Ten by Tailor On Ten: Places to Go in a Suit in Bangkok
Posted: Dec 17 2015
There are plenty of amazing places in Bangkok where you can go and show off your brand-new Tailor On Ten bespoke suit. Here are some of our favorites.
The Mandarin Oriental Authors’ Lounge
The Mandarin Oriental is legendary, and sipping on tea in the afternoon in the Author's’ Lounge is an experience rich with history. If you decide to spend the day in this mythical hotel make sure to dress appropriately, you will be joining the ranks of celebrated guests that made of this establishment an essential stop on their world travels for over a century, guests like Joseph Conrad, the stylish Noël Coward and W. Somerset Maugham.
TOT Recommends: In May 2015 they begun renovations to some of its wings, so we recommend showing up around now, it reopened December 2015, all new and shiny.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok - 48 Oriental Ave, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Lebua’s Sky Bar (and Scirocco)
Since the movie Hangover II was filmed here, this refined cocktail bar has lost some of its charm because of the crowds flocking to the rooftop, but it still serves some of the best cocktails in town and the views over the river and skyline are jaw dropping. The elegant Sky Bar at Lebua, and Sirocco, the adjacent restaurant, both have a strict dress code, giving you a good opportunity to fit in and stand out in your Tailor On Ten suit.
TOT Recommends: Avoid the crowds by reserving a table at Sirocco, the rooftop restaurant of the Lebua. Sip a cocktail as you order your meal, take in the views and treat yourself to dinner. Not tired of sky bars yet? Head onto Above Eleven.
Lebua at State Tower, 1055/111, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
The Emquartier Mall
This is one of the latest additions to the already bustling Bangkok mall scene. If you are looking to buy high end goods, look no further, this is the perfect place for you, but there’s also affordable options such as Zara and H&M. This architectural feat is part of a 20 billion baht real estate development aimed at restyling the Phrom Phong area and turning it into Bangkok’s premiere retail area. The result is quite impressive, boasting, amongst other extravaganzas, the tallest manmade waterfall in Southeast Asia.
TOT Recommends: If you visit this grand mall, do not stop at clothes and luxury goods, try the food too. Some great gourmet destinations can be found along Emquartier’s impressive restaurant ‘street’, above the built-in park (!).
The Emquartier, The EmQuartier, Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
Seen space is one of the most frequented watering holes in the trendy Thong Lo area. On the premises you will find a lot of great places to eat and a few solid options to grab a drink with or without alcohol. Trendy location means trendy patrons, so if you show up in a suit after work you will not feel overdressed.
TOT Recommends: A great place to find socialites, network and people watch Bangkok’s glitzy elite. Do so while grabbing a craft beer from Brew.
251/5 Thong Lor Soi 13, 02-185-2728/9
Nahm was the first restaurant to introduce a foreign chef and his take on Thai cuisine in Bangkok, and since its inception in 2010 it has been consistently ranked amongst the top restaurants in Asia. The experiment has been a roaring success thanks to David Thompson, the talented Australian chef behind it. Thompson’s adventure with Thai cuisine started in the early 90s and since he was awarded the first Michelin star to be ever awarded for Thai cuisine (2001), he has not looked back.
TOT Recommends: If it is your first time at Namh order the set menu and let the chef guide you in this intimate journey of Thai flavours of old and new.
Namh, Ground Floor, The Metropolitan Hotel, 27 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok
Apsara Dinner Cruise by Banyan Tree
Eating exceptional food and gazing at timeless landmarks as you swoosh along the Chao Phraya River on a rice barge is the kind of date that will award you brownie points. Take your loved one, or treat your family to Bangkok by night and some scrumptious gourmet food. This luxurious experience is the perfect occasion to dress to impress and steal some hearts. Guess what could come in handy? A bespoke suit.
TOT Recommends: Choose this dinner cruise over the others to avoid fighting at free buffets over pasta salads while cheap, hired entertainment plays music in the background.
Banyan Tree Bangkok, 21/100 S Sathorn Rd, Bangkok
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Chef Robuchon has been called “chef of the century” by the Gault Millau and all of his creations and restaurants around the world have been extremely successful. His Atelier in Bangkok is no exception. Serving French haute cuisine, this stylish restaurant introduced a unique dining concept that immerses guests in the dining experience by having them witness the chefs at work first hand. Obviously, the food is outstanding and served in the perfect atmosphere.
TOT Recommends: Try to be seated at the large counter to be closer to the action, and to best enjoy the experience.
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, 5th Floor, MahaNakhon CUBE, 96 Narathiwas Ratchanakharin Rd, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok
Scala cinema looks like what a movie theater is supposed to look like. It has only one screen, the entrance is grand and pompous, the popcorns are cheaper than the ticket (a somewhat refreshing experience) and the gentleman ripping your ticket wears a flamboyant uniform. Watching a film in this beautiful art-nouveau theatre built in 1967 is like a trip on a time machine, a trip absolutely worth taking.
TOT Recommends: The Scala selection of screenings will surprise you with little gems, keep an eye out. If you like the vintage cinema concept, quirky classics are also screened the more intimate Friese-Greene Club.
Maggie Choo’s is hidden under the Novotel Fenix Silom and finding this bar is not an easy task, which adds to the scenographic nature of the location. Styled after a tasteful 1930s vault with a chinese opium-den twist, Maggie Choo’s makes for a good bar to get a drink or four and put on your dancing shoes while surrounded by classy patrons.
TOT Recommends: If you like Maggie Choo’s, also check out Iron Fairies, the first venue designed by Ashley Sutton, the now-legendary Bangkok bar designer.
Maggie Choo’s, Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom Hotel, 320 Silom Road
In this article we have covered a broad range of places, and after giving you a tip for a night out, it would be rude not to include an option for brunch. Rocket is one of our best picks. The minimalist decor and linear spaces team up splendidly with the abundance of light, making of Rocket the ideal place to nurse yourself back into shape after a long evening or one too many Mai Tais.
TOT Recommends: Being a restaurant of Scandinavian roots, check out the Swedish delicacy Toast Skagen (seafood on rye bread), followed by a classic cinnamon roll and wash down with their strong coffees.
Rocket Coffee Bar, 149 Sathorn Soi 12 & Piman, Sukhumvit Soi 49
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