A real-deal cocktail bar themed after the legendary Oriental Express.
The buzz: Thonglor's new food-focused mall The Commons is making all sorts of headlines, but there's more to it than the ground-floor market zone. Hidden away on the second floor is Track 17, a bar decked out in a vintage train cabin theme some serving serious cocktails.
The décor: Styled to look like a vintage wood-paneled railway carriage, the space plays up its 1920s Orient-Express vibe with a narrow corridor where you can quite imagine women in lace dresses and men in tuxedos boarding with their travel trunks. An amazing mixing bar sits at the back, surrounded by trunks, frames, globes and maps to set the mood. Enter the “carriage” and take your seat in one of the upright booths over by the windows or at one of the more casual tables in the center of the room. Or sit at one of the three stalls over by the bar.
The drink: Familiar face Ronnaporn “Neung” Kanivichaporn (2014 Thailand World Class Bartender and co-founder and mixologist at Rood Hideaway) helms the bar, where he serves a list of drinks that's heavy on forgotten classics. If you’re a fan of Negroni try the Rosita, which replaces gin with tequila and also features homemade sweet vermouth, Italian dry vermouth, Campari and a dash of Angostura bitters (B330). Another must-try is the 20th Century (gin, carpano bianco vermouth, creme de cacao and lemon juice, B330), named in honor of the celebrated 20th Century Limited train that ran between New York and Chicago from 1902-1967. Aside from the forgotten classic list, the bar plans to do new signatures that rotate after three months, to be themed around classic rail destinations.
The crowd: Quite a wide mix, from young Thonglorites to an older crowd who come for drinks after dinner downstairs.
The music: Quality electronic grooves, from electro-pop to stuff that’s more funky and jazzy. Vasachol Quadri
|Address:||Track 17, 1/F, The Commons, 355 Thonglor Soi 17, Bangkok, 10110|
|Open since:||January, 2016|
|Opening hours:||daily 4pm-midnight|
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