Contemporarily luxurious, the Sofitel So Bangkok is an urban design hotel overlooking the lush Lumphini Park. The multi-sensory indulgence begins upon entering the 238-room hotel—a playful interpretation of the five elements of water, earth, wood, metal, and fire is incorporated throughout the public spaces and rooms alike. The centerpiece of the design is Christian Lacroix’s “The Tree of Life”. Our tip: be sure to visit the pool, which is one of the most iconic in all of Thailand.
This café could easily be in New York: cool, unplastered brick walls with crisp, spartan, and detail-oriented décor that you only notice on second glance. The food follows the popular Thai practice of taking traditional recipes from other countries—in this case, the US—and combining them with Thai cuisine. The slogan on the waiters’ jackets reads: “Do you like to live dangerously? Try our weekly special!”
A casual dining place, it bills itself as a “market kitchen,” with dishes that are local and seasonal. The 1950s house has been tastefully restored and furnished with accessories from the adjoining design store. Expect dishes with inspiration from the Mediterranean countries. And while the wine list shows a bias to the Old World, the mixed drinks menu attempts to revive the art of mixology, with retro cocktails such as the Negroni, Sazerac, and Vesper.
A speakeasy in the 1930s-Shanghai mold, it is fronted by a traditional noodle shop festooned with parasols and antique birdcages that serves a mean bowl of Ba Mee Moo Dang (BBQ pork with egg noodles in broth). Step past the curtained entrance and it’s whole new world, with a vintage casino-style bar, leather couches, Qipao-clad lovelies that pose atop the bar-top or on swings, and a jazz soundtrack. The libations are strong and aromatic, like the “Empress of India,” a delicious blend of vodka, dragon fruit, marjoram, and lime.
Fri–Sat 7.30 pm to 3 am
Sun 7.30 pm to 2 am
Clouds – Seenspace Thonglor
Built around an 80-year-old tree, this futuristic bar in trendy Thongor is a nod to nature. Row upon row of tiny silver balls represents raindrops, while acrylic blocks encase decomposed leaves. The ceiling is an ever-changing art installation, sometimes numerous Barbie dolls, plastic pigs, apples, or Christmas ornaments on other occasions. Innovative cocktails and the snack-size pizzas, a house specialty, attract the crowds.
Mellow (Thonglor – Penny’s Balcony)
One of the most popular hangout spots in Thonglor, Mellow has been setting trends with its NYC loft-style bar and restaurant. Divided over two floors, with a smoking terrace overlooking Penny’s Balcony enclave, Mellow’s slogan is “Indulgence in Life”, and they certainly live up to it with their fresh beats, comfort food, and a variety of art and cultural happenings. This formula makes it stand out in the competitive neighborhood, as proven by their loyal followings of Thai HiSo patrons.
Opened last December 2012, Bad Motel kitsch name became quickly a must-stop venue in Bangkok bar circuit. Emphasizing on “Thai-ness”, the broke-down and touches of dilapidated walls mixed with manicured trees remind us of a Thai street food experience.The overall industrial-chic mood combines colorful décors and signs, old and broken-down spaces, in one building divided onto 4 separate floors topped with a magnificent rooftop overlooking the busy street below. The dishes served are based on simple yet delicious Thai re-invented recipes. DJ line up plays different tunes every night from 9pm to 1am and music selection can vary from indie electronic, reggae, funk, pop and disco on any given night.
Address: 331/4-5 Sukumvit 55, Klongtan-nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Phone: +66(0)2 712 7288
Opening hours: 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM Everyday
Price range: $$ moderate
Payment: Cash, VISA, Master, AMEX, JCB
Cuisine: Thai inspired cuisine