Change is Brewing
We can stop holding our collective breath. The Wishbeer Home Bar was not just a pop-up, based as it was for six months in the sales office and showroom of The Lofts Ekamai. The bar has not gone away, but rather beefed up from its test phase. It’s back and bigger than ever with new digs on the corner of Sukhumvit 67, where, though it remains a work in progress, it already welcomes satisfied beer drinkers by the dozens each night.
A gray-walled passage serving as the current entryway reveals a cavernous warehouse done up with indigo-coloured couches, stylish Wishbeer insignia, and the trademark shelf and fridge full of bottled beer that fans will remember from the previous pop-up. With a badminton court still visible on the floor, no air con yet (rest assured: that’s coming), and a general unfinished feel, the new Home Bar could be mistaken for a Crossfit gym or a storehouse for large appliances. In fact, founder Jérôme Le Louer intended for the room fronting Sukhumvit to be the bar once renovations were complete and Wishbeer’s stock was brought over from its current storage space. But positive feedback from clientele about the high-ceilinged, hideaway-type bar in back led the laconic French beer boffin to change his mind. Instead, he explains, when all is said and done, guests will walk through a bottle shop—possibly the biggest in the city—to get to the bar, where there will also be a kitchen, as well as occasional appearances of popular food trucks, such as El Mariachi.
But, anyway, the beer. There’s a lot of it. Wishbeer claims roughly 500 kinds at its warehouse, all available for home delivery via wishbeer.com. For the time being, the Wishbeer Home Bar offers over 150 different bottles. Guests are welcome to grab one off the shelf, have it placed in the fridge, and then enjoy it once its temperature is to their liking. Or they can order from the 15 rotating beers on tap, ranging from the likes of Brewdog Punk IPA to Evil Twin’s Yin Imperial Stout to the pale green, herb-infused Mont Blanc La Verte (select beers B120 half/B200 pint during 5pm-7pm happy hours; normally B290/pint). It’s not all craft, but it is all excellent, and variety reigns.
Maybe owing to Wishbeer’s roots as an online-only start-up, the Home Bar feels under development. Like most start-ups, it may always be. But the bar is already pretty great, and the future looks bright. It will be worthwhile to revisit (and often) to see how it grows.
Wishbeer Home Bar
Sukhumvit Soi 67
02 392 1403
Open daily 7.30am-1am