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Londoner: Brew pub
A brew pub at the end of the street, perfect!
Not usually attracted to "British" pubs when I'm away but one that brews is sure of a visit.
Beer on offer pretty good, 2 types and enjoyed both. Food although a little expensive was also good, Thai and pub grub both tasty.
Irish & British Pubs: Irish & British Pubs
These include Bobby’s Arms and The Barbican (Silom area), The Bull’s Head and the Londoner (Sukhumvit area), Gulliver’s (Khao San Road), and the Huntsman located at the Landmark Hotel, also in the Sukhumvit area.
All of the above do a nice Thai, however, that is not what this part is about. At some time during an elongated visitation to Bangkok, your body will cry out for some “home cooking”.
The food is expensive as all of the meat is imported including such simple offerings as sausages.
The best of a bad bunch is The Bull’s Head, to be found at Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, which looks a little dodgy looking up at it from Sukhumvit Road, but it branches out into quite a nice little Soi.
The Bull’s Head offers all the usual things one would expect to see on a British pub’s menu.
Bangers and mash, chops with fried onions and mash, spag bol, fish & chips, roast beef, roast pork, and on Sundays beautifully roasted NZ lamb, but boy is it expensive at over 500 baht!
As for the others, I would recommend going for the house hamburger with chips, as their other offerings such as bangers and mash run out at around 400 baht without drinks, and that in my opinion, is absolutely outlandish, particularly when one considers that the food is, for the most part, badly cooked.
However, if it is your intention just to go to these places for a drink, then you won’t be disappointed.
THE LONDONER BREW PUB
This pub is on the corner of Suk 33 and Sukhumvit Road, has the usual offerings of Heineken, Singha and Carlsberg, but in addition, has its own boutique brews, all hatched up by a German breuwmeister.
Happy hours are the best, and can run anywhere from 4 pm to 7.30 pm or thereabouts.
During these hours the beers and some of the spirits are heavily discounted, and it will give you a chance to meet fellow tourists, some of the ex-pats, and maybe some Thais as well.
THE ROBIN HOOD
This large, newish British style bar at the entrance of Soi 33/1 has a lot going for it.
Location, location, location, good menu, live entertainment, pool tables, wide screen projectors for sports viewing, several good ales on tap, both imported and local, and it is a well run establishment with a pleasant atmosphere.
It would be at a guess five times the size of its competitor further up the soi, and like all of the Brit/Irish bars in Bangers if offers the full range of British stodge, along with some international favorites and all of the popular Thai dishes.
The kitchen is all sparkling stainless steel, the chefs are mainly female, and the service is brisk and pleasant.
The Tiger ale at happy hour is 80 baht and happy hour is from 4.30 through to 7 pm.
This pub is recommended for a good quality ale, big meals at reasonable prices, sports watching and if you feel the need, a game of pool.
THE LANDMARK HOTEL
The Landmark is adjacent to the Asok BTS station, making it staggering distance from the basement bar back to the sky train.
This is an expensively dressed bar, with solid dark timbers, an island bar with several ales on tap, both local and imported, good quality tartan floor coverings, and great service.
There is a happy hour each evening on a buy two get one free basis, thereby making every second round “free”. The beers are 110 baht but with the 2-for-1 offer it makes it very economical drinking in the late afternoon and early evening.
There is a very large menu in the bar, offering all of the favorites from The Old Dart, a long list of international specialties, and a good selection of Thai dishes.
Dining here is not cheap, with very few dishes priced under 200 baht, however, the food comes from a gleaming kitchen upstairs, overseen by Swiss chefs.
Kitsch is the adjective I think of when describing Irish pubs anywhere outside of Ireland.
Bangkok is no different.
Included in these are the Dubliner in Sukhumvit Road, O’Reilly’s in Silom near the Thaniya Plaza, and Delaney’s in Silom which has recently changed its name to Shenanigans.
Once again, like their Bangkok British pub counterparts, the food is expensive and for the most part terrible.
Irish Stew, indeed if one can honestly say they would enjoy such a concoction in Bangkok’s sweltering climate, will set you back 330 baht in O’Reilly’s.
Just take the same recommendation that I made for the Brit pubs.
Order the house hamburger with chips if you are hungry, and save the rest of your appetite for later, when you can dine much better than at these outposts of the Old Dart and the Emerald Isle.
The beers are good, and once again, check out the Happy Hours, as they will save you heaps of money on the regular bar prices.
O"REILLYS IRISH PUB
This popular Irish bar can be seen from the Silom station.
It is on the corner of Patpong and each evening just as the stalls are being set up for the evening market, O’Reilly’s has a happy hour, resulting in half price drinks.
Like the Dubliner, it has kitsch things from the Emerald Isle decorating every available piece of wall space, it has its girls decked out in green livery, who nonetheless provide a good service.
Singha and Tiger are available on tap at the discounted prices during happy the hours, however, Irish Guinness is not discounted during this period.
Once again, like its counterparts in Sukhumvit, O’Reilly’s offers a huge menu of Brit stodge, international well-knowns and a short Thai menu of all the favorites.
The servings are of medium size, from a clean and well organized kitchen, and come relatively quickly once the order has been placed.
Most dishes are priced between 130-299 baht.
It seems to be popular with some ex-pats, and strangely, with Russians living in Bangkok.
O’Reilly’s is one of the nicest pubs in the Silom area and if you visit Patpong night markets, then this is the place for a refresher.
Like O’Reilly’s, The Barbican is located down a little way on Thaniya Plaza.
Despite its name, this area is better known for its golf shops (Thaniya Plaza is a four storey building full of golf shops) and Japanese brothels.
The Barbican has the weirdest décor of any of the Brit/Irish bars in Bangkok.
It is trendy blonde wood tables and chairs, chrome, full length windows for peering at the Japanese business types on their nightly trawl through the area’s red light district, and it has a happy hour from 5 to 7 pm which appears to be popular with some locals, whereby one has a lucky dip to find out if one pays full price or nothing.
The menu has all of the favorites of the Brit ex-pat, a comprehensive international menu, and a good Thai menu.
Most dishes appeared to be priced between 120 baht and 250 baht.
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The Londoner Brew Pub: Wacky Wednesdays!
As the name imply this is a Brit pub with lots of beer and a wide selection of Brit and Thai food.Its a good place to meet friends for drinks or dinner.Some nights you may forget you are in Thailand as the place is often packed with farangs.However lots of Thais enjoy the big portions of food and The Boss band .The band plays everything from Bob Marley to James.Things can get very wacky on Wednesday as drinks are two for one all night.The Londoner is a lively place worth checking out
Favorite Dish: The fish & chips and pork chops.The house brew and vodka orange/grapefruit are not bad.Two for one price beers.
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