Very few times do we come across a bar, whose biggest USP is discovering it!! Yes that’s right. Today, we are going to talk about a Bangkok bar whose biggest selling point is that is made to look like a speakeasy. While you can google this term for more info, in one sentence, speakeasy’s refer to hidden spots or secret establishments where alcohol was illegally sold to patrons during the Prohibition in the 1920s.
Aptly named Find the Photo Booth, this cocktail bar which opened in April 2018 is located on Sukhumvit Soi 11. Its founders, Colin Chia, Nick Wu, Ueno Hidetsugu, Janz Chennarong & Ronnaporn (Neung) Kanivichaporn opened this after the success of their first bar – Find The Locker Room.
So how does one discover this hidden bar? Well, first reach Sukhumvit Soi 11, then search for an unassuming Sports Bar, enter it and then search for an actual working Photo Booth and VOILA – you had found the entrance. Oh wait, the USP/fun doesn’t end here.
Speaking more on the same, the bar told BucketList.Asia, “Once you step inside the Photo Booth, you get to take 3 pictures which will print out in a black and white format. Click a button and an automatic door opens to a “Dark Room”, a room with red lights where you would usually develop photos. Walk further in and you will hear some music in the background and when you open the door, it’s a cocktail bar in a lounge/mini-club concept. I believe the USP is the whole experience of finding and discovering this speakeasy.”
Now, doesn’t that sound exciting?? It’s like an experience in itself!! So if you want to do something different, or feel like your part of a retro movie, set in the 1920’s, visiting this hidden bar should definitely be on your BucketList!!
That said, this bar is not just about getting discovered. The single-level establishment, which can seat about 50-60 people at a time, has classy chic/posh interiors. While they don’t serve any food, one can enjoy any of their 20 cocktails, 10 of which are classics while the remaining 10 are Thai twists.
Of these cocktails, “Bangrak, You’ve got Mail”, “Sorry, Only BTS this Century” and “Bond Loved Jasmine” are said to be the most popular ones. The first one however is the bar’s favorite/ close to heart cocktail. Why?? Well, in their own words, this cocktail “comes with a small piece of literature, with puns and jokes about bad dates cocktails. It’s the go-to cocktail if you need to break the ice, especially on a first date. As a bar famed for ‘One of the best spots for your Tinder Date’, we take it on ourselves to create a great first date.”
Now, this is a first, for me. I have never had a cocktail which comes with any kind of note. So once you discover the place, you know what to order, Tinder date or no date!!
Now, let’s get to the people behind the bar. Find the Photo booth bar has 4 bartenders lead by head bartender Jamie Sutthinon who comes with lots of experience. He has not only been part of multiple cocktail competitions, but is known for being named in the Top 6 at the Diageo World Class Thailand 2018.
So, who should go?? While, we say everyone, according to the bar, “Our target audiences are cocktail enthusiasts, party-goers who love a good cocktail, and also people who are looking to start appreciating cocktails. Our menu is designed to suit those who have never had a cocktail before or “not like it” because its too sweet, with approachable ingredients and easy-to-understand descriptions.” We, so hope you are one of them!!
I will conclude by giving a Tip for our readers. From 6pm to 8pm, everyday, the bar has something called an Aperitivo Hour, where they serve low ABV and refreshing drinks to kick start the evening, priced as low as THB200. So what you waiting for… put on your Sherlock Holmes cap, discover the hidden bar and get yourself a ‘Bangrak, You’ve got Mail’. Cheers!!