Good music, shared food, strong drinks, and great company are the foundation of Latin America’s carefree social life. Parties are encouraged. Fun is paramount, dancing to infectious beats a necessity. It’s an irresistible combination. Enter Revolucion Cocktail, a vibrant, energetic bar, celebrating Cuban culture, set in a growing dining and drinking destination, Sathorn Soi 10.
What began as a bartending and mixology school in China quickly expanded to include its own bar. With colourful interiors, exotic Latin-Caribbean sounds, and mix-masters blending boozy creations, the Revolucion Cocktail concept became a smash hit in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xiamen. Judging from its initial reception in Bangkok, this venue is set to do the same.
Three townhouses have been converted into one multistory building. The owners plan to build a restaurant on the second level. The third floor is earmarked, at least for the time being, as a possible location for cocktail classes, giving lessons to the city’s aspiring Joseph Boroskis.
Dim lighting and a long bar welcome the post-work crowd. Bartenders shake, strain, and pour against the backdrop of over 500 different spirits. Che Guevara watches over the late night proceedings amid vivid posters and mismatching lamps. Clever lighting brings out the colours of Cuba, the festive feel heightened by Latin beats.
The menu is a mix of well-known favourites with a couple of twists. The G&G (B300), a popular choice, is a heady mix of Beefeater gin, fresh grapefruit, grapefruit syrup, and tonic water. The Lemon Tart (B400) is served still frothing. The tequila, lemon, and sugar make the tongue tingle. Order the signature Revolucion Cocktail (B340) and you’ll find your hand wrapped around a mythical figure — served in a tiki mug, the bar’s namesake is a punch of fresh rosemary, Diplomático Añejo rum, passion fruit, apple juice, and simple syrup.
A small, Latin American-inspired sharing menu is available. Each dish is designed to complement the drinks. Generous, colourful, and inexpensive, their flavours are fresh and fierce. The shrimp ceviche (B220) combines sweetcorn puree with shrimp marinated in coconut, lime, and coriander root; it’s served with a piquant jalapeño, fresh avocado, and mango salsa. Other nice noshes include patatas bravas (B150) and Revolucion Calamares (B150), both of which pair well with the potent drinks.
In true Latin style, there are parties every night. Monday is devoted to F&B pros. On Saturday, the venue hosts hot DJs. Best of all? Revolucion Cocktail is just getting started.
50 Soi Suksawittaya, Sathorn | 0 2635 3533 | Facebook.com/pages/revolucion-cocktail-bangkok