Bangkok has built up a bit of a reputation for its cocktails over recent years, much helped by a long list of bars serving up reasonably priced recipes and a generation of magical mixologist creating local twists on classic concoctions; cocktails are on the drinks lists in all corners of the city.
Whereas cocktails are seen more as ‘party’ drink, or something for special occasions in many world communities, here in the Big Mango there seems to be a cocktail for every occasion. From fancy five-star rooftop bars to the traditional taverns, you don’t have to search hard to find a mix-drink, but where can you get your lips around the Best Cocktails Bars in Bangkok?
Bamboo Bar (at the Mandarin Oriental)
Jazz and cocktails seem to go together like rugby and beer, or football and beer, or baseball and beer. While you won’t find much ball game action at the snazzy Bamboo Bar, you will discover an Über cool lounge vibe with custom cocktails and top-notch resident jazz musicians. Such is the reputation of the Mandarin Oriental bar it’s known to be a favourite haunt of rock god Mike Jagger.
Try the Thaijito – a wicked blend of local Maekhong Whiskey, Brown Sugar, Fresh Lemongrass and Lime, and some finely shredded Ginger.
Fat Gutz (Sukhumvit 55)
One of Thong Lor’s trendy hangouts, Fat Gutz is as cosy as it is cool, much helped by their long list of tummy tingling cocktails. Dedicated to bringing the best cocktails to Bangkok, Fat Gutz hired world famous mixologist Joseph Boroski to create 16 original New York-style mix drinks for their latest menu.
Try the Junyo Maru – named after a sunken Japanese battleship, this tangy cocktail contains a smooth blend of cucumbers, honey melon, maple, and fresh lime, made potent with the addition of Irish whiskey.
Zuk Bar (at the Sukhothai Hotel)
Set in the suave lobby of the stylish Sukhothai Hotel, Zuk Bar offers lots of luxurious sofas and armchairs for those looking for a true lounge experience, or more flamboyant teakwood tables and chairs for those desiring a more formal way to enjoy some grand piano music and taste their way through an extensive selection of inventive cocktails.
Try the Passion Fruit Caipiroska – made from fresh local Saowarot (passion fruit), a twist of lime, and just enough vodka to add the ‘kick.’
Aqua (at the Four Seasons Hotel)
Aqua is set in an outdoor courtyard of the posh Four Seasons Hotel, and whether you can afford a room or not, this hotel bar is definitely worth breaking into your penny jar and paying a visit for the cocktail list alone. Led by what are said to be the best Martinis in the capital, the cocktail list includes lots of smooth, spicy and exotic recipes, as well as several well-mixed classics.
Try the Tom Yum Siam – a Thai style mix of vodka, lemongrass, lychee syrup, and ground chilli.
WTF Bar (Sukhumvit 51)
Where else in the city can you enjoy some top-notch cocktails, yummy tapas, and modern art all under one roof? Part social club, part drink hole, WTF Bar is an imaginative venue that borders on the pretentious, but manages to deliver an enjoyable experience back boned by some creative cocktails.
Try the Mojito con Cerveza – a classic Mojito with a Bangkok twist, with lime, mint and rum, stirred into some ice cool Tiger beer.