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    Colonial Charm

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    The freshly opened A.R. Sutton & Co Engineers Siam stamps a seal of refinement on the Ekkamai area, and returns Ashley Sutton to the forefront of the Bangkok bar scene

    by Richard Mcleish

    Adding a sense of colonial-era sophistication to lower Ekkamai is the new arrival of A.R. Sutton & Co Engineers Siam (●G/F, Park Lane, 18 Sukhumvit Soi 63;, courtesy of namesake “bar-chitect” Ash Sutton.

    Tucked away in the multipurpose Park Lane precinct, Sutton’s signature attention to detail is visible in every nook and cranny of the ornate mezzanine-lined venue, which houses around 20 people inside, and another 20 outside.

    Not to be lost in the finer details, standing in the front glass atrium that extends from the main room is an impressive artesian brass micro-distillery which, according to Sutton himself “specializes in the spirit purification of local fruits and botanicals of Thailand and Southeast Asia.”

    Although not yet fully functional, we can look forward to the essence of the place ending up in each glass, taking the cocktail game in the city to new heights.

    During the week, visitors can catch classical recitals from small ensembles that complete the polished picture of the venue.

    The drop-in crowd is a mix of Sutton devotees, bar-hoppers, and voguish locals.

    Reservations are not accepted, because there is no phone.

    You can also pop next door for some Thai tapas plates at Hot Rod – a perfect dovetail venue for a night out in the area.

    Open daily from 6 p.m. until midnight.