One of our favourite things to do in Bangkok was finding a local bar and having a beverage. To clarify, we have just spent 7 months in China, where there is no real drinking culture – we were craving a beer garden! So, we spent some time on our trip finding local bars in Bangkok and here they are!
Corner 79 – On Nut BTS
Tucked away in-between shop fronts, the corner 79 is a great choice for anyone looking for cheap beer and local street food in one place. We couldn’t help but come back to this place practically every night of our trip!
Music is played every night and Premier League football is projected onto a big screen.
Q & A Bar – Phetchaburi MTR
A bit of luxury down the side of an alleyway; Q&A Bar serves popular cocktails in an elegant surrounding. Head down Soi Sukhumvit 21 and look out for a little sign with a question mark and Q&A written underneath.
W District – Phra Khanong BTS
We are big fans of the W District. There is plenty of seating and beer is cheap. Plus, the seats are surrounded by food vendors selling food of all kinds; Mexican, Indian, Greek, Italian, Chinese, Fish ‘n’ Chips, Cheese toasties (a whole van that specialises in CHEESE TOASTIES!!!!!) and of course, Thai food.
Open to 3am most nights, Smalls is a classic and casual bar complete with rooftop bar and balcony. This is the perfect place to relax with friends and talk the night away. Head to San Phlu 1 Alley in the Khet Sathon area.
The Iron Fairies
With beer from 120 baht, this bar is a favourite with locals and expats. Found on Thonglor Road, the unique furnishings and dark lighting makes for a mysterious date night.
About Eatery – Asoke BTS
With a selection of natural wines and craft beers and a somewhat healthy European menu, About Eatery is a popular choice for expats in Bangkok. They even have a raw food menu for those looking to be extra healthy.
Brown Sugar – near Khao San Road
Not too far from Khao San Road, Brown Sugar is becoming a very popular bar for its live music. So popular in fact it has had to move from Sarasin Road to Phrasumen Road; a bigger venue that sits up to 200 people. With beer from 120 baht and cocktails from 250 baht, plus live jazz music, you can’t really go wrong.
Amorosa Bar – opposite Wat Arun
Sip a cocktail with a view. Found in the Arun Residence Hotel, this is a spectacular bar with a stunning view of Wat Arun. Beer starts at 200 baht so this bar is a little more pricey than others on this list but is worth a visit during your time in Bangkok.
Brew – Thonglor BTS
If you are looking for a large variety of ciders and beers, head to Brew. In this trendy neighbourhood, Brew offers tables made of beer barrels and play sports across the TV’s.
Cheap Charlie’s Bar – Soi 51
Another favourite near On Nut Station and on Soi 51, Cheap Charlies has moved from Soi 11 but taken every bit of unique decor that made it so special with him. Plus, prices are still 80 baht for pretty much everything. This is one of those bars you could spend hours just looking at the detail of the bar itself!
These are our favourite! We loved finding cheap, local bars in Bangkok and this is one of our favourite things to do whilst we travel.
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