Thong Lor is known for lively fine eateries and cocktail bars and fine eateries, with new bars and chill out places swinging up every few weeks. However, it is hard to know where to spend the evening, with so much choice.
Whether you are looking for a contemporary bar with the most up to date mixologists or a chilled out spot for afternoon drinks with friends, these seven bars and chill out places in Thong Lor have it covered.
Serenade Restaurant and Wine Bar
Serenade Restaurant and Wine Bar has generated a stir in the Bangkok foodie world since it was launched in 2010. It is situated in the newly developed and illustriously designed Grass Complex on Thong Lor. Serenade has a fully artificial grass frontage, where customers can relax lazily while dining outside on baller sofas or on traditional tables. Dinner begins with a delicious amuse-bouche as you ponder the unrestrained but ever-changing seasonal menu.
The menu definitely caters to foreign tastes but can please even the most traditional Thai palate, with items right now ranging from espresso charred tuna to glazen lemon pork belly on pickled carrot. The grilled fish with paprika buerre and grilled capsicum also complimented itself so well.
Food prices at Serenade Restaurant and Wine Bar are extraordinary while bottles of wine prices also vary to a level that is at par with other restaurants in the location. A full bar can mix up your favorite proscription era drink and a number of exciting foreign beers spot the menu resembling the Witterkerke that goes down incredible with the Argentine sirloin.
Schedule of operation at Serenade Restaurant and Wine Bar is; Mon – Fri 11 am – 2 pm; Sun-Thurs 5 pm – 11:30 pm and Fri, Sat 5:30 pm – 1:00 am.
Iron Fairies/Fat Gut’z
Iron Fairies/Fat Gut’z mixes a maritime interior theme together with American speak-easy of the 1920s that will make you feel comfortable. In view of the fact that this two-storied bar is taut and narrow, it uses its size to its benefit. Without doubt, the cherished environment will surely force you to be friendly because it doesn’t look as if everyone is in the same bar; but like in the same VIP club.
The ornately designed drink book is more of a tale than menu with salty sailor scoffed cocktail names like Theilbek, Yamato and Oceania. However, don’t feel any less like an alcoholic or stupid, if these names sound strange to you. The drink names are named after sunken ships as well as ships that have lost their useful life span.
Succumb to Fat Gut’z Neptunia, which comprised of champagne, fresh lime, mint, molasses, pomegranate and white rum, if you are partying with KohSpot. Sinfra produced with apple, fresh pineapple and cinnamon-infused bourbon is also of note as it is a true lady-pleaser.
The kitchen should not be forgotten, while focusing on the bar. Fish ‘n chips are the signature dish of Fat Gut’z and it is big enough for two people to eat. This beat-up and fried fish is scrumptious, particularly when served with enjoyably sour preserved onion and malt vinegar. Alcoholic dessert is another KohSpot favorite sorted out by the bar.
Iron Fairies/Fat Gut’z is one of our favorite places to get the night started, with the superb house band playing a mix of Elvis, blues and jazz whilst you sip your drink, mingle and stare at your fellow. The dress code varies, as long as you’ve got a style with threads ranging from designer jeans to suits.
Soul Food Mahanakorn
Soul Food Mahanakorn is an expat restaurant serving up Thai regional food in shop house converted to hordes of hip. Food at this restaurant is genuine and authentic to give you the wonderful excitement and experience you deserver. As a matter of fact, you will always have value for your money at this restaurant and bar.
The banana flower salad is fiery, zestful and fresh without overdoing it. Soul Food als o prepares single similar to its kao soi or the simple lamb pad krapaw with perfect fried egg – crispy white or runny yolk. There are other delicious meals and menu at Soul Food that you can choose to eat.
As the menu list is short, you will have more fun if you explore it yourself. Just make sure that you wash any type of food you eat down with some of the double pour cocktails of the restaurant. Drinks such as bitters, ginger, cranberry juice, Thai basil and Heaven Hill Bourbon continue to be the local focus and feature a lot of Thai ingredients along with quality imported spirits. In addition, the décor plays second swindle but it indeed acts as a fastidious canvas with its muffled tones and retro seating.
Blue Velvet is a fabulous quirky and latest fine addition to the number of bars in Thong Lor, Bangkok. It is a bar where powerful drinks and dungeon chics come together in Bangkok. The décor of Blue Velvet sucked out of the medieval period of Europe. With its brick-covered walls, plush furnishing and dazzling chandeliers, Blue Velvet is like Count Dracula’s castle.
You can sample the Blue Velvet menu of fusion food – Western, Thai and some Japanese, with dishes at reasonable and decent prices for that area, ff you get to the spot before 10 pm. You can try their spaghetti larb calamari, a step up from the ever-present spaghetti phad kee mao.
Blue Velvet provides standard liquor menu with lots of bottled beer, spirits, wine and some whiskeys, as far as drinks are concerned. You can try out their varieties of cocktails, despite the fact that lightweights may want to exercise a small piece of self-control because Blue Velvet is really serious about serving strong drinks. Friday and Saturday nights are apparently the busiest. However, make sure you come with your loved one and a good camera, if you plan to head to the spot on a week day when the crowd is thin. Blue Velvet is an idea place for photographs.
Sabai Jai Gai Yang
Sabai Jai Gai Yang aka Baan Tawan Gai Yang, is a reliable, local neighborhood restaurant where you can dine and wine in pure Thai style. Situated in the glossy and modern district of Bangkok, Sabai Jai Gai Yang is a breath of fresh air where you can have proper Thai food in natural Thai surroundings. This is a casual Bangkok hangout where you can just calm down and chill out in your shorts and flip flops.
Sabai Jai Gai Yang Restaurant
Sabai Jai Gai Yang restaurant has both an air conditioned indoor section and a traditional open air section. Sabai Jai Gai Yang consists of a partially sheltered tent-like surround, plastic table covers, fold-up metal seating as well as the standard drinks trolley at the head of the table, in the archetypal Thai restaurant style.
There is a stage at the front of Sabai Jai Gai Yang where local bands play pop music and Thai tunes in the later hours of the evening, in spite of its pretty small size. It can get a bit loud and difficult to hear each other speak during these hours. However, you will surely find some proper Thai music in Bangkok at this spot, if you are keen to listen.
Sabai Jai Gai Yang Menu
There is a variety of menu of both Thai food and Isaan dishes at Sabai Jai Gai Yang. The plastic menu lists are thick with pages of dishes in both Thai and English. The menus are clearer with plenty of pictures to help you choose your best choice, as the staffs don’t speak much English at Sabai Jai Gai Yang.
Thai and Isaan dishes are reasonably priced at Sabai Jai Gai Yang. Pad Ka Praw (Basil stir fry) and Som Tam (Papaya salad) are other cheaper dishes at Sabai Jai Gai Yang. Bigger dishes like seafood stir fries and whole steamed fish are also available for your delight. Just note the fact that this is a reliable Thai restaurant where the spicy Thai dishes are damn spicy.
Sabai Jai Gai Yang is the kind of restaurant in Bangkok to let loose, nothing fancy; pay money for a beer tower or two with friends and share taster dishes in the middle of the table in the Thai style.
Taksura is an old restaurant/bar that has being for more than 15 years now. The whole place from the floor to the ceiling is constructed of wood. Although it used to have doors, but it is now open air. Taksura Bar is a pretty cool place to relax and chill out after the strenuous work of the day. The best way to describe this cool spot is a bar/restaurant/antique store where you will have maximum enjoyment of food drink and entertainment.
The food is a great Thai traditional menu, as a result nothing fanatical. Food at Taksura is served until midnight and it won’t lose its taste or value. The spicy chicken soup with coconut sauce (tum kha gai) is exceptional and the cook puts a little twist on the larb gai. However, you are advised not to eat too much of it because the restroom is disgusting. Consider yourself warned.
Taksura gets packed on Friday and Saturday nights and live music full of Farang and combo of Thai music is provided on these two days which attracts a lot of people to the spot. Therefore, you should call for a reservation. The rest of the week is chilled out; good conversation, low key music and lots of laughs. The scene at Taksura is mostly office people from the area and people who can appreciate a fun chilled out bar.
Al Majlis Tearoom
Al Majlis Tearoom is just the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, relaxing drink or simply a temporary relief from the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood or the entire environment. The building is a wonderful palace of marble, granite or something with lavishly manicured spiral staircases, ponds, bridges and lawns.
Al Majlis Tearoom is a perfect setting for a movie concerning unlawful dangerous species trading or an underground cocaine lair. Lounge chairs, bean bags and alfresco sofas make up the majority of the seating options since comfort and relaxation are top priority at Al Majlis Tearoom.
Alfresco sofas, bean bags and lounge chairs make up the majority of the seating options as comfort and relaxation are top priority at Al Majlis.
The food at Al Majlis Tearoom is based on the Moroccan diet of grilled meats, couscous rice dishes and tagine. The spicy chicken is always cooked to perfection with the couscous being airy yet crunchy and the chicken moist, tender and easily separated from the bone. The Meatball Tagine is also an ideal meal to eat at Al Majlis.
In addition, the tea set up is surprisingly fundamental for this royal ballroom with most of the offerings falling under the British tea category. Above all, Al Majlis Tearoom is definitely worth a visit to chill out while you are in Bangkok. Drinks and menu dishes are affordable and you don’t need to break the bank to have a nice time at Al Majlis.