Although it sounds like either a journalist watering hole (moths to the light), or a disused printing factory, Thong Lor newcomer print bar is both neither and a lot more. The first child of ex-hotel-F&B-man David Stanton instead utilises the motif of the print media industry - the world of graphic icons, where image is everything, surface reigns supreme - to lure us in. But the laidback Kiwi has also tried to put a neighbourhood spin on things as well (albeit in one of the biggest bridge-and-tunnel destinations of the city). The result? A luring but slightly confused bar on the bustling Thong Lor watering strip, located both geographically and conceptually in the middle of big players Gossip and Soul Food Manahakorn. Intrigued? So were we.
Be greeted at the entrance by the winking neon lady who overlooks the stylishly converted shophouse as you sip on one of the tasty cocktails. The bar staff seem settled beyond their few months in the saddle. Try Tamarind margarita (B260, prices include tax) for a sweet and earthy finish or Spiked lemonade (B240) for its fun presentation and lemongrass play. The varied beer selection (B155-B280) comes courtesy of friendly neighbour Chris Foo from HOBS just down the road.
Food selections are pretty good too, offering a snack range that would make up a meal in a pinch. Mini rare tuna burgers (B260) are moorish, as are chicken skewers (B160) with their lemongrass and lime garnish. Impressive for such a small kitchen.
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