Your guide to a boozy weekend getaway in Cambodia’s capital.
Aug 01, 2016|
After turning off the taps right at the end of last year, the craft beer-focused Wishbeer Home Bar has already found a new, bigger and more relaxing home, just a few steps from the original venue. The new space at the entrance of Sukhumvit Soi 67 serves a dual purpose as an office and warehouse for the online beer delivery website, leaving the gym-like space in the middle as a bar. With its scuffed flooring and furniture strewn about the place, the venue somehow seems even less permanent than the last one, but it also packs a lot of raw character. Like before, you can expect a large range of brews on tap and by the bottle, including names like Brewdog, Bavaria, Evil Twin, Chouffe and Vedett.
Sukhumvit Soi 67, 02-650-2113. Open daily 5pm-1am
The original Beer Cap took over Cosmic Cafe’s spot on RCA, added craft beer to the live music, and then closed way, way too quickly. But now it's reopened in Thonglor—familiar territory for owner Chris Foo, the Bangkok beer mogul who's also behind Seen Space's Brew Beer & Ciders. Joining The Commons community mall, mark 2 of the bar has the same signature long bar covered with beer caps, but the brew selection is quite different. Unlike Brew's exhaustive range, The Beer Cap focuses on more niche craft beers, both on tap and by the bottle. When we last visited, there were six beers on tap: BrewDog Punk IPA (B160/260 per pint/half-pint), Holgate (B220), Chainbreaker White IPA (B240), Epic Escape IPA (B220), Epic Mid Mountain mid ale (B220) and Limburgse Witte (B140/240).
355 Thonglor Soi 17, 02-185-2517
Craft beer enthusiast Ted Ahn pairs craft beer with Korean food at his new restaurant and bar, Changwon Express, located right next to MRT Petchaburi. The dishes here focus on Mexican-Korean fusion like the must-try Kimchi Taco (B200/three tacos), a choice of crispy corn taco shell or soft tortilla filled with slightly sweet beef or pork bulgogi (grilled seasoned meat) topped with kimchi instead of salsa. Other Korean staples are also available at pocket-friendly price tags. Rotating craft beers both on tap and by the bottle include Brew Dog, Evil Twin and Stone. Watch their Facebook for monthly beer pairing/tasting events.
37 Asoke Din Daeng Rd., 092-251-8661. MRT Phetchaburi
Probably 72 Courtyard's most easygoing opening, Beer Belly takes over the large space on the right-hand side of the complex's ground floor and boasts of a hefty 20 beers on tap. These range from Leo (B180/pint) and Asahi (B260/pint) to La Chouffe (B420/pint) and L’Olmaia LA5 (B480/pint). Bottled Thai craft beers like Chalawan (B180) and Phuket Beer (B180) are also available alongside East-meets-West drinking snacks like pork wontons (B140) and barbecue ribs (B320). There's bar seating and tables outside for when the weather's fine, while inside has larger spaces suitable for playing games like jenga, chess and even beer pong—all available on the house. You'll also find a pool table, ping pong table and a dartboard.
G/F, 72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7770
This friendly bottle shop-cum-bar has one of the best craft beer selections in Bangkok, at some of the best prices. The Singaporean owner wanted to create a place where people can feel comfortable just rocking up, pulling a few bottles from the fridge and kicking back. The beers come from all corners of the globe, from Japan's Hitachino to rarer finds like California's Heretic and Australia's Holgate, to name just a few. The best part? If you buy six bottles you get wholesale prices, which most often sit at B150-200—that's a steal compared to most bars in town. Adding to the community vibe, right outside you'll find street vendors whipping up a variety of Thai and Malaysian street food.
Sukhumvit Soi 34, 02-040-0473
This earthy cafe-cum-bar in Ladphrao goes for a bit of everything, thanks to six owners with backgrounds as diverse as patisserie chef, architect and beer brewer. Local craft beers are the real highlight. One of the partners is behind Jo+ Beer, a Chiang Khan-based brewer. But now you don’t need to travel all the way to Northeastern Thailand, as Jo+ Beer can be found on four out of the six taps: Wheat 90 hitz (B160), Chocolate Stout (B160), Smells like IPA (B180) and Amber Ale (B160). Other options sometimes include Outlaw’s Blondie pale ale (B160) and Happy New Beer’s Hardcore IPA (B180). There's also Asahi on tap, along with imported bottles like Hoegaarden, Hitachino, Corona and Kirin (from B80).
298/2 Lad Phrao Soi 101, 095-789-6593
Craft n’ Roll began as a lifestyle website featuring stories about cute cafes, crafty local brands and beer. Then they developed their own weekend festival in Kanchanaburi featuring a long list of local brewers including My Beer Friend and Chit Beer. Now, the same team has found a permanent spot by the Chao Phraya River (where To-Sit Pier 92 used to be) to pour craft brews on tap alongside burgers in the cafe zone, as well as handmade products in shop zone. There are 10 taps on offer at the huge industrial, bare cement bar. Recent arrivals include Hardcore Apple Cider and Gateway IPA from Outlaw Brewing, Weizen Bock from Triple Pearl, Sauvignon Blanc Ale from Devanom Beer, Summer from Sandport, Oak aged ale and Raisa amber ale from Blaney’s, Taopiphop’s ale project, X Beer pale ale and White IPA from Happy New Beer.
113 Charansanitwong Soi 92, 098-260-9292
This oddly named bar is kind of like the younger brother of Craft n’ Roll. Its founders are part of the same team, but have switched from the riverside to the trending streets of Ladphrao. Where Do We Go is a tiny, loft-style bare cement room that’s decked out with huge wooden furniture and hanging bulbs. Four taps are available here and beers rotate after each barrel runs out, so check their Facebook page or chalkboard on every visit. On their first week of opening, they had Sandport Summer Pine and Happy New Beer Thai Wit on the taps.
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