It’s Bangkok, so of course, there’ll always be something new when it comes to bars, partying, and everything booze related. Knowing where to drink is key, and we have just what you need. Here are the best bars to drink at in Bangkok for this month of March 2023.
New bars, new people in town, a much-anticipated reopening—much has happened in the bar industry. Whether you’re looking to find new spots to chill at, drink fun and inventive cocktails, or listen to live music, there’s bound to be a bar that fits you. That paycheck isn’t going to spend itself, my guy. Read on for the best bars in Bangkok to see and be seen at in 2023.
The best new bars in Bangkok this March 2023
Greed Bank of Mixology
Tucked behind Arnoma Grand Bangkok’s Laoteng restaurant is Greed, a space with the theme of “Bank of Mixology”—think gold bars, cheques, the whole nine yards. Look for a large vault door and you’ll be greeted with an air of opulence, an attentive team welcoming you to the bar, and the sound of old-school hip hop filling the room. If you feel adventurous, feel free to challenge one of the bartenders to a game of checkers—you can even make a bet for a free shot if you win.
Highlights include “009 Greed”, a spirit-forward drink made from singlemalt scotch, rose water, sakura-fortified wine, and garnished with a little truffle salt, as well as the “018 Baungarten” crafted using bourbon, spiced poached pear syrup, blanco vermouth, and a slight dash of lemon.
You can find more information at Greed Bank of Mixology.
Lost in Thaislation
There’s a lot of bars in Thonglor, and this one is certainly making waves with its menu since its trial run. Lost in Thaislation is a new speakeasy with the perspectives of Bangkokians in mind, which reflects directly into their menu. Their first signature series pay homage to the street foods of the capital—something all of us, no matter the background or upbringing, enjoy.
The menu includes Khao Man Gai, Pad Thai, Moo Sub Kium Buey, Khao Niew Mamuang—all in liquid form, which strangely works really well.
You can find more information at Lost in Thaislation.
Now this is a game changer. The legendary Brown Sugar has been on everyone’s lips since it opened in 1985. After a break, they’re now reopening with a new location in Soi Nana, Chinatown, and is sure to become one of Bangkok’s best new bars for 2023. For those who haven’t been acquainted, now is the perfect chance. They offer amazing vibes, casual drinks to pair, and a talented lineup of jazz and blues performers who aren’t holding anything back.
You can find more information at Brown Sugar.
It’s time for a history lesson we’ll never want a break from. Twelve new drinks, inspired by four women that have become icons of the bar industry, make up Stella’s new cocktail menu. Have you heard about Ada Coleman, the first and only head bartender at London’s Savoy Hotel who invented the Hanky Panky? Or perhaps Rita Hayworth, the woman who inspired the Margarita? Now you have, and you can learn all about them through inventive cocktails alcohol enthusiasts simply cannot miss.
Highlight you cannot miss is the “Coley”, made from Tanqueray, Lillet Blanc,strawberry milk punch, Italicus, and a little lemon. And if you’re driving, their new mocktail selections are just as refreshing, too.
You can find more information at Stella Bangkok.
Mezcal is well-known for being an intimate drinking spot and for offering Mezcal-based cocktails that are distinct and well-balanced. Their second collection offers six new drinks inspired by English poet William Blake’s The Songs of Innocence. Head bartender Martín Guerra used to work as a chef, and you can feel that experience in the cocktails he makes, from the innovative use of ingredients, to the delicate balance. There’s even one with brown butter sugar. We didn’t think it would work so well in such a spirit-forward cocktail, but it does.
You can find more information at Mezcal Bar.
Eight new cocktails were recently launched at Zuma, the contemporary Japanese izakaya on the ground floor of The St. Regis Bangkok. Helmed by Davide Sambo, guests can enjoy new creations that don’t shy away from unique flavours and textures. One thing is for sure: expect florals and herbal notes, as the new menu is inspired by a Japanese garden.
Highlights we love include the “Sea of Trees,” made from Matusalem 15-year-old rum with woody wasabi roots, and the “Matsuri Martini,” a spin on the classic with Beefeater 24 gin, Sakura Mancino Vermouth, and silky flower tea yoghurt.
You can find more information at Zuma Bangkok.
Behind The Curtain Bkk
We went to Mia Restaurant and finally found what’s behind that mysterious curtain: a gorgeous new drinks programme by new bar manager Marc Perez Rodriguez. Whilst not too much has been unveiled just yet, they’re also launching a dessert omakase soon, where Chef Michelle Goh’s sweet treats are paired with beautiful cocktails to suit. We never thought a Winery Mojito would go so well with some Prunier Baerii Caviar, sourdough crumpets, and smoked curd—but as it turns out, the answer was right behind that curtain.
You can find more information at Behind The Curtain Bkk.
Japanese bars are known for their hospitality, and the newest one in town boasts a venue that feels intimate, and a menu that exudes warmth. Translating to “sunset,” Hinoiri has a large sun replica at its centre. Whatever your spirit preference is, they’re going to craft you your own cocktail that goes with your brief. Thereby, you could be fair and say something like, “I love rum, and I want it to be aromatic,” or you can confuse them a bit and say something like “Yeah, I want my drink to feel like a warm sunny day in Hokkaido.”
You can find more information at Hinoiri Bar.
The Holiday Club
From the team of famed dessert shop Holiday Pastry comes a new venture full of creative drinks. The Holiday Club makes everyday feel like the festive season in downtown New York, with bingo nights, DJ sets, and intimate vibes. Plus, you can get delicious pastries to go with your choice of cocktail. Baked brie with wild flower honey, anyone?
Our absolute recommendation is the “Sweet Dreams,” a satisfyingly sugary concoction made from cocoa butter washed white rum, Mozart white chocolate liqueur, white malt honey, then topped with fresh cream and honeycomb.
You can find more information at The Holiday Club.
Racing 76 Bar
Racers, start your engines, and may the last man standing after eight shots win. Racing 76 is all about the high-speed life and the people that live for it. Guaranteed are great vibes with your company of choice, drinks that are just strong enough for your taste, and all that will make your night filled with adrenaline.
We especially enjoyed the “Bumper Pink,” a fruity drink made from Ketel One vodka, Cointreau, blood orange, lime juice, and pomegranate juice.
You can find more information at Racing 76 Bar.
We’re starting off 2023 with the best way possible: looking for new favourite places in Bangkok to drink. The capital isn’t wasting any time in introducing us to good cocktails and excellent service. We aren’t complaining, though, so let us show you the places to be. Our expectations are especially high after New Year, after all.
The St. Regis Bar
The St. Regis Bangkok welcomes Volkan Ibil as their new bar manager. Along with the team, Volkan has introduced a total of 40 recipes that pay homage to the iconic King Cole Bar at the St. Regis New York, the birth place of the Bloody Mary. The new drinks menu aims to capture the essence of New York’s culture and charm, each evoking the moods of those visiting the historic city.
Be there at 7.30pm to see “The Violet Hour”, a daily ritual where you can watch the bartenders throwing martinis at the bar.
Highlights you shouldn’t miss include their signature “Violet Hour Martini” made from gin, aromatised wine, orange bitters, and orange and violet liqueurs, as well as the “Manhattan Club,” a concoction created with spiced whisky, rosso vermouth, bianco vermouth, verte, and aromatic bitters. If it sounds very strong, it is.
You can find more information at The St. Regis Bar.
One Two Two Bar
One Two Two bar’s new opening brings 1920s Paris vibe to Sukhumvit Soi 11. It’s stylish, it’s sensual, with an air of sophistication surrounding the place. Their drinks menu, created by Michel Gonggiat Stein, also aims to continue with the theme of French chic, that you can order and enjoy on their luxurious red sofas, accompanied by some music. Want your next business meeting to have a bit of an edge? This is just the place.
Highlights include “Smoke on the Water,” made from chocolate and black coffee, blended with Flor de Cana 12 Years Rum, Maraschino liquor, and of course, topped with smoke, as well as the “Midori Symphony,” a twist on the classic Midori Sour made from yuzu, lime, and lemon, mixed with Roku Gin and Midori.
You can find more information at One Two Two Bar.
Atop Siam@Siam Design Hotel is a tropical-themed oasis filled with greenery, fun, and to-die-for 360° views of the bustling city. Paradise Lost’s every spot is perfect for Instagram, and their drinks are certainly something to write home about, too. Are you a beer kind of person? They have both local and imported ones, both craft and on tap. What about wine? All natural wines—you name it—red, white, sparkling, and more.
Cocktails follow a summer theme which aim to freshen up your evening, as well as make the night all the more unforgettable. Highlights include “Can’t Burn Concrete,” a drink made from Dewar’s 12 Year Scotch, yellow chartreuse, some fizz, and chrysanthemum honey, as well as “Bright Idea,” a martini-inspired cocktail with floral notes made from crème de violette and housemade orange mango bitters.
Be sure to arrive with an empty stomach, as their food is so, so good. Don’t forget to order the duck confit with bone marrow.
You can find more information at Paradise Lost Bangkok.
Saints Bar and Dispensary
Saints is a bar and dispensary all in one. The minimal interior, the stylish decor, the collection of marijuana placed nicely along the shelves—it’s like the feeling of being at home, but with an elevated setting.
They also offer good drinks and great bar snacks, coupled with some jazz. The night is still young, but time seems to pass quite faster when you’re there.
You can find more information at Saints Bar and Dispensary.
(Hero and featured image credit: St. Regis Bangkok & Paradise Lost Bangkok)
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