A favourite Bangkok dive brings BBQ and craft beer to Ekkamai
From the founders of one of Bangkok’s most beloved dive bars comes The Fat Tap. Taking over a space in upper Ekkamai so large it could be an auto body shop, The Fat Tap doubles as a destination for craft beer and BBQ. This builds on the combined elements that made the original bar, Fatty’s, so popular—beer, burgers, and Wisconsin cheese curds. However, this new bar, from husband-and-wife team Matthew Fischer and Kae Maeboonruan—deviates from Fatty’s formula in several ways.
For one, the Fat Tap has a tidier, more spacious arrangement. The ground floor the bar occupies is the width of three shophouses and has a sizable apron of pavement out front, where a couple of tables and a BBQ grill currently reside. At first glance, The Fat Tap seems to be a suitable host for events—beer launches, office dinners… you name it—and Kae confirms as much, explaining that the bar has already accommodated a few staff parties.
What’s more, the design gives the bar broader appeal. The duo left a lot of fixtures intact when they leased the space (it used to be a Taiwanese restaurant), and rather than concert posters and a flag of Fischer’s home state of Wisconsin, this new space features Edison bulbs, wooden interiors, and an attractive, tawny wall mosaic. The dive-like touches that have been carried over? Colourful string lights outlining the beer fridge and a quality classic rock soundtrack.
It’s a warm setting, totally lacking in affectation. In other words, it’s a great spot to grab a few beers and a burger. Concerning the former, there are 12 frequently rotated taps as well as the fridge, which is stocked with bottles and cans from Stone, Ballast Point, Happy New Beer, Crew Republic, and whatever else is fresh. From the fridge, Stone’s Xocoveza (B300), an imperial stout brewed with Mexican hot chocolate spices (pasilla peppers, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon), and Deschutes’ Obsidian Stout (B280) are highly recommended.
Some staples you can expect on draft include Deschutes’ Fresh Squeezed IPA (B285 pint/B160 half pint), Tuatara’s Tomahawk Pale Ale (B285/B160), and Anderson Valley’s excellent Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout (B300/B170). Fischer adds the bar will regularly have tap takeovers—for example, the Brouwerij de Molen takeover they hosted in January—and maybe the occasional “beer buffet”, which offers 90 minutes of all-you-can-drink brew from the taps.
Come hungry. The Fat Tap serves the same great diner food Fatty’s is known for plus the aforementioned BBQ. If the incredible Cream Cheese Burger (B290), with house-pickled jalapeños and smoked bacon doesn’t stop your heart, order the BBQ Ribs (B450). You get a half-slab of delicious pork ribs glazed in the Fat Tap’s own sauce, alongside two sides. Throw in some Poutine (B260), with onion gravy and Wisconsin curds, and you have yourself a perfect night.
By Craig Sauers
The Fat Tap
192/7 Ekamai Soi 16
Open: Tue-Sun, 5pm-midnight
Tel: 02 391 8221