When it comes to vino spots, Bangkok isn’t short on choice — even the good ones with a comprehensive wine list and intimate date-night ambience. Great food is a plus, of course. From newcomer-friendly watering holes to natural wine-focused bistros, find the best wine bars the city has to offer.
WET is the baby of sommelier extraordinaire Vladimir Kojic, who’s been heading the wine programme next door at the famous Gaggan for over two years. This playful natural wine bar is a vibrant temple for organic and biodynamic labels from Europe (think Austrian Meinklang Pinot Noir and Czech Miky-Mauz), and also boasts a selection of sake from small Japanese producers. Grab yourself a seat along the neon-lit counter and chat with the knowledgable team, complete with a great snack menu from Gaggan.
WET is located at 68/9 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Rd, Lumpini, Bangkok, p. +66 62 117 2835. Open Mon-Sat 4.45pm – 2am. Closed Sun.
La Casa Nostra
You’re looking at La Casa Nostra’s extensive wine list and you wonder where they store everything, that is, until you step into the bunkered cellar curated by partner Aman Sachdev, who also runs The Wine Merchant. Even better still, many bottles at this Sathorn watering hole (they have a cozy terrace!) run for under THB1000, including many quality labels from Italy and France. More premium wines like Château Cos d’Estournel 2008, a rich Bordeaux blend, can also be enjoyed by the glass.
La Casa Nostra is located at 22 Sathorn Soi 1 Yaek 2, Bangkok, p. +66 2 287 2402. Open daily 11.30am – 12am.
Via Maris might have formerly been a Mediterranean bistro, but now it’s reemerged as a full-fledged natural wine bar thanks to sommelier Thanakorn Mankit. His ever-growing list (now about 50-bottle strong) rotates monthly, and is dedicated to labels with natural, organic, and biodynamic leanings. There are around seven wines available by the glass, and highlights include Can Sumoi Rosé from Catalunya which utilises the Pét-nat method, and Jauma ‘Archie’s’ Shiraz from McLaren Vale in Australia.
Via Maris is located at 10/15 Convent Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok, p. +66 2 236 5558. Open Mon-Fri 12pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm, Sat 5.30pm – 11pm, Sun 11.30pm – 4pm, 5.30pm – 11pm.
This cool secret wine bar down a dark alley in Old Town has just 16 seats, perfect for intimate dates, a solo night out, or a small group of friends. It’s a very minimalist joint that barely has any lighting, but you don’t need bright light to appreciate the completely natural and organic wine list — from THB1,500 by the bottle and THB300 by the glass. Try the Australian biodynamic Ochota Barrels’ Green Room Grenache or delicious Domaine Roche-Audran Côtes du Rhone 2015.
Kangkao is located at 2/F, 469 Phra Sumen Rd, Bangkok, p. +66 2 067 6731. Open Wed-Sun 7pm – 12am. Closed Mon-Tue.
The Bar Upstairs
From the people behind Havana Social and Above Eleven comes The Bar Upstairs, a double-height 60-seater wine bar that looks like a lush provincial farmhouse in France. They even have plant-based cocktails, but really, you’re here for the 120 expertly-curated wines from leading winemakers, from South Africa’s organic Percheron Old Vine Cinsault to the Chilean Pinot Noir Arboleda, once voted the best Pinot Noir in South America. There’s also a separate wine shop should you want to take away some of their bottles at better prices.
The Bar Upstairs is located at L3, 33/30 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok, p. +66 2 821 5110. Open Sun-Wed 5pm – 12am, Thu-Sat 5pm – 1am.
Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar
Riedel doesn’t just make luxury crystal wine glasses. The Austrian company also dabbles in wine themselves, as you will see at Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar. The stylish space in Gaysorn Village is home to an ever-changing selection of wines on ’tap’, and you can choose from a full 150ml glass or 30ml tasting portion. Whether you’re trying the voluptuous Chateau La Dominique Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2009 or Disznoko Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos dessert wine, rest assured that you’ll always be drinking from the right type of glass.
Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar is located at L2, Gaysorn Village, 999 Phloenchit Rd, Bangkok, p. +66 2 656 1133. Open daily 11am – 12am.
Opus Wine Bar
Owner and wine expert Alex Morabito (formerly Vino di Zanotti) has ensured that Opus is the place in Bangkok for Italian wines, with more than 400 labels in its walk-in cellar. The space is homey with comfortable leather seats and the kitchen, too, serves hearty Italian classics to pair with your Edizione Cinque Autoctoni 2017 or Seccal Valpolicella Ripasso 2015. Not sure what to order? The sommelier will be right there to help you decide.
Opus Wine Bar is located at 64 Pan Rd, Silom, Bangkok, p. +66 2 637 9899. Open daily 6pm – 12am.
Part wine store and part wine bar, this cozy nook specialises in wines from the Old World, offering more than 150 affordable labels by the bottle and some 40 by the glass. The owners have a particular appreciation for French and Italian, and the Chateau La Fleur Red Bordeaux Saint-Emilion 2009 is a must-try. Are you a lady? Enjoy two hours of free-flow sparkling for under THB500 every Thursday night to the sound of smooth jazz and yummy tapas!
Wine Depot is located at 28 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok, p. +66 2 000 4238. Open daily 11.30am – 12am.
Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant
This list isn’t complete without the sky-high Scarlett, widely regarded as one of Bangkok’s classiest vino spots. Occupying the entire 37th floor of Pullman Hotel G, take a bunch of friends to the spacious open-air balcony and drink to the view of Chao Phraya river just below, taking your pick from a collection of over 150 bottles — including a very exquisite Château Palmer Margaux Bordeaux. For good measure, how about ordering a heaping dry-aged tomahawk steak to share?
Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant is located at L37, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, 188 Silom Rd, Bang Rak, Bangkok, p. +66 96 860 7990. Open Mon-Fri 6pm – 1am, Sat-Sun 5pm – 1am.
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