In a city where rooftop drinking comes with a hefty price tag and green space is at a premium, Bad Motel is a winner. This three-storey bar has a courtyard garden on the first floor and a terrace on the third. There are jagged gaps in the upper floors’ façade, as if the building is halfway through demolition. Through the holes, Thonglor’s usual crowd of hip young things can be seen sipping 10 year-old single malts with a dash of coke.
It’s pretty minimalist doing the New York loft thing with whitewashed walls and bare concrete floors. Drinks are listed on an impressive 20-page clipboard. We had a go on the Hahaha Martini, vodka, chilli liqueur, galangal, cumin and pickled grapes. Nice, and they throw in some pretty presentation, too.
Local Thai moonshine ya dong gets a hipster makeover here in the form of the Bad Company. The herb-infused white rice whisky, usually a tipple reserved for street stalls, is mixed with honey and pickled grape and shaken on ice. Suddenly very palatable.