Set upon the third floor of new dining complex Eleven Bangkok, we have Los Atico, a new speakeasy-like cocktail bar dedicated to everything tequila.
From the 44 tequilas on the menu to tequila-infused tacos, co-owner Jordan Moss says, “our aim is to convert everyone, but not everyone’s a fan.” The former Sydneysider and University of Sydney student set off to Hong Kong four and a half years ago with his father and hasn’t looked back.
Since then, the pair have opened 23 branches across Hong Kong and Bangkok and now two cocktails bars, Los Atico and Los Sotano. The idea behind the bars is to be sneaky add-ons to Cali Mex, utilising the restaurant’s extra space. At their original branch in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong, the pair had a basement to spare and that’s where the idea was born. After a trip to the US, home of high-end Mexican food as Jordan describes, the pair returned full of ideas and ambition. Not long after they had a group of artists from Miami and a renowned bartender from West Hollywood flown over to design the menu and the artworks. The name came after, and simply is the bar’s location in reference to Cali Mex but in Spanish–Sotano (basement). Similarly Los Atico means the attic.
Jordan describes Los Atico as a “level up” from Los Sotano in terms of artwork. Inside, it’s neon-lit, day of the dead them is an Instagrammer’s dream location. Accompanying that artwork is a high-end grill serving noteworthy dishes like tequila-infused lobster tacos. The drinks menu includes five variations of the margarita, tequila flights featuring different aged tequilas from two-month-old blanco to five-year-old premio, creative cocktails like the beer-based Bad Hombre as well as what is probably Bangkok’s most expensive cocktail: Carlos Slim, the mezcal equivalent of a whisky sour stirred, shaken and served at your table in a gold cocktail shaker.
The menu, while impressive, has only half the number of tequilas and mezcals Los Sotano does, however they’re currently looking at ways to improve that. Jordan notes a difference in import laws and rules compared to Hong Kong, however is happy to set up in Bangkok: “we always wanted to come here, we just needed the right partner”.
Entry to the bar is up two flights of stairs inside Eleven Sukhumvit, however entry via Cali Mex is possible but not preferred.
26-9 Eleven, Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02 013 4500, facebook.com/losaticobkk