Buff Bar & Bistro had its grand opening on April 1, 2017. It was founded by eight Thai partners, some of which can be found there each night. The bar occupies the ground floor of a pair of shop houses – most of the shared interior wall has been removed, but some remains, as an artistic touch:
This bar is located less than 10 minutes walk from Saphan Khwai BTS Station – Take Exit 2 to the right (south) and at street level, walk straight ahead along Phahanyothin Road for 500 meters, past Big C complex. You will then come to a large intersection, with an overhead pedestrian bridge. Use that bridge to cross over the major road, but staying on the same line/direction of movement. When you then descend back to street level, still on Phahanyothin Road, you will be standing at an intersection with this sign:
Take an immediate left right there, without crossing that street. Buff Bar & Bistro is about 50 meters down that street, on your left. It is on the ground floor, and it has a hostel above it – the Buff Hostel.
The photo below shows the bar, and near left side of photo you can see the BTS Skytrain line, and trees on the far side of Phahanyothin Road.
The bar can seat about 50 people inside, and it has two small tables on a deck in front of the entrance, with seats for five persons.
The bar has eight taps , but only a couple are craft beers – on my visit, they were Brewdog Punk IPA, Vedett Extra White Witbier, and De Molen Hop & Liefde APA. They also had on draft Bavaria Pilsner, Hoegaarden Witbier, and Brothers Toffee-Apple Cider, as well as Singha, and Est 33 Copper Ale.
They also have about 50 bottled craft beers, plus an assortment of bottled ciders. Most foreign imports are 250 baht per bottle, some imported Thai expatriate beers were 160 and 200 baht per bottle.
They have a kitchen here, serving a limited menu, including roast pork knuckle. I had an order of Edamame (that they call Japanese green beans), and an order of deep fried chicken wings, which I thought were excellent. Both cost 90 baht each.
There was one video screen over the street end of the bar – sound turned off, showing some Thai soap opera. Music was subdued Thai and western pop music. On nights other than Monday nights. they have a duo – a guitarist and a vocalist – performing live, from 8:30 pm until 10:00 pm.
They have single toilet located in the rear of the bar. Nothing fancy, but clean and well-maintained.
No smoking inside – but smokers are accommodated on the deck seating outside.
Parking is permitted along the street outside the bar.
This was a friendly bar. When pouring my first Punk IPA, the keg became empty, and I only got 70% of a full pint glass. They offered to give me that one free, and pour me new one, after they replaced the keg. I declined – but in the end, when I was almost finished with my first glass, they went ahead and “topped it up.” The owners are young – in their 20’s – and they seem dedicated toward building a loyal and recurring customer base.
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