Jazz & Blues
May 11, 2018
Resembling “a speakeasy in the jungle” according to one critic an African safari lodge is how the owners themselves describe it – the Oriental’s Bamboo Bar is as much part of the city’s landscape as the Khao San and Pat Pong Road – just with a load more class and sophistication. Legendary for its live jazz, it’s been one of Bangkok’s leading nightlife attractions since the 1950s. It’s a film noir-type setting, a sort of Rick’s Café of the Orient if you will, and you half-expect Bogart to wander in with a babe on his arm. The skilled bartender has trained at Harry’s Bar in Munich, and makes every spectacular cocktail from the Mai Tai to the martini. The cocktail list also includes some famous Bamboo Bar Originals, such as the amaretto-based Oriental Sour and the Thaijito. And, since the hotel itself has hosted some of the world’s most renowned writers, it offers its Authors’ Favourites too. So if you’re feeling erudite you can celebrate their literary achievements in alcoholic form, perhaps with Joseph Conrad’s Singapore Gin Sling, or the Gimlet-Raymond Chandler. They also have some premium Scottish Malt whiskeys, and a good selection of wine by the glass. The décor stays true to that jungle theme, with animal print at almost every turn, but you’ll find leather sofas and plush chairs amongst all the bamboo and palm fronds. There’s also some seating outside. The low key ambience attracts a slightly older, more well to do crowd. Comfortable, classy and sophisticated, make yours a double!