Neon Monkey Bar
The Neon Demon: Neon Monkey is a Thai bar with summer cocktails, reasonably priced food and relaxing atmosphere.
Bolshaya Dmitrovka St, 32, building 2
Tue-Thu: from 6:00 p.m. to 0:00 a.m.
Fri-Sat: from 6:00 p.m. to 03:00 a.m
Neon Monkey is themed to be an underground bar in Sukhumvit area – the premier party street of Bangkok. A laid-back, buzzing atmosphere of Thailand is recreated here without excessive decor, minimized to funky lighting and an infusion of industrial metropolitan underground.
Neon Monkey specialises in Asia-flavored cocktails and good old down-to-earth Thai dishes. The menu has been created by chef Pavel Maletsky who also worked on our food in Neko bar, and previously established himself in Moscow’s Rybka, Dubai’s Novikov, and Hong Kong’s Seafood Room
The food menu came out balanced bearing all traditional Thai elements with minimum alteration form the chef. Neon Monkey offers several salads and starters, including crispy eggplants, “Bangkok” prawn salad, avocado & pineapple salad, a couple of soups – Tom Yum and Tom Kha plus variety of main courses – four types of rice and three kinds of noodles. This elegant and simple menu is exactly what you need for a quick bite around midnight, when you are in no mood for state of the art posch dishes.
The bar card for Neon Monkey was constucted by Natalia Balakina, who developed 12 signature cocktails with Asian flavors: pineapple, grapefruit oil, banana, litchi, lemongrass foam, blue tea and Thai spices. Some are served in highballs or elegant long leg glasses while the others – in ponderous ceramic cups or even monkey-shaped mugs, thus rightfully bringing to mind flamboyant tiki bars.
When a bartender asks you about your cocktail of preference, you may go with the classic –Negroni, per say. But let’s agree on one thing: when in neon bar, switch to bespoke drinks. All the more these are perfect here. It’s time to forsake sophisticated drinks and let yourself go, enjoying a rum cocktail with banana liquor (at least for a while)./p>
Once past the staircase, you find yourself in a dark concrete hall of murals, dimmed red light and wooden floor – as if you’ve entered a bungalow liquor den. You notice the second hall in dazzling neon shimmering, Thai script graffiti on white tiles and the bar counter bang in the middle of it all. By all means, grab a seat at the counter next to colorful Pac-man characters and monkey-faced cartoonish pictures hiding in between tiny white tiles. Unlike the first hall, this one is very bright: multi-colored lamps at the back of the counter and on the wooden ceiling create the magic in the air against chalky concrete walls, bar counter backsplash, finished with plain white tiles.
Stained glass blocks above the counter hint at another hall, otherwise kept secret from inobservant guests. The first floor is brimming with Thai essence: a sloping ceiling with skylight windows, modest light, indigenous Asian floor table inviting guests to sit on the floor cushions. No matter if you are a gangster looking for a Thai hot spot to do some gangster business or an innocent passer by looking for a quiet dinner (this first floor tends to be less loud), this place is for you.
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