Exotic bar crawl by tuk tuk
There’s wisdom in the phrase “don’t drink and drive” which is why joining in on the Bangkok Exotic Bar Crawk By Tuk Tuk is such a good idea… cuz someone else does all the driving! Organized by Bangkok Food Tours, this new nighttime excursion brings you to four different themed bars, each with its own totally different vibe—from a refined traditional Thai speakeasy, to a famous high-end rooftop bar, to an underground cabaret/jazz lounge, to a strip joint with a boxing ring inside. Tour prices start at B1,200, which includes Tuk Tuk service, a local tour guide, and drop off service at the end of the tour (hotels in Bangkok’s city centre). The bar crawl runs from 7:30pm to 11:30pm, and guests are required to purchase at least one drink at each bar visited. Visit the website to find out more.
Vino vidi vici
From Brunellos and Barolos, to Super Tuscans and Barbarescos, the Great Wines of Italy 2017 has it all. This year’s event is once again taking place in the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel (494 Rajdamri Rd), and once again will be hosted by renowned wine expert James Suckling. With over 85 winemakers displaying their finest vintages, and an expected crowd of over 1,200 persons, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. On December 8th, from 4pm till 8pm, discover premium Amarones, Chianti Classicos, and more at Bangkok’s largest premium wine showcase. Tickets are priced at B1,299 each.
Bar openings new and noted
Fans of Fatty’s Bar and Diner will be pleased to know that owner Matthew Fischer has now opened The Fat Tap (Ekkamai Soi 16), which is half-BBQ joint, half-craft beer bar, and all-Americana. Inside, the long wooden bench piled with cushions invites diners and drinkers to sample amazing ribs (and more delicacies) alongside the 12 beers on tap, some exotic bottles in the fridge, and a few signature cocktails besides. Meanwhile, a world away in the Ari area, Schneider Haus (Ari Samphan Soi 4) is the newest beer garden in town. With links to Bavaria’s Schneider Weisse brewing company, the bar and restaurant is located a spacious house with a beautiful garden. Order a rib-sticking bowl of German venison stew and indulge in some of Germany’s finest brew.
Cheap Charlie’s rises from the dead
When Cheap Charlie’s, everyone’s favourite low-cost watering hole, officially closed up its original location on March 31st—after spending some 35 years on the now defunct side alley off Sukhumvit Soi 11—the loss was a heavy one for Bangkok’s legion of dedicated drinkers. But, like a phoenix from the flames, this much-loved outdoor bar is finally opening up in its new location, opposite the Tesco Lotus On Nut parking lot (BTS On Nut Station). Owner Satit Budkajang‘s collection of weird and wonderful bric-a-brac will be returning as well, so although the space is new, the atmosphere will be just like old times.