It might seem impossible to newly minted expats, but Valentine’s Day is probably a bigger deal in Thailand than in Europe, the US or Australia and surely Saudi Arabia (just guessing by their recent clamp down on love). And while most restaurants, bars and clubs are taking the obvious route, V9 Wine Bar at the top of the Sofitel Silom hotel is running a ‘Love Sucks’ promotion this Saturday, Feb 12, where a DJ will spin lovesick songs and attendants are encouraged to bring a picture of their unloved one to stick to a giant Voodoo doll. We give this promotion two thumbs up for creativity and half a frown due to the weirdness factor.
How does the wine bar stack up? It’s a classy affair on the 37th floor of the hotel with windows that wrap around the circular room for a bird’s eye view of beautiful Bangkok. The romantic setting is awash in dark mood lighting while the DJ keeps the music at levels that allow for conversation. While it does receive its fair share of casual visitors, this is a venue where you are sure to seal the deal with your significant other after a night of laughing, cuddling and caressing. Big Pimpin!
The food menu is mostly appetizers and meats and cheeses that pair well with wines. The olive platter (150 baht++) came with a perfect salty brine and the large meat platter (650 baht++) was filled with imported cold cuts such as saucisson from France, spicy chorizo from Spain, and mortadella from Italy. A platter of five cheeses (590 baht++) allows a mix of soft and hard and covers all the bases from Switzerland to France to Munster. In the words of hip hop moguls around the globe, “V9 got mad chedda yo“. We concur.
Like most wine bars, V9 Wine Bar offers an extensive wine menu by the bottle but only about a half-dozen reds and half-dozen whites by the glass, so it helps to polish up on your wine knowledge before heading in for bottle battle. Prices range from 300-350 baht by the glass, and KohSpot found a smoky Cabernet Sauvignon from California and a lush Syrah from Chile to our liking.
V9 does hold club nights from time to time where it encourages actual dancing, but on most nights it tries to keep wine-only patrons on the left as you enter and diners on the right. It’s more expensive than the Grand Hyatt Erawan’s 494 wine bar, but you’re paying for the view and more romantic atmosphere.
Drink up, you’re on the top of the world.
V9 Wine Bar
Location: 188 Silom Road, just west of Narathiwat Road.
Mass transit: BTS Chong Nonsi
Hours: Bar 5 pm-2 am daily, Kitchen 6 pm-11:30 pm