One of Thailand’s craft cocktail pioneers and founder of Sugarray You’ve Just Been Poisoned, Q&A, Thaipioka, Sugarray Apartments and Alone Together, joins forces with the internationally acclaimed duo of award-winning Tropic City to launch KONKORD. Officially opening its doors on February 12, the new venue presents a new style of cocktail bar in Thailand, with an equal focus on cocktails and music.
Drawing inspiration from the aperitivo culture of southern Europe, KONKORD consists of a front bar fashioned as a classic bistro café serving classics and spirit-forward cocktails alongside amaro and vermouth concoctions, coffee, sandwiches and other smaller bites. In juxtaposition to its front bar, KONKORD and its cocktail bar located further inside the space features a modern retro style and brutalist design.
The cocktail bar will be showcasing unpretentious and ever-evolving original cocktails, exploring true flavours and fresh ingredients set to change every few months. Set to bring both international, regional and local DJs and performers to the forefront, the venue will bring an eclectic and unique mix of music genres ranging from Disco to Hip Hop, Soul, House and beyond to the venue.
The illustrious masterminds behind the new venture – Sitthan “Turk" Sa-Nguankun in partnership with Philip Stefanescu and Sebastian De La Cruz – have a longstanding track record in the city’s nightlife scene. After starting his career as a bartender at the legendary The Bamboo Bar, Turk eventually became one of Thailand’s leading craft cocktail pioneers with the start of his very own syrups company, Socrates Delicious
Syrup, which quickly followed by the opening of his first cocktail bar, Sugarray You’ve Just Been Poisoned, in 2013. As an industry leader on the Thailand cocktail bar scene, Turk is behind some of the city’s best cocktail bars such as Q&A, Thaipioka, Sugarray Apartments, and Alone Together.
Philip Stefanescu and Sebastian De La Cruz both moved to Bangkok in late 2014, working initially with the Sapparot Group at their outlets Lady Brett restaurant and Uncle cocktail bar. Both experienced mixologists who hail from Sweden, the pair are leading the cocktail bar scene in Thailand and further afield establishing their influence with the opening of their Thailand’s very first tropical cocktail bar Tropic City.