For when you’re in the mood for drinks before dinner (or a nightcap thereafter), consider dining and drinking at these venues situated in and around Bangkok. Here are some of the best restaurant bars in town. By Chayaninthaijongrak
Aside from delicious dishes and an amiable ambience, these Bangkok-based dining outlets also house the best bars. So, the next time you’re looking to indulge in quality collations alongside quality libations, consider heading over to one of these venues in Bangkok.
Bangkok Restaurants with the Best Bars
Situated atop Thai dining outlet 100 Mahaseth lies a bar boasting retro Thai-inspired decor: Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar. The bar’s ‘Resourceful’ Cocktails’ selection features vibrant concoctions crafted with sustainable, locally-inspired ingredients, very much in line with the restaurant’s concept just downstairs. Taking common Thai foods and ingredients and elevating them into cocktail magic, be sure to try items like the ‘Cow’ or ‘Squid’ cocktail, which use the eponymous animal as the basis for the drink. On the whole, from decor to dishes to drinks, the affable, intimate bar boasts a charming Thai allure with a modern spin.
Chinatown’s Restaurant POTONG houses Opium Bar, an idyllic, inviting bar occupying the fourth and fifth floors of the shophouse. The concept of ‘liquid reality’ is embedded in the bar’s DNA as the expanse creatively coalesces the concept of opulent New York hangout space with the spirit of late-night Chinatown Bangkok. Whether it’s pre-meal aperitifs or after-dark indulgences you’re after, Opium Bar is the place to be for quality tipples served in a speakeasy setting. Dine at Restaurant POTONG and drink at Opium Bar, and you’re guaranteed a wonderful, worthwhile evening.
Even though its doors only opened for the first time earlier this month, this Nordic dining outlet has swiftly made its way to the top of Bangkok’s fine dining must-dine list, and justifiably so. Whilst the dining venue is composed of an open kitchen, a commodious 60-seat dining room, private dining rooms, and an outdoor patio, its contemporary Nordic bar also deserves a special mention. Located to the left of the dining space in its own cosy enclave lies Villa Frantzén Cocktail Bar. Here, to complement the Nordic cuisine nuanced with Asian influences, the less-than-month-old bar serves refined, must-try Nordic-inspired cocktails that really hit the mark.
Lastly, we’ve got a veteran in the capital city’s culinary scene: Eat Me Restaurant. Spanning across three floors boasting sleek interiors and a muted colour scheme, Eat Me houses an indoor space, a bamboo-shrouded verandah, and a bar nestled downstairs. The cocktail menu is divided into five constituents: ‘Sip Some Thai, ‘Eat Me Creations,’ ‘Aperitif,’ ‘After Dinner,’ and ‘Classics.’ We recommend sipping a creatively-named, creatively-crafted concoction from the ‘Sip Some Thai’ submenu, which caused much furore when it launched, and still does impress. All in all, Eat Me Restaurant is a favoured late-night dining destination for city dwellers, and the bar is a huge part of the reason why.
(Hero and featured image credit: Opium Bar)
(This story first appeared on prestigeonline.com/th)