The rooftop bar at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park divides a beautiful space overlooking Benjasiri Park into two floors and two bars, one with a focus on dark spirits, one specializing in gin. They claim to stock every gin legally available in the Kingdom.
Collection: 75 labels, aiming for 80 in the coming months
Tonics: Fentimans as house pour on top of Fever Tree, Lamb & Watt, Thomas Henry, 1724, East Imperial, Bangkok Soda and San Pellegrino
Must-try cocktail: Asian Wind (Martin Miller’s Gin, sake, homemade yuzu & mango cordial, and lime juice, B375)
37-38/F, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, 199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, 02-059-5555. Open daily 5pm-1am, 7pm-1am
Ashley Sutton, of Iron Fairies and Maggie Choo’s fame, has two branches of his gin distillery, Iron Balls, one of which sits right beside another of his creations, Sing Sing Theater. There might only be one gin label on the menu (recently named Best Gin
at the Cocktails & Spirits Fair in Paris), but we can’t get enough of it.
Collection: Only Iron Balls
Tonics: Eight in total, including Fever Tree, Fentimans and Double Dutch
Must-try cocktails: Spitcock (Iron Balls gin, fresh passionfruit and roselle, B360)
Parklane Sukhumvit Soi 63, 02-714-2269. Open daily 6pm-1am
Sukhumvit Soi 45, 02-662-4478. Open daily 8pm-1am
Part WTF (crowds drinking on the street outside), part Escapade (hefty-sized, no-nonsense burgers), the compact galley space packs in a kitchen and a well-stocked bar serving locally distilled spirits, home-infused concoctions and Thai-made craft beers. The owner’s personal obsession with gin means there’s always a new label to try.
Collection: 50-60 labels plus 20 house infused gins
Tonics: Waitrose Indian Tonic Water
Must-try cocktail: House infused gins for B260 offer flavors like rose, coffee, melon, black sesame and coconut
454 Suan Phlu Soi 1, 085-100-3608. Open Tue-Sun noon-midnight
With its easy-going vibe and Taiwanese bar snacks, this gin specialist is not just for the know-it-alls—it’s a place for meeting friends new and old. The enormous gin collection spans big names and local artisanal distilleries.
Collection: 100+ labels
Tonics: FeverTree, Thomas Henry, Double Dutch and Lamb & Watt
Must-try cocktail: Southside (gin, lime juice, simple syrup and mint, B350)
44/3 Thonglor Soi 1, 02-023-7285. Open Tue-Sun 5pm-1am
This Spanish restaurant is as serious about their gin as local and organic tapas. They open for lunch, meaning you can wash down a signature Shooter’s Sandwich with the day’s first G&T.
Collection: 58 labels
Tonics: Fentimans, Fever Tree
Must-try cocktail: Gentle Goodnight (Xoriguer Mahon, Campari, Grand Marnier, Yellow Chartreuse, nut meg, orange peel twist, B360)
888/23-24 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-651-4399. Open daily 11:30am-midnight
The first Bangkok bar to specialize in gin is built from the remains of a near-crumbling shop-house. Co-owner and mixologist Niks Anuman-Rajadhon stockpiles an apocalypse-ready supply, while the venue’s small, dimly-lit room gets rammed every weekend.
Collection: 90+ labels
Tonics: Fever Tree, Thomas Henry, Fentimans
Must-try cocktail: Guava Plum Gin Tonic (double gin infusion with guava and plum, Fever Tree tonic, garnished with plum and pomegranate, B380)
76 Soi Nana (Charoenkrung Rd.), 081-443-3784. Open Wed-Sun 6pm-12:30am. MRT Hua Lamphong