Two crafted cocktails are always better than one
Let’s face it, no one loves to work. Given a choice, we’d much rather be at home sitting on the couch with a stiff drink in one hand and a good book in the other—the thought of which often leads us to sit at our desks meticulously watching the clock. So when the hour hand finally reaches six, there is only one thing on our minds.
Bangkok itself has a plethora of bars to choose from, but bars that offer its guests a sense of feeling ‘at home’ where they can truly relax after a long day at work are rare gems in the City of Angels. It’s not that they don’t exist, you need to know where to look.
Located next to W Hotel Bangkok and steeped in history, The House on Sathorn is best known for being the previous location of the Russian embassy, and in more recent years for its critically acclaimed restaurant, The Dining Room. However, located just across the hallway you’ll find a gem in the form of The Bar at The House on Sathorn which offers guests Buy 1 Get 1 Free on cocktails daily between 6 pm and 8 pm.
Upon arrival during a recent visit, a colleague and I found ourselves immediately greeted by a member of staff and escorted up the red-carpeted stairs, through the heavyset wooden doorway and into the house itself. To the left, The Dining Room, and to the right, The Bar. Set in one of the house’s large double-ceiling front rooms, The Bar is adorned in art deco style furnishings. Lavish leather sofas with Thai silk cushions and elegant marble tables are symmetrically placed throughout, but the centrepiece of the room is the bar itself where an extensive selection of spirits and liquors from across the world are neatly lined and illuminated from below. It’s the type of bar we all wish we could have in our own houses.
The daily special covers an enticing mix of crafted seasonal cocktails. Gin is my drink of choice, so naturally, I was drawn to “The Garden”, a signature cocktail that combines Tanqueray gin with chrysanthemum and thyme, chamomile tea, rosemary syrup, egg white, and lime. My guest ordered the “I Am Sweet Enough” which features Belvedere vodka, Galliano liquor, lemongrass syrup, grapefruit juice, egg white, lime, and starfruit and came topped with a sprinkle-covered marshmallow.
To accompany our well-deserved after work drinks, the staff brought us a bowl of olives and sugar and rosemary covered peanuts, of which my colleague left only crumbs. Crispy squid with tom yum mayo (B350++) and tuna tartare topped with black truffle caviar on seaweed crackers (B200 ++ per piece) also provided a salty balance to our sweet alcoholic delights.
While slowly sipping our well-deserved cocktails, entirely at ease, we slowly melted into the leather sofa and felt all the stresses of the day wash away. Suddenly renewed and ready for another cocktail. by Kelly Harvey
The Bar at The House on Sathorn
106 North Sathorn Rd.
Tel: 02 344 4000