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Hyde & Seek Gastro Bar

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65/1 Athenee Residence, Soi Ruamrudee, Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok

By Hamish Smith

HYDE & SEEK SPRUNG into view amid a barren Bangkok bar landscape in 2010 and few of those that followed would deny it was the pioneer of the Thai cocktail scene.

Like so many bars in the capital, it is a restaurant-bar hybrid that is best described as London-meets-New-York-meets-Asia.

With a name like Hyde & Seek, this place is about fun and games, with DJs spinning funky tunes and dining and cocktail imbibing happily co-existing in an energy-filled space.

Nath Arj-han, formerly of Singapore’s Tippling Club, is behind the menu, so expect twisted classics and signatures that infuse herbs, spices, fruits and more modern techniques such as slow-cooked ingredients and hot and cold smokes.

This kind of stuff might now be de rigueur but it is incumbent on all bar scenes to remember where it came from.