Drinking in History
Themed on the places that featured large in the great author’s life, and on the food and drink he so dearly loved, Hemingway’s restaurant and bar on Sukhumvit Soi 14 is situated in a beautiful 100-year-old golden teakwood house. Indeed, the venue exudes a palpable old-world colonial charm.
Despite its proximity to the busy Asoke junction, it somehow manages to maintain an air of solitude. Yet there’s a contradiction at play, because from the romantic Hideaway Lounge and Marlin Boulevard balcony upstairs to the snug Habana bar and Spanish Garden downstairs, Hemingway’s is constantly bustling and alive with conversation.
This is because it is the premier choice for meals and drinks throughout the day and for post-work beers and cocktails. There’s a different drink special each night, from Margarita Monday’s to beers on Wolfpack Wednesdays. And, thankfully, long happy hours still exist here (weekdays from 4pm to 8pm, weekends from 12 noon to 8pm), with the price of a beer or a glass of wine starting at B95.
The wine list features old and new world selections ranging from B950-B4900 per bottle. There is also a modest but well considered list of bottled craft beers (B295) and a draft craft beer that rotates monthly. In addition, Hemingway’s offers what is arguably the finest Bloody Mary in town (B260), best enjoyed over the popular Bloody Mary Sunday Brunch (bookings recommended).
Ernest Hemingway liked a drink in the same way fish like water and the bar’s Classic Cocktail menu reflects a number of the author’s favourite tipples. Of note is Death in the Afternoon (B240). Named for one of his novels, it is made according to the writer’s original instructions: “Pour one jigger of absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add ice-chilled Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness.
Drink five of these slowly”. Also good is the Classic Mojito (B240). Based on the recipe used at the drink’s place of birth, La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba, a bar made famous by Papa himself, it is mixed with a generous measure of white rum, fresh mint leaves, lime wedges and raw sugar, and packs a refreshing sweet and sour punch.
A man of big appetites, one can’t help but feel that Hemingway would also have approved of the extensive food menu here. It includes cold and hot ‘small plate’ choices a la tapas (B110-B295), pizzas (B260-B325), and hearty fish, meat and poultry main courses (B320-B880) from a ‘big plate’ listing.
Hemingway Bar and Restaurant
Sukhumvit Soi 14 (1 minute from BTS Asoke exit 4) 0 2653 3900 | hemingwaysbangkok.com | 11.30am-1am