Some guests never make it through the archway into the dining room, such is the allure of the bar at Long Chim.

It is colourful, moody and a nice place to hang, whether you’re solo or with a posse.

You can eat at the bar too, if you must – they’re happy to feed you anywhere. But it is chief bar guy James Connolly’s cocktail program that draws many people to this authentic Thai street food restaurant.

His cocktail list is an ever-changing menu of seasonal flavours and a showcase for his intelligent creativity, which is sometimes a little out there, but never seems out of bounds. Most of the drinks are designed to suit the Thai cuisine of Long Chim so expect flavours of lemongrass, lime and curry leaf. We recommend the mandarin and lemongrass negroni and Pok Pok Punch, a gin-based masterstroke with pineapple and Thai basil.