There is a lot to be said for the neighborhood of Nana in china town. Once a sleepy district of colonial houses, it is now one of the top destinations in the area for trendy cafes and top cocktail bars. This is partly due to the owner of Niks Anuman. Niks not only runs Asia Today but also its sister gin bar Teens of Thailand, which is located within the same enclosure. However, it's AT we are talking about and the easiest way to find is to look for the pink neon sign with the words "This bar is better than Teens of Thailand"! Stepping in the bar you will find provocative and also surreal artwork lining the walls, and a looming pregnant shark hanging above the bar area. Yes, we said that right! But despite all the fun, there is a level of serious professionalism that you will find with the team and the awesome drink creations.
The cocktail menu is separated into two sections, Cacao and Honey, and the highlight of the drink both of these ingredients in delightful ways. Niks is a fanatic when it comes to using local ingredients from the areas in Thailand and you can see this in his honey collection! The menu changes frequently with it depending on what ingredients are in season or available which is part of the fun. With a lab set up on the second floor to make all infusions and syrups, you can tell that each cocktail has been meticulously thought out.
Husks of cacao repurposed into vessels and unique, edible garnishes are also on show. The emphasis on Thai ingredients brings up some unusual produce such as 'bai hor wor' an indigenous herb and 'Tiger Ear' which has a similar taste to oregano. During the day at the weekend you the team serve up some tasty coffee and if you hang around for the evening we would suggest the eastern honey, a delicious combination of gin and honey, served in a beeswax cup. All cocktails are fairly priced under the 400 THB mark and we are looking forward to heading back and seeing what comes out next on the menu.
If you are staying in the area then the next bar to check out is Teens of Thailand!