After feeling a sense of despair over the quality and prices for wine in Bangkok we ended up stopping by the @494 bar at the Grand Hyatt. I was a bit skeptical that it would be anything reasonably priced as it is, well, the Grand Hyatt. But as it was a stone throw away from our hotel it was still worth stopping by. Upon entering we first saw a bar with blinking disco lights and young thai women walking in to it. I felt rather skeptical as it looked like a totally different type of establishment. After a bit of looking around we realized that it was however not the bar we were looking for. We had to ask and then found a much quieter and more relaxed bar at the left corner on the ground floor. We were quickly seated and handed menus for wines by the glass. One for regular wines and one for exclusive wines.
Browsing the one for regular wines we found around 35 wines by glass and most ranging in price from 199 THB to 399 THB (one was 999 THB and that was the Moët champagne). It was a big surprise and they had some fairly decent things on the list, normally I would not have been very excited, but seeing that the average quality in Bangkok is so poor this was a pleasant surprise. They also had some decent offers for bottles, several around 1400 THB. We could also see a tasting machine in the corner, which is used for the exclusive wines.
Service in the bar was friendly and they spoke pretty decent English. It was however a bit too loud to have any real discussions about the wine so cannot speak for the level of knowledge. The crowd was otherwise rather mixed, appeared to be both wine interested locals, expats, some hotel guests and some younger affluent Thai. A pretty pleasant atmosphere and despite the music being a bit too loud for my liking it was at least possible to carry on a conversation with the person next to you. It would however not be optimal for a larger group. It may be that it is calmer earlier in the evening but this was a Monday night so hardly the busiest night of the week either. A plus is that they also provide some free nuts as snacks.
After some short deliberation we opted for some Sparkling. The selection was not great but they had 4 by the glass, one Prosecco, two ‘traditional method’ sparklings from Australia and the Moët. The sparkling from Australia was Chandon so same owner as Moët but even though I do not really hold them in high regard I was excited to find something that could be decent at least. We opted for one glass of the regular Chandon Brut and one of the Chandon Rosé Brut. Reviews will follow either from me or S.
In general a pretty nice wine bar and in Bangkok. It excels compared to the competition so will be high on my list when in BKK next time and feeling like some good wine at decent prices..