This one’s for the parents

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No matter whether you have one calm, sleep-happy baby at home, a house full of crazy toddlers, or heaven forbid, both, all parents just need a break sometimes. Here are some new, hip locales that parents in Bangkok owe it to themselves to try out:

Up and Above Bar at Okura Prestige

For a drink (or two, or three . . . ), hit up the newly-opened Okura Prestige‘s “Up and Above” bar. Located on the five-star hotel’s 24th floor, the bar has an amazing outdoor balcony and seating area with an enviable view of the city.

Up and Above Bar at Okura Prestige

The view from “Up and Above” at the Okura Prestige

Choices on the cocktail menu are generous and diverse. This bar is so chic that they even attach small LED flashlights to the menus so you can read the drink list in the dark. Being a five-star hotel, the service is impeccable. We visited “Up and Above” on what was threatening to be another rainy evening in Bangkok. Even though the hotel had temporarily closed the outdoor seating area due to impending inclement weather, the waitress opened it up just for the two of us to have a drink. Read: private evening cocktails overlooking the city. Doesn’t get much better than that!

  • Located at intersection of Phloenchit and Wireless Road. The hotel has a direct link via covered walkway to the BTS at Phloen Chit station.
  • Open Daily; Bar hours: 17.00 – 01.00

Quince Eatery and Bar
For an exquisite meal, venture out to Quince Eatery and Bar. We were fortunate enough to first try out Quince during its soft opening in June. The restaurant, housed in a restored 1950s Sukhumvit home, has a contemporary and homey feel that can be described as “rustic chic.”

Quince Eatery and Bar

Quince by day (photo by farfromthemaddeningcrowd.com)

Quince’s menu, which changes frequently, is divided into small dishes, salads, and more substantial plates; perfect for sharing. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced and the dishes are reasonably priced. Quince also has an extensive wine list that features good values – something you can’t often find in Thailand.

Quince’s FB page features its current menu, as well as photos of the restaurant, the food, and some additional information about the chef’s vision.

In addition, here are some independent reviews for your reading pleasure:

Quince Eatery and Bar
Sukhumvit soi 45 (top of the soi)
BTS: Phrom Pong
Phone: 02-662-4478 (do make reservations, as this place fills up every night!)
Email: eat@quincebangkok.com
Open Mon-Sun; 11:30-01:00

If you make it out to one of the above places, let me know what you think. I hope to provide more suggestions of new cool places for parents to unwind in a subsequent post (when we have more time ourselves to get out and do some more exploring)!

LorenB

Our family got its start in Washington, D.C. where two young diplomats-in-training met, dated, and subsequently were sent to opposite ends of the earth (Thailand and Mozambique) by the U.S. Foreign Service.  After four years and six countries apart, a proposal in Venezuela, a wedding in Thailand, and a honeymoon in Laos, the Braunohlers resided as one in Sydney, Australia in 2006-7.

After a two-year stint in Khartoum, Sudan and a year-long recovery in Washington, D.C., the third Braunohler, Logan, arrived on the scene in July 2010.  Just three and a half months into his young life, our family accepted an assignment in Bangkok, Thailand, where we now reside, work, and play.  On May 10th, 2012, we welcomed sweet Katelyn Elise into our family.

Our time in Bangkok has shown us that raising young children in this buzzing, sometimes glitzy and glamorous, sometimes seedy metropolis is a phenomenal joy. I hope to inform and inspire others about the joys of raising a toddler, both in general, and in a place like Thailand, where children are continuously adored and amazed by the world around them. I hope to inform and inspire others about the joys of raising a toddler, both in general, and in a place like Thailand, where children are continuously adored and amazed by the world around them through my blog at www.toddlejoy.com.

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