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A Complete Bangkok Craft beer Guide, best bars to visit.
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is hailed as one of the food capitals of the world, and lately has the craft beer scene grown to one the largest in south-east Asia. This energetic, bustling city also has a sophisticated drinking culture.
You are spoilt for choice with options ranging from budget drinking holes to chic wine and cocktail bars.
In recent years, Bangkok has developed a new thirst, a thirst for craft beers.
Brewers are harnessing local Thai flavours and creating innovative concoctions to drive a boom in the city’s craft beer scene. It seems like a new venture opens up every week. Craft beer bars in Bangkok craft beer are becoming increasingly easier to find.
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The tree mass-produced Thai beers, Chang, Leo & Singha, are the most popular local lagers. When tourists as for a local beer, they will likely be offered one of these. Authentic Thai craft beers in Bangkok are a rare find.
That’s because Thai laws prohibit people from brewing and distributing their own beer.
Many bars sell foreign craft beers, but due to high import taxes, don’t expect these to be cheap.
Actually are the local alcohol brewing laws so strict in Thailand that the local craft beer brewers export their local Thai ingredients across the borders to neighbouring Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, to produce their Thailand craft beer in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam instead, and then import it back into Thailand.
And crazy enough some of the “Thailand Craft Beer/Bangkok craft beer” are these days made as far away as in Australia, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. Even the oldest Thai Craft beer “Phuket” is produced in Cambodia.
Nonetheless, an army of enthusiastic brewers in Thailand is pushing for changes in the brewing laws. At present, only a handful of microbreweries in Thailand are licensed to produce local craft beers.
But, there’s no quenching Bangkok’s thirst for craft beer. Here are some unique and tasty Thai craft beers to try:
Happy New Beer Pilsner: Old school flavours with a touch of tropical fruit. Brewed in Australia.
Full Moon Chalawan Pale Ale: A fine balance between sweetness and bitterness. Brewed in Australia.
Sandport Broken Sword Red Ale: Imperial red colour and distinctive taste and aroma from the roselle flower. Brewed in Taiwan.
Devanom Ippo Pale Ale: Well-balanced with woody notes of coffee and vanilla. Brewed in Cambodia.
Mahanakhon White Ale: Crisp and smooth, ideal for Bangkok’s humid and hot weather. Brewed in Australia
Here Are 12 Craft Beer Bars In Bangkok Worth A Visit.
1. BREWSKI CRAFT BEER BAR.
This popular sports bar has an incredible 100 craft brews on offer, ranging from Belgian ales to Trappist beers.
It is Bangkok’s only rooftop craft beer bar, so if you’re after an impressive view, head over to the Radisson Blu’s 30th floor. The vintage-inspired décor, mouth-watering bar snacks, and chic five-star hotel setting make it the perfect spot for a boys’ night out. Has one of the best views in Bangkok.
489 Sukhumvit Road Soi 27, Bangkok.
2. TAWANDANG PUB.
One of the few licensed microbreweries in Bangkok, Tawandang Pub was originally a German beer hall. In its current avatar, the pub is a lively entertainment venue with nightly live music, rambunctious performances, a big dance floor, reasonably priced Thai food, and of course, locally brewed craft beer.
Expect to find the long, snaking tables in the cavernous bar packed every night of the week. Ideal for a big, brash group night out.
462/61 Rama III Road, Bangkok
3. MIKKELLER BANGKOK.
Opened by two former Carlsberg employees, Mikkeller Bar is conveniently located on quiet Ekkamai Road, only a few minutes from busy Sukhumvit. With dozens of beers on tap and a cold kitchen for bar snacks, this craft beer bar in Bangkok features a lovely tropical beer garden.
The location in an old Thai house dating back to the 1950s and the bright open-air bar makes it perfect for a romantic rendezvous.
26 Ekkamai Soi 10, Bangkok.
4. HAIR OF THE DOG.
Thirteen Rotating Taps and more than fifty imported craft beers from around the world. A bar started by a couple of Canadian beer lovers decided the Thailand craft beer scene needed something more.
Small and social bar with a great social atmosphere and a super friendly staff. Popular by younger expats. Have two locations around Bangkok.
888/26 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok.
5. GOLDEN COINS TAPROOM.
This nice little bar serves only homebrews on 12 taps and has a dedicated breed of craft beer aficionados as its patrons. Perfect if you’re looking for a bit of atmosphere at a place that’s not too busy even on a Friday night. In addition to great beers and friendly service, you might be treated to the owner doing solo pop covers on the piano.
Ekkamai Soi 10, Bangkok 10110.
6. WISHBEER HOME BAR.
Situated just off Sukhumvit, Wishbeer Home Bar is a craft beer bar with a distinctively warehouse feel. Offering an international selection of taps and bottles in addition to local Thai craft beers, this large bar that can seat 200+ people is unlikely to be full even on weekends and is rarely noisy. Go here for an excellent selection of world beers and great happy hour prices.
1491 Sukhumvit Soi 67, Bangkok.
7. BOTTLES OF BEER.
Filled with hundreds of beer bottles from around the world, Bottles of Beer sure does live up to its name. With one of the best craft beer selections in Bangkok and a friendly vibe, you’ll feel comfortable kicking back and chugging a cold one. The emphasis is on socialising, so expect to sit close to other guzzlers. Street food vendors just outside the bar, add to the sense of community and offer lip-smacking food to go with the craft beer.
2/7 Sukhumvit Soi 34, Bangkok.
The adjacent wine and whiskey bar is a sister venue to try a Bangkok Craft Beer, an outdoor craft beer bar that offers some of the most popular brews from around the world. With 40 craft beers on tap and dozens more in bottles, this bar features four large screens that display the different brews available.
Perfect for those who want to hang out at an informal, friendly place. Expect to hear American rock music and mingle with locals and expats at this popular watering hole.
16 Sukhumvit Soi 23, Bangkok.
9. The Beer Cap.
With an enviable location in one of Bangkok’s liveliest nightlife areas, The Beer Cap offers a huge selection of foreign and local craft beers. Pair your drink with food from the mall’s choice of eateries and sit back and relax to the live music at this happening craft beer bar in Bangkok that has an industrial décor with recycled furniture.
335 Thong Lor, Sukhumvit Soi 17.
10. HOUSE OF BEERS.
Popular with young urban professionals and upscale Thais, the stylish House of Beers is a homage to Belgian beers. Serving up several Belgian ales and classic eats such as fries with mayonnaise and steamed mussels, this craft beer bar in Bangkok is a laidback space to spend some downtime after a day in the sweltering heat. Be prepared for it to be crowded, however.
522/3 Thong Lor, Sukhumvit 55, Soi 16.
11. Dock no 13.
The closest craft beer place to the backpacker heaven at Koh San Road. Located right next to the Chao Phraya River which runs straight through Bangkok. Has 13 different Thai craft beer on that and one of the best-stocked bars in Bangkok. A great place to enjoy a beer by the river especially if you want a break from the craziness at Koh San Road.
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