We can’t think of anyone better than Knut Randhem, the renowned Swedish mixologist of CE LA VI, to recommend the top bars in the Land of Smiles!
His name needs no introduction in the creative world of mixology. Knut, who grew up in Denmark where he spent more than 10 years mastering the craft and art of bartending, has opened two highly acclaimed bars – Bella Sky at one of Copenhagen’s best designed hotels, and Ourselves Alone, which is among Europe’s top 50 bars. In 2012, Knut joined Nordic Bar Syndicate, a consultancy that specialises in all-things cocktails. Two years later, he was invited to be a judge on Diageo World Class Thailand, the world’s largest mixology competition.
Today, as the Head Mixologist of CE LA VI, Knut oversees bar operations in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. He recently introduced Aperitivo to the Singapore bar, whipping up a menu of five Italian pre-meal drinks, including the very refreshing Spanish classic Sangria – available in red or white, Knut’s sangria concoctions feature fruit and berries that are marinated in yuzu, umeshu, and cognac before being submerged in the wine.
Because of his frequent visits to Bangkok, who better than Knut to recommend a list of must-go bars in the city? Read on.
10/15 Soi Convent Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Marrying the bygone era of Europe and award-winning bartending techniques, Vesper’s cocktails are crafted from only the finest spirits. Must-tries include their barrel-aged cocktails like the Negroni.
Knut: “Great drinks. The guys behind the bar really know their stuff!”
The House on Sathorn
106 North Nathorn Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Part of W Hotel Bangkok, The House on Sathorn is situated inside a 127-year-old colonial mansion and specialises in seasonal crafted cocktails featuring local herbs and spices.
Knut: “One of the most beautiful spots in town. Great ambiance, and all the drinks are very well presented.”
178 1 Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
This multi-level neighourhood bar may be packed to the gills on most nights, but it’s a must-visit for its top-notch alcohol selection and great music.
Knut: “My absolute favourite place to hang out with friends from the industry. Smalls has got one of the best spirit selections not in just Bangkok but in the whole of Thailand.”
149, Soi Sathon 12, Khwaeng Silom 10500, Thailand
A cosy restaurant specialising in New York nosh, Lady Brett also serves up an extensive array of alcoholic beverages to accompany the food.
Knut: “Lady Brett is more of a diner, but the drinks are really good. It’s my favourite spot in Bangkok to have a quiet drink and a bite to eat by myself.”
235/13 Soi Sukhumvit 21, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
This hidden speakeasy-style bar is a 10-seater, which also means you’re guaranteed one hell of a cocktail made with utmost precision and care.
Knut: “Q&A is relatively new, but here, the local talent really shows. It’s got amazing whiskey drinks.”
24, Sukhumvit Soi 1/1, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Oskar is renowned for being one of the best pre-clubbing spots to visit for its classic European fare and cocktails prepared by award-winning mixologists.
Knut: “Oskar never fails. I always have a great time there. Their Negronis are awesome!”
Interested to meet Knut and try his concoctions? Head down to CE LA VI at SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3!