Where to drink in Bangkok in May 2022
In April 2022, the grand ceremony of Asia’s Top 50 Bars took place in Bangkok for the first time, with a host of events marking the end of the month in style. This May, things are a bit more relaxed, but interesting nonetheless. Here’s where to drink in Bangkok, from new bars to funky collaborations.
April was a busy month for heavy drinkers, with over 55 drink events in a week and plenty of new and exciting happenings across the city. In keeping with the heat (and the sporadic, thundery showers), May is a bit more lax, but nonetheless lucrative.
This month we are seeing a new opening from the Teens of Thailand team in their haven of Soi Nana Chinatown, as well as something major for music lovers and Muay Thai enthusiasts. From wine cocktails to whiskey dinners, here’s where to drink in Bangkok in May 2022.
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Where to drink in Bangkok in May 2022
5 Bars in Bangkok Featured on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 List
First, we applaud the 5 bars in Bangkok that feature in the annual ranking of Asia’s Top 50 Bars. The ceremony took place in Bangkok at the Mandarin Oriental this year, preceded and followed by 59 guests and events across the city to celebrate. On the list, the Best Bar in Thailand award went to BKK Social Club at the Four Seasons (#10), followed by tropical city (No. 17), Vespers (No. 19), Asia today (No. 43) and Le Bambou Bar (No. 46). If you’re looking for a place with a shiny new plaque of Asia’s Top 50 to visit for a drink in May, now you know where to go.
Independence opens in China Town by the team behind Teens of Thailand
The team behind Teens of Thailand, Asia Today and Tax are back, proving you can open bar after bar even in the midst of a pandemic. Located on Maitri Chit Road, just before Tax, Independence opened up as a “true dive spot” in all its brooding, brooding, graffiti-covered, late-night, hip-hop glory. Despite its pretensions to being a dive bar, the drinks menu is refined, assembling a selection of wine-based cocktails ranging from the sophisticated (Madeira and tonic, anyone?) to the playful (or Port and cocoa, maybe -be ?). There’s also an inspired selection of bottles for sale, and a limited-edition Supreme x Louis Vuitton backpack you can also purchase from the shelf. Come for a drink, stay for the atmosphere, and check out what’s probably the coolest smoking area in the area (or smoking cage, instead). From what we’ve gathered, Independence is open even longer than its ToT and AT siblings, so there’s that for bonus points as well.
More information: Independence
The Deck opens like an American oasis on Sukhumvit
A new garden bar and an American gastropub have opened on Sukhumvit Soi 20, but it’s certainly far from your average. Frequented by several industry insiders, The Deck Bangkok opened as a modern tropical hangout in the city. From burgers to pizza, cocktails here can be paired with large and small bites, making it a casual all-day hangout spot to grab a drink and unwind.
More information: The bridge
Freaking Out The Neighborhood is the music listening bar you didn’t know you needed
Opened last month, Freaking Out The Neighborhood launched on Sukhumvit 36 as a place to listen to some really cool albums on a great sound system. A place to meet and connect for vinyl lovers, they emphasize that they are “not a cocktail bar” and truly put music at the heart of their concept. Often hosting guest DJs and vinyl markets in the garden, it’s a creative space with high energy for music lovers to jam over laid-back drinks and cool tunes.
More information: Freak out the neighborhood
Asia Today now serves drinks at Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium
There’s never a dull moment in the Bangkok bar scene, and this upcoming collaboration is further proof of that. Chinatown’s Asia Today Bar collaborates with Rajadamnern Stadium (yes, the iconic Muay Thai boxing stadium) and serves a selection of Issan Rum cocktails at the sports venue. This is the first time Thai boxing and Thai mind culture have been combined in this way, making for an intrigued and elevated ringside experience. Drinks on the menu include the classic Issan Coco (our favourite), as well as an Issan Sour or plain coconut juice, all at a friendly price of 90-220 THB. Muay Thai fights are held every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings starting at 5:00 p.m. and tickets cost from THB 1,000. Asia Today cocktails are served in the VIP lounge.
Tickets: Rajadamner Stadium
Johnnie Walker hosts a whiskey dinner at Mrs. Jigger’s
You’ve heard of wine pairing dinners, but have you ever attended a whiskey pairing dinner? This May 17, Ms. Jigger at Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok is hosting a Johnnie Walker Whiskey Dinner, featuring a menu of 5 Italian favorites, accompanied by a whiskey tasting and pairing. To top it off, Bangkok’s most beloved chocolatier, Kad Kokoa, will also be offering a chocolate pairing with each dish. The one-of-a-kind event has a ticket price starting at THB 8,000++ per person.
More information: Ms Jigger
La Bottega presents an Italian affair with Vesper’s Federico Balzarini
This May 25, La Bottega chef Marco Avesani and Federico Balzarini de Vesper invite diners and drinkers for a sort of Italian affair. Both from northern Italy, the chef and bar manager will entertain guests with true Italian hospitality, mouth-watering dishes and a splash of classic cocktails to shake up the evening. Prepare to have your senses seduced in true Italian style.
More information: La Bottega