Vinyl spins, cocktails pour at audiophile bar in Sukhumvit 36

Photo: Coconuts Bangkok
Photo: Coconuts Bangkok

Down a turn off Soi Sukhumvit 36 lies a new gem for music fans and audio nerds where everything from indie tunes and punk jams blare from a record player.

In a handful of weeks, listening bar Freaking Out the Neighborhood has become a well-liked destination for its easy-going vibe, cool tunes, and simple cocktails.

Behind the bar are no strangers to the nightlife scene: Kiratra “Ki” Promsaka of concert promoter Have You Heard?, her brother Jitti “Best” Promsaka, and James Gilbody, aka Phatfunk’s DJ Delorean.

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The bar’s name comes from a song by Canadian musician Mac DeMarco, who Have You Heard? brought to perform in 2018.

For drinks, the bar keeps it nice and easy with classics like Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda for THB300), G&T drink Freaking Hendricks (Hendricks, cucumber, Fever Tree tonic water for THB340), and Monkey Splash (Monkey Shoulder, soda and orange garnish for THB240).

Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda for THB300). Photo: Coconuts Bangkok

Local beers like Leo and Singha are THB130 while a cold glass of Asahi is THB150. There are a few bar bites on the menu: chicken teriyaki (THB150) and sun-dried beef with jaew spicy dipping sauce (THB190).

Freaking Hendricks (Hendricks, cucumber, Fever Tree tonic water for THB340). Photo: Coconuts Bangkok

Vinyl collectors can also browse and shop for records, while other merch like T-shirts, tote bags, and more are on sale.

The bar hosts regular events like Bring Your Own Vinyl day, and nights that are dedicated to shoegaze, trip-hop, psychedelic rock, and more. 

Sun-dried beef with jaew spicy dipping sauce (THB190). Photo: Coconuts Bangkok

Freaking Out the Neighborhood is open 6pm until midnight. Wednesday to Saturday. It’s located in Soi Sukhumvit 36, a short ride from BTS Thong Lo.

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FIND IT:

Freaking Out the Neighborhood
49, Soi Napha Sap 1 (Sukhumvit 36), Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei
6pm-midnight, Wednesday to Saturday
093-690-9200

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