Fast forward to today where crime rates have dramatically dipped, and the bar scene in Bangkok is absolutely flourishing and constantly evolving!
From live jazz music to quirky interiors, each bar has something unique to offer to those who would appreciate it. Here are 12 truly unique and funky bars in Bangkok that have caught our eye!
1. Have your dose of drink, drunk, drama and theatrics – Sing Sing Theatre
Yes, we know there’s a ‘theatre’ within this list of Unique Bars in Bangkok. Nope, it’s not a typo error.
Sing Sing Theatre is a themed bar-club designed by Ashley Sutton, one of Bangkok’s most sought-after industrial designer. Those of you familiar with the name will know he has a tendency to inject a degree of drama and theatrics into his creations – and Sing Sing Theatre is not exempt.
Think 1930’s Shanghai with its lanterns, ornamented screens and wooden balconies. Or remember the Golden Dragon Casino in 007: Skyfall?
Think 1930’s Shanghai with its lanterns, ornamented screens, hidden passageways and wooden balconies that overlook the central floor area.
Make no mistake, this place is high-end, offering premium spirits and performances by acclaimed artists. Such places are what make the night scene in bangkok so vibrant and unique.
2. Of Vikings and Pirates of the Caribbean VS Dark and Light Elves?! – Iron Fairies
If Thor had a favourite place to hangout over drinks and a burger, it would be Iron Fairies. You wouldn’t be faulted for thinking you’ve just entered into a medieval blacksmith shop.
The Nordic interior reminds us of Vikings and Pirates of the Caribbean. The theme extends even to the minute details. On each table, there’s a wooden box. Open it and you will find peanuts (for you, free of charge) and an Iron Fairy, get it?
Aside from the ambience and extensive selection of drinks, Iron Fairies is also known for their burgers, served in gratuitous portions with a side of chunky potato wedges.
PS: Iron Fairies has a sister branch named Iron Fairies Dragonfly (also known as Iron Fairies Eastville). It’s the slightly more polished version of Iron Fairies, with sleek lines accentuating the medieval fantasy decor.
If we could say, Iron Fairies seems like an establishment where ‘dark elves’ would go, while Iron Fairies Dragonfly is more for the sophisticated ‘light elves’’.
Are you a dark elf, or a light elf? The choice is yours!
Prices:From USD $7 / approx. 200 Baht Address: 402 Soi Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55 Rd. Bangkok, Thailand Nearest BTS: Thong Lor Station Contact: 0999181600 / 0639011106 Opening hours: Daily except Sundays from 6pm to 2am; Sundays 6pm to 12 midnight
4. Drink up in a steampunk/old boy British whiskey distillery – A.R Sutton & Co Engineers Siam
It is that same A-for-Ashley Sutton again.
This time, it’s a cocktail bar with a different, but just as visually inspiring concept. Ever wanted to see how whiskey is made?
Here, you won’t get to see the actual whiskey making, but you’ll get to drink up in the conceptual distillery with copper-toned tubes emanating from column stills (equipment used for whiskey-making).
All housed in a room that can be described as a cross between Steampunk and an old boy’s British club, illuminated by warm tungsten lighting.
It’s as if Mr. Sutton has toned down the decor to let the ingenious menu of botanically-infused cocktails speak for themselves.
A.R Sutton & Co Engineers Siam
Prices:Cocktails from USD $7 / approx 260 Baht Address: G/F, Park Lane Ekkamai, Sukhumvit Soi 63, Bangkok, Thailand Nearest BTS: Ekkamai Station Contact: +66 2 714 2269 Opening hours: Daily from 6pm to 1am
4. Your quintessential bar with a hidden side – Maggie Choo’s
Another of Mr. Sutton’s’ creations, Maggie Choo’s oozes oriental style in spades, and comes with a hidden side.
Getting there is an experience in itself: you have to go through the restaurant store front, push past the black curtain hidden by the side, and make your way down a timber stairwell…before you are invited by the charismatic lounge area.
Maggie Choo’s is your quintessential bar with a premium menu of wines, spirits and champagnes, as well as a selection of classic and signature cocktails.
Couple that with live band music and cabaret performances available every night, and Maggie Choo’s is the perfect way to end your evening.
Prices:From USD $7 / approx. 200 Baht Address: 320 Silom Rd, Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand Nearest BTS: Chong Nonsi Station Contact: +6630241530 Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 7.30pm to 2am; Fri-Sat 7.30pm to 3am; Sun 7.30 to 12 midnight
5. It’s so secret you have to enter through a payphone booth with the right password – Havana Social
You may see other lists online of secret and hidden bars in Bangkok, but it doesn’t get more secret nor hidden than Havana Social.
Nestled in the claustrophobic alleyways of Soi 11, it has no signboard, it has no main door. Try as you may, you spot no indication that such a bar exists.
That is, until you spot a payphone booth (who uses payphones nowadays anyway?).
Only by punching the correct password into the phone are you permitted to enter a groovy retro Cuban-style bar right in the heart of Bangkok!
Everything is inspired by the pre-revolution Cuban theme, from the weathered furniture to the artfully distressed interior to the menu of drinks.
Their famed Caribbean Smashed Mojito just might be the best mojito in town. I should just hurry up and tell you how to get the password. Give Havana Social a call at the contact information below:
Prices:From USD $7 / approx. 200 Baht Address: Sukhumvit Rd. Soi 11, Bangkok, Thailand Nearest BTS: Nana Station Contact: Call 0614503750 for the entry code! Opening hours: Daily except Sundays from 6pm to 2am; Sundays from 6pm to 12 midnight
7. Can you find this super hidden Thai speakeasy? – Tep Bar
Have you ever heard of the word,‘Thai-ness’? Thainess basically refers to the essence of all things Thai and Tep Bar delivers Thai-ness in spades.
From the incredibly Thai decor that oozes raw appeal (including banana leaf reservation cards and traditional eating utensils); to delicious Thai herbal cocktails like Ya Sanae (Love Potion) made with rum, roselle and butterfly pea juice – be prepared to get charmed by the Thai culture.
And to top it all off, the soundtrack to your night will be the distinctly Thai music played by live Thai instrumental bands.
Located in a restored shophouse, it’s hidden in a small alley near Hua Lamphong, and there are no signs to direct you. Getting here might be the first challenge to overcome, before you can take all this Thai-ness in.
The only question is: Are you up for the challenge? 😛
Price:Cocktails at USD $7 / approx. 250 Baht Address: 69 -71, Soi Yi Sip Song Karakadakhom 4, Pom Prap, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100, Thailand Contact: +66 98 467 2944 Opening hours: Tues-Sun 5pm to 12 midnight; Fri-Sat 5pm to 1am
(NOW CLOSED) 8. Go back to the 1920s! – Vogue Lounge
One for the cool cats, Vogue Lounge and its black and white themed 1920s decor inspires images of glam nights out. Think plush burgundy leather sofas, bronze bar stools, and luxurious marble details.
If you’re looking for a bar that provides gastronomical food too, this is it.
The chef, Vincent Thierry is from a 2-Michelin star restaurant in Hong Kong and serves up well executed works of art. (Take the Japanese wagyu sirloin with black truffle potato and bone marrow butter, for example.)
Apart from that, there’s delicious dessert and drinks of course!
PS: Take the opportunity to dress up and get some seriously glamorous shots here!
9. “Bangkok’s oldest jazz institution” – Bamboo Bar
With the original bar established since 1953, you’re almost stepping into history when you step into Bamboo Bar. It has a proud longstanding tradition of live jazz music, and that’s what you’ll get here.
Gorgeously kitsch with tiger prints, wicker furniture, lacquered dark wood and a mirrored ceiling, the Bamboo Bar is designed to allow you to truly chill and enjoy great music, great drinks and great design.
Wondering what type of drinks are available here? Though on the slightly pricier side, the mixologist is a pro with different tricks up his sleeve – such as Rose Jam Tea Time (Eros Mariage Freres Tea-infused gin, rose jam, rose bitters, lime juice and ginger syrup) served with a scone.
If you have the budget to splash out a little, treat yourselves to a night out at Bamboo Bar!
Price:Cocktails from USD $13.80 / approx. 490 Baht Address: Oriental Ave, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand Contact: +66 2 659 9000 Opening hours: Sun-Thu 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat 5pm-2am
11. Feel right at home in this colonial mansion (and have personalised cocktails too!) – The House on Sathorn
Located beside W Hotel, this gorgeous mansion used to be the Russian Embassy, and has now been transformed into a ‘house’ with different sections for different purposes – such as a bar, a restaurant, a club lounge, an alfresco bistro and a function room.
If you’re looking for a beautiful location to drink up, head to The Bar which is located in the right wing of the mansion. You’ll find yourselves in what looks like the living room of someone’s (classy colonial) home.
Feel right at home with plush seating, and classy settings that still feel homely and humble all at once.
Drinks here are made by Italian mixologist Michele Montauti who specialised in personalised cocktails. Ever wanted a special cocktail that’s truly yours?
Otherwise, you can always try the 5 signature cocktails based off 5 different spirits!
The House on Sathorn
Price:Cocktails from USD $11.90 / approx. 420 Baht Address: 108 North, 106 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand Contact: 02 344 4000 Opening hours: Daily from 12pm to 12 midnight
12. The eclectic, the intentionally haphazard, and the Chinese Pawn Shop – Post Bar
There are times when you’re just in the mood for something more laid-back. Hidden away in Samsen Road, often overshadowed by the nearby prolific Phra Nakhon area, is Post Bar.
Upon entrance, you’ll immediately see why this is the perfect hideout for those seeking recluse. The eclectic interior, the intentionally haphazard decor, and the casual atmosphere just oozes “chill”.
Lonely Planet describes its style to be “Chinese Pawn Shop”, and this is where you’ll find locals hanging out. Many regulars would describe this as their home away from home, and relish in meeting acquaintances of the same ilk.
But even if you came here for drinks and maybe some late night grub, Post Bar doesn’t disappoint. Look out for their large candy red sign out front with a just-as-red retro bicycle next to it.
Price:From USD $7 / approx. 200 Baht Address: Thanon Sam Sen (in between Samsen 3 and Samsen 5), Bangkok, Thailand Getting there: Alight at Bangkok Railway Station and take a 15min cab ride here. Contact: +66 84 665 8659 Opening hours: Daily except Sundays from 6pm to 1am; Sundays from 6pm to 12 midnight
Like what you see? These super cool bars in Bangkok are great for any budget, and easy on the eyes too!
Let us know which bar you would most likely check out in the comments below!
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