THE BLIND PIG

THE BLIND PIG

By : MELISSA RICHTER

18 September 2017

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summary : Located behind a hidden door in the Hotel Muse, The Blind Pig is marked by a small 'pig' emblem with an eye patch and a firm gaze lies Blind Pig, a cigar lounge that evokes the grit of turn-of-the-20th-century New York City.

The Blind Pig is one of the most unique cigar bars Bangkok has to offer. Hidden behind two massive wooden doors, it’s a secret oasis where the best in Cuban and Dominican cigars and top shelf spirits are at your beck and call. Located in the trendy boutique Hotel Muse, it is the ultimate urban hangout inspired by the speakeasies found during America’s 1920-30’s prohibition era. This venue is all about privacy and discovering what hidden pleasures await. The stylish décor is a nod to the “Golden Age of Travel” which took place around the late 19th and early 20th century, blending Thailand’s King Rama V architecture with European design aesthetics. This place is the opposite of a stuffy gentleman’s club, with several smoking spaces and a hidden balcony off the main smoking chamber which feels a bit like sitting in an intricately carved wooden Chinese box. Guests are additionally encouraged to don one of the silk smoking jackets and top hats that the hotel has on offer in order to set a playful mood and take the perfect “selfies”. The cigar menu is not overwhelmingly large, and all the popular Cuban favorites are represented as well as Mexican and Dominican. We recommend either the Cuban Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 for a gentle, light to medium bodied smoke or the Partagas Series D No.4 for a more full-bodied Cuban experience. They offer a nice selection of blended and single malt scotch, rum, bourbon and cognac, as well as unique signature cocktails such as the Bacon Old Fashioned, along with wine and beer. Another highlight is their make your own gin and tonic menu with 21 different options, and you can order a full range of snacks such as their tasty Garlic Prawns, the Deep Fried Calamari, Fried Macaroni & Cheese Balls, and the Speakeasy Lobster & Avocado Club Sandwich, all of which can be shared. The Blind Pig has successfully paid homage to the “era of decadence” in a playful way that feels very authentic. It’s a marvelous way to enjoy spirits and cigars in a space that exudes upscale sophistication and timeless elegance.