This friendly bottle shop-slash-bar has one of the best craft beer selections in the city. What’s more, a big proportion of the bottles are from local breweries that you won’t find many places. Grab a slightly fruity Stone Head Koh Kong pale ale from the fridge and join the international crowd of regulars at the communal counter. And don’t forget to get the Thai drinking snacks like fried, sundried pork (B100), or even half a roast chicken (B130) from the vendor out front. There’s a B50 surcharge for every brew you buy to drink inside, but order up any six bottles (doesn’t have to be the same stuff) and they’ll waive it. If you’re not down with the communal seating downstairs, there’s some private tables up on the mezzanine too. Note: there's a new second branch on Narathiwas Soi 3
Sukhumvit Soi 34, 02-040-0473. Open daily 5pm-12:30am
There’s a new contender for the coolest convenience store in Bangkok. This new branch of FamilyMart at Holiday Inn Silom sells an extensive range of Thai craft beers from its fridge, and even has space so you and your buddies can pop them open and drink in the store. On a shelf surrounded by familiar names like Singha, Leo and Heineken, you’ll find beers from leading independent breweries such as Sandport, Lamzing, Changwon Express and Stone Head. There are also a few cool international beers like Mexican Day of The Dead to go with the likes of Hoegaarden and Budweiser. The Thai craft beers cost B149-159.
Holiday Inn Bangkok, 981 Silom Rd. Open 24 hours
After great success at its first home in Phloen Chit, the asylum-themed bar opened its second spot in Phrom Phong in 2016. It stays true to the original’s dark, mysterious atmosphere like something from a horror film, though there’s one difference here: they sell plenty of bottles. On top of 13 rotating taps, they stock up to 200 labels of craft beer from around the world, priced from B150-1,400 and you get 20 percent off of your first bottle you buy to take home.
593/27 Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, 02-258-1461. Open daily 5pm-midnight
Ekkamai’s sake-specializing bar is a collaboration between Japanese sake exporters Orihara and local booze distributors BB&B, so you can rest assured this is the good stuff. Not only does the bar serve both hot and chilled sake with prices starting at only B180/90ml., it also stocks over 80 labels of sake in their wall-laid-out fridges, plus around 15 more labels of premium Japanese liqueurs. There’s an attached yakitori restaurant, Tori Tama too.
Park Lane, Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekkamai), 02-382-0131. Open Tue-Thu 5pm-midnight; Sun 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 5pm-2am
On the face of it, Warp by Godfather (part of the Water Library group) looks like just another wine shop, but there are some things about that place that should make you take note. First off, it offers some delicious and affordable Champagne. We’re talking B1,900 for a niche, growers’ label like Goutorbe-Bouillot Brut Rose (take that, Moet!). Secondly, this is one place where you can avoid the Thonglor nightlife curfew. With tables to sit and drink inside, you can buy bottles at retail price and the management promise they’ll stay open as late as you and your crew want to carry on drinking. You can even order up food from any of the Marketplace restaurants and have it delivered to your table. Other bargains include Bourgoge Chardonnay 2014 (B1,490) and Stephane Aviron Morgon Cote du Py 2014 (B1,650).
Market Place, Thonglor Soi 4, 065-513-8399. Open daily 10am-10pm
This giant warehouse serves a dual purpose as its owners 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 is as easygoing as they come, and the selection of brews is vast. Whether by bottle or draft, enjoy trending beer labels like Brewdog, Bavaria, Evil Twin, Chouffe and Vedett with a regular crowd of local hops enthusiasts.
Sukhumvit Soi 67, 02-650-2113. Open daily 8am-midnight