One of the many things we love about Bangkok is that the city is never lacking in new trendy bars to check out. Granted, every month is an exciting month to go out drinking in the Big Mango, yet June is quite possibly up there as the most exciting month of the year so far. We have two hot new openings, one top award-winning pop-up, and a multi-day festival dedicated to our city’s best and beloved watering holes. From vinyl collections to vermouth infusions, here are all the new spots you need to sit, toast, and clink glasses at this month.
Hero and featured image credit: Jacqueline at Siri House
It is perhaps the most buzzed about word in the Bangkok bar scene at the moment at a hotel that has opened to equal buzz just last month: Lennon’s. Located at the very top of the Rosewood Bangkok, the speakeasy-style whisky bar is welcoming music and cocktail lovers alike to its snazzy 30th floor hideout. Expect retro interior touches, sultry leather sofas, and an impressive vinyl collection of 6000 records to explore. Cigar lovers will be keen to know that a specially designed spiral staircase leads to a secret cigar lounge upstairs, where you’ll be able to enjoy your Negroni-inspired ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ cocktail (THB 420) in good company. There’s something about Lennon’s that proves why it can sit comfortably amongst the great Bangkok hotel bars of the minute.
Lennon’s, 30/F, Rosewood Bangkok, 1041/38 Phloen Chit Rd., Pathum Wan, Bangkok, +66 2080 0088; Open daily 7pm-12am
Whilst Jacqueline Kennedy may be most famously revered for her impeccable sense of style, it is no secret that the former American First Lady was known to always keep a well-stocked bar at the White House. The brainchild of Bangkok nightlife godfather Sanya Souvanna Phouma (formerly of Bed Supperclub, Maggie Choo’s, and Sing Sing, no less), the bar named after the iconic woman is an homage to Martini drinking culture in a location fresh off of Bangkok’s hot list. Nestled within cool cat epicentre Siri House, Jacqueline boasts the same laid-back glamour as the rest of the venue, with a fitting cocktail list to suit. From the ‘Jackie O’ (THB 340) made with vodka, gin, Cointreau, lychee liquor and lime, to the ‘Camelot’ (THB 320) made with whiskey, bourbon, bitters and orange, it’s a perfect toast to the 1960s. We ship it.
Jacqueline, 1/F, Siri House, 14/2 Soi Somkid, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, +66 94 868 2639; Open daily 5pm-12am
The Old Man Pop-Up
Here’s one that is sure to add a couple skips to heart beats if you’re a serious cocktail aficionado. Whilst we’re still celebrating the win of an incredible seven entries to the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list 2019, it is with great excitement that the best bar in Thailand (naturally, The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental) will play host to the best bar in Asia, The Old Man. In an exclusive pop-up between 1 June and 31 August, Agung Prabowo and team will be behind the bar at the iconic riverside hotel, mixing a selection of their world-renowned cocktails. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway and his works, expect an inventive and sophisticated drinking experience in a collaboration of the most epic tippling proportions.
The Old Man Pop-Up Experience, G/F, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bang Rak, Bangkok, +66(0)2-659-9000 Ext. Bar Reservations; 1 June – 31 August, Open Mon-Thurs 7pm-2am, Fri-Sat 7pm-3am.
Seen Restaurant & Bar
Bangkok receives yet another trendy new rooftop bar, this time by the riverside. A place to ‘sin and be seen’, Seen Restaurant and Bar has opened on the 26th floor of the Avani Riverside hotel, overlooking the Chao Phraya river. It is the third venture of Portuguese celebrity chef Olivier Da Costa, who has previously opened venues of the same name in Sao Paolo and Lisbon. Bringing a bit of spice and pizzaz from all these locations, the cocktail list is influenced by culinary touches from all these countries. Try the Thai-inspired ‘Sin To Be Seen’ (THB 400), featuring jackfruit sous vide, plantation rum, citrus, sweet basil, peach bitters, and vegetable tonic water; or the tipsy Portuguese ‘Seen Café Latte’ (THB 400) made with Sailor Jerry, Coffee Tawny Port, sweet cardamom, chocolate powder, and a whole egg. A great view a little outside of the mainstream hustle of the city centre, with equally Instagrammable drinks to suit.
Seen Restaurant and Bar, 26/F, Avani Riverside, 257 Charoennakorn Rd., Thon Buri, Bangkok, +66 2 431 9120; Open daily 6pm-1am
Bangkok Bar Show 2019
Even though not much has been revealed just yet, the end of June sees a very exciting debut at LHONG 1919. Hosted by a series of industry heavy weights, the first ever Bangkok Bar Show 2019 is taking place between 28-30 June, bringing together the best of the city’s drinking scene. Between 28-29 June, expect a city-wide celebration, wherein participants will be able to sign up for bar tours and bar shows at various venues about town. On 29-30 June, the party moves to LHONG 1919, where you’ll be able to seek out everything from seminars and masterclasses, to guest shifts and pop-ups. More details are to be uncovered shortly, but for now, and for June: get your drinking pants ready.