There’s no shortage of hotel bars in Bangkok but Spasso, on the ground floor of the Grand Hyatt Erawan, at the junction of Sukhumvit and Rajadamri Rd, has been around for 21 years and remains a favourite among visitors and expats looking to let their hair down.
By day, it presents as a sedate Italian restaurant but after hours, after it transforms into a club and cocktail bar, it really hits its stride, revelling in its energetic, uninhibited atmosphere. The layout is unconventional – an open plan foyer and dining area narrows into a dancefloor, flanked by two wide horsesoe-shaped bars. It has the effect of funnelling all the action between the bars and on to the dancefloor, where you may see some audacious maneouvres attempted, with varying degrees of success.
Spasso is not so much for Bangkok scenesters – its selling point is that it’s fun and slightly wild and the live band does its best to whip partygoers into even higher spirits, the singer taking to the floor during some songs.
At the bar, all the classics are accounted for, along with some signature cocktails that are worth a look (all B350). The Kumquats Smash, blending gin, Grand Marnier and single malt whiskey, manages to pack a boozy punch while simultaneously refreshing. And the Dolci Martini, with cognac, Baileys, espresso, white chocolate and mascarpone, is an indulgent sipper.
If you’re entertaining a group, perhaps at one of the tables that form a ring around the dancefloor, and don’t want to run low on daiquiris and Long Island Iced Teas, grab one of the pitchers (B1200).
Spasso doesn’t pretend to reinvent the formula – after 21 years it probably doesn’t need to – but that does little to stop its regular crowd enjoying themselves.
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, 494 Rajadamri Road | 02-254-1234 bangkok.grand.hyatt.com | 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-2.30am
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