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If you're looking to go somewhere cosier than Glow’s dance floor on a Friday night, you can always head to one of Bangkok’s world-famous pubs. No, I jest. Pubs are like pizzerias in Bangkok – keep your expectations low, your stomach empty, and you will be pleasantly, if not moderately, surprised. Here's a list of some “traditional” Irish/English pubs, and by traditional I mean an expat’s overseas business venture fuelled by a twinge of homeland nostalgia.
The Robin Hood
The Robin Hood claims to be an “English-style pub”, and serves customers who have come to Bangkok and never left and those who are just passing through. The crowd is on the wizening side, but the owners keep it lively with sports events, a trivia night, a Thai band playing 60s tunes, and a nightly happy hour.
Soi Sukhumvit 33/1
Open daily 9:00-24:00
Happy hour: 16:00-19:00
T: (02) 662 3390
BTS: Phrom Pong
The Queen Victoria
Though regal in name, the Queen Victoria is dingy in actuality. Irony at play? Maybe not, but an ode to the British monarchy never hurt anyone. On their menu, their address is simply listed as “across the street from Soi Cowboy”, the not-so-hidden underbelly of Bangkok sleeziness and apparently a useful landmark. The patrons, often an onslaught of ethically dubious Soi Cowboy visitors, can be hard to take, but the draught beer is cheap and the outdoor seating is chipper. With both an early evening and late-night happy hour, this pub will be sure to please, at least in a certain state of consciousness.
Sukhumvit Soi 23 (across from Soi Cowboy!)
Open daily 09:00-1:00 (11:30 for food)
Happy hours: 17:30-19:30 and 23:00-1:00
T: (02) 661 7417
The Ship Inn
For a cute hole-in-the-wall pub with a not-so-cute location, the Ship Inn is the closest thing you'll find to the real deal. Built to look like a Tudor house or a captain’s quarters (a strange mix of land and sea), the inside is quiet and subdued, a perfect spot for female travellers and “mature” drinkers craving a taste of home. They also serve a “chip butty” – you know, just a mountain of French fries/chips in a buttery roll.
9/1 Soi Sukhumvit 23
Open daily 11:00-24:00
The only Irish-run Irish bar in Bangkok, the Dubliner ticks all the boxes: wooden interior, potatoes all over the menu, and Kilkenny and Murphy's Stout on tap. Happy hour runs daily from 16:00 - 19:00 with Heineken, Asahi, and Tiger pints for 95 baht, and on Tuesdays all imported drafts are 15% off. Rugby and soccer are shown regularly and there is live music Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat from 21:00 - 0:00. The Dubliner also does a great Irish breakfast served all day (although it's pricey at 400 baht), as well as expensive pub fare. They're moved from their original location and are now on Sukhumvit Soi 33/1 (near Villa Supermarket).
Sukhumvit Soi 33/1
T: (02) 204 1841
Open: 8:30am - 12:30am Mon-Sun
By Emma Rosenberg
Last updated on 7th October, 2015.