A theater-themed cocktail bar in Thonglor announced this afternoon that it will not be returning for a second act despite the gradual easing of alcohol restrictions.
The Backstage Cocktail Bar has announced it will end its six-year term due to a lack of government support, according to one of its founders. Nightlife venues in Bangkok have been banned from operation since April without any compensation for business owners.
“Without any government support and without the money we waste each month, we realized it was time to close the curtain,” said Ronnaporn “Nueng” Kanivichaporn. Coconut Bangkok.
The theater-themed bar, originally named Behind the Scene Lounge, first raised the curtain in 2014 at the Playhaus boutique hotel in Thonglor. Six of Bangkok’s leading bartenders transformed the ground floor of the hotel into a small but exciting place where the motto was: “Nothing is serious behind the curtain, except cocktails.
Like many other nightlife operators, Nueng and his fellow founders – Kitibordee “Gov” Chortubtim, Supawit “Palm” Muttarattana, Anakin “Ton” Wongsala, Watcharapong “Bank” Suriyaphan and Chennarong “Janz” Bhumichitr – said Tough government restrictions had taken a heavy toll on their business.
Although the curfew on alcoholic beverages has been partially lifted and restaurants as well as bars registered as restaurants can serve alcohol until 11 p.m. from Wednesday, places like Backstage Bar are still prohibited to operate.
“Even though Backstage is just a small bar with a capacity of 30 people, we cannot serve drinks as they do not provide a license which differentiates us from the big nightclubs they think are there. ‘origin of COVID-19 outbreaks, “Nueng mentioned.
Asked about his future plans, Nueng said the sextet could go their separate ways and focus on their individual projects, adding that his new bar project is a collaboration with chef Chalee Kader of 100 Mahaseth and Wana Yook. It could open next month, he said.
“Since we now know what to expect, we will be registering our new bar with a restaurant license,” he said.