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Small Wonder

August 25, 2014
Famed for its party culture, Bangkok has never been short of lively nightspots where raucous revellers can bop till they drop every night of the week. But beyond the bright lights and thumping stereo systems, a groundswell towards a more sophisticated and demure drinking culture gains ever more momentum in the Thai capital. Just take for example new Silom hotspot Smalls, a recently opened bohemian nook where the handcrafted cocktails are as refined as the jazz soundtrack humming softly in the background.

The decidedly more mature sibling of renowned party palace Q Bar, Smalls does away with the dance floor in favour of vintage French design cues, swathes of velvet, and candlelit bar and booth seating. As the moniker suggests, the three-floor corner space is on the petite side – with just two diminutive rooms, a second storey balcony, and rooftop deck – but what it lacks in size Smalls makes up for in flavour. There’s an extensive cocktail list highlighting inventive craft blends like a creamy Chocotini and the Thai-inspired Dragon Piroska with dragon fruit, honey and a generous nip of vodka, or for the more decadent imbiber owner David Jacobsen shelves a heady array of Absinthes served in traditional fountains with the requisite spoon and crystal accoutrements. Add in a concise list of beers, wines, cheeses and snacks, and you’ve got a perfect little pre or post stop. Good things, Smalls packages.

186/3 Suan Phlu Soi / +66 95 585 1398 / 5.30pm-2am Mon, 6pm-2am Wed-Sun