The Owl Society Whiskey Saloon
When talking about whiskey, most people would picture a gentleman in a suit holding a cigar by the fire. But are whiskies really only for men? The answer lies within the The Owl Society Whiskey Saloon located at Sukhumvit 61.
The whiskey saloon has an industrial vintage charm, with beautifully crafted copper structures and an underground vibe, resembling to the hidden speakeasy clubs during the Prohibition Era. From the wooden tables to the leather bar chairs, the restaurant uses real vintage furniture from the United Kingdom for the traditional look and feel. To make the premises more welcoming, wood and warmer lights are incorporated into the interior.
Hoping to bring together people of different backgrounds and convey the message of “whisky in a tea cup” to women of all ages, this unique whiskey society offers up to a hundred whiskey labels from all over the world, ranging from top-shelf to local favourites. While avid whiskey drinkers indulge in whiskey on the rocks, explorers new to the whiskey world can start with the light whiskey-base cocktails.
For adept whiskey drinkers, the Great Grey (360 THB), a Johnnie Walker Black Label-based whiskey with Cynar, Port Cherry and patron XO Café tequila, is easy to drink with just a hint of caramel flavour. Try the Barn (360 THB), a combination of passion fruit, Johnnie Walker Gold reserve, dessert wine infused sage, passion fruit, honey syrup, lemon and egg white for something more playful.
The food at The Owl Society Whiskey Saloon, a mix of comfort food and fine dining, are designed to complement your night’s tipple. The Crispy Squid Ink Calamari (250 THB) comes deep fried in bitesize pieces and accompanied with a pitch-black dip made from boiled squid ink and seafood sauce. The spicy aftertaste from the paprika in the Prawn Chorizo (400 THB) helped to intensify the flavours of the palate. The crispy prawns and bits of chorizo also give different textures that smooth out the whisky drinks.
The Chocolate lava cake (250 baht), a hot cake pudding and lava chocolate sauce is not overly sweet, with hints of nuttiness and bitterness of real chocolate. The accompanying vanilla ice cream and mixed fresh fruits not only make the plate more beautiful but also add acidity and tart flavours to the dessert.
Still not sure where to start? Suchada “Fahbeer” Sopajaree, the woman manning the saloon and one of 2016’s 12 finalists at Diageo World Class Thailand Competition, suggests starting with blended malt for beginners and going for a timeless classic like a Manhattan.
The Owl Society Whiskey Saloon, Soi Sukhumvit 61, Wattana, Bangkok 10110; tel: 02-046-3798; www.facebook.com/theowlsobkk/
A Liquid List
In the wake of the continued success of Bangkok eateries in the Asia’s 50 Best event, the capital’s drinking dens are also holding their own, thank you very much. The inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Bars list featured six places in Krung Thep, with Vesper leading the pack at 17. Also in the running were Q&A, Teens of Thailand (pictured), Bamboo Bar, Maggie Choo’s and Hyde & Seek. Congratulations and cheers!
Our Little Secret
Speakeasy bars have been popping up all over Bangkok lately—or is it that we’ve only just discovered them? Suddenly the city is awash with dark dens where bouncers aren’t the only thing standing between you and your first whiskey sour. View