Discover wondrous bars and lounges throughout Asia with Secret Retreats, and enjoy speciality cocktails made by creative bartenders using regional produce and exotic ingredients. Mingle with both like-minded local and international travellers as you share your cultural experiences and favourite destinations, listen to great music and move to the beat, and soak in the amazing ambience of these special locales.

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Bars & Lounges in Cambodia

Society Lounge

Chinese House
Society Lounge
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Pheakdey Chan
Pheakdey Chan
Chinese House is located in one of Phnom Penh’s last remaining traditional Chinese merchant houses. It features a French-Asian fine-fining restaurant and decadent cocktail lounge. In the stylish Society Lounge, head mixologist Pheakdey Chan concocts locally inspired signature beverages including the refreshing China White (gin, kaffir lime, cordial, coconut milk and tonic water), and the fruity Bunthikiloo (vodka, passion fruit, amaretto, lychee and lime syrup). Home to one of the city’s largest wine cellars, guests can also sip world-class wines sourced from internationally renowned vineyards. A cosy Chinese daybed, armchairs, and long tables also add to the intimate and stylish atmosphere.

Address: #45 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh , Cambodia
Opening hours: Daily 11am – 1am
Weekly Closure: none
Annual closing period: Khmer New Year, Water Festival
Head Bartender’s name: Pheakdey Chan

Hunkaar

Anjali by Syphon
Hunkaar
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Neang Theara
Neang Theara
This 200sqm A/C bar and lounge and its amazing terrace overlooking the swimming pool is the ideal place for relaxing, and offers a perfect mixture of good music and unique cocktails. Hunkaar combines welcoming vibes with exclusive cocktails specially designed by American cocktail crafter Eric Stephenson who produced a menu of pitch-perfect cocktails, divided by type. There are Lively and carbonated, Bold and refreshing and Strong and complex. One favourite called Spice Merchant Gimlet is a medley of local spices infused into a classic gimlet. It features Aylesbury Duck Vodka, market spices, fresh lime, and natural sugar cane.

Address: 1705 Korean-Cambodian Friendship Road 30, Krong, Cambodia
Opening hours: 17.00 PM – 23.00 PM
Weekly Closure: none
Annual closing period: none
Head Bartender’s name: Neang Theara
 

Bars & Lounges in Indonesia

Plantation Lounge

Mesastila, Java
Plantation Lounge
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Chandra Wasana
Chandra Wasana
Featuring high ceilings and ample verandas with cast iron columns, this space was previously used by the Dutch to store coffee. Today, it is a lovely old style lounge bar. It has a pool table inside and large porches for looking at the sunset, antique chairs, and a subtle fragrance from Javanese gardenias, replete with a wide variety of wines and cocktails.

Address: Losari - Grabag, 56100 , Indonesia
Opening hours: 15:00 – 23:00 PM
Weekly Closure: -
Annual closing period: -
Head Bartender’s name: Chandra Wasana

Apéritif Bar

Ubud, Indonesia
Apéritif Bar
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Agus Borty Jessika
Agus Borty Jessika
Step into a long lost era. Apéritif Bar is designed to be an enchanting and unique experience. Like its name, it has an extensive list of aperitif-style drinks, as well as cocktails conceptualised by award-winning bartender Ran Van Ongevalle. The cocktail programme, which was inspired by the Roaring Twenties, has been specially created with Bali’s tropical climate in mind while showcasing the best artisanal spirits and in-house infusions. At Apéritif restaurant, guests can also opt for a wine pairing to complement each dish. Developed by the in-house sommelier, each dish is paired with wines from around the world that will best suit the flavours and textures at hand. Featuring over 180 different labels in the cellar, there is no shortage of excellent wine pairings and special singular bottles. Non-alcoholic pairings come in the form of creative homemade kombuchas and infused teas.

Address: Jalan Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, 80571
Opening hours: 16.00 PM - Late
Weekly Closure: -
Annual closing period: 18th Nov – 24th Nov 2019 for renovation
Head Bartender’s name: Agus Borty Jessika
 

Bars & Lounges in Myanmar

Lake Lounge Bar

SEEDS Restaurant & Lounge
Lake Lounge Bar
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Nyan Htet Naing
Nyan Htet Naing
SEEDS Lake Lounge offers breathtaking sunset views overlooking a magnificent lotus flower pond. Arranged on several platforms situated directly over the water, guests can enjoy a wide range of creative cocktails inspired by local ingredients. Additionally, Chef Nyan Htet Naing loves to play with Asian cuisine’s five distinctive salty, sweet, sour, spicy and bitter flavours as seen in his elegant fine dining dishes.

Address: No.63 (A), U Htun Nyein Street Ward (10), Mayangone Township, Yangon , Myanmar
Opening hours: 4 PM – 11 PM
Weekly Closure: 5 days during Myanmar New Year in April
Annual closing period: -
Head Bartender’s name: Nyan Htet Naing
 

Bars & Lounges in Nepal

Annapurna Bar

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge
Annapurna Bar
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Dol Raj & Barman Sujan
Dol Raj & Barman Sujan
This bar was designed to complement the airy and open designs of the lodge by architects Philip Beck and Prabal Thapa. Centred around a large copper awning on the circular fire pit, the area is reminiscent of a Gurkha Mess or Raj Era Club. In summer, the veranda offers sweeping views of the Annapurna Himal and iconic Fishtail Mountain. Drinks are made under the watchful eye of Dol Raj, and his Bloody Mary is the stuff of legends: fruity and piquant. Dol Raj’s colleague, Sujan, is an expert at conjuring up a stealthy Pimms – regular, or for those who want something less sweet, with his special ingredients and, for the indulgent, with champagne. Be it a Tiger Tops Special (aka Root’s Ruin), a straight-punching martini, a true Buck’s Fizz (or as near as they can match the secret mixture of the famous Buck’s Club in London where the drink was created), Dol Raj and Sujan are always on hand to please.

Address: Kandani Danda, Pokhara-Lekhnath 26, Kaski, Nepal
Opening hours: Upon request
Weekly Closure: -
Annual closing period: 15th June to 5th September
Head Bartender’s name: Dol Raj & Barman Sujan
 

Bars & Lounges in Sri Lanka

Gal Oya Lodge Bar

Gal Oya Lodge
Gal Oya Lodge Bar
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Indika Illankoon
Indika Illankoon
The Gal Oya Lodge Bar in Sri Lanka is the perfect spot to meet new friends before dinner or perhaps to share a drink with your friendly Sri Lankan guide. The cocktail menu has specifically been designed with Gal Oya and its surrounding forest in mind. Have a seat by the bar, and let your palate explore the wide and exotic array of cocktails on offer, all of which are prepared by expert mixologists. After that, you can pair your dinner with fine wines from the extensive wine list.

Address: Gal Oya National Park
Opening hours: all day and night
Weekly Closure: -
Annual closing period: -
Head Bartender’s name: Indika Illankoon
 

Bars & Lounges in Thailand

Joy Luck Club & Library Bar

The Cabochon Hotel
Joy Luck Club & Library Bar
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Kook
Kook
Joy Luck Club (the name originated from the mahjong club made famous by Amy Tan’s novel) is decorated with opulent antique furniture like vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunks and old French museum vitrines stuffed with fascinating curios and intriguing objects. In the late evening, the informal salon becomes a meeting place for those with a discerning palate that enjoy good wine or a fine malt whisky. The intimate Library Bar, sought-out for its snug sofas and cosy club chairs, is reminiscent of a gentleman’s club from the more decadent colonial days of the Orient. It is the perfect place for a tête-à-tête while sharing a signature G&T, custom cocktails, or your personal favourite drink.

Address: 14/29 Sukhumvit 45 Road, 10110 Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening hours: 11 AM – 1AM
Weekly Closure: -
Annual closing period: -
Head Bartender’s name: Kook

Supanniga Cruise

Supanniga Cruise
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Anucha Chumsa
Anucha Chumsa
The cruise, which is named after a Thai flower, is the only cruise in Bangkok with a proper bar onboard. It has a wonderful selection of Taittinger Champagne and signature cocktails designed by one of the best 50 bars in Asia, Vesper. Enjoy classic cocktails made with Thai herbs, authentic Thai cuisine, and the majestic Chao Phraya River views. The Evening Cocktail Cruise and Evening Champagne Cruise are ideal for those who wish to enjoy Bangkok’s sunset on the river, accompanied by drinks and snacks. For something even more elaborate, the Sunset Dinner Cruise features a six-course Thai dinner.

Address: Departure/Arrival from River City Bridge Bangkok, Thailand
Opening hours: 4:15 PM to 5:45 PM, 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM
Weekly Closure: -
Annual closing period: -
Head Bartender’s name: Anucha Chumsa
 

Bars & Lounges in Vietnam

Kipling’s Bar

Heritage Line’s Anawrahta
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The elegant Kipling’s Bar is the central meeting point for passengers aboard the luxurious river vessel Anawrahta, which sails along Myanmar’s enchanting Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers. The vibrant, open-air bar is lavishly decorated with a theme reminiscent of the former British-India colonial era, perfect for contemplating the rivers’ eye-catching and ever-changing scenery as you sail by. Heritage Line’s team of mixologists has created 10 Signature Cocktails with fresh, local Myanmar ingredients in mind. Beyond Chindwin features gin infused with pineapple mixed with apple juice and homemade pandan syrup, then topped with egg whites and a slice of lime. Another local ingredient used for several cocktails is sebelin, which means lemongrass in Burmese. Freshly peeled and cut stalks are added to the Lemongrass Caipirinha, homemade gin and tonic recipes, whilst the Orwell Finder and Kipling's Night calls for lemongrass infused syrup.

Address: Mandalay: Gaw Wein Jetty - 7km away from city center (around 20 min land transfer)
Bagan: Aye Yar Jetty - 10km away from New Bagan (around15 min land transfer)
Opening hours: Sunrise until last guest left
Weekly Closure: -
Annual closing period: May-June
Head Bartender’s name: -

La Manufacture d’Opium - Bar Lounge Indochinois

The Island Lodge
La Manufacture d’Opium - Bar Lounge Indochinois
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Lan
Lan
Inspired by Manufacture d’Opium in Saigon, this bar has lots of photos on its columns, which recall a bygone era. Relax in an open space, without walls, without air con, in old colonial armchairs, and peacefully witness the endless scene on the Mekong River. Sip absinthe, a popular alcoholic drink dubbed “the green fairy” during the 19th century that was later known as “the green hazard”, and banned from 1915 to 2011. Or perhaps enjoy some red, white or dry vermouth. The atmosphere here includes red lighting with old French songs by Edith Piaf, Jean Gabin, Charles Trenet, and many others.

Address: 390 Ap Thoi Binh, Xa Thoi Son, Mytho Tien Giang, Vietnam
Opening hours: 6.00 am on ward
Weekly Closure: -
Annual closing period: -
Head Bartender’s name: Lan