Enter the closet to find this low-key speakeasy-style bar.
The buzz: A gender-inclusive tailor shop by day and a hidden hangout by night, this sartorial speakeasy, just five minutes by foot from BTS Wongwian Yai, is a hip refuge in an unlikely residential setting.
The vibe: In a small alley next to tailor shop M Custom 1978, you’ll notice a dainty orange-colored entrance. Once inside, there is a staircase leading you to the bar on the third floor of the building. Space is a little tight due to the small number of seats—it’s all private seating, and only three tables per day. In the future, the place promises future additions like a private dining room and additional rooftop seating.
The drinks: As a nod to the bar’s name—S’Amuser, a French word for fun—owner Chanisara Buranabungvong captures playful flavors from a variety of cultures. Highlights include the Muan e li, whose subtle flavors of rice milk made from hom mali (Jasmine rice) balance out the strong punch from Thai rice wine (sato) and Mekhong whiskey. The floral cocktail Graciosa, meanwhile, features a combination of rose wine, vodka, and house-made hibiscus syrup served in a very insta-worthy bird cage. What we’d recommend, though, is the Japanese melon sake Tanoshi topped with food-grade 3D-printed art: Send a picture ahead of time, and they’ll print it out and put it on your drink. It’s a fun way to celebrate special occasions. (At press time, cocktails have been swapped to mocktails; all B310per drink.)
The food: It’s a busy list for a small bar-restaurant. Though not as ambitious and serious as what you’d find in fine-dining restaurants, the menu still includes a five-course set for B990 and plenty of a la carte options. The prix fixe menu features dishes like wagyu kaprao, with a generous portion of grilled beef done right and topped with a sunny-side up egg, as well as a flavor-packed spaghetti in black truffle sauce. We’re told that they will add moo krata (hot pan buffet) in the future.
The crowd: Mostly curious young locals drawn to the hidden speakeasy vibe.
Why we’d come back: It’s a cool private spot that offers a change of scenery. With a friendly bartender, prices that won’t burn a hole in your wallet, and a location within striking distance of Sathorn, S’Amuser is a welcome addition to the Thonburi side of the river. Porpor Leelasestaporn
|Address:||S’Amuser, 92 Charoenraj Rd., Bangkok, Thailand|
|Open since:||January, 2021|
|Opening hours:||Wed-Sun 4-11pm|
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