Cheap Charlie's

No pooping

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What we say: 4 stars

Cheap Charlie's is a Bangkok institution.

A few tables and stools placed haphazardly on the pavement in front of a bar constructed of driftwood and adorned with skulls, model trains, retro toys and abandoned wasps' nests — it's not what you expect to find off one of Bangkok's busiest sois, but it's a place that oozes character and offers some of the cheapest beer around (beers from 65 baht, cocktails from 120 baht).

Popular with mostly expats, backpackers (from nearby Suk11) and aid-worker types returned from the sticks, anyone who happens to wander by is welcome. It's a fun place to strike up a conversation with the most random people. Beers and a few cocktails are all that Charlie serves up, but it's all that you need.

Adding to its bizarrely comical allure, Charlie offers but one toilet: a tiny unisex wooden shack behind the bar where you can read some of the most inspiring and depressing toilet wisdom in the city. Be warned, however, that taking a number 2 is strictly prohibited, although we've yet to find out the consequences for those who defy the no-poop law.

Contact details
Sukhumvit Soi 11, just past Zanzibar on subsoi on the left
T: (02) 253 4648
Open: 17:00 - 0:00, except Sun

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