Uncle Tim: The cocktail bar inside a drugstore-turned-hotel serving hip, Chinese herb-infused cocktails

Photo: Uncle Tim / FB
Photo: Uncle Tim / FB

Bangkok’s old town has never been so hip to hang out in, day or night, as it is now. And just recently, the neighborhood greeted a new bar that builds its cocktails around traditional Chinese medicines. 

Hidden inside Tim Mansion, a hostel that was renovated from a traditional medicine store owned by the Timruengvej family, and is now on its third generation within the family, opened its in-house bar Uncle Tim just a few weeks ago. Decorated with red neon lights, plus paper dragon and lion bag puppets, the cocktail bar makes use of many of the traditional Chinese herbs that were once a major part of the shophouse’s former life as a dispensary.

Uncle Tim’s signatures include a drink that’s named after the family, the Tim Rueng Vej (THB588), which is served in a tea set comprising of a jar of vodka fermented with peach, plum and a dose of the family’s “secret” Chinese medicine. Surrounding the jar is a variety of old-school snacks such as baked broad beans, sweet and sour plums and old-school candies encased in colorful wraps.

Tim Rueng Vej cocktail. Photo: Uncle Tim / FB
The Tim Rueng Vej cocktail. Photo: Uncle Tim / FB

For a smooth, easy-to-drink cocktail that leans on the refreshing and fruity side, we recommend the Uncle Tim (THB337), which blends elderflower — botanicals that come with a distinctive flavor, as well as antibacterial and antiviral properties — blended with vodka, lychee juice, lemon, apple and egg white.

The concoction itself is topped with an image displaying Uncle Tim, a character that’s based on the owner’s grandfather Tim, who was the chief apothecary running the former drugstore.

Uncle Tim cocktail. Photo: Uncle Tim / FB
The Uncle Tim cocktail. Photo: Uncle Tim / FB

Uncle Tim is open from 7pm until late every day except Monday and Tuesday. It is located on Maha Chai Road and reachable from MRT Sam Yot.

 

FIND IT:
Uncle Tim is at 337, Maha Chai Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
Open 7pm until late daily, closed Mon and Tues
Phone: +6694 236 1545
MRT: Sam Yot

 

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