Let loose the Thai way
Soi Worant (334/1 Phaya Thai Rd, beside the canal bridge)
T: (02) 215 8879
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Taksura is the definition of a baan-baan hangout: homey and comfortable, this bar feels like it’s acceptable to sit around in while wearing your underwear (metaphorically, of course). It’s a great place to sit outside in shorts and flip-flops, drink cold beers and listen to live music while Thai college students flirt, business guys drink to success and everyone snacks their way towards morning. The vibe is laid back and the theme definitely retro; depending on which location you are at, you might be sitting on 1960s lawn furniture, a salvaged car seat, or in a treehouse above the rest of the bar.
Taksura is a gap glaem place — a pub that serves food to go with drinks. True to Thai culinary form, the pub food available here far surpasses a basket of peanuts and some sad chips. Most dishes are 80 baht a plate, so be sure to order several — the old ladies in the kitchen really do know what they are doing. Some of our favourites include the fried air-dried beef, fried pork laap, and vegetables fried with holy basil. Ordering is done Thai-style, meaning that all the dishes are meant to be shared and they come out of the kitchen when they happen to be done, not all at once.
While no one has ever heard of an appletini at Taksura, they will get you hammered in record time. A bottle of Sangsom (cheap Thai rum) with limes, ice, and soda water mixers is the Thai way to drown your sorrows on a budget — the entire set up costs 250 baht. Thai beers, better-quality liquors, and soft-drinks are also on offer at good prices. Liquor is served by the bottle, at your table along with a bucket of ice and mixers. Dig in.
Taksura has several locations around the city, most featuring live music on Fridays and Saturday nights. English menu available.
Taksura Phaya Thai
BTS: Phaya Thai. Exit on the east side of Phaya Thai Road (the road the train tracks run above), just a hundred metres or so south of the Phaya Thai Road and Sri Ayuttaya Road intersection. Sign only in Thai.
BTS: Ratchadamri. Exit on the west side of Phaya Thai and walk south (towards Siam Square). Past a 7-eleven, you will come to a small soi called Worarit, turn right and follow it back, Taksura is on your right side. Sign only in Thai.
MRT: Petchaburi, then a taxi. In the RCA Entertainment Complex proper, next to Triumph Bike Shop, past 808.
By Brock Kuhlman
Last updated on 7th March, 2015.