Plain old good places to blow off some steam over beers.
When French butcher Arnaud Carre opened his doors he hit upon an unbeatable recipe: wellcooked steaks at reasonable prices. Servers will whisk you into the adjoining butcher’s shop before even showing you to your table, where you choose your meat from a display cabinet of cuts ranging from tomahawk at B1,400/ kg up to the 70 to 100 days dry-aged tenderloin at B3,900/kg. Singha bottled beer available at B120.
186/1 Soi Suanplu, 02-286-3008. Open daily 11am-10pm. MRT Lumphini
Cantina Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen
A modern, industrial venue with exposed, rustic brick walls and archways serves Neapolitan style pizza made from fermented dough that has been kneaded and left to rise slowly for 48 hours. Go upstairs to find a larger yet cozy space that is perfect for an afternoon coffee or a team dinner. Get the diavola pizza (B380) comes topped with mozzarella, spicy Italian salami, black olives, and basil to share with coworkers while sipping on Singha bottled beer (B120).
26/3 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-821-5113. Open Sun-Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sat noon-3am. BTS Nana
La Casa Nostra
Taking over a stately old home on Sathorn’s tiny Soi Goethe, this Italian restaurant has well-heeled crowds going gaga for its low-key vibe and polished yet rustic dishes. The fresh ricotta and spinach gnocchi (B580) with its light yet flavorful tomato sauce is a must-try, and the Australian lamb chops (B890) are everything you want in grilled meat, served with sides of sweet potato mash, daubs of yogurt and salsa verde. You can snag a bottle of Singha for B125.
22 Sathorn Soi 1 Yaek 2 (Goethe), 02-287-2402. Open daily 11:30am-midnight.
Changwon Express is quite the oddity. This yellowpainted spot mere steps away from MRT Petchaburi (Exit 3) pairs beers with trending Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine. The food, created by the owner himself, has its charms: nachos, tacos and hot dogs with Korean twists (B160-200), plus standard Korean fare like bibimbap (mixed rice, B160-80). Beers also come at pocket-friendly prices, with comforting choices like Singha beer on tap (B100/glass).
37 Asoke Din Daeng Rd., 092-251-8661. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight. MRT Petchaburi
Charm Eatery and Bar (Ratchakru)
The lively Charm Eatery and Bar might look like a casual Thai restaurant from the outside but actually feels more like a bar. A local live band plays Thai ‘90s pop tunes, while big group tables make just as much noise. The menu spans drinking snacks to serious curries and chili pastes. It’s open till midnight daily, they also have generous 5-9pm happy hour deals and live music. Grab a pint of Singha for B190
Charm Eatery and Bar (Ratchakru), Ari Soi 5 (Paholyothin), 02-279-8991. Open Mon-Fri 11pm-3pm, 5pm-midnight; Sat-Sun 11pm-midnight
Lon Lon Local Diner
Tucked inside Trinity Silom building, this restaurant represents the best of Bangkok st reet food culture with its tasty khao tom (Thai steamed rice soup), a famous late-night dish for party-goers. The venue has a lively, retro vibe thanks to pink and blue walls, round hanging lamps, and cactus trees spread around. Make sure you try the khao tom with stir fried minced pork and Chinese black olives. Grab a bottle of Singha for B130.
G/F Trinity Silom Hotel, Silom soi 3, 097-231-6968. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-10pm. MRT Silom
Named after the favorite flower of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Marigold oozes ’80s vibes with its velvet chairs, concrete walls and outdoor pool. The menu leans on the Thai comfort food side and uses local produce to drive its flavors—many of the recipes originate from the owner's roots in Koh Samui. We like the mango spicy salad with crab eggs (B220) and kanom chin nam ya pu (rice noodles with crab curry, B280). Singha is available for cooling down the heat at B140/bottle.
G/F, Hotel Josh, Phahonyothin Rd., 02-102-4999. Open daily 11am-11pm.
Yellow subway grab handles, hanging plants and walls crawling with subway maps create a hip atmosphere in which to fill up on comforting Korean cuisine. The buffet here comes in three tiers—B439, B699, and B999—featuring everything from traditional soondubu (tofu soup) and seafood pajoen (Korean pancake with leeks) to items that can be grilled on the low-smoke barbecues located on each table. Go all-in by adding the Singha beer buffet to your order (B399), which comes with free snacks.