Secret speakeasy bars in Bangkok


secret bars in bangkok

Images adapted from: Find The Photo Booth, Find The Photo Booth

Bangkok is a city that never sleeps and the nightlife scene here is really well-known. You may have visited some bars in Khao San Road, Thong Lor, or RCA – but it’s time to explore your options beyond the usual Friday night haunts. 

We’ve already found 10 hidden bars in Bangkok – but the city has more to offer. From secret passwords to finding hidden entrances, here are 9 more unique speakeasy bars will let you draw a more interesting nightlife map in BKK.

Other bars to visit in Bangkok:


1. The Key Room No.72 – “hotel room” with secret keycard


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Look out for room 72 at Josh Hotel
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It’s almost a given that you will find a bar in a hotel, but The Key Room No.72 is slightly different – this bar is actually hidden in one of the rooms of Josh Hotel.

Located in Ari Soi 4, there are 71 rooms in this hotel. Guests will need to visit the check-in counter for a special keycard to access the 72nd room, which operates as a bar. The exclusive keycard can be taken with a ฿100 deposit.

The Key Room No.72
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Once you open the red door, you’ll be greeted with a classic bar with 60s vibes. The entire space is decorated with vintage furniture – look at those retro velvet stools.

And if you’re wondering who Mr. Josh of Josh Hotel is, he’s actually a special character created for the hotel. The bar’s 9 signature cocktails are inspired by his “travels” around the world and narrate these stories to guests via the ingredients and taste.

A Drop of Tokyo and mr josh journey

Mr Josh’s Journey | A Drop of Tokyo
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@thekey.joshhotel, @thekey.joshhotel

Start your night with Mr Josh’s Journey (฿380), which is inspired by his birthplace in Scotland. This whisky on the rocks comes with ice topped with caramelised sugar flakes and strong Scottish whisky. Follow up by ordering A Drop of Tokyo (฿350). This drink combines vodka, Japanese sake, lemon, and wasabi – yep, that’s an interesting and zingy mix. 

Mr. Josh and his stories are waiting to be told, so drop by The Key Room No.72 for an interesting night ahead.

The Key Room No.72
Address: Josh Hotel, Ari Soi 4, Phaholyothin Rd., Phayathai, Bangkok 10400.
Telephone: +66 2 102 4999
Nearest train station: Ari BTS
Opening hours: 6PM – 1AM, Daily
Website


2. Find The Locker Room – secret entrance through lockers


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Fun fact: This bar didn’t used to have a name and patrons just called it “The Locker Room” because it was hidden behind a bunch of lockers. It’s very first location was at Arena 10, and has now moved to Thonglor at Soi Sukhumvit 55.

Once you find the locker room in question, open it to reveal a 2-storey bar. 

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It’s dimly lit, which adds to the mysterious ambience
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The drinks here have a pretty interesting concept, where classic cocktails are given a fresh twist to create new mixes. 

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Bloodless Maria
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For example, the typical Bloody Mary (฿410) is converted to the refreshing Harakiri (฿410), which infuses fresh tomato juice with vodka, umeshu, green tea, and fresh lemon juice. Another bloody twist is the Bloodless Maria (฿410). Instead of fresh tomato juice, this drink is made from dried tomatoes, tequila, mezcal, and mirin. 

Here’s a clue if you’re looking for Find The Locker room: look for a bar called The Iron Fairies and the lockers should be in the area!

Find The Locker Room
Address: 406 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Klongton Nue, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Telephone: +66 61 524 2689
Nearest train station: Thong Lo BTS
Opening hours: 7PM – 2AM, Daily
Website


3. Honest Mistake – disguised as a pawnshop


Honest Mistake is a time capsule that will transport you to Shanghai in the 1920s. There’s a historical significance to the theme too. At the time, bar owners had to operate their services in secret, thus, this bar is disguised as a Chinese pawnshop.

You’ll know you’re in the right place when you spot this strange looking dark wall:

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Image credit: Honest Mistake Bar

Nope, it’s not an empty space. There’s actually a “pawnshop” hidden behind it. Here’s where you’ll find the hostess, who will give you a key to enter the bar upstairs.

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Look for the lady in red
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The bar’s mezzanine area is designed to look like a security guard room and the upper floor can easily be mistaken to be an old Chinese casino. We’re talking Mahjong tables, poker games, and related decor. 

honest mistake bar interior
Get ready to feel like you’re in a Shanghai mafia movie!
Image credit: Honest Mistake Bar

Here’s what you can tickle your tastebuds with:

  • Ang Mor (฿340) – gin-based cocktail infused with bael fruit juice, which gives it a smooth and sweet flavour
  • Hor Nang Lohm (฿340) – made from rum, pandan, coriander, midori, coconut juice, and lime juice

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Hor Nang Lohm
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The bar has live music you can enjoy every Friday and Saturday.

Honest Mistake
Address: 488 Phahonyothin Rd., Smasen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok, 10400.
Telephone: +66 62 490 5126
Nearest train station: Saparn Kai BTS
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 7PM – 2AM (Closed on Sunday)
Website


4. Find The Photo Booth – enter through a photo booth


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The unassuming photo booth entrance
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Following the success of Find The Locker Room, the retro-themed Find The Photo Booth can be accessed via a secret entrance disguised as a vintage photo booth. 

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The interior gives us some Great Gatsby vibes
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The drinks here don’t just come with unique names – the blends are pretty special too. Try Sorry Only BTS This Century (฿390), a coconut juice infused with botanist foraged gin, white sesame vermouth hazelnut liqueur, and lemon juice and coconut flakes. 

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Sorry Only BTS This Century
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Don’t forget to snap a photo at the photo booth before you leave – it’s actually functioning and not just a prop!

Find The Photo Booth
Address: 14 Soi Sukhumvit 11, Klong Toei Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Telephone: +66 2 117 2636
Nearest train station: Nana BTS
Opening hours: 6PM – 2AM, Daily
Website


5. Sugar Ray You’ve Just Been Poisoned – find the boy with a cap


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If you see a little boy with a cap standing alone around Octo Seafood Bar, you’re in the right place. And don’t worry, it’s just a mannequin that’s pointing you to Sugar Ray You’ve Just Been Poisoned.

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This industrial loft bar comes with dark coloured furniture – from its stools and sofas to the bar’s marble counter – giving it a cool, mysterious aura.

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There are tons of whisky brands you can try here – the most expensive glass goes up to a whopping ฿10,000! However, if whisky is not your type, you can go for a specialty cocktail like Bron & Raise (฿350). This is a mix of Thai tea and gin that’s made more fragrant with pandan mandarin syrup and lime juice. 

If you’re looking for something with added benefits, go for the Elixir No.1 (฿380). This drink has Korean ginseng, which is said to help make one look more youthful.

Sugar Ray You’ve Just Been Poisoned
Address: 88/2, 88/9, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Klong Tan, Klong Toei, Bangkok 10110 (Use Octo Seafood Bar as a landmark)
Telephone: +66 2 258 4756
Nearest train station: Sukhumvit MRT
Opening hours: 7PM – 2AM, Daily
Website


6. Middle Bar – bar above a cafe


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It might not occur to you that the humble Blue Dye Cafe actually houses a vintage American bar on its 2nd floor: Middle Bar

The bar is full of all sorts of knick-knacks, from wooden furniture and vintage ware, which gives it a rustic feel. 

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Yup, there’s a life-sized taxidermied giraffe in here!
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The drink menu here is simple, with the alcohol being named No.1 to No.10, going from strongest to lightest. The drinks themselves are made just right based on customer feedback, so just remember your favourite number to get the right alcohol level for you.

The strongest drink, No.1 (฿380) is made from gin, sweet vermouth, campari, and angostura bitters. This one’s for the real drinkers!

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No.1
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Not that into strong mixes? Don’t worry. Go with No.5 (฿360), crafted specially for gin lovers. This has a less bitter and more refreshing taste from lemon juice, syrup, and cucumbers.

If you’re looking for a chill night with your friends away from crowded bars in town, drop by this quiet cafe. 

Middle Bar
Address: 40/1 Soi Napasap 1, Sukhumvit 36, Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110.
Telephone: +66 94 156 6166
Nearest train station: Thonglor BTS
Opening hours: Tues-Sun: 7PM – 2AM (Closed on Monday)
Website


7. Teens of Thailand – vintage bar in Chinatown


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Who says Yaowarat Road is all about street food? Bangkok’s Chinatown also has a nightlife scene, such as Teens of Thailand in Soi Nana. If you just walk by, you might not realise that this old wooden door hides a cosy bar on the inside. 

teens of thailand interior
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Step in and it’ll be like going into a time machine. The bar is known for having old-school vintage vibes with its curated furniture and decor. The area is cosy and smaller that other bars outside, so you don’t have to worry about a huge crowd or lots of noise here.

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The drinks here focus mostly on gin-based cocktails. Those who like spirits can go for the Classic Negroni (฿300 – ฿450, depending on gin bases) which combines gin, sweet vermouth, and campari.

If you want something lighter, try the Ramos Gin Fizz (฿350). This milky drink is a mix of gin, cream, lemon and lime juice, soda, and elderflower water. The creaminess adds a nice smoothie-like taste to it, with a fresh flavour from the citrus juice and fragrant elderflower. 

On top of these, the bar’s mixologists also launch drinks of the day, so head down to try their different creative cocktails. 

Teens of Thailand
Address: 76 Soi Nana (Wongwian 22), Mitreejit Rd., Pomprapsatthrupai, Bangkok 10100.
Telephone: + 66 96 846 0506
Nearest train station: Hualamphong MRT Station (Chinatown Yaowarat)
Opening hours: Sun – Thur: 7PM – 12AM | Fri – Sat: 7PM – 1AM
Website


8. Kangkao – secret wine bar within a bar


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When you think of a wine bar, you might imagine a classy ambience with patrons dressed to the nines. Kangkao breaks that tradition and has made its bar more accessible for everyone. It follows a more casual concept – so don’t worry about dressing up just to come here.

And if you’re wondering how hidden this is – trust us. It’ll take you awhile to figure this place out. It’s actually a bar within a bar – Ku Bar to be exact. To enter Kangkao, you’ll have to find a door within Ku Bar that will lead you down a flight of stairs.

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This bar takes minimalism seriously. Inside, you’ll only find a long table and a window-side seating area – the former fits bigger groups, and you can sit by the window if you’re here alone or with a friend. 

Wine lovers will be delighted to know that there are lots of options to pick from – from organic wines to biodynamic mixes (฿1,500 – ฿2,600 per bottle). You can also order wine by the glass from ฿300 – ฿380

Kangkao
Address: Phra Sumen Rd, Wat Bowanniwet, Phranakhon, Bangkok 10200
Telephone: +66 2 067 6731
Nearest train station: Drop at Krung Thonburi BTS station and take a both to Phra Athit pier.
Opening hours: Wed-Sun: 7PM – 12AM (Closed on Monday and Tuesday)
Website


9. Salon Du Japonisant – nondescript bar with no signboard


Salon Du Japonisant
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Sukhumvit 39 is known to have lots of Japanese bars and restaurants, making you feel like you’re strolling along Tokyo’s alleys. Salon Du Japonisant is one of those bars that presents itself to those who look for it.

Keep your eyes peeled for a simple dark brick wall along the corner of the street – there is no signboard, so don’t mistake it for someone’s house!

Salon Du Japonisant interior
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Inside you’ll find a posh Japanese bar with a massive counter serving up all sorts of cool drinks. Most of the drinks here use Bacchus’s Japanese spirits, such as the Rosemary Tonic (฿350) – rosemary gin mixed with kiwi juice, lime, and elderflower tonic. 

Salon Du Japonisant
Address: 36/5 Soi Sukhumvit 39, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110.
Telephone: +66 8 3019 9062
Nearest train station: Phrom Phong BTS
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 6PM – 1AM (Closed on Sunday)
Website


Interesting bars in Bangkok


There’s no better way to ring in the weekends than to unwind with some buddies and a nice drink in hand. Spice things up for your next TGIF plans and go on a bar hunt to find these cool hotspots in Bangkok!


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