WTF Gallery is half bar (downstairs), half exhibition space (upstairs). Probably the most popular watering hole for the artsy crowd, it also welcomes a wider public, as a quiet oasis near the Ekkamai nightlife scene. In this rugged space, you can actually hold a conversation, and there is no lack of interesting characters to interact with. But it’s not all about boozing and socializing; the gallery regularly throws ambitious and original exhibitions, without taking itself too seriously. WTF, by the way, stands for Wonderful Thai Friendship. Of course.
Though Chinese restaurants come a dime a dozen in Bangkok, there are some that stand out from the crowd. On the group floor of Oriental Residence, Mandopop offers a contemporary interpretation of traditional Cantonese, Sichuan, and Hakka dishes. The smart décor seamlessly blends the old with the new, such as antique wood screens and modern Chinese pop art. Enjoy the dim sum buffet for unlimited bite-sized treats, each bursting with a tasteful mix of East and West flavors.
When Australian born David Thompson’s opened Nahm in 2001 within six months was the first Thai restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star. He opened this restaurant in April of 2012, in 2012 it was the first restaurant in Thailand to be listed in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In 2013 it moved up the rankings to 32nd in the World and 3rd in Asia. He sourced his recipes from old cookbooks of former Thai matriarchs, such as southern-style grilled mussels smoked with coconut husks then cooked with curry-infused coconut cream. All have an authentic taste, the perfect balance of sour, sweet, salt, and spice flavors; true to Thai culinary heritage.
As peculiar as its name suggests: a clothing store, a café, and a mini-restaurant rolled into one. Although inside a high-end shopping mall, enter this space and you might as well be in a souk in Marrakech or in a San Francisco thrift shop. With all the retro-bohemian dresses and accessories available here, you can truly get your flower power on! The two microscopic private rooms inside are a favorite of regular patrons, but booking them can be a challenge.
Set in one of Bangkok’s hipster neighbourhoods, the center of the action here is the glasshouse dining room cum bar that’s packed every night with the bold and the beautiful. The extensive menu embraces French and Japanese culinary classics, as well as some top-notch pizzas made in a wood-fired oven; the Wagyu beef pizza is definitely recommended. The wraparound courtyard offers a more chilled-out space, while a rotating roster of DJs provide a soundtrack of house and ’80s hits.
111/2 Soi Phaholyothin 7 (Aree 4), Phaholyothin Rd
Combining art with a bar may not be an entirely unique concept—unless the art makes the joint seem more like an eccentric friend’s house. It begins with the nude portraits on the walls and the array of vintage, mismatched furniture. The music here is as random as the décor, but this gastropub doesn’t stop there: The Thai-Italian inspired menu boasts some of the best pizza in town, and the cocktail menu is one of Bangkok’s largest. Be sure to swing by during happy hour (5–8 pm daily).
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.
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.
This iconic lifestyle and party hotel is an embodiment of the W brand—and certainly doesn’t fail to impress. This stylish haven is vibrant and sleek, engaging a wide color palette and cutting-edge design throughout. The 403 rooms offer all the luxuries one would expect from a W, while the public areas have a unique vibe echoing Bangkok’s lively ambiance. The WOOBAR on the ground floor is a posh hangout for jetsetters and fashionistas—be sure to dress to impress.