Hearty international eats and daily drinks promos are just two of the highlights at this popular hangout on Soi Ruamrudee
NAMED after the Greek god of wine, Bacchus was the city’s first genuine wine bar when it opened in 2006. Since then it has survived several changes of ownership and today is bigger, better, and busier than ever before – a great achievement that’s not to be sniffed at. Especially when you consider the city’s recent wine bar boom, which has seen many once-popular bars becoming deserted because their regular barflies have all swarmed to feed on the novelty of the new venues.
What’s kept Bacchus buzzing in spite of the increased competition, though, is the sheer variety it offers. Not just in wine (which, at around 200 bottles, is certainly a healthy selection), but also in atmosphere, food, and many tempting drinks promotions.
The fun starts on the ground floor at the wine bar, a trendy and cozy den with polished concrete walls, tall tables, a few comfy couches, and subdued lighting. A small stage by the door plays host to a live acoustic duo every Wednesday-Friday night.
Go up one floor and there’s a mock-outdoor dining area on one side and a pool table on the other. On the next floor up, a VIP room complete with sofas and a karaoke machine is great for small parties; and up the adjacent staircase, you’ll find a small loft decked-out with large white mattresses – the perfect spot for a laid-back and decadent candlelit meal.
Served in portions designed to fill, all meals at Bacchus offer great value for money. Over 100 international dishes are on offer, ranging from pizzas, pastas and tapas, to steaks, burgers, and authentic Thai dishes (including a particularly good Laab Tuna).
On our most recent visit we spied several customers eating Slow cooked lamb shank with red wine sauce (B690++), and it smelt and looked so good we just had to follow suit. Its deliciously soft flesh, the result of over three hours cooking, was superb; the thick homemade sauce drizzled over it, the perfect accompaniment.
Other faves here include BBQ Pork Ribs (B390), Bacchus Pennette (Penne pasta with chicken and prawns in a creamy tomato sauce. B360); and Risotto black ink with calamari, prawns and mussels (B390). The latter was a real surprise, arriving at our table jet black but betraying its colour with a delicious creamy taste that we just couldn’t get enough of.
To help wash down these hearty portions, you’re going to need some drinks, and you’ll find plenty to quench your thirst here. Daily Happy Hours from 4pm-8pm offer selected drinks at two-for-one, and any time from 8pm-1am you can still enjoy Hoegarrden for just B199++ per pint.
Every Wednesday night is ‘Ladies’ Night,’ with free cocktails and selected drinks for the girls; and, starting this month, every Thursday night is ‘Man’s Night,’ with the same deal for the guys.
A big anniversary party is planned for August 20 – when Khun Tan will not only celebrate two years of operating Bacchus, but also her birthday. Expect an open bar, cool music, and a horrendous hangover the next day.
20/6-7 Soi Ruamrudee, Ploenchit, (near Ploenchit BTS) % Tel: 02 650 8986 : www.bacchus.tv