There’s really never been a better time to drink beer in Bangkok. Long gone are the days when you were limited to Thailand’s loveable (but pretty boring) threesome of Chang, Leo and Singha - with dozens of bars and restaurants across the capital now specialising in imported largers, craft ales and IPAs.
Locals are beginning to develop a taste for the more complex flavours of IPAs and crafts beers, and the craze has also seen a few local microbreweries open up for good measure too.
From huge German-style bars where the beer is so strong people end up dancing on the table, to hidden microbreweries that deliver their craft ales on demand, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite speciality beer bars and pubs in Bangkok.
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HOBS has really taken the city by storm in recent years, emerging as one of the go-to places to drink quality beer in Bangkok. The brand’s mini-empire now stretches to over half-a-dozen venues around the city, and each one normally has Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe on tap as standard. Things get more interesting if you explore the multi-paged bottle menu, which mainly focuses on Belgium, Germany, Britain and Spain with around 30 varieties in total. The popular St. Bernadaus Wit is around 260 baht a bottle, and London Pride is a more reasonable 180 baht. The rarer Brewdog-Tokyo (430 baht, 18%) and Leffe Radieuse (220 baht, 8.2%) make an appearance too.
For atmosphere, head to the HOBS in Thonglor (soi 12); for convenience, find a branch on the first floor of Groove at Central World.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - 01:00 Daily
- Address: Thonglor Branch: 522/3 Sukhumvit 55 Road (Soi Thonglor)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 392 3513
Laid out like a cool German beerhall, Beer Belly is the most casual venue in 72 Courtyard. Twenty draft beers are available, which come in a range of sizes, from a 150ml sampling-style glass right up to a 5l mega-tower, along with many more bottled European beers. There’s a live acoustic band playing on Wednesday through Saturday from 20:00 until 23:00, with loads of board games, pool, and beer pong to keep groups entertained. The whitewashed brick walls, graffiti murals, 10 personal communal tables and street food style nibbles – the larb fries are the very definition of fusion and taste great – make Beer Belly the best place to chill out and sink a few beers in 72 Courtyard.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 02:00
- Address: Ground Floor, 72 Courtyard
- Tel: +66 (0)2 392 7770
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/beerbellybkk/
Tawandang was the first ever microbrewery in Bangkok, and this famous bar’s not-so micro seating area gets full most nights of the week. The regular dance and music shows on the central stage become all the more fun thanks to the steady flow of strong, hoppy German-style beer which is all produced onsite. Last time we went, three types were available: lager, weizen beer (wheat beer), and dunkel (dark beer), with prices ranging from around 100 baht for a 0.3L glass up to 780 baht for a three-liter tower. Tawandang’s location is a little away from downtown Bangkok on Rama 3 by the river, but that’s no excuse no to experience this Bangkok beer institution. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 Daily
- Address: 462/61 Rama 3 Road, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 678 1114-6
Another Thonglor hotspot to make our list of best beer bars in Bangkok is Brew Pub, which has one of the largest stocks of beers, ciders and ales in the city. Expect a huge range of draft and bottled beers imported from microbreweries across the world, although the focus is more on Belgian and German brands, as well as a few tasty American and British IPAs. Look out for their five litre Krombacher party drum (at 2,500 baht, it’s best shared). Brew Pub also wins points in our book for its trendy location and cool outdoor space at the popular ‘Seen Space’ on Thonglor Soi 13. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 - 02:00 Daily
- Address: Seen Space Mall, Thonglor Soi 13, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 185 2366
You won’t find any Hoegaarden or Stella here; Mikkeller in the hip Ekkamai neighbourhood is heralded as Bangkok’s first ever microbrewery bar, serving nothing but homemade craft beers (that you will never have heard of). There’s a rotating selection from a whopping 30 taps, plus the bottles on shelf can be bought and taken home. Don’t fancy the trek across town to Ekkamai to try it? Mikkeller has a handy solution in the form of a ’60-minute cold beer delivery service’ (also the first of its type in Bangkok) with free delivery on orders over 3,000 baht in the central area. Head to MikkellerBangkok.com to order or find their small shop house-cum-bar behind Big C on Ekkamai Soi 10.
- Opening Hours: 17:00-24:00 daily
- Address: Mikkeller, 26 Ekkamai Soi 10, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 381 9891