One Night In Bangkok Drinking Wine

Casey at Flute A Perrier Jouet Champagne Bar Bangkok

Okay, so it was more like 4 nights, rather than 1. However, when writing a blog post about my recent wine adventures in Bangkok, how could I not somehow include the ‘One Night In Bangkok’ song? It just had to be done.

You may have seen on my social media channels, that I was recently in Thailand on holiday. Whilst it’s not a top pick in terms of wine travel, Mr Spittoon and I really enjoy holidaying there. In fact, we lived and worked in Thailand back in 2008, so we know it quite well.

After 7 blissful days in Ao Nang, Krabi in the south of Thailand, we headed up to the bustling city of Bangkok. We’ve always been big fans of the city. From the street food stalls to the lush hotels and bars. It’s got plenty of personality and spicy flavour to it.

This trip was definitely our most luxury visit. We decided to splash out and spoil ourselves after months of saving. On our last visit we did visit Bangkok’s Red Sky Rooftop Bar however we definitely stepped it up a notch this time around. Below you’ll find some of our wine adventures during our 4-night stay in Thailand’s capital city.

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Tower Club at Lebua

As we arrived into BKK on December 31st, we wanted to make sure we were staying somewhere with good views. We’d heard the Bangkok New Years Eve fireworks over the river, the Chao Phraya River was pretty spectacular.

Not being huge fans of big New Years parties, our plans were to hopefully find a hotel room with great views so we could chill out in our room for the countdown and watch the fireworks. After a bit of research, I landed on the Lebua website. I spotted their Tower Club River View rooms and knew we had to stay there. These rooms are on the 51st – 59th floors of the hotel.

By opting for a Tower Club room, it meant we had access to the Tower Club Lounge on the 52nd floor. The club lounge is open 6am-6pm and includes complimentary food and drinks (including wine!) throughout the day. On each day of our trip, we at least made it to the lounge once. Typically it was for sunset drinks.

There was only 1 white wine and 1 red wine to choose from. Both Chilean. It’s safe to say between Mr Spittoon and I we drank our fair share of bottles of the Chardonnay. It went down pretty darn well, especially teamed with the delectable bites to eat at the Tower Club lounge and that gorgeous Bangkok sunset.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend staying at Lebua, and if you do, the Tower Club is a must.

High tea at Tower Club Lounge at Lebua BangkokLunch at Tower Club Lounge at Lebua BangkokCasey at the Tower Club Lounge at LebuaAfternoon Tea Tower Club Lounge at LebuaDessert at Tower Club Lounge at Lebua BangkokSunset and wine at Tower Club Lounge at Lebua Bangkok

Tops Supermarket Champagne Shopping

Between the nearest Skytrain stop (Saphan Taksin BTS) and Lebua you’ll find a Tops Supermarket hidden below the Robinsons department store on the righthand side of the road as you are going to the train station. We arrived at our hotel about 3pm on the 31st and were determined to find some champagne for that evening.

After a few Chardonnay’s in the Club lounge, we hit the road to see what we could find. We didn’t have high hopes. But low and behold we spotted the Tops Supermarket. And there was 1 bottle of champagne left in the fridge. Just one.

It was a Champagne Duval LeRoy Premier Cru Rose at about 3,500 Baht, so about AU$150. I knew it would be a lot higher priced than back home, as the taxes on wine are pretty high in Thailand. However, we thought we’d grab it and just hope we weren’t losing a ton of money on it.

After a bit of research back at the hotel we found out it retails for about $90 in Melbourne, so it wasn’t too bad. Especially when the room service menu had Perrier-Jouet NV Brut for over AU$500 when you can buy it at Dan Murphy’s for around $60!

The Duval LeRoy was extremely tasty and it went perfectly with those Bangkok fireworks at midnight.

Champagne Duval LeRoy Premier Cru Rose

Also, it’s worth noting that the rooms at Lebua have pretty big fridges 😉

These were our New Years Eve supplies alongside a couple of big bottles of Singha beer.

Tops Supermarket Supplies Bangkok

Flûte – A Perrier-Jouët Bar at Lebua

The main reason I was first attracted to staying at Lebua was Flûte (check out their Instagram page here). This is the highest open-air champagne bar in the world. It’s on the 64th floor of Lebua. We always knew we’d go up there for at least a glass of champagne. The prices were much like the room service menu, exorbitant.

However after a few chardonnay’s in the Tower Club lounge and seeing the breathtaking view of Bangkok from the 64th floor, we were both in a whimsical state of mind. To top it off, on the menu, the most exquisite thing there was, was a bottle of the Champagne Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2004. We ummed and ahhhed for a good 15 minutes as 2004 is Mr Spittoon’s and my year. It is the year we met and when he proposed it was with a bottle of 2004 Cristal Champagne and every year since we indulge in a bottle of it.

We spent big. I’m not going to lie. It’s the most we have ever spent on a bottle of wine. We also know that we paid ALOT more for it than we would from a retailer in Australia. However, that experience, of enjoying that bottle there with each other, is worth it. An experience and memory I will cherish for all my wine days.

The staff were amazing, however, my only tip to the team at Flûte would be get rid of the black olives they give for ‘bar snacks’ I guess you could say. The pistachios were fine, however, after Mr Spittoon had an olive he made sure I didn’t taint my palate with them. Not a great accompaniment for the champagne in our opinion. When you are paying a humengous service charge, I’d like to see the ‘bar snacks’ align more with complimenting the champagne.

Menu at Flute Perrier Jouet Champagne Bar Bangkok - LebuaChampagne Perrier-Jouet 2004 at Flute Sky Bar at Lebua bangkokChampagne Perrier-Jouet cap at Flute Sky Bar at Lebua BangkokPerrier-Jouet at Flute Champagne Bar at Lebua Bangkok

The Wine Shack at Jacks Bar

From one extreme to the next. Jacks Bar in Bangkok is more of a traditional street bar that sits on the river edge. It’s about a 10-minute walk from Lebua and right beside the Shangri-La hotel. Plastic chairs, hustle and bustle, it’s a good taste of Bangkok. We had some great food and plenty of big bottles of beer here.

We also tried some of the wine from the ‘Wine Shack’. While not my favourite glass of wine in the world, it was rather refreshing. However when you’re paying $12 for a glass of okay wine, and you can buy a large beer for $4, I quickly changed back to the local beer. It was a fun experience though.

Wine Shack at Jacks Bar BangkokWine at Jacks Bar in BangkokJacks Bar Bangkok

Mocambo Wine Bar

On our first outing from the hotel, low and behold we spot Mocambo Wine Bar across the road. This little hole in the wall has an Italian vibe to it with items like pizza and pasta on the menu. From the reviews I’d read, they are quite well known for their food – maybe next time!

One evening, on our way to Jacks Bar, we thought we’d stop in and see what they had on offer. They had only just opened up shop for the night, so the aircon was still getting up and running.

I was quite pleasantly surprised to see the wine menu didn’t have your typical picks. It wasn’t huge by any accounts, however, the white wine list consisted of a Pecorino (which I ordered), Vermentino (which Mr Spittoon ordered), a Prosecco and a Pinot Grigio.

I also spotted a couple of bottles of Schild Estate from the Barossa Valley on the wall!

Schild Estate at Mocambo Wine Bar Bangkok

I had a bit of fun, branding the bar with my website too 😉

Mantellassi Lucumone 2015 Vermentino - Mocambo Wine Bar BangkokMocambo Wine Bar Bangkok MenuTrabocchetto Pecorino - Mocambo Wine Bar BangkokWine glass at Mocambo Wine Bar BangkokMocambo Wine Bar Bangkok - CaseyTravelling Corkscrew at Mocambo Wine Bar Bangkok

Singapore Airlines Business Class Lounge Bangkok

If you spotted my Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut NV tasting note recently, then you’ll know that we splurged and went business class on Singapore Airlines. The onboard champagne was half to do with why we flew Singapore Air 😉 We spent a couple of hours in the Bangkok Singapore Airlines lounge, before the journey home.

Whilst there wasn’t any Champagne on hand (like at the Changi Airport Singapore Airlines lounge) we enjoyed a few glasses of this Pays D’Oc St Martin Chardonnay which went down pretty well with the food on offer. There was also a nice Pinot Grigio which I can’t quite remember the name of nor did I take a photo! But it was lovely.

Singapore Airlines Business Class Lounge BangkokSt Martin Chardonnay at Singapore Airlines Business Class Lounge Bangkok

I love Thailand, however, despite the above, it’s not a wine destination for me. I am quite happy to sit back and enjoy the local food (extra spicy) with a cocktail or beer tower 😉

Travelling Corkscrew Drinking a Beer Tower at Palate Bar Bangkok

Red Sky Rooftop Bar – Bangkok

Could you imagine having to abseil to get your wine? Well this is what they do at the Red Sky rooftop bar in Bangkok, Thailand. The impressive 2-storey glass temperature controlled cellar is home to plentiful 1st Growth Bordeaux, Super Tuscans and heroes of the new world. And they definitely keep them out of reach!

The Red Sky rooftop bar is situated in central Bangkok on the 55th floor of the Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld. Unforunately it was raining on the evening we visited but what we could see of the lights of Bangkok city were truly spectacular. It is a chaotic, crazy city but it also has such charm and culture, I absolutely love it!

You can be eating fresh mango from a street vendor one minute, being hounded to go see a ping pong show the next, cramming 4 decent sized farangs (the Thai term for Europeans/Westerners) into the back of a tuk-tuk the next and then end up sipping on a delightful Gaja 2010 ‘Sito Moresco’ on the 55th floor overlooking Bangkok city the next. You gotta love it!

Red Sky has impressive 360 degree views of the city and has a rather bright quirky nature to it with the bar area lighting up in 7 neon colours on a repeat cycle. There are large booth type tables which looked very much like bamboo steamers to me and they have live music playing every night. The wine cellar is definitely what impressed me the most at Red Sky (click here to see a short video I took of the wine cellar at Red Sky). The bar and general dining area where nice but perhaps a touch out dated. It actually reminded me a lot of the Sky Bar at the Burj al Arab in Dubai – classy yet it needs a bit of jazzing up or perhaps un-jazzing to bring it into the 21st century.

On this particular Thursday night, we didn’t make a booking however there was space at the bar which suited us fine as we just wanted to stay for a drink anyway. The service I have to say was top notch, very friendly and they were also very prompt with our drinks and bill which may have been because we were right at the bar. We even learnt that the Prince of Denmark once visited Red Sky!

Considering we were in Thailand the general wine by the glass menu wasn’t too bad. It was nice to see G.H Mumm Rose on the list as well as Riesling from Austria, Pinot Bianco from Italy, Pinot Noir from New Zealand, red Bordeaux and more. Glass prices started from around 300 Baht (AU$10). Read my tasting note of the 2010 Gaja here.

As we were sipping away we were served up some salty nuts to munch on. Alongside the wine list there is a good selection of international beers and ‘out of the box’ sounding cocktails. It is a bar/restaurant so next time I will be booking in for a dinner to see what that’s like.

I would go back again and I would suggest going there if only to see the wine cellar for yourself! I even spotted some Sandalford Cab in there from Western Australia! For more details on the Red Sky rooftop bar check out the Centara Grand website here.

For more photos from my trip please check out my Wine & Food Adventures in Thailand 2013 Facebook album.

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Cabbages & Condoms Bangkok and GranMonte Thai wines

Wine, food and condoms. When in Thailand, do as the Thai’s do! Eat, drink and of course be safe!

Okay I promise this is not a preaching blog post on what unsafe sex and a bottle of wine can lead to. I promise! It is actually about one of my favourite restaurants in Bangkok, Thailand. Cabbages & Condoms – their food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy.

The restaurant is a bit of a spoof with mannequins dressed in outfits made of condoms, the lampshades covered in condoms and at the end of your meal you are given condoms instead of mints! It is such a unique dining experience and if you get a seat under the canopy outside draped with fairy lights you will be truly wowed.

The Cabbages & Condoms (C&C) restaurant began in Bangkok to promote better understanding of family planning and to generate income to support various development activities of the Population and Community Development Association, including providing support for the devastating 2004 Tsunami in Thailand.

Every time I visit Bangkok I visit this restaurant, not only because it’s for a good cause and for its entertainment factor but also it has absolutely scrumptious Thai food (the menu is HUGE!! Check it out here) and as I found out on this last visit they actually have some great wines on offer.

Cabbages and Condoms Menu BangkokI was excited to see that a Western Australian wine was on offer at the restaurant – Stella Bella from the Margaret River (WA represent!). The wine list also included Santa Alicia Cab Sauv and Chardonnay from Chile, the Gallo Family Merlot and Chardonnay from California and a Chenin Blanc & Syrah from the GranMonte winery in Thailand that I just had to try. Check out the menu on the right, see if you can spot the typo (click on the image to make it larger).

For a Thai restaurant, the above selection was actually pretty good and considering the tax on wine in Thailand, the prices weren’t bad either. Click here to read my tasting note on the GranMonte 2012 ‘Spring’ Chenin Blanc and the GranMonte 2012 ‘Spring’ Syrah.

The food was no disappointment either – my Massaman curry and steamed minced dumplings were a tad on the sweet side, however the sticky rice was cooked to perfection. I simply can’t get enough of the Thai sticky rice! Mr. Spittoon’s sundried and deep fried pork was absolutely to die for! View the Cabbages & Condoms menu here.

By the end of the meal, the 4 of us were completely rammed! Food and wine came to a total of just under 4000 Baht which equates to about AU$130 – not bad!! We were so full from the meal that we couldn’t even fit in a drink at the Captain Condom Bar before heading back to our hotel.

If you’re heading to Bangkok, C&C would be my number 1 recommendation for great authentic Thai food, decent wine and a completely unique dining experience.

See more photos from my trip in my Facebook album – Wine & food adventures in Thailand 2013.

For more information please visit the Cabbages and Condoms website by clicking here.

Address: 6 Sukhumvit Soi 12, Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Phone:+66 2 229 4610

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