A few hundred metres down the quiet Soi that is Som Kid, a quaint and elegant new bar has opened in the latest lifestyle complex from development giant Sansiri.
Taking the top floor above Quince restaurant, Jacqueline brings us a touch of beachside elegance right in the middle of the city. On first glance it resembles the kind of restored beach houses you might find at Bondi, Sydney except with a mix of pastel colours and warmer in both colour and lighting. Inside, you’ll find a large marble bartop set on top of a copper bar—a staple and the favourite material of Jacqueline’s designer, Shelly Kwok. The interior could be likened to that of Yen Akat’s cosy cocktail bar Cactus, another recent project from Shelly. There are similarities between the two sporting a leafy laid back atmosphere, both timber-heavy with copper features and well-lit with warm colours. However Jacqueline, as the name would suggest, is both the more feminine and artistic of the two.
On the menu you’ll find a spirit-forward cocktail list dedicated to 60s cocktail culture which takes their name from milestones in Jackie’s life. These start with Camera Girl, a fruity spritzer which takes its name from her short stint as a photographer and columnist for Washington Times Herald. There’s also Jackie-O, a variation of the lychee martini, Camelot which they describe as the “perfect manhattan” and Paparazzi, a dirty negroni. These are all shaken up by bartender Tum Saranjes, formerly of Bed Supperclub, Maggie Choo’s and Anantara Bangkok. At B320 a glass these are all quite reasonable in price compared to some of the recent openings we’ve seen. Paired with view of the pool which can be seen from the bar that opens up onto the balcony outside, it’s a price we see value in. There’s also a second balcony other shaded by trees which overlooks the complex entry.
Behind it all is nightlife and food and beverage pioneer Sanya Souvanna Phouma, founder of the now closed Bed Supperclub and a co-founder and partner to several Bangkok mainstays including Long Table, Quince, Maggie Choo’s (sold in 2016), Sing Sing, Iron Balls Gin, Funky Lamb Kitchen and Cactus. He describes his latest project as “a note to Jacqueline Kennedy”, the woman who revolutionised social life in the White House.
For now it’s in soft-opening phase, but guests can expect jazz bands, DJs and even the occasional art exhibition in months to come.