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Summer in a Glass: Thai-Inspired Tipples for Tropical Times

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Just like food, cocktails are more fun when you factor in the season and the mood that comes with it. Summer in Thailand calls for drinks made with refreshing local ingredients and intriguing twists and luckily, we know where to find the best in town. Coconut lovers should try Fon by 80/20, which combines refreshing pandan, palm sugar and oolong tea with a local Thai gin. For a fruity fun time, head to Tropic City and enjoy a Change of Air: a blend of aromatic Thai herbs with mezcal, gin and mangosteen syrup. Over at Ku Bar, try the 10 Herb beautifully combines gin with jub liang, a traditional Chinese remedy that helps regulate your body from overheating. Sample these and plenty more summer-friendly drinks in our selected bars.

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TEP BAR

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Soul Food Mahanakorn

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WTF Gallery and Café

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Ku Bar (Kǔ)

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80/20

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Tropic City

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Wondering what Thai locals actually get drunk on? Tep Bar is the place to go to find out. With raw walls and wooden tables, Tep Bar serves Thai-style alcohol infused with herbs and paired with Thai tapas. Although everything is served with traditional Thai tableware, the atmosphere is casual. Feel free to go all out and sway to the sound of Thai xylophones while downing ya dong--Thai herbal whiskey.

SUN-THU 5PM-12AM, FRI&SAT 5PM-1AM
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One of the best places to relax—in air-con—with unpretentious street food and drinks is Soul Food Mahanakorn. The Scandinavian-styled restaurant and bar serves up comfortable street food favorites in a homey setting. For food, try the Thai chicken samosas, yam makrua yao, and fried chicken. Simple dishes, yes, but extremely yummy. For drinks, try the refreshing coconut mojito.

DAILY 5:30PM-11:30PM
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Retreat and wind down at an unpretentious, European-style bar near Thong Lo. True to its name, the second floor hosts peculiar art displays that change every month. The atmosphere here tends to chilled and the bar not too crowded, so you can truly relax with your favourite drink and comfort-food tapas Try the Muay Thai Punch and the La Vie en Rose.

TUE-SUN 5PM-1AM [CLOSED MON]
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Even though the hidden location of this bar may look more like a scene from a Thai horror film, what's lurking inside is a surprisingly cosy bar helmed by Kong Premanuwat, alumni of Angel's Share speakeasy in New York. On the monthly rotating menu, you'll find selections of natural wine along with a list of not-to-be-missed minimalist cocktails celebrating local ingredients.

WED-SUN 7PM-12AM [CLOSED MON&TUE]
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80% local ingredients and 20% imported or international techniques is the philosophy behind the name of this contemporary restaurant. Husband and wife chef duo Napol Jantraget and Saki Hoshino work with local producers to bring you five to seven-course seasonal tasting menus that showcase lesser known Thai ingredients and their flavours. Come with an open mind and prepare to be delighted with dishes such as curry made with fermented liang leaves or even durian meringue chips.

TUE-SUN 6PM - 11PM [CLOSED MON]
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Put your most colourful shirt on, because this Charoenkrung bar will take you on an instant vacation to a happy place somewhere in the Caribbean. The cheerful wall art and decor match the drinks, which make the most of local fruits and herbs to create all-new tropical flavours. The cocktail list is heavy with creative concoctions with names like Berry's Tax Evasion and Change of Air and we guarantee they are worlds away from the overly sweet and unappealing cocktails you might find at some of Thailand's beach bars.

TUE-SUN 7:00PM - 2:00AM [CLOSED MON]
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