Drink creation at Escapades — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
It may not look like much from the outside, but this cave-like hole in the wall is the site of not only the best hamburgers in Bangkok, but the best cocktails as well! Run by a couple of friends, one a master chef and the other one of Thailand's premier mixologists, Escapades is a bar like no other.
There is no drink menu. Instead, you tell Karn Liangsrisuk, runner up in the Thailand Best Bartending Competition, what alcohol you like, how strong you want it, and if there is anything you would prefer or not like. And based on whatever fruit, infusions, syrups and all else that he has before him, he whips up the best concoction you've ever had in your life, never to be repeated again!
Mixing drinks at Escapades — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
Bartender Karn is like a walking encyclopedia when it comes to tropical fruit, syrups, liqueurs and anything else related to mixing drinks. Customers are often at a loss at what they want not having a menu of drinks to choose from, but Karn guides them through the process and never fails to wow.
Not only is it highly worth making the trek across town for the drink concoctions, but Escapades is also a hamburger joint. And Karn's counterpart Chef Van is a French culinary school vet who churns out some of the best gourmet burgers this side of New York, making this tiny spot Bangkok's most popular niche at present.