Craft cocktails in Thong Lo’s coolest new space
It lacks a signpost, and several cocktails after you’ve passed through inconspicuous wood doors and entered this dimly lit and deeply compelling space, you might feel as though you’ve slipped into some kind of reverie. But to clarify: Rabbit Hole isn’t a “speakeasy” per se, nor does its name signify any trippy, down-the-you-know-what experiences. It’s a proper cocktail bar run by industry insiders, where the drinks come first and the interiors—for which the designers have been nominated for an esteemed Inside Award—top it off.
The most obvious feature inside this remarkably renovated restaurant is the three-story tall bar shelf, its gold drawers back-lit with red and white lights. It’s stocked with an incredible range of spirits, including many Japanese whiskies and a surprisingly complex rum called Phraya that’s made by ThaiBev (the same company behind “humble” SangSom and Hong Thong). Bottle service is available, as it is on much of Thong Lo’s millionaire mile, but it would be a travesty to disregard the bar’s raison d’être: the cocktails.
Bar Manager Suwincha ‘Cha Cha’ Singsuwan, past winner of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition and denier of all things flair, has concocted a two-page menu of craft specialties. A quarter of them feature fruity flavour profiles, another quarter fruity-dry, and half are spirit-forward. Of this half, a standout is the Truffle Martini (B450). It’s a complex creature, a fusion of dry vermouth and Tanqueray gin that’s been fat-washed with truffle oil (the gin is mixed with truffle oil and allowed to steep, leaving the flavour and aroma of the truffle without the greasiness of the oil). It smells, quite frankly, like a really good plate of pasta, but it’s also very potent. For a take on truffle gin without the fire-breathing aftereffect, check out the Cry Me to the Moon (B380), a mix of the same gin with apple juice, citrus peel, and pandan syrup. Cha Cha calls it a “soft version” of the martini. True to form, the pandan lingers pleasantly on the palate long after the first taste, burying the harshness of the spirit.
It’s easy to jump from here to a modern classic, like the Silk Stocking (B320), or a fruity signature drink, such as the Queen of Hearts (B350), an aromatic blend of vodka, aloe vera juice, citrus, and a remarkable lotus syrup that requires a bi-weekly drive to Amphawa to obtain. For a real treat, though, ask your bartender to make you something unique. They know their spirits, and they’re personable. Who knows? They might even let you in on a secret, like the gold plate emblazoned with RH that’s kept hidden behind a bottle of Jack Daniels. Yes it seems, the bar does have a sign but, as Cha Cha playfully admits, “We just kind of forgot about it.”
125, Sukhumvit Soi 55
Tel: 081 822 3392
Open daily 7pm-2am