Start the insanity
On Wednesday July 12th Levels nightclub, on Sukhumvit Soi 11, celebrates their 5th Anniversary with a huge free party. It’s great to see that this popular dance spot—housed on the 6th Floor of the Aloft Hotel—is still going strong, but the same cannot be said for other nightlife venues in town. LIVE RCA shut their doors at the end of June, which is sad news as the club often hosted live performance nights featuring cool indie bands and cutting edge DJ talents. Meanwhile, the long-running Insanity nightclub has left it’s home on Sukhumvit Soi 12, and has opened afresh on Sukhumvit Soi 11 (a soft opening period will run until mid-July, after which a spectacular Grand Opening celebration is planned).
The Anantara Siam Bangkok recently opened a cozy little smokers lounge called Character Whisky & Cigar Bar, located in the same courtyard as Aqua. The interior is modelled after the famed Eastern Oriental Express rail cars, with plenty of hardwood and leather, while the walk-in cigar room is well stocked with ready-to-smoke cigars—almost exclusively non-Cuban labels, leaning more heavily towards the Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Dominican labels. To help with your selection the accompanying cigar menu comes with notes on each cigar’s origin, format, strength, wrapper, filler, tasting notes, etc. Meanwhile, the bar offers a long list of exceptional single malts, or you can order mixed drinks, beers and/or snacks from Aqua. Open daily, from 6pm till midnight.
An offer you can’t refuse
Just opened this past April, Warp is a new addition to the fine wine and spirit scene in Thong Lor. The shop, located at Market Place (Thong Lor Soi 4) is under the umbrella of the Godfather chain, one of the country’s leading wine and spirits boutiques. This new concept venue—a casual style bottle shop—invites guests to buy a few bottles to take home, or just sit, sip, and swirl in the shop’s (limited) seating area. The extensive and impressive product range available includes wine, beer, whisky, spirits, and even cigars, and the team is always on hand to steer you towards the perfect selection. Open daily from 10am till 10pm.
Enter the dragon
While it’s a bit off the beaten track for some, the recently opened Smoking Dragon, in Bangkok’s Eastern Udom Suk district (Udom Suk Soi 58), is already proving that a mix of good food, great craft beer, and live music never goes out of style. The owners explain that they’re on a bit of a mission, trying to create “a proper community place that is equally Thai and Western and encourages interaction through mutual interests”. As such they’re planning on doing quite a few things here—including live gigs, magic shows, dance lessons, open mike nights, etc. Meanwhile, the menu boasts smoked meats (from the woodfire BBQ pit), wood-fired pizzas, Thai dishes, Mexican treats, and more.