Erics Bar is located in the heart of the Khon Kaen entertainment area. The English owner Duncan and his manager Sid are very helpful, so are the girls that work here, but don't expect this to be a "girlie" type of bar. Opens around about 3pm until late. They will also help you to arrange motor cycle or car hire and give good advice as to the best places to visit. Weekly quizzes and darts nights are held, and a fair amount of expats visit the bar for a chat and a beer.
3 roomed club plus outside bar with food pool and games. One room has live thai bands, one is a bar with girls dancing in bikinis and the last one is playing western music. Very good atmosphere and friendly locals!
Dress Code: No sandals or shorts, make an effort! the locals do!
Not so Cheap Charlies ... a small sidewalk bar/cafe adjacent to Sofitel. I recently had the mis fortune to get fiddled out of 400 Bhat at this bar.
I made the mistake of giving one of the waitresses a 500 bhat note for a 110 bhat bar bill. After waiting what seemed like 15 minutes for my change I went into the bar to enquire about my change.
The little tart had said that I gave her 110 baht for the bill. For starters I never gave her any coins and had I only given her a 100 bhat note I'm sure she would have been asking for the missing 10 bhat!
I didn't waste too much more time arguing with the little tart suffice to say I won't be buying any drinks at that place again...
well read my warning.... best to give cheap charlies a wide berth.... unless you fancy getting fiddled out of your money like I was!
The advice for bankgok with regard to never give 1000 bhat notes to bar staff applies to Khon Kaen in proportionate measures.... i.e. a 500 bhat note in Khon Kean is similar to a 1000 bhat note in Bangkok because Khon Kaen is a rural town and the true cost of living is about 50% of the cost of living in Bangkok!
avoid Cheap Charlies!
The Showtime Karaoke Bar also belongs to the Charoen Thani Princess Hotel. It's located in the ground level.
We were there during the week and there was nth. going on!!! Could be totally different at weekends though.
Karaoke is a big thing in Thailand. Most songs they offer there are Thai though.
I suppose it's fun, if you go there with a bunch of people and not only as a couple !
Dress Code: none
One of the longest running, and arguably the best, out of perhaps five or six functioning 'songs for life' bars in Khon Kaen. A great place to drink, listen to live music, and eat better-than-average pub food. Rustic, woody, loud, and dark, the crowd can get a little wild, but expect nothing more serious than drunken singing along.
Songs for life (phleeng phua chiiwit, in Thai) refers to a genre of popular music that draws on 1960s American folk, rock, Thai molam and other indigenous genres. Songs for life started out as leftist protest songs condemning the military dictatorships of the late 1960s and early 1970s and the American presence in Vietnam. They've since evolved into a more sentimental, less political genre. Expect to hear both classics by groups including Caravan and Carabao (the two biggest names in the style) and newer hits from the better-than-average house band.
Dress Code: Like most any songs for life establishment, casual is the rule of the day -- jeans, t-shirts, flipflops are de rigeur.
Our foursome was a Czech young lady (Jana), and American Doctoral student (Tania), a Chinese botanist (Jing Ping) and myself. The place was unbelievably loud and crowded, with everyone standing at their tables and drinking and dancing. We had an unbelievable great time and we introduced Jing Ping to Western culture in Thailand.
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