Hemingways has always been one of my favourite bars and restaurants in Bangkok since it started on Sukhumvit Soi 14.
Some background on Ernest Hemingway the house they transformed into what Hemingway’s was then and is today.
Hemingway’s Bar and Restaurant encourages you to take a step back in time, to an era when what is now concrete was lush verdant fields. This beautiful old house was originally built more than 90 years ago in the early 1920’s using very rare golden teak. The Siamese Ambassador to Laos in the 1930s, the son of King Rama VIII’s Royal Guardian, later acquired the house. It has since been home to several foreign ambassadors to Siam including the French ambassador in the 1940s, who reportedly had stables on the premises.
The house was built on the banks of the Prakanong Canal, as this part of the canal resembled the majestic Chaophraya River as it ran through Ayutthaya, Siam’s ancient capital. In those days, the only traffic noises were the paddles of boats against a background of tropical birdsong and the neighing of horses once the French ambassador arrived: a time long, long before Sukhumvit Road was built, when this part of the world was known as the ‘mysterious Far East’.
They say nothing lasts forever. But some things last for a very long time, and this house is one of them.
Hemingway’s legacy lives through our venue, offering a place fitting every mood, a space for every thought and a flavour to satisfy every taste. We hope you can enjoy it with us every day!
The beautiful old golden teak house, which we are proud to call home, was originally built in the 1920‘s and no icon personifies this classic era more than the famous Ernest Hemingway.
One of life’s great characters, he travelled to some of the world’s most interesting and exotic places. The mojito-fuelled dance bars of old Havana, the sultry fishing backwaters of Key West Florida and the timeless romantic boulevards of Paris.
This living definition of a ‘real man’ ran with the bulls in Pamplona and hunted rhinos on the Serengeti. From being famously wounded in WWI to fighting for democracy in the Spanish Civil War in the 1936, he rarely did any of this without a drink in hand, somehow never spilling a drop. Oh, and he wrote a few books along the way.
Ernest Hemingway is one of the greatest storytellers ever published. He was also a rare artist recognized for his inspiring work within his lifetime. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1952 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, he drew consistently from his own experiences of love, war, wilderness and loss to describe every human experience. The New York Times described his writing style as “lean, hard, athletic narrative prose”, yet displayed subtle depths of humanity, succinctly described.
But Hemingway was also much more than that… He was an explorer and an adventurer. He really is one of life’s true great characters! This upstanding gentleman explored the great tastes and flavours the world has to offer: the wines of Spain; the complex Campari-lined cocktails of Italy; the mojitos and daiquiris of Cuba; and the sophisticated martinis of Paris. He was rarely seen without a pint in his hand, or his favourite soft drink – a scotch and soda.
Hemingway’s legend lives on, and our Drinking & Dining Bar & Restaurant is dedicated to the places he lived, and the food and drink he so dearly loved.
Hemingway’s today offers a place fitting every mood, a space for every thought and a flavor to satisfy every taste.
Sukhumvit 11 Alley, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand.
Phone +66 2 653 3900