The Bar Awards Bangkok 2018 Bar of the Year, Rabbit Hole’s recent success – it’s also currently #34 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 – can be attributed to its talented staff behind the bar, including Senior Bartender Noppasate “Depp” Hirunwathit, 2018 Winner of the South East Asian BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition, and Suwincha “Chacha” Singsuwan.
The Thonglor speakeasy is a collision of steampunk-industrial-meets-plush living space over a split-level setting. The ground floor provides front-row seats by the bar and its massive collection of booze is displayed over a rose-gold booze rack that stretches up to the second and more intimate level, where guest DJs can be found mixing a set of disco, house and other feel-good dance numbers that up in ante as the night progresses.
Like most other quality bars on the list, Rabbit Hole pushes for innovative drinks and fresh, local ingredients. Ranging from THB320 to THB400, the menu is divided into six broad tastes to cater to every inclination – from the Refreshing, to the Fragrant, to the Dry and Spirit-Forward.
While some drinks are close renditions to their classic counterparts like the Passion Martini (THB350) and the Aviation (THB320), most others are a significant departure from the traditional.
Their bestseller – the Queen of Hearts (THB350) – is a vicious blend of vodka and lotus syrup, topped with a foam of aloe and white grape, and finished with a sprinkling of Pecorino Romano for an added layer of savoury complexity. Looking for a truffled drink that doesn’t simply overpower every other flavour? Cry Me The Moon (THB350) combats the fungal fragrance with Southeast Asia’s equally aromatic contender, pandan. Backboned with gin washed in white truffle oil and sous vide in long pepper and orange, it’s a hard line to walk with so many Goliath intensities, but Depp walks it well.
The Touchwood (THB400) sits on their list of stronger offerings in the Spirit-Forward category. An easy sipping drink, the whiskey-based concoction carries notes of sherry and black pepper for extra earthiness and spice. For something to tickle your tastebuds, try the 9.45pm (THB400). Named after the time it was created, the tipple is a delicious take on the bourbon shrub with an amalgam of homemade coconut shrub, konbu dashi vinegar and lime juice, with a hint of rosemary.
Apart from their extensive (read: nine whole pages) selection of cocktails, Rabbit Hole also stocks up on a range of whiskies, scotch, rums, you name it. Those looking for something new, perhaps a dram of Mars Iwai Wine Cask (THB550)?