Head to the first floor of Bangkok’s Salil Hotel for a tropical getaway that’s simultaneously stylish and understated. Located in the hip Thonglor neighbourhood, past an unmarked door, is this immersive, dimly-lit space decorated with leafy plants. There are some cosy, cushioned corners, but the best spot in the house is the long wooden bar, where bartenders make excellent use of local, seasonal fruits to create wonderful, inventive cocktails. Award-winning bartender Chanchai Rodbamrung is at the helm, creating drinks using unusual ingredients such as cow fat, with examples such as a Sesame Manhattan or the Turmeric Thai Tea. Thaipioka is a top-class example of a modern Asian bar with tropical influences and creative uses of local flavours, all in an exceedingly stylish yet laid-back setting.
44/7, Thonglor Soi 1, Sukhumvit 55, Wattana, Bangkok, 10110