Let The Girl Kill
Charoenkrung welcomes the second coming of Let the Boy Die.
The buzz: Some good news for those mourning the loss of Let the Boy Die, the Old Town bar that shone a light on local craft beers. One of the original partners there has teamed up with some friends to transform a shop-house in the hipster ‘hood of Charoenkrung into a similarly hyperlocal craft beer bar. In fact, the six partners here are behind some of the city’s most buzzing craft breweries in town: Mickleheim, Serious Panda, The Circus, War Hops, Goose Beer and Beer Kaab.
The decor: The low-key shop-house vibe is still very apparent, though there’s a soft grunginess owing to a metal cut-out of a dragon that brings to mind Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and vivid red backlighting behind the bar’s eight taps. Untreated wooden tables and a dash of greenery complete the very welcoming space.
The drinks: It’s all about local brews here, and not just from the partners’ own labels. The eight taps and fridge space rotate regularly in order to showcase new names on the market. Prices are dirt-cheap, too: Goose Beer at B160/bottle or B180/pint) or Circus’s India Pale Weizen at B180/bottle or B200/pint. The also sell a delicious root beer (B100/bottle) from RITS, a Thai craft soda brand.
The food: Simple but delicious bar snacks like fried marinated beef (B140), which is surprisingly tender, and fried shrimp wonton (B140), which come with full-sized shrimps in every bite.
The crowd: Expect to get up close and personal with many players on Bangkok’s nascent craft brew scene.
Why should you care: Friendly, knowledgeable staff, rare beers and a location just a short hop from TCDC and Chareonkrung’s other creative developments make this well worth a visit. Neon Boonyadhammakul