Thong Lor’s swashbuckling social spot (eyepatch optional)
With walls covered in Jack Rogers skull and crossbones motifs and warnings that “dead men tell no tales”, there’s no mistaking Pirate Saloon for any other bar in Thong Lor. The rustic lighting features, tall vintage cabinets stocked with bottles of spirits, the large ship hanging over the bar, and a video display of an underwater cave against the back wall all create the impression that you’ve entered Davy Jones’ Locker.
Occupying the bottom floor of the open-air community mall formerly known as Seenspace, this expansive swashbuckling themed restaurant and bar is an offshoot of Chit Lom’s Pirate Chambre. With an expansive drinks and dining menu, it’s an easy option and unique change of pace for groups looking for a night out.
The Flying Dutchman (B380) offers a pleasingly spirit-forward drink in a menu dominated by sweeter and fruiter offerings. Made with Maker’s Mark bourbon-infused honey, dry vermouth, Angostura and Peychaud bitters, and Antica Formula, the herbal depth of the vermouth makes the blend somewhat reminiscent of a negroni, and a squeeze of the lemon garnish adds a subtle tang that plays well against the slight sweetness of the whiskey.
Garnished with a red chili stuffed with mint, the fruitiness of the Blood Lust (B380) plays well with the salted rim of the glass. Made with Olmeca tequila, creme de cassis, vanilla syrup, lime juice, and dominated by the addition of fresh blueberry, the egg white foam gives the drink a frothy lightness that contrasts well against its strong flavours.
The long list of ingredients in the Head Over Heels (B380) might sound overwhelming, but the Captain Morgan rum, pineapple juice, elder flower syrup, coconut cream, grenadine, and dry coconut pair well together to create a classically fruity beach drink. At first super sweet, the acidity of the pineapple and the subtlety of additional sweet and sour gives the blend a subtle tartness. The far syrupier Hail Stone (B380), made with a vodka and Frangelico base, is dominated by the unusual use of salted butter as a primary ingredient—a uniquely rich element complimented by a hint of passion fruit. With a novel taste that’s difficult to pinpoint at first, it’s best enjoyed as a dessert cocktail, adding a sweet final note to the night.
The expansive food menu serves up an enormous variety of dishes that include Thai cuisine, seafood, salads with sorbet, hot dogs, tacos, and pizza. A great accompaniment to any night of drinking, the Falabella Rustica (B390) is similar to a calzone, with Parma ham, truffle oil, and a generous amount of mozzarella folded between two thin sheets of crust. If you’re looking for slightly more sophisticated fare to soak up the alcohol, try the Sizzling Prawns Gambas (B420), a highlight of the kitchen’s seafood menu. Served in their shells and accompanied by toasted baguette, the freshness of the plump shrimp is complimented by the surprisingly delicate zest of the chili, garlic, paprika, and parsley.
By Micaela Marini Higgs
251/1, Thonglor Soi 13
Open daily: 6pm-2am
Tel: 083 639 9919