Irish and English pubs in Sukhumvit

Plenty to choose from

What we say: 3 stars

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.

Robin Hood Happy Hour (to the rescue)

The Robin Hood happy hour to the rescue.

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

Rather pleasant outdoor seating.

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

BTS: Asoke

Like a ship, but different.

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
BTS: Asoke

The Londoner
One of only a handful of brewpubs in Bangkok, the Londoner makes its own suds; try the London Pilsner 33 or Londoner's Pride Cream Lager. This is a good bet during Wednesday when drafts and house-pour cocktails are two-for-one (note that the second drink must be the same as the first, so coordinate with mates if you want to switch between the brews). The menu is pub food at expat prices, with a small Thai selection. Sunday sees a roast dinner which is all you can eat for 490 baht. A very big pub, this place can be a lot of fun with friends, with an impressive schedule of televised sports on large flat screen TVs.
591 UBC II Building, Basement B 104, Soi Sukhumvit 33
T: (02) 261 0238
Open: Daily 11:00-01:00
BTS: Phrom Phong

The Dubliner
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.
440 Sukhumvit Rd (b/w Sukhumvit Soi 22 & 24)
T: (02) 204 1841
Open: 9:30 - 00:30 Mon - Fri, 8:30 - 00:30 Sat and Sun

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