Cho huay’ which means bad show in Thai.
Cute is one of this cafe’s strongest points. An illustrated alpaca is imprinted on nearly everything in this cafe and handicraft shop, from the walls to the serving plates to fresh coconut shells. Even the bread served with soups and salad has an alpaca imprinted on it. Other cases of cute involve DIY hot chocolate where a cup of milk is served in a ceramic burner alongside pure chocolate buttons. Their handcrafted tea is another hit, especially cold brews in fun flavours such as Pa Pa Pa Pipo.
El Chiringuito serves traditional Spanish home-cooked tapas and drinks. Try the Tortilla de Patatas, or a spanish omelette made with caramelized onion or Salmorejo, a thick tomato soup with boiled egg and jamon ham on top. And Don’t forget to have a sip of Gin Xoriguer or a couple of the original sangria before you leave.
DJ and the drinks made this gallery a bit extra special. The two-stories hall are full of arts and exhibitions, and even in the toilet. Be careful though, their mojito is pretty strong, and the stairs are pretty steep.
Film photographing is still a killer. Patani Studio offers to process your film by hand, and you can tell them exactly how you want your pictures to be. They also offer the delivery service, so you don’t have to hustle back and forth.