Almost one year on from opening, Sukhumvit Soi 11's hidden Cuban bar Havana Social has finally unveiled its second-floor cigar lounge.

The smaller room sticks to the bar's convincing mid-century Latin pastiche, with spare lighting, crumbling walls and vintage curios, and offers a more upbeat atmosphere than to your usual sedate lounges thanks to the sound of live music traveling up from downstairs. In short, it's a good place to sit and puff on a Cuban cigar without feeling too far from the party. 

While the cigars are the main attraction—all Cuban with some 25 options, from Guantanamera Puritos (B165) through to Cohiba Siglo I (B1,285)—the bar also stocks a ton of new booze, mostly rum. Try the rum tasting flight (B300) for half-pours of three 12-year-old rums (Dictador, Diplamatico Reserva Exclusiva and Flor de Cana Centenario), grab a Mexican craft beer (our pick being the Day of the Dead Blond Ale, B240) or go all out with a B15,000 bottle of Diplomatico Ambassador.  

Maybe the most exciting development, though, comes on the food front. Perched at the entrance to the bar is a little cart which serves probably the tastiest Cuban sandwiches (pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and a killer mustard, B280) in all of Bangkok. You can also order beef and spinach empinadas (B120 each) to your chair, too. 


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In related news, Soho Hospitality—the group behind Havana Social, as well as Above Eleven and Charcoal—will soon unveil Cantina BKK, a homey Italian restaurant on Aree Samphan Soi 3 that promises to be an upscale wine bistro. Expect pizza, pasta, plenty of affordable wine as well as house-made limoncello from the group's new head mixologist Davide Sambo. Set to open in September; get updates on their Instagram page.

Sukhumvit Soi 11, 087-066-7711. BTS Nana