Bangkok, Thailand, December 26, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Bangkok unveils its newest gem in the nightlife circuit, The O.S.S. Bar, where the intriguing legacy of Jim Thompson meets masterful mixology. Nestled within the iconic Jim Thompson Heritage Quarter, this bar promises an immersive experience, blending historic tales with inventive cocktails, offering patrons a taste of Thompson’s mystique with every sip.
Nestled within the heart of Bangkok’s Jim Thompson Heritage Quarter, The O.S.S. Bar beckons those seeking a sublime cocktail experience with the city’s picturesque canals for a backdrop. An extraordinary addition to the historic premises, the bar draws inspiration from the enigmatic life and mysterious 1967 disappearance of Jim Thompson. Blending vintage charm with contemporary sophistication, the bar invites guests into a world of chic intrigue. For those in the know the recently opened, The O.S.S. Bar has become an essential stop, drawing the city’s vibrant cocktail circuit; a must-do for discerning travellers eager for a nuanced Bangkok nightlife experience.
Subtle hints of Jim Thompson’s connection to the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) surround patrons as they embark on a journey through vintage photographs, cherished artefacts, and whispered tales that set the stage for an unforgettable experience and hint at Thompson’s adventures. Guests are promised a trip to an age filled with charm where they can savour their exquisitely crafted drinks against a backdrop of vibrant beats and picturesque surroundings.
This bar itself is an ode to timeless elegance where every cocktail is a curated narrative, reflecting the intricate tapestry of Thompson’s life. The skilfully crafted menu showcases Thompson’s myriad adventures and his larger-than-life persona in four chapters. Each chapter, from his early life to his associations with the O.S.S., and his profound connection to Thailand, offers cocktails inspired by pivotal moments and locales in his journey.
The menu is designed as a field manual, where each drink unfolds a tale. Symbols hinting at its flavour profile – sweet, sour, spicy, bitter or more – convey a nuanced message in a glass. Instead of traditional ingredients, scenes from Jim Thompson’s life offer subtle clues about the cocktail’s essence.
‘Chapter I – Early Life’ delves into Thompson’s formative years. Born March 21, 1906, in Greenville, Delaware, USA, to a prominent textile magnate father he was a descendant of Union General James Harrison Wilson. This chapter gives rise to two evocative cocktails: ‘The Grand Papa’, a luscious, sweet blend, and ‘Class of 28’, a robust drink with subtle bitter notes.
‘Chapter II – The O.S.S. Time’ reflects on Jim Thompson’s tenure in military intelligence, capturing the essence of missions like ‘Fort Monroe’, ‘Operation Forth’, ‘Ceylon’ and ‘C47’. The flavour profiles trace his covert journeys from America, through North Africa and Ceylon, culminating in Bangkok.
‘Chapter III – Thailand: A Dream Come True’ unveils Jim Thompson’s time as Thailand’s silk king. Celebrate this era with concoctions like the thrilling ‘Golden Banana’ and the balanced ‘The House on the Klong’. While ‘K.YEE & K.TUN’ pays homage to Thompson’s dependable cook and houseboy who were a soothing constant in his life. The chapter concludes with the captivating ‘Sunset at Mekong’, a liquid ode to Southeast Asia’s mesmerising allure.
‘Chapter IV – The Unsolved Mystery’ delves into the enigmatic disappearance of Jim Thompson in 1967 in Malaysia’s jungles, represented by two cocktails: ‘Moonlight Cottage’ and ‘Mystery’. While ‘Moonlight Cottage’ is inspired by the Cameron Highlands, ‘Mystery’ remains the bartender’s secret – every sip evokes the profound mystery surrounding Thompson’s last days.
Beyond the captivating tales spun by the cocktails, patrons can explore a vast repertoire of beverages from artfully crafted mocktails to a curated wine list. You can also explore Thailand’s rich spirit heritage with authentic Thai spirits, each telling a story of craftsmanship, while whisky enthusiasts can rejoice over an array of choices, ensuring a memorable tasting journey. The bar ensures that every guest, regardless of their drink preference, finds something to suit their palate.
Says Siriwan Sinpan the bar manager, “The O.S.S. Bar is a labour of love, a place where history, creativity, and mixology converge. We’ve crafted each cocktail with meticulous attention to detail, aiming to transport our guests on a journey through time and flavour. Here, every sip tells a story.”
Just below The O.S.S. Bar, the Jim Thompson, A Thai Restaurant, offers a culinary ode to the legendary Silk King. Melding Jim Thompson’s rich history with modern Thai gastronomy, the restaurant offers premium ingredients and inventive dishes. Whether enjoying a casual lunch beside the tranquil koi pond, or delving into an evening of curated wine and innovative Thai cuisine, guests are assured memorable experiences. Embracing the “Vibe Dining” concept, the venue seamlessly combines restaurant and club elements.
At the helm of Jim Thompson, A Thai Restaurant is Executive Chef Pepe Dasí Jiménez. Also known as Chef Pepe, he brings international acclaim and a special twist on Thai flavours, capturing the contemporary spirit of Thai cuisine. Says Chef Pepe, “Both the bar and restaurant encapsulate the essence of Bangkok’s vibrant nightlife and culinary scene, offering guests an unparalleled blend of history, innovation, and ambiance.”
Whether patrons begin their evening at the restaurant or the bar, they are guaranteed an immersive experience that blends tradition with contemporary flair. This seamless fusion is epitomized by The O.S.S. Bar. Every element here is meticulously designed to transport patrons into the riveting world of Jim Thompson. As a fresh addition to Bangkok’s vibrant nightlife, The O.S.S. Bar offers both travellers and Bangkok’s discerning cocktail circuit an evening that promises to be as unforgettable as the legend of Jim Thompson himself – a harmonious blend of history, mixology, and entertainment. By day, The O.S.S. Bar transforms into a tearoom – The O.S.S. Room – to offer an elegant afternoon tea experience.
The O.S.S. Bar welcomes cocktail enthusiasts every night, 6 pm–12 am (midnight). Step in for an evening that blends the magic of yesteryears with today’s vibrancy.
For more information on the bar, check out: https://jimthompsonrestaurant.com/th/restaurant/the-oss-bar/
About Jim Thompson
No brand spells heritage like Jim Thompson, the Thai Silk Company founded in 1951 by James H.W. Thompson, an architect, art collector, socialite, and entrepreneur who is recognized as the driving force behind the revival of Thailand’s silk industry. Jim Thompson’s disappearance remains one of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing unsolved mysteries.
Today, Jim Thompson is the iconic global lifestyle brand from Thailand with a reputation for beautiful silks and “Beyond Silk”.