Ranking Bangkok’s Best Bars
On June 21st the winners of the 2nd annual ASIA’S 50 BEST BARS were announced, creating a definitive ranking of this hemisphere’s most celebrated drinking establishments for 2017. And although Singapore’s Manhattan bar claimed top honours, there were five Bangkok tippling spots on the prestigious list. Highest on the list was the Mandarin Oriental’s BAMBOO BAR (No. 13), followed by BACKSTAGE COCKTAIL BAR (No. 18), Q&A BAR (No. 34), VESPER (No. 40), and TEENS OF THAILAND (No. 46). Almost 200 industry experts from across Asia were asked to cast their votes, resulting in a diverse and eclectic mix of bars representing 14 cities in 10 different countries. The list is produced by William Reed Business Media, the same people behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants lists.
Craft Comes to Convent
Rejoice, beer geeks… MASH has finally brought the good stuff to Silom. The bar occupies a carefully renovated shophouse (next to Som Tam Hai Convent) and here a well-informed staff serves 16 different beers and ciders on tap—from esoteric brews like Evil Twin’s Biscotti Break, to new releases from Thai brands, including Beat Brewing’s A Go Go IPA. There’s also a range of bottles and cans in the fridge. The design is pretty slick, with two floors filled out in whites and blacks, and brick and marble, and a projector screen displaying the beers on tap against a back wall. There’s food, too, with a menu that tilts toward Americana grub (the American burger is especially tasty). Open Monday to Saturday from 5pm till midnight.
Let’s Get it Together
With bright neon signs plastered over exposed brick, as well as a pool table and a dartboard, the recently opened REUNION BAR & BISTRO (Thong Lor Soi 10) looks to be going after a retro vibe reminiscent of dive-bars you’d find in New York’s East Village—which is a definite departure from the tone of the rest of Thong Lor. The menu boasts creative drinks and inventive food items—all at relatively affordable prices—the venue also offers live music every night of the week as well. Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 6pm till midnight.
Any Way You Slice It
For those familiar with MUSTACHE, the long-running, all-night underground dance club on Ratchadapisek Soi 7, you’ll be pleased to know that plans are underway to open an upstairs dining venue in the same spot this month. Imaginatively titled LA PIZZA, the venue—which is set to take over the rooftop of Mustache—will be offering classic Italian pizzas in a casual open-air dining setting. And if you’re in the area on August 5th, swing by for their opening party, featuring free pizza and an open bar 7pm and 9pm, as well as DJs and a live band.