Soi Convent's perpetually busy cocktail bar Vesper has announced a new head bartender, and it's throwing a party to celebrate. 

Milk Pailin (crowned best in SEA by World Class in 2016) has departed, and it’s all but confirmed she’ll be moving to Japanese bar Zuma at The St. Regis Hotel.

Replacing Milk at Vesper is former Diageo brand ambassador Supawit "Palm" Muttarattana, who was named Thailand champion of the World Class Cocktail Competition in 2012 and is also co-owner of Backstage Bar in Thonglor.

To celebrate the new head bartender's arrival, Vesper will be throwing a launch party on Mar 1, dubbed A Night With Palm, where Palm will unveil three new signature cocktails to be added to the current concept menu, The Art Book, that Milk created before her departure.

In keeping with Vesper's style, the very dapper Palm's cocktails can be described as sophisticated and with attention to detail. The three new cocktails are A Lawn Being Sprinkled (rosemary, thyme and black pepper vodka, rose water, orange blossom, vermouth, celery bitters), Automat (camomile and coffee bean gin, lemon honey, chocolate bitters) and Weeping Woman (bourbon, campari, lemon, vanilla, cream, egg white, angostura bitters, Peychaud’s bitters). On launch night, all three cocktails will be priced at B340.

In related news, Choti Leenutaphong and Debby Tang, the cocktail-obsessed couple behind Vesper and Il Fumo, are working on a new project. Exact details are still being kept under wraps, but word is it will be open in May. 

7pm. Vesper, 10/15 Convent Rd., 02-235-2777. Open Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; Mon-Sat 6pm-1am; Sun 6am-midnight