Havana Social Bangkok is a cool new bar on Sukhumvit Soi 11, which takes a prohibition theme to new heights of authenticity. Think dim lights, classic rum cocktails, exposed beams and crumbling plaster – the 1940s pre-revolution Cuba theme is painstakingly well executed. Bar staff are smartly dressed and coiffured, as are the socialite crowd who were cool enough to find their way to this ‘secret’ bar.
The reason why it’s such a secret is there is no signage or front door. Instead, there is just a mock-retro phone booth. Step inside, dial the secret code and a false door in the back of the phone booth swings open. It’s the most unusual entrance to a bar we’ve seen in Bangkok!
Located down a small soi opposite Fraser Suites Hotel, there is no sign or bar front at all. Just look for a ‘Telefono’ sign. There is a large Banana Club sign at the entrance to the soi.
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Despite the seemingly dodgy setting, Havana Social is not a dive bar at all. Developed by Soho Hospitality (the team behind Above Eleven rooftop bar across the road), everything is suave and sophisticated. The vintage couches and carefully mismatched furniture are arranged for large groups to sit back and soak up the environment, while a line of tall stools up at the bar is good for couples or solo drinkers who want to check out the atmosphere. A smoking room is located on the second floor - a cigar lounge and some more surprises are being planned up here sometime in the future.
The best time to check out Havana Social is on Friday and Saturday nights when a live band plays Cuban jazz, followed by a DJ spinning up-tempo nu-disco, funk and the odd afro-Cuban tune. The cocktail menu starts from 270 baht, with rum-based mixes taking centre stage. A classic Cuba libre is an obvious choice, spruced up with angostura bitters, Coca-Cola ice cubes and a chunky kaffir lime wedge. Beers start from 120 baht for a bottle of Singha, with some tastier craft beers from Rogue for around 300 baht.
If you fancy checking out Bangkok’s most secret bar, you will need to call Havana Social for the password on: (+66) 087 066 7711.
Havana Social Bangkok
- Opening Hours: 18:00-02:00 (live band plays Friday and Saturday 22:00 to 24:00)
- Location: Sukhumvit Soi 11 (down a small soi opposite Fraser Suites Hotel)
- BTS: Nana
- Tel: +66 (0)87 066 7711