An upscale newcomer to Soi 11 offers a 1920s-style speakeasy bar experience.By Thomas Sturrock
This new speakeasy-style private members club is the latest piece of the puzzle in the refurbishment of what used to be Q Bar. The legendary nightclub that, along with Bed Supperclub, made Sukhumvit Soi 11 what it is today, has now been split into three parts. A vestige of the old Q Bar remains upstairs at Q-Up, while the open plan Mediterranean-themed Azura has been installed downstairs.
The entrance to The Vault (34 Sukhumvit Soi 11) is off to one side, through a dramatic opening designed to resemble a door to a giant bank safe. The theme continues throughout the plush interior – the vintage effect is rendered to perfection.
Dark leather sofas give the space its structure while the main bar, designed to look like a bank counter, offers another interesting feature running along one of the walls. A stage for live music occupies pride of place in one corner and, out the back, La Derriere, which was part of Q Bar, remains as a quieter space for cigar-lovers.
So, undoubtedly, the decor is gorgeous and the period detail is lavishly and lovingly executed. The plan is to operate as a members club – the cover charge will be THB 700 and THB 1000 on Fridays and Saturdays for walk-ins.
When it comes to vintage cocktails, The Vault proudly asserts that these drinks are 50 percent stronger than their competitors’ because they use old-school New York measures.
The Carmen’s Margarita blends high-end tequila with a ginger and honey syrup, all infused with a spicy kick. The Strawberry Mint Julep is a sweeter offering, while the classic South Side is a refreshing palate-cleanser.
A great deal of effort has gone into cultivating an atmosphere out of old-world glamour and the live performances are a key element of that, providing a classic soul soundtrack for this living, breathing homage to the 1920s.
It’s early days and The Vault may still refine its line-up. But on early impressions, it’s well-placed to deliver another up-market venue on Soi 11.