Bangkok traffic puts the brakes on hopping around town in one evening, so locals choose to focus on one neighborhood for a night out. Bar and restaurant-pocked Thonglor is an ideal corridor for that. Begin your crawl in the late afternoon at The Commons, an indoor and outdoor marketplace. Revive with a cup of fresh-roasted coffee at Roots or an Aperol spritz from Peppina. Live music floats through the courtyard and there’s a grassy play space for the kids. Snack on Sichuan dumplings from Xiao Chi or a Boston lobster roll from The Lobster Lab. Next, make your way to Soul Food Mahankorn for a dinner. The fried chicken and pickled watermelon and pad see ew coupled with a chili-tequila Bun Bang Fai cocktail is worthy of final-meal status. Then, waddle up the road to Seenspace and snag a courtyard table. Sip frosty beers, consider making room for fresh oysters and listen to DJs spin. Finally, pop across the way for a nightcap at U.N.C.L.E. (United Nations of Cocktail Lovers Everywhere), a speakeasy run by wildly creative Swedish mixologists. Request the signature B.B.B. and B—a mix of locally distilled Iron Balls gin, Benedictine Dom, Mancino Biano, and bitters.
It’s a 25-minute SkyTrain trip to Thonglor station, followed by a short a taxi ride or walk up the road.
THE COMMONS: 335 Soi Thonglor 17;+66-8915-22677; thecommonsbkk.com
SOUL FOOD MAHANKORN: 56/10 Soi Thonglor; +66-27147708; soulfoodmahankorn.com
SEENSPACE: 251/1 Thong Lo 13 Alley; +66-21852728; seenspace.com
UNCLE: 72 Courtyard Thonglor, across from Soi 17; avunclus.com