New, Thrilling Bar Experiences in Southeast Asia (Update June 2022)
If you are into creative drinks, design-forward venues, or one-of-a-kind tasting experiences, check out these recently-opened bars offering surprises that could be one of the highlights of your travel.
Club Soda Bali, Indonesia
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The ‘postmodern happiness portal’ has recently been launched in Berawa, curated by the founders of award-winning Restaurant Locavore in Ubud. Here, you can indulge in creative concoctions while surrounded by art installation and energetic beats.
What to expect: Innovative cocktails, mocktails, as well as natural wines that will never cease to amaze, as well as Asian and Japanese-inspired bites – all of which are crafted using local Indonesian ingredients.
Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 17:00 onwards
More details: locavorenext.com/family/club-soda
Villa Frantzén Cocktail Bar, Bangkok, Thailand
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The cosy Nordic barn is situated in the very heart of Bangkok, serving up fascinating modern Nordic cocktail with Asian influences. The bar is led by Gabriel Valdés, who was the mastermind behind Pharmarium, a unique bar experience in Stockholm.
What to expect: Smooth cocktails boasting pure taste of natural ingredients that reflect the Scandinavian landscape. Don’t be fooled by the drinks’ plain looks – you will definitely be stunned.
Hours: Open daily, 17:00 until midnight
More details: villafrantzen.com
COCOA XO at Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand
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Centara Grand at CentralWorld has recently introduced its new, unique tasting experience in an alfresco setting, COCOA XO, Bangkok’s first cacao pod, on the 57th floor, in collaboration with Martell Cognac and artisanal French Chocolatier Cacao Barry.
What to expect: A marvelous world of decadence featuring premium chocolate and cognac, a chocolate fountain, bespoke choctails by talented mixologists, among others, overlooking stunning Bangkok skyline.
Hours: Open daily, 16:00-00:30
More details: www.cocoaxobangkok.com
Metropole Underground at Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Phnom Penh’s first subterranean bar, Metropole Underground, takes inspiration from the metro system of the early 20th Century Paris, seamlessly blending European with Khmer influences.
What to expect: Speakeasy-style cocktails to be savoured in a chic surrounding, together with lively DJ beats.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 18:00-01:00