This is a quite large, upscale venue located in front of, and on the ground floor, of the Holiday Inn Sukhumvit, immediately adjacent to the Chit Lom BTS Station – on the north side of Phloen Chit Road.
Travel to Chit Lom BTS Station, and descend to street level via Exit 1. When you reach street level, double back to your left, 180 degrees, and walk 60 meters west along Phloen Chit Road until you come to the square column that is the elevator lift down from the BTS Station – and pass by to the left of this column. To put the proximity of the bar to the BTS into perspective, the following photo was taken from the exit landing of that elevator lift:
The actual bar entrance is 20 meters farther along the sidewalk in the above photo:
Once you enter, this venue is divided into sections – one section is open air, the other section is indoor, with air conditioning. Each section seats about 80 persons – giving this location bigger seating capacity than either Craft or Wishbeer Homebar – or even The Loft Bangna. Only The Roadhouse on Surawong Road has similar capacity.
In the open air section, there is s rail along the sidewalk, facing the street, with stools and ashtrays -making this the only part of the bar where smoking is permitted. In the photo below, the red arrow points to an ashtray, in front of a a vacant seat at the rail:
Another view of the open air seating section:
The indoor section has many types of seating, including many four person tables, a few 12-14 person tables, some booths along one wall, each seating 5-6 persons, a rail with seating that overlooks the main floor from a slightly raised platform, and a few stools along the bar.
There are separate tap trees in both the indoor and open air sections – each with 15 taps:
As far as I could tell, there were no duplicates – meaning 30 different draft beers. They also have bottled craft beers. A list of most of the beers on offer may be found at Beer Republic Beer Menu . Looking at the menu, the prices for pints look quite high, but one strong positive feature of this bar is that their “pints” are very large:
As far as I can remember, this bar serves the largest “pint” in Bangkok – which makes their pricing more reasonable.
The indoor section has a bandstand, and live music is featured nightly:
The bar has two video screens in the indoor section, and five screens in the open-air section.
Toilets are located within the Holiday Inn hotel, and can be accessed via a hallway at the rear of the indoor seating section – that hallway is located where the green arrow is pointing in the photo below:
The toilets are spacious, and spotless – literally, the nicest toilets of any bar I’ve visited.
This venue has a full kitchen, and serves a broad menu of both Thai and western foods. Their food offerings can be found at Beer Republic Food Menu. The kitchen is located at the right rear corner of the indoor seating section, and has a pass-through counter that appears to glow with a blue tint. You can see that blue-tinted pass-through counter by looking right of center in the photo above, or in the following photo, at left:
Parking is available in the Holiday Inn hotel parking garage.
Service here was quite good – the staff are young, have good English-language skills, and they really hustle. During my visit, clientele appeared to be about 70% Asian (including Thais – but I could not tell for sure) and 30% western.
Now for my one BIG negative comment about this bar: the music level here is EXTREMELY loud – almost deafening. It is almost impossible to hold a discussion within the indoor section. I actually requested that the music be turned down – and they did reduce the volume by half – and it was STILL too loud. Everything else about this bar would make me a frequent visitor, and I would be inclined to bring other friends and business associates here – but the music volume level here is a complete deal-breaker. I would not tend to linger here again, until they have radically changed their policy on music volume level.
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