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These are the top 10 bars and bartenders in Bangkok this year

Check out which of your favourites are in for a chance at The Bar Awards in February. By Holly Graham.

Bangkok’s bar scene has been catapulted a long way in a short time and is now home to some of best bars in Asia, as well as some of the most creative industry minds taking hospitality in Thailand to the next level.

And here to show us who’s the best of the best is The Bar Awards. Now in its second year, the Thai capital’s big industry bash will take place on February 25 at the The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, and Bangkok’s bar community will be building up to the celebration with a week of guest shifts and parties beforehand.

To get to this point, voting started with public nominations across 12 categories covering drink and dining experiences, as well as the city’s finest bartending talent. These nominees were then passed to The Panel of 44 industry members in Bangkok to decide the Top 10s – see below for the full run-down.

Next, the Top 10 lists will be handed to the Lead Panel to decide the Top 4s and winners for each category. The Top 4s will be named here on DRiNK on February 19, before the winners for this year’s Bar Awards Bangkok are announced on the evening of the 25.

Presented in alphabetical order, here are this year’s The Bar Awards Bangkok Top 10s across the 12 categories:

The Rising Star, presented by Perrier
For young bartenders born after January 1, 1990
Dedsakda “Kenny” Thianthong (Vesper)
Jane Kaew-Yod (Sorrento)
Krit “Joey” Parkobdee (Tropic City)
Nattawut “Wut” Jeerasatienkul (Vesper)
Noppasate “Depp” Hirunwathit (Rabbit Hole)
Patchara “Fon” Hitchman (Asia Today)
Pinsuda “Ann” Pongprom (The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental)
Saimai Nantarat (A Bar Rooftop at the Marriott Marquis)
Wattunyu “Micky” Mukmongkol (#FindTheLockerRoom)
Worawut “Golf” Treewatanawong (Q&A Bar)

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Best Restaurant Bar, presented by Restaurant Pub and Bar Asia (RPB)
Bunker
Canvas
Eat Me
Il Fumo
Penthouse Bar & Grill at the Park Hyatt
Rarb by Escapade
Smalls
Sorrento
Tep Bar
Zuma


Best Beer Bar, presented by Peroni
Beer Belly
Bottles of Beer
Brew Beers & Ciders
Brewski at the Radisson Blu
Hair of the Dog
HOBS House of Beer (all locations)
Let the Boy Die
Mikkeller
Taproom (all locations)
Wishbeer


Best Wine Bar
About Eatery
Bunker
Il Fumo
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
La Bottega di Luca
La Casa Nostra
Opus
Quince
Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar
Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant

Best Hotel Bar
Aqua at the Anantara Siam
Attitude at the Avani Riverside
Char Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Indigo
Penthouse Bar & Grill at the Park Hyatt
Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant
The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental
The House on Sathorn at the W
The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar at Hotel Muse
Vertigo and Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree
Woo Bar at the W

Best Bangkok Institution
Aqua at the Anantara Siam
Eat Me
Hyde & Seek Gastro Bar
Long Table
Saxophone
Sirocco at the Lebua hotel
Telephone Pub
The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental
Wong’s Place
WTF Café & Gallery

Best Hospitality Ambassador
Attaporn “Mr. B” De Silva (Q&A Bar)
Carson Quinn (Iron Balls)
David Jacobson (Smalls)
Jamie Rhind (The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental)
Kittibordee “Gov” Chortubtim (Backstage Cocktail Bar)
Niks Anuman-Rajadhon (Teens of Thailand & Asia Today)
Philip Stefanescu (Tropic City)
Ronnaporn “Neung” Kanivichaporn (Backstage Cocktail Bar & #FindTheLockerRoom)
Supawit “Palm” Muttarattana (Vesper)
Suwincha “Chacha” Singsuwan (Rabbit Hole)

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Best Hospitality Team presented by Hendrick’s Gin
Asia Today
Backstage Cocktail Bar
Eat Me
Rabbit Hole
Smalls
Teens of Thailand
Tep Bar
The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental
Tropic City
Vesper

Most Creative Cocktail Program, presented by Cointreau
#FindTheLockerRoom
Asia Today
Backstage Cocktail Bar
Eat Me
J. Boroski Mixology
Ku Bar
Rabbit Hole
Thaipioka
Tropic City
Vesper

Best New Bar, presented by Campari
#FindTheLockerRoom
Asia Today
Beer Republic
Jua
Just A Drink Maybe
Luna Lounge
Penthouse Bar & Grill at the Park Hyatt
Salon du Japonisant
Thaipioka
Tropic City

Bartender of the Year, presented by Monkey Shoulder
Buntanes “Pop” Direkkrittikul (Eat Me)
Danny Yeung (Smalls)
Jamie Rhind (The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental)
Kittibordee “Gov” Chortubtim (Backstage Cocktail Bar)
Niks Anuman-Rajadhon (Teens of Thailand & Asia Today)
Noppasate “Depp” Hirunwathit (Rabbit Hole)
Ronnaporn “Neung” Kanivichaporn (Backstage Cocktail Bar & #FindTheLockerRoom)
Sebastian De La Cruz (Tropic City)
Supawit “Palm” Muttarattana (Vesper)
Suwincha “Chacha” Singsuwan (Rabbit Hole)

Bar of the Year, presented by Mekhong, The Spirit of Thailand
#FindTheLockerRoom
Backstage Cocktail Bar
Eat Me
Ku Bar
Rabbit Hole
Smalls
Teens Of Thailand
The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental
Tropic City
Vesper


To learn more about The Bar Awards, see our hub page here, or their Facebook page here.

DRiNK Magazine is the official publication partner for The Bar Awards 2018.

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