How to escape the summer heat with an arty day out in Bangkok

Go to WoofPack, a venue that offers everything from food and film to art and rooftop cocktails

Officially open for just over two years, this creatively repurposed building is home to boutique design and publishing firms and marketing agencies. The team behind the project has also made room for art-related public areas and cool drinking and dining spots.

WoofTop

This fifth-floor rooftop bar (opened in March) offers amazing treetop-level views over the green expanse of Lumpini Park across the road. It’s a fantastic open-air venue, and the daily happy hour specials make it way more affordable than Bangkok’s more sky-high rooftop bars. Open daily from 5pm till midnight.

Happy Endings

This intimate second floor eatery exudes a bit of a romantic dive bar feel and offers diners a modern take on classic Vietnamese fare, along with inventive signature cocktails. Try the premium beef pho for a hearty meal, or take advantage of their three-course lunch sets available from 11am to 3pm.

Woof Pack Gallery

This minimalist white-walled gallery space showcases art and photography by local and international artists and doesn’t shy away from provocative subject matter. The space is also sometimes used for talks, events and seminars, most of which are open to the public.

Bangkok Screening Room

A cinephile’s dream, this plush, 52-seat art house cinema screens a diverse selection of cutting-edge indie films (Thai and international), provocative documentaries, cinematic classics, niche-market mini film festivals and more. bkksr.com

More to explore

Other Woof Pack highlights include: Guss Damn Good, an artisanal ice cream shop; Meatchop Butcher & Spirits, a steak restaurant and bar that’s affordable and fun; Hung-Sen, a casual Thai food eatery; and F.I.X. (pictured), a slick café with nitro and cold brew taps. woofpackbangkok.com

Next stop: the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Open since 2006, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is the city’s biggest, and arguably best, art gallery. Rising over eight storeys high, it has no permanent collection but instead features important large-scale exhibits by prominent Thai and international artists alike, and is 100% free to enter. Inside you’ll find multiple art shows running concurrently, and on the lower floors there are cafés and restaurants, as well as art supply stores, bookshops, jewelry boutiques, a library and much, much more. Although the government plan to turn the building into a commercial and retail space was shelved following a huge public outcry, the future remains undecided — so enjoy this amazing public space while you can. bacc.co.th

This article first appeared in the April 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Bruce Scott

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