These new openings are bringing a touch of class to Nana.

Gone are the days when grabbing a few drinks on Sukhumvit Soi 11 meant a toss up between beers at a seedy joint or buckets at a tourist haunt. With these new openings, Nana could become your new favorite Friday night drinking destination—who would have thought?

 

There's a super-sleek new speakeasy

 

The team that brought us The Locker Room have invaded Sukhumvit Soi 11 with another hard-to-find speakeasy, Find The Photo Booth. The drinks menu takes on the classics alongside their Thai-twisted companions. The 20th Century (B360) takes its name from its origins aboard the Twentieth Century Limited Rail, a train service that ran between New York and Chicago, and combines Gordon’s gin, bianco vermouth, creme de cacao and fresh lemon juice. Its modern Thai spin-off, dubbed Sorry, Only BTS this Century (B390), creatively plays with the cacao taste by rimming the glass with dried coconut and chocolate, before mixing coconut-infused Botanist gin with white sesame vermouth, hazelnut liqueur and fresh lemon juice. We can’t tell you exactly where the bar is, as that’s part of the fun, but look out for a functioning photo booth.

Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-117-2636. Open daily 6pm-2am

 

Soho Hospitality are at it again

 

Soho Hospitality, the masterminds behind Soi 11 institutions like Havana Social, Charcoal and Above Eleven, have opened their latest establishment, The Bar Upstairs. Tucked away above their French restaurant, Brasserie Cordonnier, this wine bar cuts through Soi 11's touristy, party vibe with its casual secret garden-evoking decor. The drinks menu features 160 labels of wine from all around the world, starting from as low as B160/glass for the dry and fresh Spanish Airen, L’Ave De Presa, Ucles. We love their South African organic red wine, Percheron—made using a Shiraz Mourvedre grape, which originates from the Rhone valley in France (B1,010 per bottle). The Bar Upstairs also offers casual French cuisine, ideal for fun, light snacking—but for something more filling, order the croque monsieur stuffed with Parisian ham, Mornay sauce and baked emmental cheese (B290).

3/F, 33/30 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-821-5110. Open Sun-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 5pm-2am

 

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There's a new sports bar that doesn't suck

 

Opened back in April, Score Bar has become a popular destination for Bangkok fans wanting to catch a game. Tucked on the second floor of 8 on Eleven, the bar's glass walls allow you to overlook the chaos of Soi 11 without having to be involved in any of it. Here, as well as screening most sports on their five screens, they offer a pool table, foosball table and a very popular beer pong table. There's also a photo booth for taking random drunken photos (hint hint). Drinks here are typical for a sports bar, a pint of Tiger beer will set you back B160, but head there for happy hour between 5-9pm when it drops to just B120—at that price, we'd drink it for water.

2/F, 14 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-117-2636. Open daily 5pm-2am

 

It's about to get a community mall (and a Rocket Coffeebar)

 

Sukhumvit Soi 11 is finally getting its first community mall, although the exact opening date is still TBA. Set to feature plenty of established F&B names, including Cali-Mex Bar and Grill, Carl’s Jr., Soho Hospitality Group’s CantinaFowlmouth fried chicken, a restaurant called Sara’s A Culinary Journey and a Spanish tapas place La Vida, could this be the new version of Thonglor’s Commons? On the opposite side, the currently-under-construction luxurious condo building, Hyde, will have its own Rocket Coffeebar.

 

Hemingway’s is coming back!

 

Say bye bye to Zak’s and welcome back to one of the most loved bars in Bangkok, Hemingway’s. Sadly, no one can bring back the exquisite old teak house with its big, old, iconic tree that used to sit beside BTS Asoke, but the new building still looks pretty homely and cozy—here's hoping the old owners can attempt to capture the same mood. Although it hasn't been officially announced yet, our sources have all but confirmed that we can expect an opening on Soi 11 “soon.”

 

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Old German Beerhouse is only closed temporarily 

 

As one of Soi 11’s favorite and least seedy sports bars, this beerhouse's closure would have been a setback. Luckily, they have announced they're just renovating and they'll be reopening again in early 2019. In the meantime, the bar has moved to temporary digs over on Soi 13—super-easy to access via the Ambassador Hotel.

Sukhumvit Soi 13, 02-168-7898. Open daily 4pm-1:30am

 


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