BANGKOK — Thonglor’s fight to remain the capital’s top trendy nightlife destination got a boost Sunday night with its upscale bar Rabbit Hole being named the best bar in town.
Rabbit Hole was poured the Best Bar award over Teens of Thailand in Chinatown, Smalls on Suan Phlu and the swanky, riverside Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental. Bamboo didn’t end up going home alone though, winning both Best Hotel Bar and Bangkok Institution awards.
Buntanes “Pop” Direkrittikul of Eat Me was named Best Bartender.
The awards are selected by a panel of selected industry professionals.
The Bar Awards began in 2014 in Singapore by Tron Young and were held for the first time in Bangkok last year. Winners in all 12 categories were announced Sunday at The Westin Grande Sukhumvit.
Bar of the Year: Rabbit Hole
Bartender of the Year: Buntanes “Pop” Direkrittikul (Eat Me)
Best New Bar: #Findthelockerroom
Best Restaurant Bar: Eat Me
Best Beer Bar: Mikkeller
Best Wine Bar: La Casa Nostra
Best Hotel Bar: The Bamboo Bar
Best Bangkok Institution: The Bamboo Bar
Best Hospitality Ambassador: David Jacobson (Smalls)
Best Hospitality Team: Backstage
Most Creative Cocktail Bar: Vesper
The Rising Star: Noppasate Hirunwathit (Rabbit Hole)
Story: Todd Ruiz, Chayanit Itthipongmaetee