Teens of Thailand
An art-oriented, gin-focused bar pops up on the fringes of Chinatown.
Soi Nana, on the fringes of Chinatown, has been happening for some time thanks to the likes of Tep Bar, 23 Bar & Gallery, El Chiringuito and more. This new opening might be the coolest of the lot. Having popped up at the last Jumble Trail event in the area a couple of months back, Teens of Thailand has now officially opened its doors.
Located right next to Nahim Cafe x Handcraft, the bar hides behind an ominous Indian-style door. Inside is a small, dimly-lit room like something Wong Kar Wai might conjure up. Much of the shop-house's original architecture remains, with vintage Thai furniture scattered around the place, encouraging interaction moreso than sticking to your seat.
The team behind Teens of Thailand features a who's who of the local art and nightlife scene, including the co-founder of Ari drinking gem Barka and mixologist Niks Anuman-Rajadhon (owner of Drink Academy), with a little help from Note Dudesweet, veteran photographer Kachain Wonglamthong, and the late Sqweez Animal guitarist Singha Musikapong.
Expect to see Kachain’s racy photographs hanging from the bare cement walls, as well as exhibitions and upcoming events from Note--plus, of course, a well-curated playlist. The real highlight lies behind the bar, where Niks stocks his vast collection of gin, from Hendrick’s and Tanqueray to Ashley Sutton’s Iron Balls and the must-try Hanami gin (the house pour). In fact, the place is positioning itself as a gin bar (with only a solitary bottle of rum), with customers encouraged to sidle up to the bar and discuss their tastes before making an order.
Niks changes his drink list every day (check the board). On our last visit, he mixed us a Ramos Gin Fizz, a smoothie-like mix of rose water, citrus cream and egg white shaken till vey foamy and topped with soda (B350). The Mr. Cop-Peler (B320) offers a bitter combination of gin, sherry, fresh orange and Campari. Singha is also available in small bottles (B150).