Beer bars have been popping up all over Bangkok, especially in the past five years. And because we believe that happy hour should start with heavenly hops, we’ve scoped out the places that serve the best malted tipples in the city.
You probably think you can get mashed potato and other American bites at Mash. But beer geeks will probably relate it to “mashing,” an important step in the beer-brewing process. Neither notion is wrong. This tiny venue, located next to Vesper, fills in what Soi Convent has been missing all along: decent craft beer and American food.
What's on tap: Mash’s selection of craft beer on tap numbers 16—impressively beyond our expectations—and that number is increasing. Expect to sip rotating brews from big international names like Ballast Point, Stone, Flying Dog and Modern Times.
Pijiu, which means “beer” in Chinese, is the newest brainchild of the guys behind craft beer importing pioneer Beervana. Located a few steps away from Teens of Thailand, this Thai-Chinese shophouse is decorated much like a hotel lobby bar in 1950s Hong Kong.
What’s on tap: Despite the Beervana connection, you can also finds selections outside of the brand’s portfolio. Five taps on regular rotation offer imported brews like Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Tuatara Weiz Guy Hefeweizen and Epic Brewing’s Los Cosos Mexican-style lager.
Thonglor’s newest nightlife complex 72 Courtyard has been successful in bringing together a selection of bars and restaurants that serve every preference. While Evil Man Blues is for cocktail lovers, Beer Belly BKK caters to beer geeks. The bar is decked out like a rec room with a pool table, ping pong table and other games that make drinking even more fun. Live cover band perform during the weekend, and local popstars such as The Parkingson and Atom perform special monthly gigs.
What’s on tap: Twenty taps offer a mix of local, imported and craft beer on rotation.
Tucked in Soi Sukhumvit 34, Bottle of Beers is a small shop where you can sit and sip a cold bottle of ale. This spot features a long communal table flanked by shelves and refrigerators displaying most of the craft beer labels available in Bangkok.
What’s on tap: All the beers are only available by the bottle and can, and are sold in wholesale fashion, which means that you’ll get supermarket prices on the first five bottles and a cheaper wholesale price if you purchase six bottles or more.
Perched on top of Radisson Blu Plaza hotel is currently the highest beer bar in Bangkok, offering beer enthusiasts an opportunity to sip a variety of malted brews while enjoying panoramic views over Sukhumvit without breaking the bank — at least on beer (the pocket-friendly prices sadly don’t translate to the bar chow.)
What's on tap: Brewski offers a variety of malted brews, with 12 rotating selections of draught beer such as Californian Summer Solstice (a smooth cream ale with 5% ABV) and The Wild Turkey Bourbon Stout with 6.9% ABV. Prices per glass start from B70 for 100ml Asahi lager.
Bangkok-based Korean engineer-turned-chef Ted Ahn quit his job and turned his passion for food craft beer into a full-fledged F&B venture. Changwon Express presents Korean-Mexican fusion plates created by Ted himself (he actually runs the show in the kitchen on a daily basis) alongside nine taps of draft beer and rotating bottles.
What’s on tap: The eatery started out offering two craft beers extending the selection to the nine they have at the moment. Ted has been working a lot with local brewers so do expect a mix of local beers plus an occasional Changwon signature brew and an imported craft beer rotating on tap. Their craft beer pairing nights are definitely something to look forward to.
This newly opened spot in Ekkamai Soi 10 is the result of all the hard work and struggles Pieak Pipattanaphon, founder of Golden Coin craft beer, had to go in the last couple of years. The bar carries the same warm industrial vibe as Pieak’s first creation, Let The Boy Die (now temporarily closed), but offers different selections on tap. An extended list of beer-friendly chow complements his crafted brews.
What’s on tap: Pieak, who still gets his beer brewed in Vietnam, wanted to offer the same experience one would get while visiting a microbrewery where all the taps are dedicated to a brand's different beer styles. Go for Golden Coin’s famous IPA or their new American-style Pale Ale, Wish Do. (Beers start from B180/glass.).
Run by one of the founders and a former tap master of Mikkeller Bangkok, Hair of the Dog offers a selection of craft beer in a gloomy, red-lit chamber that evokes quirky medical vibes. The two beer-loving partners opened the first Hair of the Dog back in 2015 at Mahatun Plaza. A year later, they expanded their mini beer empire to Phrom Phong with the second branch that comes bigger and offers more varieties. Both branches of Hair of the Dog are where expect to explore some of the city’s newest beers, with staff up to explain the story behind each brew to help you find what suits you best.
What’s on tap: You might not getting every beer label available in the country from both locations, but that’s because Hair of the Dog already narrows down the selection and pick only the best ones to serve on their 13 taps. The Phrom Phong branch also hosts more fun and creative beer-drinking events, too, including the beer cocktail night or the Sunday movie night.
This curiously named bar doesn’t require you to actually hate pigeons to enjoy their selection of craft beers. Calling itself a “dive bar,” brings the craft beer scene to the Sribumphen area, attracting lovers of malted brews with a Monday-night promo that offers a 15 percent discount on all bottles you take back home.
What’s on tap: Expect to get both imported and local craft brews. Do check their Facebook page for the newly arrived bottles. I Hate Pigeons regularly hosts movie night in partnership with Documentary Club.
Sharing space with Casa Lapin x 26 and One Day At A Time restaurant, this beer bar offers 26 taps of imported craft beer, perfectly completing this lifestyle space, which also includes a hostel and co-working space. The bar has teamed up with Nuttorn “Q” Wongpoom, founder of the famed blog Beercyclopedia, to curate the beer offered at this space and to make sure that there’s a style to cater to every taste bud.
What’s on tap: Taproom is highly recommended for rookie beer explorers. Apart from offering a wide selection, the curated collection makes it easier to find a beer that fits your taste. The first ten taps are easy choices while taps 11 to 18 serve beer with a slightly higher percentage of alcohol and are recommended for more sophisticated drinkers. Stout fans can zero in on taps 19 to 24. The last two taps are reserved for cider. Taproom Experience plans to launch a new beer every so often.
Remember Let The Boy Die, the craft beer bar in Chinatown which, unfortunately, was forced to close its doors earlier this year due to disputes with its neighbor? This new location is more accessible: a five-minute walk from MRT Hualumphong and a few steps away from 2ndyard Sandwich and Bar.
Hip beer chamber Taproom doesn’t like to keep their fans waiting. Just a year after opening its first branch on Sukhumvit Soi 26, the city’s hot hops haven has opened a second branch, adding more craft-beer options to the Ari nightlife.
What's on tap: Despite being slightly smaller than the original branch, Taproom in Ari still serves a vast selection of beers on tap – 14 in total – plus a decent range of bottled beer.