What’s New in Bangkok: July - September 2019
Look no further for the hangout highlights this weekend. Here are the top venues that opened in Jul-Sep 2019!
If you’ve been following our 'What’s New in Bangkok' series for the latest venues of 2019, then you’ve already seen some of the best highlights of Bangkok. Among other cool local dives, our previous episodes feature craft beer joints, rooftop bars, izakayas, hip-hop nightclubs, and casual bars.
And now, it's time for another Siam2nite What’s New trip, where we show you the recently opened restaurants, bars, and nightclubs you shouldn’t miss.
See our top picks of venues that opened this July - September. Here are 20 places nightlife lovers need to check out for a chill party time with their friends!
(In alphabetical order.)
23 Haus is a bar/restaurant that serves tasty treats and fun entertainment on the daily. To give the place a casual ambiance, like you’re hanging out at a friend’s, most of the interior materials are wood, from the furniture, floor, and walls. The homey vibes are contrasted by neon lights, giving the venue a lively ambiance and a dash of retro.
The nightly entertainment is provided up by DJs from a wide range of genres: hip-hop, electronica, old-school house, dance. Expect live bands playing Thai and international hits (from whom you can request your favorite songs!)
Plus, 23 Haus is no stranger to special events, as it has welcomed the likes of P-Hot, Jetset’er, Getsunova, Twopee Southside, and Aof Pongsak on its stage.
The venue serves Thai and international menus with many options for starters & mains, so it’s a great place to have a delicious meal while enjoying live music. As for the drinks, choose from beers, vodkas, gins, tequilas, rums, whiskeys, champagnes, wines, as well as a bunch of original signature cocktails.
Alonetogether Bangkok is built as a haven for jazz lovers. Through its simple decor, you can really feel the cozy, early ‘90s jazz bar vibes. Keeping as much of the classic design as possible, the interior features original wallpapers and structures. Dark wood, leather furniture, and dim orange lights help set the mood.
The venue spans two floors, with the first serving as a cocktail bar and the second as a whiskey & cigar bar plus a vintage record store.
Of course, a bar needs some music to entertain its patrons. Alonetogether Bangkok puts on a diverse playlist of jazz, soul, and funk. What’s more, there are live bands on Wednesday - Saturday between 21.00 - 24.00. So drop by anytime and enjoy some smooth piano and saxophone, plus the voice of Thai and international artists.
One rule of Alonetogether Bangkok is that they don’t serve signature cocktails, but classics only.
The bartenders take standard drinks every drinker know or might have forgotten, such as gin & tonic, highball, or pina colada, and give them a new twist. The care they put into ingredient selection and preparation comes from their wish to see their patrons appreciate simple cocktails done right.
An exclusive EDM nightclub, Babyface Superclub is designed and decorated with the trendiest of styles. It focuses on the ultimate party experience by installing state-of-the-art production that adds life to the party.
Clubbers can enjoy 360º of LED screens, light & sound systems, pyrotechnics, stunning visuals, as well as a hydraulic system on the ceiling.
Babyface Superclub is divided into two areas: the main zone with tall bar tables in front of the central DJ booth and VIP zones with sofas on the other three sides.
Every night, up to six resident and guest DJs will be taking over the stage. Expect the likes of Roxy June, Hanky, DJ Sunny, Fahsai, Xillix, and dozens more from 21.00 onwards. They’ll be spinning big room, bass, progressive, house, trap, and hardstyle depending on the event.
As for the food, Babyface Superclub serves simple bar bites such as french fries, chicken wings, nuggets, chips, and hot dogs. If you’re more of a drinker, though, the club offers a full range; from whiskeys, wines, champagnes, gins, vodkas, tequilas, beers, cocktails, to mocktails.
Burapa Eastern Thai Cuisine & Bar by Sri Trat
This Thai bar/restaurant borrows its aesthetics from the Eastern & Oriental Express, serving mostly Eastern Thai and Isan dishes with masterfully prepared local ingredients.
Burapa Eastern serves iconic Thai menus in a setting that reminds you of a first-class European carriage from the ‘40s decked out in vintage luxury.
Decorated in blue and gold, the ground floor acts as the main bar & restaurant section and a welcome area for passengers waiting to board the train. Go up one floor, and you’ll arrive at the ‘restaurant carriage’ - a lavish coach dressed in brown and burgundy.
On the top floor is a larger section, dressed in green and gold, that can handle a crowd. The classic leather-padded chairs & sofas, dark wood accents, and the dim orange lights give the whole place quite the romantic ambiance.
While you’re enjoying the jazz in the background, you can get a taste of Eastern Thai and Isan appetizers, shared dishes, single meals, and desserts. Some of the menus you might not have tried before; Pork & Chamuang Leaves Chili Relish, Red ‘Angkak’ Grilled Chicken, and Chicken & Durian Massaman Curry.
As for the drinks, try unique signature cocktails with interesting twists in terms of ingredients, names, and show-stopping presentations. (Be sure to get your camera out for this one!) Also available are wines, champagnes, Thai beers, whiskeys, gins, and various mocktails.
After sundown, the little café in Sala Daeng by the name F.I.X Coffee becomes the nighttime hangout Confidential Bar. The place features a minimalist loft design - all bare concrete walls and black metal bars, with red and yellow lights to add some coziness.
Confidential Bar is divided into three zones: the outdoor area at the front, the stage-side first floor, and the private loft.
Each night, from 20.00 on, you’ll be entertained by live bands putting on Thai and international hits (mostly pop and easy-listening). On some occasions, you might be surprised by ‘90s classics or even take to the stage yourself at open-mic events.
The food at Confidential Bar is Northern Thai mains and sides with creative twists, such as Pan-fried Sai Ua, Nam Phrik Ong on Rice, Hang Lay Curry on Rice. There are western-style snacks as well.
The real highlight, however, is the bar’s signature cocktails. Among dozens of original creations, quite a few feature coffee as the key ingredient. And we’d say these ‘coffee cocktails’ are absolutely worth a try. Also on the menu are various spirits, mocktails, and wines.
Sitting right next to the Sukhumvit sports center, The Racquet Club, is the handcraft cocktail establishment, Copper Bar, whose owner aims to introduce more people to the drinking culture.
The venue front and the hidden room inside look striking with red and black tones, while the interior is more of a ‘40s French bar meets a cozy living room. This appearance is achieved through the use of bright orange lights and decorations such as Star Wars Action figures, posters, games, which come from the owner’s collection.
As you’re enjoying swing jazz music, why not try some great cocktails by the expert mixologist, Fabio Brugnolaro? The current signature menu includes his ‘All-Star 7’ - the seven best-selling items from Fabio’s career.
There are also 15 new menus that revive classic recipes with a focus on fresh fruits, dried herbs, and the instant infusion technique. The elaborate presentation will make you want to take some pictures for sure.
Plus, patrons are welcome to order a custom drink of their own (which might even be featured on Copper Bar’s menu if it’s super creative). You can also talk to the bartender and ask about the cocktails in a casual, yet educative, setting.
If you’ve come to Copper Bar on an empty stomach, be sure to try appetizers such as sandwiches, french fries, chicken sticks, and homemade pizzas.
Gigi Dining Hall & Bar
The goal of this Italian bar & restaurant is to be a place where everyone can grab a delicious meal and some light drinks before going on to Iron Balls gin bar or Sing Sing Theater nightclub. The three venues are all located in the same building.
For its decor, Gigi uses an industrial and homey style, so the place feels very hip yet approachable. To give the interior a playful character, bright colors are used on elements such as tableware, framed arts, and furniture. Decorative plants also make the place a bit cozier.
Gigi offers three seating areas: the open-air garden, the indoor zone, and the counter bar. It serves comfort Italian food, which you can enjoy on your own or with friends; the menu includes pasta, pizza, salads, steaks, and desserts.
Drinks at Gigi are mostly wines and cocktails; all signature items are crafted by mixologists from Iron Balls and designed to be bright, light, and go down smoothly. As for the wine selection, around 90% of the options are imported from Italy. No matter which kind of drinker you are, you’ll definitely enjoy their time here.
Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar
Currently the highest bar and restaurant in Thailand, Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar combines Thai delicate designs and the grandeur of French architecture. Around the place are unique art pieces from all over the world like paintings, candelabra, pottery, sculptures, vintage books, and many more.
The venue is divided into three areas: two floors of indoor seating, the VIP lounge, and the outdoor deck that resembles a hanging tropical garden. Wherever you party in the venue, you’ll be able to catch a full view of the Sathorn-Bangrak area with the Chao Phraya River running right through the middle.
Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar serves western and Asian dishes that go great with natural wines and cocktails. Enjoy starters and mains such as croquettes, foie gras, grilled pork neck, fresh oysters, burgers, and salads. Considering the view, the bar is perfect for a romantic dinner.
The drink list includes everything from tea, coffee, mocktails, cocktails, wines, sake, beers, to various spirits. That said, our top pick would be the signature cocktails, concocted by world-class mixologists and available in light, heavy, and extra-large sizes for sharing.
As for the music, expect a regular rotation of DJs putting on different sets each night. The playlist ranges from soul/funk/jazz, hip-hop/R&B, techno/house, to Latin/swing jazz.
A new casual joint in Ladprao, Okinawa Bar features an uber-chill beach bar setting. By recreating a small nook of a beach inside the venue itself, it manages to bring seaside vibes to the bustling heart of Bangkok.
All around Okinawa Bar are items that remind you of the blue sea and fine white sands - colorful umbrellas and beach chairs, white nets, tropical plants, surfboards, and bamboo torches. Neon and fairy lights bring a fun streak to the venue as well.
The night’s entertainment is provided by a rotation of DJs and live bands. Previously, the bar’s stage has welcomed DJ Peachy and DJ Blackat as well as a folk song performance by Arm Peerapon.
Okinawa Bar serves both starters and mains like deep-fried beef, saucy grilled shrimps, gyoza, bacon cheese french fries, and beef Pad Kra Pao. You can pair them with classic Thai drinks such as brandies, whiskeys, and common beers.
One of the must-try items is the Cocktail Bucket (320/350 THB), which puts classic cocktails like Gin & Tonic, Long Island, Mojito, and Sex on the Beach into buckets decorated with cute toys.
Playlist Ekkamai is a casual bar in Soi Ekkamai 12 decked out in all-black industrial loft style and vibrant neon lights. The copper lamps hang from the ceiling, providing some modern elements. The venue is divided into two areas - the first floor and the loft - but both let you enjoy the live performances just the same.
The nightly entertainment at Playlist Ekkamai comes from a variety of live bands blasting pop, rock, and easy-listening tunes. The bar also frequently hosts special events and has brought the likes of Big Ass, Flure, Win Sqweez Animal, Pod Moderndog, and Noi Pru to its stage.
If you’re a football fan, you’ll love watching the matches on Playlist Ekkamai’s gigantic projectors. (The past Liverpool vs Man U live screening pulled a large crowd of sports fans to the venue!)
While you’re at it, why not sip on cold drinks the bar serves? There’s a bit of everything from beers, vodkas, whiskeys, cocktails, to soft drinks.
To recreate a seaside beach bar setting, Seamet’s front walls are painted in ocean blue and sectioned by rows of tall coconut trees.
It’s a great spot to have a delicious meal, sip on ice-cold drinks, and listen to some easy-breezy tunes. All the best things about Koh Samet beach bars in Rayong; you can find them right here in Bangkok’s Chidlom area.
Seamet uses blue as its main color scheme, which can be seen on the walls, the wooden bar counter, the LED lights, and the logo. Patches of beige floors give you a sense of stepping onto the sands.
Decorative trees provide a calm and lush ambiance, and the place is brought to life with accents like shells in white nets, netted hammocks, floating rings, bamboo lamps, as well as wicker furniture. All these elements give Seamet a casual setting.
Seamet’s entertainment mostly involves live performances by easy-listening, pop, and R&B acts between 19.00 - 20.30. Depending on the patrons coming in that day, Thai and international ‘70s classics and the latest hits might be added to the mix.
Plus, on Friday - Sunday, you expect energy-packed sets by DJs throughout the night.
The food menu are mainly seafood items; international menus infused with Thai bold flavors and twists. Single-dish meals, appetizers, and shared dishes are all available.
As for the drinks, Seamet serves an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Beers, whiskeys, brandies, vodkas, tequilas, rums, gins, cocktails, mocktails, juices, or soft drinks, just name it!
A hidden bar in Samyan, Secret Chamber borrows its concept from a British-style attic living room. Convivial, and cozy from the dim orange lights, the place looks like it’s built out of wood and light-colored bricks.
Going further inside, you’ll find two smaller rooms that cater to cigar enthusiasts. These are decorated in a style similar to the main area but offer more privacy.
Craving for some nostalgic hits? Secret Chamber books live bands on Thursday - Saturday between 19.30 - 22.00, and they’ll be playing Thai and international ‘90s hits. After the live bands have left the stage, you can still dance along international pop and R&B beats, plus jazz and instrumental piano on some nights.
One of the main features of Secret Chamber is the use of whiskey bottles as decoration, as the bar mainly serves single malt whiskey. There are over 40 options available to go along with over 30 variations of Cuban cigars.
Even if you’re not a big fan of the whiskey, the bar still offer other drinks, such as wines, beers, cocktails, and various spirits.
Plus, you can always count on filling up your belly with tasty bar bites like french fries, nachos, chicken wings, as well as French and European dishes from Covent Garden Market on the first floor.
A cocktail bar that aims to be a hotspot for after-work hangouts, Serial Laughter is where you can meet up with your friends and get some refreshing drinks in a fancy Renaissance setting.
The decor makes excellent use of rich, deep green tones and geometric shapes, as seen from the arched frames behind the bar, the decorative art pieces, and the ceiling. Add some chandeliers and faux-Renaissance paintings to the mix, and the venue has an air of class with extra coziness from the dark wood structures
The highlight of Serial Laughter’s menus is the craft cocktails, largely made from in-house ingredients such as homemade liquor and infused syrup. Some of the garnishes, like dried fruits, are even made in the same way.
Choose from a long list of signature cocktails, custom cocktails, and even rare classic cocktails. Most drinks leans towards refreshing notes. With the bar’s friendly vibes, you can feel free to ask the bartenders about what goes into your drink.
The cozy atmosphere is enhanced by the jazz & swing jazz playlist (although you might hear house and disco on some nights). If you’ve got a favorite song, be sure to ask Serial Laughter to put it on. You wouldn’t want to miss the weekday relaxing experience.
SHAWTy is a new hangout in Saphan Khwai where hip-hop lovers can chill or dance the night away in a raw underground club setting.
The interior is painted completely black but packs plenty of street flair thanks to the cool graffiti around the stairwell to the second floor. The colorful neon lights also add futuristic elements to the place.
Whether it’s dancing in the crowd on the first floor or having a more private time upstairs, you can choose whichever suits your mood.
Every night, the party comes alive with high-energy hip-hop, trap, twerk, moombahton, and a dash of R&B, courtesy of SHAWTy DJ rotation. There are also monthly special events to showcase particular genres, like bass music and future house, as well as rap battles to join.
For something to feast on before you shake it out on the floor, there are options of bar bites like french fries, deep-fried chicken joints, pork jerky, and filling Thai meals. As for the drinks, SHAWTy serves a wide variety of beers, cocktails, and spirits.
Decked out in colorful neon glow, this casual hangout in Kaset-Nawamin boasts a full-option party and a convivial setting.
No matter where you stand in The Trap, you’ll be able to take in the light, effect, and sound systems. So enjoy them wherever you want - the open air in the front or the indoor dance floor by the stage.
On the entertainment front, The Trap caters specifically to party lovers. Patrons are spoiled with various genres of Thai beats by up to three live bands on the nightly. Plus, the fun continues into the late night with sets by resident DJs.
The Trap’s stage has seen many big-name artists on exclusive events. Previously featured acts include Thaitanium, Twopee Southside, Urboy TJ, Oat Pramote, Paradox, The Parkinson, and 25 Hours.
As for the food, expect Thai and international starters and mains. With menus like deep-fried chicken joints, Moo Ma Nao, french fries, salmon sashimi, you’ll want to order a few to go with drinks like beers, cocktails, whiskeys, and vodkas.
This one is for the ‘90s kid in you! Located in Ekkamai-Thonglor, this hangout will take you back to your younger days with its nostalgic setting and playlists.
As soon as you step into Thonglor Official, you’ll be greeted with two retro arcade machines to take you back to the after-school hours. Walk past the indoor area towards the back, and you’ll arrive at the venue’s open-air zone.
If you’re a football fan, you’ll love the place’s outdoor area, as it features an entire wall of projector screen where you can watch live matches and cheer on. Nearby, there’s a classic phone booth to ‘call-in’ and request a song from the DJ.
The second floor is a party lounge perfect for private events or to enjoy more privacy on regular nights. Plus, you can challenge your friends to a game at the pool table.
A typical night at Thonglor Official begins with an EDM/hip-hop mix by DJs, followed by live bands playing the greatest ‘90s hit. Get ready for nostalgic notes and all-time classics throughout the night (most of which we’d bet you can sing along).
Thonglor Official hosts concert events monthly, bringing in famous acts like Cocktail and Oat Pramote to entertain its patrons.
As for the food, Thonglor Official serves both starters and single dish meals with a focus on comfort Thai food. It also offers a wide range of cocktails, craft beers, vodkas, whiskeys, and soft drinks.
Tonique / Bar & Pizza
An office and furniture showroom (Left, Right & Wide) by day, the venue transforms into a NY-style bar at night by the name of Tonique / Bar & Pizza. Dressed in neon loft designs, most of the decor in this bar is actually available for purchase. (That is, if you enjoy sitting on it, you can just take it home with you.)
Tonique’s playlist is quite eclectic and unique, combining a wide variety of indie, nu-disco, funk, house, and ‘90s classics. These tracks also serve as the inspiration for the drinks’ names. For example. “Jus 1 Kiss” is a tune by London-based electronic act, Basement Jaxx.
Other than the signature cocktails and classic options, Tonique also serves an array of imported craft beers, particularly those from Scotland, with 48 options. Other sources include the US, Australia, Germany, and Belgium with draft, bottled, and canned versions to choose from.
We can’t imagine having a beer without some pizzas! To that end, Tonique serves homemade Italian pizzas with toppings like Salami, Smoke Salmon, Italian Sausage, Vegetarian, and more. You can also pair the drink with light bites like fried chicken, fried mushrooms, french fries, black pepper pork jowls, or even salad.
Tim Rueng Wech Osot was a Thai-Chinese apothecary that closed up its business a while ago. However, as the granddaughter of the original ‘Uncle Tim’ wants to keep her family’s expertise alive, this modern Chinese bar was born. Several of the cocktails are infused with herbal remedies from her grandfather’s recipe!
Inside, you’ll feel Chinese aesthetics echoing throughout the place. From unique pieces like the lit-up logo modeled after the real Uncle Tim, antique Chinese-style furniture from the owner’s collection, and the eye-catching golden lion & dragon puppets.
Neon lights bathe the entire interior in a prominent red glow, which is the color of prosperity in Chinese beliefs. The color & light gimmick also carries over to the bar counter, giving the venue more modern vibes.
The easy-going ambiance of Uncle.Tim is brought on by a mellow jazz playlist, plus live performances on Wednesday, Friday, and the weekends. If you’re more into DJ sets, drop by on late Saturday nights for Chinese-style techno-house, which we find quite interesting.
One of Uncle.Tim’s highlights is the super creative menu. Most signature cocktails combine Tim Rueng Wech Osot herbal mixtures with a palatable sweet & sour flavor profile. (That said, there are bolder options for more experienced drinkers).
If you can’t decide which one to try, ask the bartenders for the Special of the Day. The alcohol is often infused in-house with various Chinese medicines, herbs, as well as other ingredients.
Other options include whiskeys, mocktails, wines, vodkas, umeshu, soju, and beers. And if you’re feeling hungry, you’ll definitely love Uncle.Tim’s spring rolls, gyoza, fried chicken, and other bar bites.
A new bar/restaurant on Pan Road, Wanderbkk seems to have it all - great food, good drinks, and awesome entertainment. The venue is decked out in an industrial style with modern elements like dark tones contrasted by bright accents for a lively atmosphere.
There are two seating areas available: the casual outdoor zone and the main indoor area, where you can either watch the bartenders craft new drinks or see live performances up-close by the stage.
Wanderbkk serves Thai fusion menus, taking an international ensemble of ingredients and prepare them in an authentic Thai fashion.
Most items on the recommendation are top-selling dishes of the recently closed All Six To Twelve Cafe & Social Bar and Amontre Playroom & Brasserie, which are all managed by Kulsiri “Kade” Chainopphakul.
Examples include Duck Larb Mochi, Foie Gras Fried Rice, Tom Yum Spaghetti Stir-fry, and many new items, which we think can make for a wonderful lunch or dinner.
As for the drinks, Wanderbkk serves as a coffee bar during the day, offering mostly tea, coffee, and coffee-based mocktails. It’s only at night that it becomes a cocktail bar with a wide range of alcoholic options.
The main highlight is the signature cocktails, which fully preserves the original character of the base spirit. The bar also offers classic cocktails, wines, beers, whiskeys, mocktails, juices, and smoothies.
While you’re enjoying the food and drinks, you’ll also be able to see the live band on Tuesday - Saturday from 19.30 on. The playlist includes Thai and international hits from genres like pop, jazz, and easy-listening. On Thursdays, things take a nostalgic turn with the ‘90s classics we know and love.
Super Seoul Café is a Korean café with a wine bar hidden up its sleeves. Wine Hundreds is open only on Fridays and is born from the owner’s wish to build a local wine community by selling wines for the cheap to make them less intimidating.
During the cold season (December - March), Wine Hundreds will open up its rooftop zone and let everyone enjoy the vintage theatre setting. While in the rainy season (July - November), the bar is housed in the second-floor indoor zone.
The decor is cozy and homey, using the same style as the café downstairs and its green & black tones. As for the wine bar zone, it currently books live jazz bands every week between 20.30 - 22.00.
Looking for something more filling? You can always count on Korean eats from downstairs with menus like ramyeon, bibimbap, kimchi soup, and jajangmyeon. There’s also a wide variety of appetizers that pairs well with the wines.
For the drinks, whether you enjoy wine on the regular or looking to try your very first glass, Super Seoul Café welcomes all.
Wine Hundreds’ selection focuses on full-bodied wines and those with slightly lighter profile, mostly from European regions (Italy, France, Germany). That said, you’ll also find wines from the US and Australia, as well as non-wine options like cocktails, soju, and good ol’ beers.