Right here at Coconuts, we’re nonetheless type of suckers for these clandestine bars impressed by America’s Prohibition period, and are all the time looking out for a few of Bangkok’s best-kept (or in some instances, worst-kept) secret watering holes.
There are numerous speakeasies all around the metropolis — a few of them are frou-frou fancy, whereas a few of them are extra low-key. Right here, we’re rounding up a few of our Coco crew’s favorites, which we selected as a result of they’ve obtained a bit of somethin’ particular occurring, whether or not it’s a little bit of quirky character or all-around wonderful cocktails. One of many locations on our record doesn’t even run any official social media accounts, which if you concentrate on it, is the final word transfer of secrecy.
With out additional ado…
Photograph: Trustworthy Mistake/FB
Should you’re in Ari and searching for a low-key spot to booze, then this neon-lit, Shanghai-themed bar known as Trustworthy Mistake is an efficient one. The bar serves Chinese language-inspired cocktails resembling its Hor Nang Lohm (rum, Midori, pandan, coriander, coconut and lime, THB340) and Ang Mhor (gin, bael, Aperol, Carpano Bianco and bitters, THB340). All it takes to search out it’s a fast stroll down a darkish alley to a pawn store facade, the place you’ve obtained at hand over a token amount of money in change for a key that offers you entry to the room upstairs. Take a look at our write-up of the bar right here.
FIND IT: 488, Aqua Way of life Mall, Phahonyothin Rd, Phaya Thai, Bangkok
Discover the Photograph Sales space
Photograph: Discover the Photograph Sales space/FB
This one’s hidden inside a sports activities bar positioned within the Nana space, with an entrance behind a photobooth. To get there, guests should take a photograph of themselves earlier than discovering a strategy to unlock the door. Discover the Photograph Sales space options artistic cocktails with “Thai twists” that many – heavy drinkers or not – could wish to revisit.
FIND IT: 2nd ground of Rating Bar, Soi Sukhumvit 11, Watthana, Bangkok
The Key Room No. 72
Photograph: The Key/FB
Inside this Wes Anderson-themed resort within the Ari neighborhood is The Key, a speakeasy that requires nightowls to enter a particular room’s keycard in an effort to acquire entry. The drinks served on the bar are robust, spirit-forward cocktails, and most of them are impressed by worldwide travels of The Key’s fictional bar proprietor, Mr. Josh.
FIND IT: Room No. 72, Josh Resort, Phaholyothin Street, Soi Aair four Nua, Bangkok
Photograph: Liberation / FB
Named the “Greatest New Bar” in Bangkok simply earlier this yr, Liberation is hidden in plain sight, nestled inside a posh on Soi Sukhumvit 49. Headed by award-winning mixologist Suwincha “Chacha” Singsuwan, the bar’s cocktail menu is impressed by classic propaganda posters, and its bartenders are recognized for utilizing a rotary evaporator to create ingenious flavors.
FIND IT: 4th ground of Piman 49, Soi Sukhumvit 49, Watthana, Bangkok
Photograph: Havana Social / FB
Guests to this bar want to put a name in a telephone sales space to get an entry code into the bar. Havana Social, themed after pre-revolutionary Cuba, is a watering gap that includes rum-heavy drinks. Patrons can even ascend the bar’s staircase to smoke inside its hip cigar lounge upstairs, or don one of many institution’s fedora hats (they’re obtainable on the bar) earlier than displaying off their Latin dance strikes.
FIND IT: 41, Soi Sukhumvit 11, Watthana, Bangkok
Photograph: Ku Bar Bangkok / FB
Sitting on the third ground of a vacant constructing on Phra Sumen Street, the dimly-lit, minimalist Ku Bar may be noticed by a wood door with a Chinese language character emblazoned on the entrance. The bar’s craft cocktails use seasonal native substances — many that are sourced at native markets — resembling ginkgo, chrysanthemum, and Chinese language celery.
FIND IT: 469, Phra Sumen Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
Picture: Wiki Commons
This bar doesn’t actually have a Fb web page, solely a hashtag (therefore the inventory picture you’re seeing above). Led by the identical crew behind Discover the Photograph Sales space, #FindtheLockerRoom sits behind a set of metallic lockers within the Thonglor space. The menu covers basic cocktails below three themes: previous, current and future.
FIND IT: 406, Soi Sukhumvit 55, Watthana, Bangkok