This One’s for the Parents

No matter whether you have one calm, sleep-happy baby at home, a house full of crazy toddlers, or heaven forbid, both, all parents just need a break sometimes.  Here are some new, hip locales that parents in Bangkok owe it to themselves to try out:

The view from “Up and Above” at the Okura Prestige

1. For a drink (or two, or three . . . ), hit up the newly-opened Okura Prestige‘s “Up and Above” bar.  Located on the five-star hotel’s 24th floor, the bar has an amazing outdoor balcony and seating area with an enviable view of the city.  Choices on the cocktail menu are generous and diverse.  This bar is so chic that they even attach small LED flashlights to the  menus so you can read the drink list in the dark.  Being a five-star hotel, the service is impeccable.  We visited “Up and Above” on what was threatening to be another rainy evening in Bangkok.  Even though the hotel had temporary closed the outdoor seating area due to impending inclement weather, the waitress opened it up just for the two of us to have a drink.  Read:  private evening cocktails overlooking the city.  Doesn’t get much better than that!

Up and Above Restaurant and Bar

  • Located at intersection of Phloen Chit and Wireless Road.  The hotel has a direct link via covered walkway to the BTS at Phloen Chit station.
  • Open Daily; Bar hours:  17.00 – 01.00

2. For an exquisite meal, venture out to Quince Eatery and Bar.  We were fortunate enough to first try out Quince during its soft opening in June.  The restaurant, housed in a restored 1950s Sukhumvit home, has a contemporary and homey feel that can be described as “rustic chic”. The chef consultant, Jess Barnes, hails from the Barossa Valley in South Australia.  Quince’s menu, which changes frequently, is divided into small dishes, salads, and more substantial plates; perfect for sharing.  Most of the ingredients are locally sourced and the dishes are reasonably priced.  Quince also has an extensive wine list that features good values – something you can’t often find in Thailand.

Quince by day, photo by

Quince’s FB page features its current menu, as well as photos of the restaurant, the food, and some additional information about the chef’s vision.

In addition, here are some independent reviews for your reading pleasure:

Quince Eatery and Bar
Sukhumvit soi 45 (top of the soi)
BTS: Phrom Pong
Phone:  02-662-4478 (do make reservations, as this place fills up every night!)
Open Mon-Sun; 11:30-01:00

If you make it out to one of the above places, let me know what you think.  I hope to provide more suggestions of new cool places for parents to unwind in a subsequent post (when we have more time ourselves to get out and do some more exploring)!