IF you’re into craft beers and ciders sourced from some of the world’s best brewers, then Brewski at Radisson Blue Plaza is your heaven on earth. With around 100 different varieties in stock, Brewski is a popular haunt for expats, locals and tourists who really appreciate the unique tastes of these special brews on tap.Located on the hotel’s 29th and 30th floors, Brewski is also the highest duplex rooftop craft beer bar in Thailand.
30/f, Radisson Blue Plaza, 486 Sukhumvit Soi 27, Bangkok.
Tel: 02 302 3333.
DESIGNED to resemble a 19th century apothecary shop, this favorite bar on Sukhumvit Soi 11 is renowned for the potency of its boozy concoctions – premium ‘remedies’ with names such as Vaccination, Doctor Cosmo, The Leech, and Cocaine Martini (a legal mix of vodka, Baileys, Kahlua, and Amaretto – just in case you were wondering). An outdoor area and nightly live music are other big draws, just what the doctor ordered.
33/28 Soi Sukhumvit 11, Bangkok 10110. Tel: 061 881 8401. apotekasoi11.com
AN entirely new and improved menu awaits customers at O’Malley’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on Silom Road. Launched after listening to its customers’ comments since opening four months ago, the result is confirmation that O’Malley’s is not only the friendliest pub in central Bangkok but also the best value. Menu includes all-time Irish favorities, international classics and great Thai food. The three-course Sunday Roast is a bargain at 399 baht for beef and lamb, and 350 baht for chicken.
B/F United Centrer Building, 323 Silom Road, Bangkok.
Tel: 02 234 2875
WHEN all Irish themed pubs looked the same, think faux-rustic designs with green walls, Guinness posters and rusty antiques, Flann O’Brien takes its cue from Ireland’s contemporary bar-scene and offers a fresh and modern take on the tried-and-tested international Irish pub template. Pop in and enjoy a proper pint of Irish Stout.
IMPACT Challenger Building, Popular 1 Road, Nonthaburi 11120. Tel: 02 833 4288. flann-obriens.com
THE distinctive red-faced pub on Sukhumvit Soi 23, Scruffy Murphy’s boasts an authentic pub feeling, with both Irish owners and hands-on management. Nominated for four Irish Pubs Global Awards, this friendly venue is renowned for its vast whiskey selection, lively entertainment, exciting sports and dedicated staff.
10/1 Soi Sukhumvit 23, Bangkok 10110. Tel: 02 661 7417. scruffymurphysbangkok.com
Brew Beers and Ciders
BEHIND this beer haven small back counter lay more options than we can count. Decorated as a tribute to the monks that brew beer in the monasteries of Belgium, at Brew Beers and Ciders you can find at least 6 out of 11 Trappist beers (beers made by monks) available to try. Want a match made in heaven? A cold one paired with Daniel Thaiger’s juicy burgers (arguably some of the best in Bangkok),
we promise it won’t disappoint.
30 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok 10110. Tel: 02 2555532.
Pub on Thonglor
Tenderloins @ Bistro 33
THIS attractive neighbourhood sports bar and steak house is a long-time popular venue with Bangkok’s expat community thanks to its reputation for quality dining, including great steaks, home-made burgers, oven-baked pizzas and menu of Thai and international favorites. With 13 flat-screen TVs, it’s perfect for catching all the sport. The spacious gardens make it ideal for parties and get-togethers.
22 Soi Sukhumvit 33 (Daeng Udom).
Tel: 02 260 3033. www.thebistro33.com
The Australian Pub and BBQ
BANGKOK’S first Aussie pub provides competition to the numerous Irish and Pommie pubs that permeate the city. The Australian Pub and BBQ is a sports pub with live music located on Sukhumvit Soi 11, an entertainment area that needs no introduction. Whether for a date, a match, a night out with friends or a couple of beers before you hit the clubs, the pub guarantees some serious fun.
37 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok 10110. Tel: 02 651 0800 theaustralianbangkok.com
REMINISCENT of a classic British boozer in design and atmosphere, this popular venue is Bangkok’s senior pub, having first opened more than 25 years ago. Unchanged and unchallenged in lower Sukhumvit, the Huntsman is famous for its chilled draught beer, great wine selection, expertly mixed cocktails and authentic pub food along with some great Thai classics. The highly regarded house band keeps everyone well entertained and makes it a friendly, cosy pub that isn’t filled with people doing Jager bombs.
The Landmark Bangkok Hotel, 138 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110. Tel:02 254 0404.
AFTER relocating from their long-standing location on Sukhumvit 11 to On Nut last year, popular expat bar Cheap Charlies has a reputation for serving up great drinks that are easy on the pocket and that go well with its cool, laid-back atmosphere. This Sukhumvit 50 favourite draws a mix of regulars and wandering tourists alike, and we guarantee there’s something for everyone
The Beacon Place, Sukhumvit Soi 50, Bangkok 10110. Tel: 087 096 8444. facebook.com/CheapCharlieBar
OPEN 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the last nine years, Mulligans on Khaosan road is undoubtedly one of the street’s most happening pubs. The atmosphere is always bouncing thanks to the popular house bands who play international hits and makes for a banging place to spend a couple of hours getting your booze on.
265 Khaosan Road, Bangkok 10200. Tel: 02 629 2882
THE project of serial bar designer and master distiller Ashley Sutton, the Iron Balls Distillery, along with several other of his madcap establishments, has achieved local fame. The moody bar features a beautiful atmospheric décor and serves up craft cocktails made with their Iron Balls Gin, distilled right next door using freshly cracked coconuts and pineapples with hints of juniper, hillside ginger and lemongrass.
Park Lane Ekkamai, G/F, Sukhumvit Soi 63, Bangkok 10110.
Tel: 02 714 2269. facebook. com/Ironballsdistillery
BULLY’S Sports Bar is a friendly and well-known watering hole set on the main Sukhumvit / Ploenchit road. Established in 2004, the bar has built a loyal following of customers who relish its extensive menu of mainly American favourites made from the freshest ingredients, paired with a generous selection of beers, wines and spirits. Stop by to enjoy sports on the big TV screens or relax on the outside area.
8 Sukhumvit Rd. (between Soi 2 and 4), Bangkok 10110. Tel: 099 616 0008. bullys-bangkok.com
NESTLED on the ground floor of the Ascott Hotel, the M Pub offers a whopping 100 imported beers by the bottle, an extensive international food menu, and a roster of nightly entertainment. Boosting polished wooden floors, blonde-timber furniture and a neck-craning ceiling supported by three illuminated columns, the atmosphere is distinctly modern and draws a crowd that goes beyond the hotel guests.
Ascott Sathorn, 187 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120.
Tel: 02 676 6676. facebook.com/thempub
OVER 20 years in operation, the Royal Oak is one of Bangkok’s longest running pubs, extremely popular with Bangkok’s expat crowd who enjoy its menu of British classics and big selection of beers. It’s a great place to watch live TV sports or to simply hang out on the open terrace area. Thanks to its friendly atmosphere and traditional English pub feel, people find themselves returning time and again.
595/10 Sukhumvit 33/1 Alley, Bangkok 10110.
Tel: 02 662 1650. royaloakthailand.com
This newcomer is covers all options, pub, bar and grill room for some of the best steaks, ribs and burgers in the Silom area. The owners are allowing the restaurant to evolve to suit the wishes of its clientele, who include expats, local businessman and tourists. Some of the seating has been replaced by stools for casual drinking. Lots of new local and imported beers on tap, long happy hours and big TV screens.
Steakhouse Co, 9/8 Thanon Patpong 2. Tel: 061 097 8325.
CONVENIENTLY located in the lively nightlife area of Sukhumvit Soi 4, a short walk from Nana BTS station, Hanrahan’s Irish Pub focuses on quality fare as much as it does on its draught selection. Boasts some of the best pub food in Bangkok, including a great breakfast selection and traditional Irish favourites such as Bangers and Mash (380 baht).
12/1 Sukhumvit Soi 4, Bangkok 10110.
Tel: 02 255 0644. hanrahansbangkok.com
The Kiwi Sports Pub & Grill
THE Kiwi is a classic sports lover heaven. Just about every major game is represented in the bar’s events calendar, and its spacious area is dotted with TV screens, so you won’t ever feel like you’re missing any of the action. Grab a seat and choose from a generous selection of drinks to be paired with traditional pub fare.
4/4-5 Soi Preeda, Soi Sukhumvit 8, Bangkok 10110. Tel: 02 653 3144. thekiwibangkok.com
WITH three outlets in Bangkok, this famous global franchise has the city well covered. Each stays true to the original concept of a party-like dining experience, plus sport from around the world shown on multiple high definition TVs. Great for a cool beer served by the celebrated Hooters Girls, or as a venue for parties and corporate get-togethers.
Location: Hooters, Four Points by Sheraton, Sukhumvit Soi 15 BTS. Tel: 081 403 8159. Hooters Nana, 4 Sukhumvit 4. Tel. 086 832 4876. Hooters Silom, Thaniya Silom (between Soi 2 and Soi 4). Tel: 098 362 9426 www.hootersasasia.com
LOCATED in a can’t-miss-spot in Phrom Phong, The Robin Hood is a rustic style English tavern right in the heart of Sukhumvit. Dressed with wooden floorboards and the classic long bar, this split-level pub attracts a lively mix of regular international patrons. Stop by after work and watch a game, have some fries or some shepherd’s pie, and put off your commute a little longer.
33/1 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok 10110.
Tel: 02 662 3390. robinhoodbangkok.com
The Drunken Leprechaun
SERVING up ice-cold brews on Sukhumvit Soi 15, The Drunken Leprechaun is one of Bangkok’s friendliest Irish pubs. The pub takes pride in being the only bar in Bangkok which offers full-time employment to dwarfs. These gregarious hosts are the first to greet you upon arrival and also the first to sing the praises of the concept, which successfully avoids being derogatory.
Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, 4,15 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110. Tel: 02 309 3255. thedrunkenleprechaun.com/en/Bangkok
COMING SOON, the return of Hemingway (previously known as Hemingway’s), the much-loved pub that was demolished two years ago on Sukhumvit Soi 14. An incredible lookalike of the old house has been built a few blocks away on Sukhumvit Soi 11 and is set to become a magnet once again for locals and tourists when it finally opens in the next few weeks.
The Old English Pub
A newcomer to Bangkok’s pub scene, having opened late last year, this pleasant little venue is especially popular with the local expat crowd. Offers indoor seating and a spacious outdoor terrace that’s very popular for people-watching on fashionable Thonglor. Menu includes traditional pub favourites and local dishes. Decent happy hours. Located in the Maze building, with available parking.
Sukhumvit Soi 55, Klongton Nua, Watthana, Bangkok 10110.
Tel: 02 392 3361
ONE of Bangkok’s quirkiest venues, with its wrought iron stairwell, exposed pipes and deliberate run-down look, Iron Fairies is more of curiosity than a pub. Nevertheless it draws good crowds nightly thanks to live jazz-and-blues performances, beers and cocktails.
394 Thonglor Road, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok.
Tel: 02 714 8875
Bourbon Street Restaurant & Oyster Bar
WHEN a bar has been open for more than 30 years, you know it must be very good. And so it is with Bourbon Street, owned and run by the indefatigable Doug Harrison since its launch in 1986 – and who can still be found there most days. Renowned for its Cajun Creole cuisine, ribs, steak and fresh oysters. Popular hangout for Americans and other expats.
9/93-40 Sukhumvit 63 (Ekamai), Bangkok.
Tel: 02 381 6801
THE Rock Pub is a well-known institution for music fans around the city. The venue has been around for 23 years now and has a reputation for putting on some of the best shows for rockers from all over the world. More than 40 bands have stepped on the pub’s stage and over dozens of those went on to earn a name for themselves in Thailand’s music industry.
Hollywood Street Building, Phayathai Road, Bangkok 10400.
Tel: 099 191 5666 therockpub-bangkok.com
OWNED and managed by David Jacobson, patron of the highly respected and much missed Q Bar, Smalls has grown from a small neighborhood bar into a serious Bangkok nightlife venue offering live music, great cocktails, rare whiskies and a decent wine list. Set over three floors, including an open terrace at the top, it can be a tight fit on Fridays and Saturdays.
Smalls. 186/3 Soi Suan Phlu, Soi 1.
Tel: 095 585 1398.
ARGUABLY Bangkok’s most consistently popular night venue, French-owned Oskar is actually a restaurant that becomes a lively bar after about 9am, when the DJ turns up the music volume and the lights dim. Overseeing the excellent cuisine is Chef Julien Lavigne with Michelin experience.
Oskar: 24 Soi Sukhumvit 11, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Bangkok.
Email: info@ oskar-bistro.com Tel: 097 289 4410