Well-oiled & Always Welcoming
Familiarity is often a good thing. The culinary comforts of home, a creamy black pint of Guinness, the smell and stability of sturdy oak tables, even something as simple as a dart board can recall good times (and long nights) spent at the pub back home. Or, when placed right, creature comforts can make an Irish pub in a foreign land a new favourite local.
The Drunken Leprechaun proves that distinction exists within that wide realm of familiarity. Found at Four Points by Sheraton, Bangkok’s newest Irish pub takes the place (metaphorically rather than physically speaking) of the dearly departed Beer Vault, serving good beer on draft and in bottles with some of the happiest happy hours in town (4pm-8pm). What’s more, this cosy corner tavern, filled out with dark leather, exposed pipes, drop-down projector screens, and old barrels as tables, among other recognizable appendages in a quality Irish pub—shillelaghs and shenanigans aside—also serves some truly hardy fare.
Drop by on any given night for Paddy’s Irish Stew (B400), an aromatic plate of slow-cooked lamb and carrots, the sauce soaked up with warm bread and, naturally, paired with a pint of Guinness. Or an excellent take on bangers and mash, the smooth mash awash in caramelized onions and deep-flavoured gravy (B350)—paired a pint of Kilkenny, because, why not? And those who come in groups can sample a savoury snapshot of the pub fare with a mixed platter of battered and fried fish fingers, chicken tenders, mushrooms, and onion rings (B350). Just don’t skip dessert, especially not the spice-laced Irish apple cake (B150), which comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and maybe an ever-changing story from staff about its origins (there are bound to be some shenanigans—a local should be a little spontaneous, after all).
But The Drunken Leprechaun also does what a good pub does best. There’s a standout Sunday roast—not traditional, but downright tasty (B400)—and a varying lineup of nightly events, from open mic night on Mondays to bands throughout the week (acoustic, rock, pop) and live sports on Sunday. Prefer fresh air and solitude? In front is a deck and out back is a terrace. There’s a fine array of premium bottled beer from the likes of Rogue and Duvel, too. In March, in the spirit of St Patty’s Day, drop in for Irish car bombs and other themed drinks.
Expect the unexpected, but in a setting you know well. This could be your new go-to.
The Drunken Leprechaun
Four Points by Sheraton, Sukhumvit 15 | 0 2309 3255 | thedrunkenleprechaun.com | daily 10am-1am