Over the last couple of years, wine themed bars and restaurants have become popular in Bangkok, from the Singaporean chain restaurant Wine Connection, to Wine Republic to Wine I Love You. Wine Me Up or now known as ‘Twist’ is situated in the popular and trendy Thong Lor area of Seenspace (3rd floor) along sub Soi 13 (Thong Lor BTS, exit 3 and then a short walk/taxi ride). It is open daily from 6.30pm-1am.
It is one of those places that really needs to be seen to be believed as the décor is something else. The bar is decorated with hundreds of tiny black mosaic style mirrors and the soft lighting has a red glow to it. The terms “kitsch” and “random” spring to mind, but it is nice to be somewhere a little different and there is certainly plenty to look at from dark gothic style chairs and other funky furniture. The ceiling is decorated to look like the Sistine Chapel.
The décor, when coupled with the music and friendly staff creates a very fun atmosphere. There is a large bar to sit at if you are just enjoying drinks, or for those also dining there are big booths also available.
Turning to the food options, this is predominantly an Italian themed restaurant with a focus on fine wine. In addition there are a couple of Japanese fusion dishes available.
The menu generally caters for fish and meat lovers (I could only count three vegetarian options on the whole menu). Although the appetizers looked tempting, I had been pre-warned to save room for dessert. My waiter recommended that I should try one of their risottos or the angel hair pasta for a main course, and although I was tempted, I decided to try the pan seared salmon with a beurre blanc sauce. I was really pleased with my choice. The salmon was cooked really nicely and the sauce was not overly rich. I was impressed by the amount of dishes on offer and could have tried any number of the other seafood dishes available from the snowfish to the juicy River prawns.
I am a big chocolate fan and friends who had visited only the weekend previously recommended that I try the chocolate lava cake for dessert– and wow, this did not disappoint! Again like the beurre blanc sauce, which accompanied by salmon, the chocolate was not to rich that it became overpowering and was the perfect runny consistency.
The dishes were all beautifully presented, as were others I could see being delivered to nearby tables. As one might expect from the name, there was a good choice of wine available (more than 60 labels are on offer) from all over the world. If you are unsure of what will best complement your dish or fancy trying something a little different, then the staff will only be to happy to make recommendations.
The wine starts at a reasonable price of 150 baht by the glass (I tried a glass of house red and it was perfectly drinkable) to 600-6000 baht a bottle for those who fancy something a little bit more extravagant or who are celebrating a special occasion, but regardless of your budget this certainly is a great place for wine lovers to visit.
Get Twisted and Wined Up!
Although on my visit this time I stuck purely to wine, the cocktail list also looked interesting to sample on a repeat trip – there are fifteen in total to choose from and both the blackberry mojito and vanilla raspberry sparkle caught my eye. Cocktails start at 280 baht.
The live music that plays every night is good and creates a party ambience means this probably is not the place to visit if you are looking forward to having a quiet evening catching up with friends, family or a loved one. Local expatriates tend to be the bars usual crowd making the most of good wine at affordable prices.
On the night I visited, service could have been a little quicker although they were all very friendly. On the whole I enjoyed my evening here and would recommend it. Special themed nights run throughout the year, such as the recent 3 course Valentine’s dinner – be sure to “like” their Facebook page for more details.
By Anna Power