1-1/1 Sukhumvit Soi 4, 02-656-9255. Open daily 10am-midnight. www.morning-night.com
Contrary to its sister—Hillary—Morning Night is more open and less congested. It has a balcony where you can enjoy your beer and scope the scene. You can shoot some pool cause there’s no chance of making good conversation here with the music blaring away. (You can practically hear it all the way at Hillary’s.)
1/5 Sukhumvit Soi 4. No phone numbers. Open daily, 10am-midnight.
You get a “hush hush” sense when you walk into Big Dogs, a small, narrow, semi-dingy sort of a place with not the friendliest staff standing on the corner of the Nana Plaza. Oh! And are you a fan of Shakira? Cause they certainly seem to be.
5/11 Sukhumvit Soi 4, 02-255-3993. Open daily 9am-1am.
This two-storey British pub caters mainly to sports fans. If you’re aching to watch your favorite soccer game without too many people around, head there, grab a stool by the bar, order your drafts from their friendly staff and keep those eyes on the LCD screens in front of you. At half time, head on upstairs for a couple games of pool whilst tapping your feet to their list of over 10,000 songs on their jukebox.
19 Sukhumvit Soi 4, 02-656-7125. Open daily 10am-1am. www.hillarybar.com
Hillary bar is equipped with four pool tables, a central bar and a (dark) corner for bands. Smokers: they have a designated smoking area outside—a thin narrow patio where you can puff away.
21/19 Sukhumvit Soi 4, 08-4676-5704. Open daily 7am-1am.
This tiny place, with the walls decked out in license plates, is equipped with a square bar in the center. The Tavern is a neat little nook for breakfast. You want scrambled eggs at 7am? You got it!
23/1 Sukhumvit Soi 4, 02-656-8160. Open daily 9am-1am. www.finnegansthailand.com
A small, narrow place equipped with LCD screens for you to watch the games of your choice. Very similar to Chequers. Take your pick: Irish or British?
18 Sukhumvit Soi 4, Raja Complex, 08-5061-4551. Open daily 5:30pm-late.
The building is dedicated to the game of pool and they even hold competitions there. If you’re looking for a sit down dinner and cocktails head on over to their rooftop bar. The classiest place on the soi.
Raja Hotel Complex, Sukhumvit Soi 4, 08-1341-2179. Open daily noon-late.
Small little hole-in-the-wall—one pool table, a short bar and a few couches to rest your bum. Could be a cool hangout if you just feel like getting soused off on tequila and indulge in a few rounds of “high-low” with a handful of your buddies.
Hanrahans Irish Pub
12/1 Sukhumvit Soi 4 (Nana Tai), 02-255-0644. Open daily 9-1am.
Old timer this one! Decked out in the Irish colors of greens and dark browns this is probably the tidiest joint in the entire strip. Once you make it past the huge front door, you’ll be face to face with a wide and clean dining area plus a long bar equipped with all the Kilkenney you want. Pick a seat downstairs, order your beer and munch on some pie.
8 Sukhumvit Soi 4, 02-252-6721. Open daily 10am-late.
Sitting idle with no neighboring bars, this open-air balcony calls itself a beer bar. It might not share space with anyone else but it does share the same scene: crowded with farangs and their Thai female “friends.” No way! On Nana?!