8 hidden Bangkok bars in 2022


With travel restrictions lifting, many of us may find ourselves back in the Land of Smiles for a short trip. Apart from the infamous traffic and endless list of night markets, Bangkok is also well-known for its vibrant nightlife.

With big names like Onyx phased out of business in the pandemic, here is a list of hidden Bangkok bars – with an added honourable mention – that are still buzzin’ post-pandemic and defo worth a visit in 2022.

So if you’re ready to bring out your inner cocktail connoisseur and party animal, be sure to check out these 8 hidden Bangkok bars with unexpectedly intriguing entrances.

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1. Q&A Bar – train carriage speakeasy in Asoke


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First on the list is Q&A Bar, a train carriage-themed speakeasy in Asoke that’s designed to make you feel like you’re embarking on a journey from the moment you enter the bar. 

The interior of the bar itself resembles a train carriage – think Snowpiercer IRL – with a moody candlelit interior.

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The menu at the bar is unique to its theme and a visit here means you’d have to try their Signature Cocktail Journey. It is a special ‘drink bundle’ with classic cocktails that are inspired by a deck of cards. These cards come with a “passport” that you’re issued after purchasing the drink bundle.

If not, you could also go for their signature Rough Negroni – a gin-based cocktail at ฿390 (~USD11.28). 

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This bar is perfect for anyone looking to have a good time in a classy and private lounge. Do make sure to come well-dressed – just like a first class passenger from Murder On The Orient Express. 

Since the lockdown, they have also rebranded themselves as a secret ice-cream parlour. So come indulge in a scoop (or two) of some of their alcohol-infused sorbets and ice cream – all proudly handmade and sourced with fresh ingredients.

Q&A Bar
Address: 235/13 Soi Sukhumvit 21, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 6PM – 12AM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: +66 2664 1445
Q&A’s Facebook | Google Maps

If you’re looking for something a little lively with a helluva personality, then you’ll adore the spicy Latin speakeasy we will be sharing next.


2. Havana Social – secret telephone booth entrance to a Latin speakeasy


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Havana Social is one of the hottest bars/clubs in Bangkok right now. Situated in an unassuming alleyway on Sukhumvit 11, this bar prides itself for being themed after a secret pre-revolutionary 1940’s Cuban cocktail bar.

Once you get the code of the day from the bouncer, you’ll have to key it into a phone booth here. Once done, a secret door will open right behind you and all you gotta do is to follow the music.

Push that door open and you’ll be welcomed into this warmly lit bar. 

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Mahogany furniture and mosiac-tiled floors aside, you’ll spot 1940s antique pieces and paintings artfully draped on the walls. All these collectively make Havana Social truly feel like a treasure chest of sorts. Given that the bar also sells Cuban cigars, I can almost imagine Captain Jack Sparrow smoking and lounging here, drunk on their delicious rum.

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While you’re here, we’d recommend picking rum-based drinks or shots. We went for their cheeky Cuba Libre – a rum-based cocktail which costs ฿260 (~USD7.52). Topped with Coca-Cola cubes, this robust mix is definitely their signature drink.

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If you’re anything of a spicy señor or señorita, the vibes and cocktails here are sure to wow you at every turn.

Havana Social
Address: 41, 3 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening hours:
6PM – 12AM, Daily
Telephone:+66 8 0467 7409
Havana Social Facebook | Google Maps


3. Find The Locker Room – a high school locker-inspired speakeasy 


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Find The Locker Room bar is exactly as its name describes. You may find the name a tad familiar, but the little sister of the uber-famous speakeasy #FindThePhotobooth has since closed its doors back in December 2021.

The entrance is a series of lockers all stacked on top of one another, where you’ll have to identify the right one to lead you into the sleek LED-lit bar itself.

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For those of you familiar with Netflix’s Locke & Key series, finding this speakeasy feels exactly like in Season 2 of the show where opening a high school locker leads you to a whole new world. I’m sorry friends but IYKYK, no spoilers here. 

The drinks made in this modern bar are also impressive, thanks to the top bartenders that they’ve assembled to conceptualise and make this place a reality. 

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As a fan of the classic Bloody Mary, I decided to go for Bartender Neung’s version whilst I was here. Known as the Bloodless Maria, Neung replaces the regular vodka base with Jose Cuervo’s traditional tequila & mezcal.

While it looks clear as day (hence, bloodless. Hah!), the taste was just as spicy with hints of tomato coming through thanks to the addition of clear drops of tomato vermouth. You can swing by and sample this drink for yourselves at only ฿390 (~USD11.28). 

‘Bloodless Maria’ – notice the absence of red?
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Now that this wonderful speakeasy has gone viral on TikTok, it’s not-so-secret anymore. Be sure to grab your friends and hit up this bar before it gets too crowded at night.

Find The Locker Room
Address: 406 Thong Lo Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 5PM-11PM (Closed on Sundays)
Telephone: +66 9 8287 1898
#FindTheLockerRoom Facebook | Google Maps

This next entry on our list is a speakeasy styled around a very different aesthetic, meant for those who want a taste of that hi-so life with a touch of privacy. 


4. 008 Bar – Private lounge for brooding Kingsman wannabes


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008 Bar is situated on the 11th floor of the boutique Akyra Thonglor Hotel. There’s no sign in front of the bar so once you find the giant wooden doors from the outside, you’ll have to give it a push before being welcomed into a cozy corner where some 1930s props await – like a typewriter and old photographs. I did mention Sherlock Holmes vibes, didn’t I?

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There will then be a LED walkway that leads you into the rest of the bar. Spacious with a partition separating the bar into two parts, you could either choose to take a seat by the bar counter or pick a private booth for a date.

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While here, pick from an extensive menu of signature cocktails inspired by the Prohibition era. Their rum-based Pyroblast includes a blend of cinnamon and other spices that the bar’s founder, Milk, discovered when she was reading a book on the Lost Recipes of Prohibition.

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Going for ฿420 (~USD12.14), this price point is rather steep compared to other bars on this list. However, we find the flair in which the bartenders have in preparing the cocktails, the taste and the ambience of this cozy bar justify it well. 

A glass of their charmingly named ’21B’ gin-based cocktail with bourbon-infused berries.
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In short, if you’re looking for a date location with great drinks and service with a layer of intimacy, 008 Bar would be our pick.

008 Bar
Address: 88/332, 11 Thong Lo Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening hours:
6PM – 12AM, Daily
Telephone:
+66 2392 8959
008 Bar’s Facebook | Google Maps


5. Rabbit Hole – Unassuming sliding door to a majestic 3-storey bar


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The Rabbit Hole is probably the closest to what you’d expect at a modern speakeasy, albeit with some literal surprises in store. When you approach the premises, you’ll spot this sliding door by the side of the road first. Slide it open without knowing what to expect and then, BAM. 3-storeys of sophisticated and edgy industrial decor will greet you.  

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Try to see if you can spot the ever-recognisable red wall of liquor fame – the facade glows with a deliberate LED light mosaic facing the loft area. And just like Alice as she spirals down that rabbit hole, the drinks here are meant to take you on a similar trippy journey.

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Guests can either go hard and heavy with whiskey or light and chill with a refreshing pop of G&T. My fellow G&T fam, holler back at me please.

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As a gin lover, I went straight for their Hendricks-based Mad Hatter cocktail. With a cheeky addition of absinthe and smoked orange bitters, this drink is a complete festival for your tastebuds.

Going for ฿350 (~USD10.12), this strong yet refreshing cocktail is perfect for those who are indecisive but want something exciting to kickstart your one night in Bangkok. 

So if you have yet to experience the wonders of a speakeasy, make sure to pop by this charming establishment which not just prides itself on its design but also its extensive cocktail menu.

Rabbit Hole BKK
Address: 125 Thong Lo Rd, klongtonnuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening hours:
7PM – 2AM, Daily
Telephone: +66 9 8532 3500
Rabbit Hole’s Facebook | Google Maps


6. The Key Room No.72 – hidden cocktail bar in Ari that requires a key


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The Key Room No.72 in Ari, Bangkok is the brainchild of its owner Mr. Josh, inspired by his travels. Going with the theme of travelling, the only way to get into this hidden bar is as its name suggests: to request for a keycard at the front desk of The Josh Hotel, as though you are checking in for a night’s stay.

The decor here is pretty impeccable. Awash in a deep red and furnished with velvet, the bold bar is striking to say the least.

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As for the drinks, bartenders here choose to serve with style. Decked in dapper vests and rolled-up sleeves, their resident bartenders’ sole aim is to blend and serve up drinks to match every guest’s tastes.

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We love that there’s a wide selection of liquor and the bar will be stocked with plenty of drinks on hand – regardless of what mood you’re in. For those of you looking for something a little sweet and refreshing, try vodka-based The Marilyn 1950s at ฿350 (~USD10.11).

Deceptively simple but a whole lotta fun – we’d describe this drink as Marilyn back in the day – ideal company to kickstart any night.

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If you prefer your bars with an air of mystery and refinery, make sure you hit up The Key Room No.72 whenever you’re in the heart of the bustling city.

The Key Room No. 72
Address: 19/2 Ari 4 Fang Nua Alley, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Opening hours: 5PM – 11PM, Daily
Telephone:
+66 2102 4999
The Key Room No.72’s Facebook | Google Maps


7. The Woodshed – a rustic bar hidden in a famous European restaurant


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Hidden within the famous European restaurant Harvest lies The Woodshed. As the names suggest, the running theme that marries the two establishments is authenticity.

With luscious leather seats and soft candle light peppered across the “barn”, The WoodShed feels like a celebration of rustic beauty. Best part is, there’s even a live jazz band here to elevate your whole experience.

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The drinks here are prepared with flair, and often topped with beautiful flowers or herbs that stick closely to the bar’s theme.

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FYI, the bartender here is highly skilled and will certainly acquiesce, should you request for him to create a custom drink for you. While here, be sure to try the bar’s gin-based cocktail named, Red at ฿365 (~USD10.55). With the red currants bringing out warm subtle hues of red, we think the cocktail couldn’t have been named more aptly.

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For those of you in search of a speakeasy with some charm, then look no further than here. With a touch of countryside simplicity, and yet rich with personality, it’d be hard to leave once you enter this beautiful space.

The WoodShed
Address: 24, 1 Soi Sukhumvit 31, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening hours:
5.30PM – 12AM, Monday – Saturday (Closed on Sundays)
Telephone:
+66 2262 0762
The WoodShed Facebook | Google Maps


8. Tichuca Rooftop Bar – tiki tropicana and jungle vibes with a view


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If you’re thinking of some Tiki tropicana or jungle party vibes, then definitely look no further than Tichuca Rooftop Bar.

Resting on the 46th floor of the T-One building, this bar not only promises a stunning view of Bangkok’s skyline but comes with a giant LED-lit tree that is giving us major Avatar vibes. Yes, the blue ones in the dystopian Amazon, not the Legend of Aang. 

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Depending on when you visit, Tichuca has something up their sleeve for you. On a casual night out, feel free to indulge one of their Tiki-style cocktails that will be a nice pick-me-up after a long day. For ฿380 (~USD10.99), try your hand at their New York Sour –  a whisky sour with an added float of dry red wine. 

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Now, party animals, listen up. They also throw parties up here at times – check out exhibit A below for UV-neon themed dance party – centred around that giant LED tree. 

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Exhibit A
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A final note is that we were pretty impressed by this bar’s excellent service. As it started to pour heavily during our visit, the staff kindly assisted us in moving to another level in order to continue our night. All while keeping the mood up and lifted. Wet weather plan? Check. 

Undoubtedly one of Bangkok’s hottest rooftop bars at the moment, Tichuca Rooftop Bar warrants a visit from any lover of fine wine and skyline.

Tichuca Rooftop Bar
Address: T-One Building 8, 46th Floor, Soi Hemwong, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening hours: 5PM – 1AM, Daily
Telephone:
+66 6 5878 5562
Tichuca Rooftop Bar’s Facebook | Google Maps


Honourable Mention: Sing Sing Theatre – theatre on the outside, bar on the inside


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As a theatre kid, I have definitely seen my fair share of DRAMA – in school and later on in life. LOL. Though I have to admit that Sing Sing Theatre is our bonus addition on the list for the indescribable energy that can only be experienced in person. Period.

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Featuring larger-than-life statement pieces that pay a loving homage to Broadway, the decor definitely exudes a clear message for guest to “expect the unexpected” within the bar/club itself. Designed as a re-imagination of 1930s Shanghai glamour aesthetic, its red lanterns glowing through the night alludes to a whimsical, experiential journey for guests.

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With drag queens, cabaret shows and live DJ performances, Sing Sing Theatre is a place that features effusive personalities that are part of its core cast who are ever-ready to deliver unforgettable performances.

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For the drinks here, expect a selection of classics. Since this is definitely one of the hottest party spots in town right now – we’d stick to the basics for our orders.

So if you’re still sitting on your bum wondering where to head to on a hot and humid night in Bangkok, put on your best dress and some make-up, and hit up this bar for a night to remember.

Sing Sing Theatre
Address: 45 Sukhumvit 45 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening hours: 9PM – 2AM, Tuesday – Saturday (Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Telephone:
+66 6 3225 1331
Sing Sing Theatre Facebook | Google Maps


Hidden Bangkok bars in 2022 for post-pandemic outings


If you’ve stayed with us this far, you’ll find that our updated list of bars for post-pandemic outings is full of exciting twists and turns – which is exactly how a night out in Bangkok should be.

While we might not all have crazy nights like our brothers in The Hangover, we hope that our cursory research is a good start to rediscover the wonders of Bangkok once night falls. 

So get dressed, get ready and drop your friends the pin. I’ll see you there.


Cover images adapted from (Clockwise from Top Left): WildNFree Diaries, @thepostcardjournal, 008 Bar, Find The Locker Room

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