Café Amber is a restaurant and bar located on the ground floor of the Nine Center community mall on the north side of Rama IX Road, about 6.5 km east of Ratchadapisek Road. To get here on foot – walk from the Hua Mak Station of the Airport Rail Link. For instructions, look at the instructions for how to get to Daddy G’s Smoke and Brew, but when you get to the point that you turn right off Rama IX Road onto Soi 53, don’t make that turn. Instead, continue walking west on Rama IX Road for another 1.2 km. You will then see the Nine Center on your right, with the Est 33 bar facing Rama IX Road on the nearest corner. The Café Amber is the very next venue along the front of the mall. There is a parking lot in-between the road and the stores, and you have to walk to an automobile entrance to access the front of the mall.
Here is view of the front patio of Café Amber, looking toward Est 33:
Outside, to the right of the bar entrance, there are two high tables with four seats each. To the left of the bar entrance, as you face it, there are three low tables, each able to seat two or three persons. A closer look at those seats:
Entering the bar, there is one large room extending to your left:
Looking straight ahead from the entrance, you see the taps to your front right:
There are a total of 16 draft craft beers on tap.
Looking to your left front, you see a refrigerated cabinet with approximately 50 different bottled craft beers available:
The draft beer menu looks like this:
The main room has seven four-person tables and one two-person table. There are also two four-person high tables to the right as you enter, and there are four bar stools along a rail-counter along the front widow. So – there is indoor seating for about 42 persons.
They play contemporary international pop music at a moderate level. They evidently sometimes have live music:
There are two video screens. During my visit, one screen was showing a football match, the other was showing a documentary about a Belgian brewery that had installed piping to deliver beer across town from their brewing operation to their bottling plant (a short version is here: https://youtu.be/oGUcAg4W2hw).
They offer an extensive menu of both western and Thai food, with a clear emphasis on German food, paired with German beer.
The service staff told me that clientele is more than 90% Thai, with a bit less than 10% foreigners. No smoking inside – but the outside seating can accommodate smokers.
Parking is available on-site at The Nine Center, but I noticed a significant traffic back-up at the entrance into the parking garage.
The bar has no toilets of its own. To reach the mall toilets, make a hard left as you exit Café Amber, and then take another hard left at the corner, and walk back into the mall. Cross to the shop fronts on the far side, and take a right – and walk down to near the end of the mall. You will see toilet signs with red lettering pointing down passageway to your left – near the end of this passageway, there are separate toilets for men and women on your right. They are obviously heavily used, but a permanent toilet attendant who hovers outside manages to keep them clean and in good order.
I ordered a Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin India Pale Ale on draft – which is a standard ale that I frequently order at different bars. Every other time that I have ordered this IPA, it has tasted pretty much the same – very good. I was surprised that when I ordered this ale at Cafe Amber, it was slightly sour, but it also tasted “soapy”. Not good. I also ordered a bottle of Tuatara Double Trouble Imperial IPA (500 ml) – this excellent beer tasted fine:
Just above the glass of beer in the photo above, you can see a large black and white photo mounted behind the bar – it is an old photo of the southern tip of Manhattan, in New York City.
Although I visited on a quiet night, they sometimes have healthy crowds:
For someone who likes to walk at least one direction to each bar that I visit, this one was pretty much at my farthest limit.
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