Seri Village Vintage Bar
The buzz: Located in the soi right next to The Nine Community Mall on Rama 9 Road, near the lovely 99 Rest Backyard Cafe, this new bar goes for homey, Thai and retro—and it’s already a hit with a good mix of people.
The décor: This is a pretty basic Thai-style bar. Despite being new, the feel is more of an old shophouse-turned-bar. Blocky wooden furniture, décor items in primary colors, a chalkboard with some graphic designer’s doodles jazz up what is essentially a watering hole with live soccer matches on TVs and a pool table.
The music: Mainly 80s-90s Thai-international pop/rock with a live band performing daily.
The crowd: The team of owners includes Nithi Smuthkochorn, who has a TV production and events company. As such, you can expect some media people from Rama 9 Road’s neighboring studios. You’ll also spot ABAC students and even a few expats from the nearby condo.
The price: Crack open a bottle of Sangsom (375ml, B250) or Black Label (B1,850) and just add mixers (from B30/bottle). The place is so basic, there’s still no draught beer but you can go for bottles of Leo, Chang, Singha (B89) and Heineken (B120). The bar does do cocktails, too, such as the flambéed Harry Potter (B249) and other classic choices like Midori sour or Mojito that come in big pitchers (B159-190 per glass and B350-370 per pitcher). The best thing about Thai pubs is the gab glaem, like the classic fried chicken tendons (B89) and deep-fried duck bill (B89). The menu even carries bigger dishes like the super tasty tom yum flavored steamed egg (B189) and fried catfish with herbal and spicy sauce (B259).
Why you’ll come back: You’ve had it with the pretense of expensive bars following the Brooklyn trend and would just like a bottle of Chang, some gab glaem and a fuss-free crowd.