Originally a straight-up café in its early days, 24 Owls by Sometimes on Ekamai Soi 12 has undergone something of a transformation over the last couple of years to become a bijou 24-hour bistro and bar.
The interiors casual-chic décor comprises an eclectic mix of comfortable velvet covered sofas and leather armchairs, pieces of modern furniture, and faux vintage dining tables and chairs. Not surprisingly, owl figurines and motifs abound.
“We never sleep” is the outlet’s motto and it is a great spot for drinks and dining at any time of the day. While the underlying ambience at 24 Owls is one of sophisticated relaxation, the mood subtly changes as the day progresses – from the soft chatter of families sharing a leisurely breakfast, to the important hustle and bustle of the lunch crowd, to the laid back groove of the midevening patrons who come to dine and listen to live music on Wednesdays through Sundays, to the more boisterous Ekamai-Thong Lor party people enjoying a late-night post-club supper. The outdoor garden deck at the rear of the restaurant is also a popular area in which to enjoy a drink in the cool of the evening. It gets particularly busy at weekends when folk congregate to watch live sporting events on a big screen TV.
Cocktails are a must at 24 Owls. They range from a short list of house cocktails (all B285) to the slightly longer Classic Owl list (all B280). The drinks are mixed by experienced Danish barman Anders Olsen, and colleague Naphat Natchachon, a finalist at the Thai instalment of the Diageo World Class cocktail competition earlier this year. Particularly good as an aperitif is their Negroni (B280), a heady mix of gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Also excellent is the delightfully uncomplicated Margarita (B280), combining tequila, triple sec and lime juice.
Toothsome cocktails aside, the bar at 24 Owls stocks a good assortment of Irish, Scottish, Canadian, and American whiskey (or whisky), most around the B200-B250 per glass mark; various popular brands of gin, rum, vodka, and tequila at B180-B250 per glass; and a decent selection of single malt whiskeys (B240-B450 per glass), including offerings from senior distillers such as Talisker and Glenmorangie. There is also a very good collection of new- and old world wines available from an extensive wine list.
If you enjoy a cool thirst-quenching glass of beer, among the ubiquitous local suds on offer are bottled craft beers from Hitachio (B220) made with traditional Japanese brewing techniques, and lager and pale ale from Czech microbrewery Two Tales (also B220).
Popular as it is for drinks, 24 Owls also serves up a diverse menu of Thai and international cuisine – excellent fried rice and noodle dishes, pizzas, pasta, seafood and steaks, burgers, and soups and salads. In addition to the all-day breakfast options, favourites include sharing plates such as the grilled sausage platter (B420), the medley bruschetta (B220) topped with sautéed mushrooms, garlic butter, and clam and tomato salsa; a cheese platter (B490) offering a choice of French and Spanish cheeses served with crackers and fresh and dried fruit; and a cold cuts platter (also B490) comprising slices of Parma ham, chorizo, salami and mortadella. A standout appetizer is the zesty tuna tartar (B270) layered with cream cheese, avocado, tomato salsa, and pesto sauce.
A delight by day and deep into the night, 24 Owls offers a unique round-the-clock dining option.
24 Owls by Sometimes
39/9 Ekamai Soi 12, Sukhumvit 63 | 0 2391 4509 | 24owls.com
open 24 hours (Limited parking with valet parking service available)