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    Secret bars in Bangkok

    Not the naughty kind - but came across this article and some of these bars sound pretty cool:

    https://thesmartlocal.com/read/underground-bars-bangkok

    Fancy the Havana one myself....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Fancy the Havana one myself....
    just another hipster joint

    but if you really want - the soi between 11 and 3 that zigzagz past insanity nightclub - you go down the sub soi next to the 7/11 and you can see the telephone sign in the grab below

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Fancy the Havana
    Thats near Lulu's regular haunt








    The corner of Soi 13

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    Looks like a place for shifters.

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    Looks like an interesting pub crawl, wouldn't mind giving it a go....

    Hidden Bars In Bangkok





    If nightclubs, rooftop bars, and ladyboy shows are all you can think about when it comes to Bangkok’s nightlife activities, you are officially a “more-than-typical-tourist”. Foryour next trip, add a little thrill to your experience by hunting down secret bars that are found in such secluded areas that even locals may not know where they are found.
    From those hidden in vacant buildings to underground ones, here is a list of secret bars to check out when you are in Bangkok!

    1. Ku Bar



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    Brave your fears of eerie vacant buildings and you will be rewarded with the discovery of one of Bangkok’s most hidden cocktail bars - Ku Bar.

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    Helmed by Anupas “Kong” Premanuwat and his partner, Elaine Sun, the duo serves creative cocktails starting from 350 baht (~S$14.40) and they change their menu monthly.
    If you’re lucky, you will be able to get your hands on some of their most unique creations, such as the 10 Herbcocktail that comes with brled sugar on top, or their Hot Chocolate with added twists of tequila, mezcal, longan, chestnut milk, and coconut whipped cream.

    Handcrafted cocktails at Ku Bar
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    Note: The bar has a strict no-standing policy, so be sure to drop them a message on their Facebook page to make a reservation before heading down!
    Getting There:

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    Located along Phra Sumen road, Ku Bar is tucked at the back of a dark alley and can only be spotted by a wooden door with a tiny signage with the Chinese word, 苦, on it.
    Head into the building, climb up three flight of stairs, and you will see an empty concrete floor with a tiny house made of neon lights. Look out for a minimalistic sliding door and the bar is can be found behind that wooden door.
    Ku Bar
    Address: 3/F 469 Phra Sumen Rd, Khwaeng Wat Bowon Niwet, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
    Opening hours: Thur-Sun: 7PM-12AM
    Website

    2. FooJohn Building



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    One glance at FooJohn Building and you will probably mistake it for a retro Hong Kong diner. With the bright neon Chinese characters screaming for attention at the entrance coupled with booth seats and mosaic tiles, not many will know that this spot is actually a three-storey restaurant.

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    Sitting on the ground level is a French Bistro, Fou de Joie, and the upper-level is actually an unnamed bar with a rooftop patio which specialises in cocktails and the negroni cocktail.

    As for food, the sweet and savoury crepes from Fou de Joie are what they are known for.
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    @bkkmenu, @eatitititit

    Besides drinks, you are also able to order food items from the steakhouse and bistro from the other two levels. A must-try cocktail would be their Leaf Dragon (280 baht/~S$11.50), which comprises of white rum, kaffir lime, galangal, chilli and ginger syrup to give off a tom yum flavour.
    Getting There:
    Head to the cross-section of 831 Charoen Krung Road and you will find a bistro with a neon light sign. Make your way into the eatery and to the upper-level bar through the flight of stairs.
    FooJohn Building
    Address: 831 Charoen Krung Road, Soi 31, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
    Opening hours: Wed-Sun: 7PM-12AM
    Tel: +66 85 527 3511
    Website

    3. Q&A Bar



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    For the nights where you just need a drink without the crazy crowd and ear-deafening music, Q&A Bar would be the place. Replicating the decor of a classic railway carriage dining car, Q&A Bar is a tiny space with intimate seating arrangement specially planned to encourage conversations between customers and the barmen - hence the name, “Q&A Bar”.

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    While most would go for their specially concocted drinks, Q&A bar also has a list of 52 classic cocktails with regular favourites such as Mojito, Martini, and Long Island Iced Tea.
    Getting There:

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    To get there, head to the little alley along Sukhumvit Soi 21 and look out for a huge marble wall with a tiny signage hung on the top. If you are planning this bar a visit, do keep in mind to make an advanced booking on their website as seats are not available for walk-in customers!
    Q&A Bar
    Address: 235/13 Sukhumvit 21, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
    Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 7PM-2AM
    Tel: +66 2 664 1445
    Website

    4. Old Other Office Bar



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    While visiting Patpong, one of Thailand’s most well-known districts, also pop by Old Other Office Bar. This is one of the area’s oldest bar and you can spend the night there playing pool or darts and chilling over a bottle of beer.
    With walls completely plastered with photos from the Vietnam war era, this hidden enclave is designed like the bars you find in the 1960s. In here, drinks are also kept simple with beers sold at 100 baht (~S$4.10) and mixed drinks at 120 baht (~S$5.00).
    Getting There:

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    Found along the same street as The Pink Panther Patpong, Old Other Office Bar is completely hidden in between the many clubs and can only be spotted with a doorless doorway with a small sign saying “Old Other Office”.
    Old Other Office Bar
    Address: 2 Thanon Surawong, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
    Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 2PM-2AM

    5. J. Boroski



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    Decked in sophisticated and almost exotic designs, J.Boroski is a high-end cocktail bar run by one of Asia’s most acclaimed bartenders, Joseph Boroski. Hidden in a dark alley without an exact location, almost everything about this bar is a secret. In fact, they do not even have a menu and all drinks are personalised according to your personal tastes.

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    While you can be sure that their drinks will not disappoint in terms of taste and aesthetics, do be prepared to splurge a little, as the cocktails are often priced at about 600 baht (~S$25) per drink.
    Getting There:

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    As mentioned, you cannot find their exact location on their website and you’re encouraged to chat them up on their Facebook page before going down. But if you are in the ThongLor area and feeling spontaneous, walk down the single digit sois and keep an eye out for a tall frosted glass. If you are lucky, you may find yourself at the doorstep of J.Boroski!
    J.Boroski
    Address: Sukhumvit Soi 55 (ThongLor)
    Opening hours: Sun-Thur: 7PM-2:30AM, Fri-Sat: 7PM-3:30AM
    Website

    6. Belle's Room



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    This one is a Victorian Baroque style cocktail lounge found underneath Holiday Inn Bangkok Silom. With throne chairs and chandelier lights, the bar looks opulent but their drinks are kept at affordable prices. From shots to cocktails, their drinks will cost you no more than 320 baht (~S$13.20) so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.
    Getting There:

    The end of the passage will bring you to the entrance of Belle’s Room where behind the wooden door hides the cocktail lounge
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    Belle’s Room

    Like all good things, an experience at Belle’s Room does not come easy as getting to this underground lounge requires some serious navigation. At the ground level of Holiday Inn Bangkok Silom, poke your head around and hunt for a passageway with brick walls and red curtains. If you see a red light at the end of the passage, follow the light!
    Belle’s Room
    Address: 981 Silom Road, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
    Opening hours: 6PM-1AM, Daily
    Tel: +66 2 630 1998
    Website

    7. Rabbit Hole



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    A three-storey shophouse with classy leather seats and marbled bar counters, Rabbit Hole is a hidden gem in Thonglor that specialises in craft cocktails. Helmed by two bartenders from the Diageo World Class competition, you can expect an extensive list of creative drinks there.
    A must-try signature is their White Truffle Martini (450 baht/~S$18.50) that is made of white truffle oil-infused Tanqueray Gin chilled to -18 degrees Celsius. Those looking for something heavier can also choose from their variety of whiskeys and have them by the glass or bottle.

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    Besides a glamorous interior, Rabbit Hole also serves up drinks in unique glasses for you to up your Instagram game.
    Getting There:

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    Like J.Boroski, Rabbit Hole is located along the single digit sois at ThongLor, occupying a space between Ainu Japanese bar and Ramen Ajisai. No signages can found outside the bar though, so don’t bother looking out for one and just make your way in when you spot a huge wooden door!
    Rabbit Hole
    Address: 125 Thonglor Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok 10110
    Opening hours: 7PM-2AM, Daily
    Tel: +66 98 969 1335
    Website

    8. Havana Social



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    Once you step foot into Havana Social, you will find yourself transported back in time to Cuba’s pre-revolutionary days in the 1940s. While relaxing in their vintage couches, you can enjoy their selection of cocktails that start from270 baht (~S$11.00). On Friday and Saturday nights, you can also look forward to their live bad that plays Cuban jazz, followed by a DJ spinning up Afro-Cuban tunes.
    Getting There:

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    At Havana Social, the fun starts even before you step foot into the bar as making your way in will already be an interesting experience. Like many hidden bars, Havana Social has no signboards or front door. The only thing that will help you identify the place would be the blue and orange graffitied wall found at Sukhumvit Soi 11.
    There, you will see a telephone booth where you have to dial the secret entry code before the door swings open for you. To get the entry code, you will have to give them a call at +66 61450 3750!
    Havana Social
    Address: 28 Soi Sukhumvit 13, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
    Opening hours: 6PM-2AM, Daily
    Tel: +66 61 450 3750
    Website

    9. 23 Bar and Gallery



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    If you are looking for a place to chill with your friends over cold beers, pop tunes, while appreciating exhibitions by local and international artists, 23 Bar & Gallery is where you can have them all. While the overall decor would remind you of a run down Chinese shophouse, you can expect to see a live DJ rocking English pop music at the corner of the double-storey bar!

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    Here, the drinks are kept simple and affordable. You can get a bottle of beer for 100 baht (~S$4.10) while spirits start from 120 baht (~S$5).
    Getting there:

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    Walk down the street of Chinatown in Bangkok and you will see tons of old shophouses with creaky metal gates. 23 Bar & Gallery can be identified by their inconspicuous blue gate and a small sign that says “23”.
    23 Bar & Gallery
    Address: 92 Soi Nana, Khwaeng Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
    Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 8PM-1AM
    Tel: +66 80 264 4471
    Website

    10. Black Cabin



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    Imagine partying in an underground bar with handcrafted cocktails and live music rocking in the background. If this sounds like your kind of night, you’ll like Black Cabin.

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    Besides offering an extensive list of alcoholic drinks, their live music schedule is also packed with different music genres taking the stage every night. Fans of groovy jazz music will want to head down on Sundays while Tuesdays will be filled with experimental electronic music.
    To further amp up the atmosphere, the bar also has a rule where everyone is expected to down a shot when the golden bell by the bar is rung!
    Getting There:

    Image credit: @wildncobkk
    If you are setting out for a night at Black Cabin, try keying in “Wild & Co.” into your Google Maps instead to avoid getting lost. Located at Soi Farmwattana, Wild & Co. is a huge glasshouse restaurant that is hard to miss with its impressive decor that makes the eatery look like a jungle.
    Hidden behind the restaurant, is an underground music bar only hardcore party-goers would know about.

    Image credit: Black Cabin
    Just around the corner of Wild & Co., the entrance of Black Cabin can be spotted by the bright red neon lights.
    Black Cabin
    Address: 33/1 Soi Farmwattana, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
    Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 5:30PM-1AM
    Tel: +66 61 515 6989
    Website

    Drink your way around Bangkok’s best secret bars


    From knocking on doors of dilapidated buildings to calling up bars for secret codes, hunting these bars down will require some amount of courage and adventure. But it is these thrills and heart-stopping adventures that make an otherwise ordinary vacation memorable!

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    Wongs! It's like an old friend and a must everytime I am in BKK. Thereme is also fun with the right crowd

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    The 1960s/1970s.
    The era of real secret, hidden, clandestine, and alternatives locales.

    You youngsters haven't a clue.

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    "Secret" bars with their own websites and Facebook pages. Awesome secrecy!
    Last edited by Neverna; 19-11-2018 at 09:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack meoff View Post

    All the fashion.
    New style secret hipsters.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    The 1960s/1970s.
    The era of real secret, hidden, clandestine, and alternatives locales.

    You youngsters haven't a clue.
    Secret raves were all the rave in mid 80'S Northern England..

    Someone tells a few people to meet at a motorway service station and tell a few more who tell a load more.

    Before you know it, you've got a thousand cars driving in convoy packed full of pilled up teenagers searching for a muddy farmers field in the middle of nowhere with a monster sound system belting out hardcore acid tunes to accompanying strobe lighting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    The 1960s/1970s.
    The era of real secret, hidden, clandestine, and alternatives locales.

    You youngsters haven't a clue.
    How about prohibition and the speakeasys of your home country from 1920 to 1933
    You old duffers.......

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    There's a secret bar in my shed, no not a chin up bar.

    It's that secret only i know about it and it's only just been named for the grand opening tonight....Chittys hooch bar....
    Gotta take advantage of my rest days, VIP invitation only

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    Have you got a heater in the shed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack meoff View Post
    Have you got a heater in the shed?
    the meat won't get cold

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    The 1960s/1970s.
    The era of real secret, hidden, clandestine, and alternatives locales.

    You youngsters haven't a clue.
    that time, actually Tha Ruua / Klong Toey offered opportunities

    and the dance joints downtown

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack meoff View Post
    Have you got a heater in the shed?
    I thought you was made of sterner stuff being from the highlands Jack, only the hooch will be providing warmth. ..

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    Jack meoff
    is that the famous club 7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    ..Chittys hooch bar....
    Gotta take advantage of my rest days, VIP invitation only
    Great thread, like a cyber rave from the grave

    CAN I CUM ?

    I can afford a ticket for the

    CHITYHOOCHY CHOO CHOO

    I've got a pal called Pat who can spin the platters Glen Monger, 50 bent, Ladyboy Gaga all the latest toons like ths

    I used to have a job at a calendar factory.
    I got the sack because
    I took a couple of days off.

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    Havana charges 240 baht for a bottle of Singha. Full of hiso Thais and Teflers nursing the one drink all night.

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    So how many did you have, gaz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Gary View Post
    Full of hiso Thais and Teflers nursing the one drink all night.
    As are most of the must go bars in Bangkok. Not my spec at all. Small local bars with ordinary local folks is my preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    As are most of the must go bars in Bangkok. Not my spec at all. Small local bars with ordinary local folks is my preference.
    Indeed.
    Real local character can be much more stimulating.

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