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July 11, 2016
Asia's 50 Best Bars: Bangkok Edition
Love a tipple or two? Then you’re in the right place, Pamela! Bangkok has seen a massive upsurge in cutting-edge cocktail concepts of late and – somewhat unsurprisingly – a whopping six stars have claimed a coveted spot on the inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Bars list.

Hyde & Seek (#50) is today considered a pour pioneer, having launched in 2010 when the libation landscape was pretty dry. Pull up a high chair at the long, glossy counter for quaffs infused with fruit, herbs, spices and smoke. This hybrid gastrobar offers dining and DJs too.

Chinoiserie-dappled Maggie Choo’s (#41) is one of Aussie Ashley Sutton’s ultra-imaginative iterations. Enter via a Cantonese cafe decked with upturned umbrellas to discover glam girls on swings, a caged bar, bank vault-style caverns and opium den styling. DJs and cabaret keep the party pumping.

Choose between sweet and sour, bitter, classic, or gin and juice at cool juniper joint Teens of Thailand (#27), a hole-in-the-wall, under-the-stairs bolthole that appeals to serious drinkers of all ages. Shabby-chic decor; minimal drinks.

Slinky speakeasy Q&A (#26) is all soft light, seductive curves and inviting tan leather perches, set in a stylish, slim bunker reminiscent of a train carriage. Seasonal cocktails are the go-to; the only valid question is – what are you waiting for?!

Coming in at an impressive #17 is serious drinker Vesper, created by Euro-influenced Choti Leenutaphong and Debby Tang and named after a martini sampled at London’s iconic Dukes bar. Voted Thailand’s top bar, it’s a sophisti spot for barrel-aged beauties and classic blends. Cin cin!
Hyde & Seek / 65/1 Athenee Residence / Soi Ruamrudee / Wireless Rd / +66 2 168 5152 / 5pm-1am Mon-Fri, 11am-1am Sat-Sun /
Maggie Choos / 320 Silom Rd / +66 91 772 2144 / 7.30pm-2am Mon-Thu & Sun, 7.30pm-3am Fri-Sat /
Teens of Thailand / 76 Soi Nana (Rammaitree) / +66 81 443 3784 / 7pm-midnight Wed-Thu & Sun, 7pm-1am Fri-Sat
Q&A / 235/13 Sukhumvit 21 / +66 2 664 1445 / 7pm-2am Mon-Sat /
Vesper / 10/15 Convent Rd / +66 2 235 2777 / 6pm-1am Mon-Sat, 6pm-midnight Sun /