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  • 10 Expat Bars and Pubs in Bangkok

    Where to Meet Expats in Bangkok


    Expat bars in Bangkok are in no short supply – after all, this is a city with tens-of-thousands of foreign nationals permanently living and working, not to mention the millions of tourists visiting every year.

    Global polls consistently rank Bangkok as one of the top 10 most popular cities for expats - a feat that would be almost impossible if it wasn’t for its many westernised bars, pubs and restaurants. So if you’re craving that cool pint of Guinness, need a quick steak and chips fix, or just looking to meet some like-minded people, see below for our handpicked best expat bars and pubs in Bangkok.

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    The Australian Pub Sukhumvit 11

    The Australian delivers on all the expat-bar essentials such as live sports, English speaking staff, pub food and a selection of beers on tap. But unlike some of Bangkok’s other expat haunts (that can often feel stale and a bit depressing), this Sukhumvit Soi 11 spot keeps the atmosphere light thanks to a roster of decent live music, drawing in a mix of young and old, girls and boys. Prices aren’t too silly either, with beers starting at 110 baht. They’ll also pour you an infamous Snake Bite (cider, beer and blackcurrant) – great for those planning to stumble on to popular Levels Club down the road.

    • Opening Hours: 09:00-01:00
    • Location: 11 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Bangkok
    • Tel: (+66)02 651 0800
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    There’s little not to love about Hemingway’s – western management having successfully transformed this 100-year-old colonial house into one of the most charming places to drink in the central Bangkok. But it’s not just the setting that wins us over; pub grub here is cooked well and doesn’t break the bank, drinks promos run daily and their Sunday brunches are proving to be just about the best place in Bangkok for a weekend a hair of the dog, with a D.I.Y bloody Mary bar and live Cuban music running noon to 16:00. The venue is spilt up into various zones, each with their own distinct atmosphere, including a garden patio, rooftop terrace, sports room and a delightful nautical-themed dining room at the back. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Sun - Weds 11:30 - 01:00, Thurs - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
    • Location: 1 Sukhumvit Soi 14, Sukhumvit Road
    • BTS: Asok
    • Tel: +66 (0)2 653 3900
    Cheap Charlie’s Sukhumvit Soi 11

    An absolute classic on the expat bar scene, Cheap Charlie’s on Sukhumvit Soi 11 has a lot going for it – but not in the way seating… or a roof. There’s only a few stools set around the rustic looking bar as well as a few tables - but having to stand is the sacrifice many happily make so they can drink on the cheap. Bottles of Chang and Singha start from around 60 to 70 baht and shots are 70 baht. Expect a nice mix of long-term expats, English teachers and tourists warming up for their big night out. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:30
    • Location: Sukhumvit Soi 11
    Viva & Aviv Riverside

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Sukhumvit (where the most of the expats bars in Bangkok are found) and head to Viva & Aviv right on the Chao Phraya River. Emphasis here is more on classy cocktails and laid back lounge beats, which is always going to draw in a younger, more diverse crowd. Views are great from the outside terrace (particularly as the sunsets at about 18:00 over the water), whilst food is described as ‘modern Australian café’ (which to you and me means western comfort food disguised as photogenic tapas bites). Viva & Aviv is located at River City Shopping Mall, and there is a free shuttle boat that will drop you off on the doorstep when coming from Saphan Taksin BTS next to Sathorn Central Pier.

    • Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
    • Location: River City - Unit 118, 23 Trok Rongnamkhaeng, Bangkok
    • Tel: +66(0) 639 6305
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    The Kiwi Sports Pub & Grill Sukhumvit 8

    Kiwi Sports Pub & Grill is situated right in the thick of the expat-oriented action on Sukhumvit Soi 8, walking distance from Nana BTS. There’s 14 flat screens for live football, rugby, cricket, UFC or whatever big match is on, as well as a pool table and other games machines. If the manly atmosphere gets all a bit too much inside, there’s some pleasant seating outside facing the relatively quiet street. Tuesday sees free selections from the barbeque when you buy at drink (from 19:30 onwards until stock runs out), and there’s other tempting deals like an all-you-can eat grill on Thursdays (299 baht, 18:00-22:00), a 395-baht Sunday Cavary (12:00-18:00) and ‘build-your-own breakfast’ for 199 baht running every morning.

    • Opening Hours: 09:00-01:30
    • Location: Sukhumvit Soi 8, Bangkok
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    Not a bar in its own right, but more a collection of stalls and restaurants set around a laidback courtyard, W District at Phrakanong BTS has emerged as one of the most popular expat drinking spots since it opened in 2014. Rock up with friends, family or alone (before 22:00 is best to secure a table) and you’ll be greeted by one of the beer girls, presenting you with a myriad of menus from the dozen or so bars and eateries. A tower of Chang or Singha will only set you back 500 baht, and dishes sell at less than 100 baht. There’s a genuinely warm and communal atmosphere to this place, thanks in no small part to the outdoor setting and nightly live band. First timers might find it a little awkward to locate; just head around the back of the Sky Walk Condominium by Phrakanong BTS Skytrain Station. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00 daily
    • Location: Sukhumvit Soi 71, Bangkok
    Vesper Silom

    Causing a stir in Silom since its opening in 2014, Vesper Bar has flown in a dedicated team of London-based mixologists, creating a menu of cocktails ‘drawn from the bygone era of Europe with added elements of ‘theatre’’. Signatures like their Secret Earl Grey (Earl Grey-infused gin, lemon, egg white and grapefruit bitter) and Coleford Sour (Bourbon, blackcurrant preserve, egg white and lemon) are for the serious cocktail drinkers, with a 280-350 baht price tag to match. The venue has a real classy, elegant feel with ample tables spread across for diners, (although it’s best to park yourself at the handsome marble bar if you’re coming alone). The clientele here is mostly expats with a bit more cash to splash – compared to the usual foreigner crowd lower Sukhumvit draws in.

    • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30-14:30; Sun-Thu 17:00-24:00; Fri-Sat 17:00-01:00
    • Location: Vesper, 10/15 Convent Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
    • Tel: 02-235-2777
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    Royal Oak Sukhumvit

    This ‘proper’ British boozer lays a good selection of pub classics like fish n’ chips, sausages and mash, pies, gammon and eggs and steak, as well as a few imported lagers on tap. There’s nothing fancy about the décor, nor the not-so-glamorous location down Sukhumvit 33/1, but this long-running expat institution does guarantee a welcoming crowd, farang-friendly service and it’s also home to Bangkok’s only dedicated comedy night, which runs every Friday from 19:30 with a surprisingly good line-up of local and international acts.

    • Opening Hours: 10:00-01:00
    • Location: 595/10-11 Sukumvit 33/1, Bangkok
    • Tel: +66(0)2 662 1650
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    A world away from your typical expat bar in Bangkok, Ocean Lounge is more about the summer party vibes, chilled house music and sexy young crowd. Set around an outdoor pool and surrounded by a whitewashed boutique hotel, the place wouldn’t feel too out of place alongside the beach resorts of Phuket or Samui. What’s more, it’s open pretty much all day, every day, and Bangkok’s central Phrom Phong BTS Station is just five minutes away. Look out on Ocean’s Facebook for their ever-changing line up of events, with the pool-side bar normally filling up on the weekends, before the party moves on to the downstairs nightclub later on. Entrance is free, with cocktails and beers in the region of 100-150 baht. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 01:00 daily
    • Location: 7 Sukhumvit Soi 33, Phrom Phong
    • Tel: +66 (0) 22 612 800
    Mollie Malone’s Irish Pub Silom

    Probably the most prominent expat bar in Silom is Molly Malone’s, strategically placed on Soi Convent just a short walk from the craziness of Patpong’s night market and naughty go-gos. This is an Irish pub, quite unmistakeably so, which means no surprises come it comes to décor (long wooden bar and cosy seating), drinks (Heineken and Carlsberg on tap) and food (pies, steaks, ribs, roasts, all-day breakfasts). Happy Hour runs every day from 16:00-19:00, and the 80-baht-a-pint for Tiger and Chang makes this pretty much the cheapest place for an afternoon drink in Silom.

    • Opening Hours: 10:00-01:00 Daily
    • Location: 1/5- 6 Convent Road, Bangkok
    • Tel: +66(0)2 266 7160
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