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Best Bars in Bangkok

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Namsaah Bottling Trust

Set in a 1910 colonial building, Namsaah Bottling Trust catches your eye with its vibrant pink exterior. The meaning of its name is soda water or sparking water as it was the office of a soda company’s bottling unit at one point. Spread across two levels, its sumptuous decor accentuated by Asian artifacts, intricate wallpapers, antique mirrors, elegant regional furnishing, Chinese parchments, dim lighting and old brass fans will surely wow you. Each space is done up in varying jewel tones and looks distinct from the other with its decoration. For a fantastic cocktail experience, their ground floor cocktail bar is one of the finest in the town. Created by their expert mixologists, their delightful concoctions not only feature classics but specialty drinks like the Kaffir Lime Watermelon Smash and Sangsom Salted Caramel Whisky Sour. Upstairs is a more refined dining venue where you can savor contemporary Thai cuisine with influences of various cooking styles. You can be sure of an interesting epicurean trip at Namsaah Bottling Trust. Reservations are highly recommended.

Bangkok, Thailand
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Maggie Choo's

Inspired by the decadent times of 20th Century Shanghai, Maggie Choo's is a theme bar that will allure you with its unusual and attractive decor. Guests are led into the bar via red-lit pathways and encounter a noodles shop on their way. The famous bamee moo deang (egg and pork noodles) is available here. However, the focus is the dimly lit bar, elaborately designed with various textures and Chinese paper umbrellas and iron doors that lead to private rooms. Visitors can choose a cocktail from its impressive list, while there is plenty to choose from for wine and whiskey lovers. Maggie Choo's dark ambiance and mysterious appeal will definitely remind you of the Prohibition era.

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Vesper Cocktail Bar & Restaurant

Vesper is an ultra-stylish fine dining restaurant and bar with a focus on craft cocktails, Italian and Spanish dishes. Drawing inspiration from old European mixing techniques, it uses a variety of botanicals to prepare its award-winning cocktails. Sip novel blends like Wood For Trees based on absinthe and basil, and Adam and Eve It infused with Bulleit Rye Whiskey and Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters, with hints of clove. You can also order sharing cocktails like Moroccan Delight and Elderflower Spritz, and mocktails such as Parisian Soda. This bar boasts an extensive selection of aged Scotch whiskeys, and wines from France, Italy, Australia and California. Traditional Spanish tapas, Italian antipasti and mains like Sardinian-style Roasted Suckling Pig accompany the beverages. Vesper's interiors have a vintage elegance and feature plush leather sofas and stacked oak barrels. This restaurant has a very strict dress code policy so dress smartly before heading here.

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Smalls

Funky and quirky are the two words that will come to mind when you think of Smalls. The brainchild of David Jacobson, who was behind the legendary Q Bar, this watering hole is set in a 1960s town-house and spread across three floors. Each intimate space is eccentrically decked up with Old World decorative elements and modern artworks. Dimly lit, it is a great place for a tête-à-tête, to imbibe fabulous drinks and nosh on tasty bites. From absinthe to single malts, creative cocktails and tequilas, there is an impressive range to choose from. The nightly live jazz music adds a liveliness to this otherwise quiet bar.

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The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar

Located on the 24th and 25th floor of Hotel Muse, The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar is a lot more than your usual bar. The venue has a Cigar Lounge, Terrace Bar, Long Bar, and a rooftop bar in addition to its three private rooms. Its rooftop bar, the Lawn, has an alfresco setting, and serves as an ideal spot to unwind with a drink while taking in the magnificent views of the city. The bar's impressive alcohol menu features some of the best wines, cocktails and spirits to be found in the area, while there are also plenty of bar snacks and sharing plates to accompany your drink. With a slew of bars to suit your mood, the Speakeasy gives its visitors a rare and exclusive lounge experience.

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Levels

If you're looking to get your spirits up after a dull day at work, look no further than Levels. There is a terrace bar overlooking the city skyline, where guests can relax and enjoy a drink with friends. The Levels lounge houses two separate spaces which provide an intimate atmosphere wherein visitors can taste a range of world class cocktails. As the night gets darker, the Levels Club gets ready to host some of the world's best DJs in its funky and futuristic ambiance. The perfect spot for a fun night with friends, Levels is sure to provide an electrifying experience!

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Apoteka

Apoteka draws a crowd that consists of both locals and tourists who are drawn to its retro chic interiors and eclectic live music. The list of their signature cocktails or “antidotes” has names like Penicillin and Mr. Hyde and Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar beer or the Vedett White Beer pique the interest of its patrons. The place is teeming with people almost every evening, so reach early to beat the crowds. The beautiful decor is sure to impress you- the place copies designs of a 19th Century apothecary- French windows, vintage furnishings and leather seating spaces beautify the space.

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Hemingway's Bangkok

Set in a restored 1920s golden teak wood house, Hemingway's Bangkok is an ode to Ernest Hemingway and the era he lived in. With various spaces themed around the places in which he lived and, the food and drinks he enjoyed, this resto-bar aims to take you through a delightful journey. Be it the exotica of old Havana, romance of vintage Paris, wildness of the safari sports bar or the vibrancy of Spain in their charming garden, you will experience the beauty of an erstwhile time. Even their menu is eclectic and features several cooking influences that will satisfy your palate. Whether you have to come to unwind over a gourmet cocktail or two, or savor delicious dishes, Hemingway's Bangkok ensures you have a memorable dining and drinking experience with your family and friends.

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Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar is the destination all jazz music lovers head to, and is also one of the most popular jazz venues in the city. This cozy place with a laid-back ambiance is a favorite of expats who love to hang around here to savor local dishes while downing a couple of drinks. Don't be misled by the small size of this place. Many international favorites have performed here in the past and the trend continues to the present day. Apart from the resident bands, guest bands are also welcomed and applauded at Brown Sugar. Visit this music madhouse and be a part of a fun-filled evening at Brown Sugar.

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Saxophone Pub

Saxophone Pub is one of Bangkok's most popular live music venues since September 1987 and is particularly busy on weekends. If not for the Buddhas and Thai flags, you could be in the heart of Cajun country. Much time and effort has gone into recreating a New Orleans style blues bar with pictures and memorabilia of famous jazz performers like Louis Armstrong. Saxophone is best known for jazz but also puts on a range of rock, blues, pop, soul and reggae performances. The top quality Thai and western food is served speedily by friendly staff, and the bar is famous for its selections of whiskey.

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Bourbon Street Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Bourbon Street Restaurant & Oyster Bar serves a wonderful mix of spicy Cajun/Creole food that you will not find anywhere else in Bangkok, and it is 100 percent American owned and operated. The restaurant is the winner of many awards and is listed as one of the "Best Bars & Grills in Asia" by Newsweek International. Menu highlights include Bar-B-Q Baby Back Ribs, Char Grilled Steaks and Fried Chicken. There is also a great brunch and selection of alcoholic drinks. For larger parties and functions, the restaurant offers a catering service.

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Adhere 13th Blues Bar

Adhere Blues Bar is a small, narrow establishment on Samsen Road just over the Norarat Sathan Bridge, which is easily reached from Khao San Road. The bar is decorated with photos, album covers and musical instruments. Here, all the blues-lovers are in for a treat as you listen to all the famous blues. Drinks are affordable and mostly Thai food is served. Live music usually starts around 9p and includes a mix of local talent with occasional visiting artists engaging in sporadic jam sessions with travelers.

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