Tawandang was the first micro brewery in Thailand and is obviously doing something right because it is packed every night of the week. The cavernous bar and restaurant follows the German beerhouse tradition with long, snaking tables running the length of the room, from the stage at the front to the sparkling, copper brewing tanks at the rear. Shows are a big part of the Tawandang experience with nightly performances creating a convivial atmosphere and it’s not unusual to see people spring to their feet for a little boogie – with no little help from a few pints of courage. Tawandang German Brewery is big, brash and a lot of fun for a group night out in Bangkok, and even though a one litre glass of weizen beer isn’t the most traditional of Thai drinks, Bangkokians have certainly taken it to heart
They offer three types of delicious frothy ales: lager, weizen beer (wheat beer), and dunkel (dark beer). Each has a unique flavour and character to enjoy with the lager being crisp and refreshing, the wheat beer delivering a smooth and, well, wheaty taste, while the dark beer has a rich, nutty aftertaste. Prices range from 95 baht for a 0.3 litre glass up to a 3 litre tower for 780 baht (to share). Even though the location of Tawandang is little removed from downtown Bangkok on Rama 3 Road it is still popular with a loyal contingent of foreigners – mostly ex-pats – who are drawn by the chance to drink one of three ‘real’ beers, brewed on-site, which adhere to the brewing principles created by Germany purity laws.
Performances start around 19:00 and continue with only short breaks between acts. It’s a loud and rambunctious collection of singers, dancers and performers that flit between Thai chart hits, Egyptian themed dance routines and comedy drag performances. Seemingly nothing links the acts together other than their popularity with the packed house who aren’t shy to tip the performers for a job well done. If you want one of the prime seats up front it is definitely advised to book because everyone else does. There’s also an outdoor area for those who prefer a quieter meal.
The menu is a hefty collection of Thai and German favourites, although definitely leaning towards Thai food. For those looking for the traditional German beerhouse experience then classic options like pork knuckle and wiener schnitzel are the best options, however we recommend ordering Thai dishes, especially seafood, such as deep-fried sea bass, tom yam kung, and even fresh oysters. Tawandang’s menu also features many regional specialities such as issan-favourites som tam (papaya salad) and barbecued pork neck with fiery dipping sauce. Prices are reasonable and no dish costs over 500 baht.
Tawandang is a favourite place for large groups to celebrate birthdays and on any given night you will see several different tables be surrounded by staff waving Happy Birthday banners and doing their best to embarrass the birthday boy or girl as they are serenaded with a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday to You’. Whether you come to fill the table with food or prop up the bar, Tawandang is a fun night out at a German beerhouse that is somehow totally Thai and known to every taxi driver in the city.
Tawandang German Brewery
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 Daily
- Address: 462/61 Rama 3 Road, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 267 811 146