So Sweet: Thonglor music venue ‘Studio Lam’ reopens as chocolate cafe

More places for sitting the bootie than shaking it under Studio Lam’s new, post-pandemic layout. Photo: Courtesy Maft Sai
More places for sitting the bootie than shaking it under Studio Lam’s new, post-pandemic layout. Photo: Courtesy Maft Sai

After nearly three months dark, Thonglor bar and live music venue Studio Lam will reopen tonight.

How can they do that when bars have not yet been allowed to reopen? By reincarnating as a cafe that serves chocolate, of course.

Known best for delivering worldly grooves, modern molam music and yadong liquor; Studio Lam yesterday announced it was reopening – with a new flavor. While patrons can return to enjoy quality music, they can also now savor sweet treats in the form of chocolates.

Joining hands with craft chocolatier Cacao Ceremony, the Soi Sukhumvit 51 venue will serve a variety of chocolates from hot- and iced-chocolate beverages, liquor-filled chocolate truffles and even chocolate-based cocktails, according to Studio Lam’s impresario Nattapon Siangsukon, who is best known as DJ Maft Sai.

While restaurants have been allowed to reopen and, as of Monday, serve alcohol again, bars remain closed until further notice. By virtue of Bangkok’s baroque business licensing, many bars are technically considered restaurants and some have quietly reopened their doors, with a heavy dose of wink-wink.

Nattapon said his venue will operate strictly, for now, as a cafe and restaurant. He said live music and DJs will return as soon as they are allowed.

On Saturday, Studio Lam will host a live show via livestream service United We Stream Asia, which was launched to help venues and artists during the pandemic. In recent weeks it has brought live shows from several nightclubs such as Sing Sing Theater, Tropic City and Safe Room.

Studio Lam is currently open 2:30pm to midnight every day except Monday. It’s located on Soi Sukhumvit 51 and reachable by foot from BTS Thong Lo.

Photo: Courtesy Maft Sai
Photo: Courtesy Maft Sai

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