Hair of the Dog – Phrom Phong

593/27 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

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02-258-1461

Open daily, M-F 5:00 pm until midnight, weekends open 2:00 pm until midnight.

This bar is located off the Villa Supermarket parking lot that connects to Sukhumvit Soi 33/1.

From Phrom Phong BTS, take Exit 5 down to sidewalk level, then continue straight ahead for 75 meters.  You will come to Robin Head pub, right on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 33/1.

Turn right down Soi 33/1 and travel 100 meters, passing Herrity’s Irish pub on your right, and continue until you see a roadway intersecting from the left.  This is actually the exit way from the paid parking lot of Villa Supermarket.  The Royal Oak pub will be on your right.

Turn left into this parking lot exit, and continue on for 50 meters.  Hair of the Dog will be on your left, up a couple of steps, with double swinging entrance doors.

This bar offers 13 taps, featuring mostly foreign imports, with an occasional imported Thai expatriate beer.   Current offerings are clearly displayed  behind the bar:

What you may note in the photo above are the brown plastic “growler” bottles, lined up on a shelf just behind the taps.  As of August 2017, these may used for “take-away” purchase of draft beer offerings.  They each contain the equivalent of three normal Hair of the Dog glasses, but you pay for just the equivalent of two glasses.

On-line, the current tap list can be found at  https://www.facebook.com/hairofthedogbkkphromphong/

They also have seven coolers, with perhaps 200 different beers – COLD!    Bar owner Mike MacDonald celebrates being surrounded by beer!

There is one toilet at right rear of bar.   We are talking “prison chic” : stainless steel everything, no seat on the toilet.

Subdued lighting.  Get in and get out. Hand washing station is outside of the toilet room.

This bar is clean – bare concrete walls, and all surfaces are brushed stainless steel.  This bar has all the ambiance of a morgue or medical examiner’s autopsy room – which just happens to be the theme that the owners selected.  That theme is reinforced by various macabre artifacts and accouterments that decorate the bar.   Dominant colors are gray and black, with white text lettering.  Lighting is deliberately gloomy, in keeping with the mortuary theme.  Overall, the atmosphere of this bar may be  somewhat unsettling for the uninitiated.

This bar, along with its sister venues at Ploenchit and , have the most technically knowledgeable staff of just about any of Bangkok’s craft beer bars, with respect to knowledge about craft beers.  They welcome questions, and provide tasting samples of all beers on tap, upon request.  There is normally no table service – you must go to the bar to order and receive your drink.

The customer base here is a mixture of upper-crust Thais and foreign expats, with the occasional tourist thrown in.

This bar practices “++” pricing, which adds 17.7% to your tab.  They do offer discounted pricing on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and on Wednesdays for ladies (that being Ladies Night).  It is easy to rack up a sizable bill here – helped along by the “++” pricing.

The bar is owned and Operated by a pair of Canadians – Mike MacDonald and Pete Spalding – who formerly ran things at Mikkeller Bangkok, where Mike was one of the original founders. In photo below, Mike is at left, and Pete is at right (and bartender Boom is in center).

They have no parking of their own – but this bar LITERALLY faces onto the paid parking lot of the neighboring Villa Supermarket.  Additionally, the parking garages of the Emporium, and of the EmQuartier are just 300 meters away.

No smoking in the bar, but there are several chairs positioned out in front of the bar entrance, to accommodate smokers.

Music at the bar tends more towards metal and techno – but volume is kept at a level that does not interrupt conversation.

This bar does not normally provide any free snacks.  Some packaged chips/crisps are usually available for purchase, and they are continually working on efforts to offer outsourced food, but this is generally not a place to obtain a meal along with your beer.

The owners here are creative and imaginative.   The photo below shows Khun Mai – an experienced cocktail bartender – working with Khun Tee of Bootleggers Trading  https://bootleggerstrading.com/ in an effort to develop a line of beer-based cocktails:

This bar and its counterpart at Ploenchit have a customer loyalty program the operates via a mobile phone app – you can accrue points via your purchases that can accumulate into future discounts.  To join the program, just ask a member of the bar staff to assist you  – or scan this QR code:

Tap Tuesdays – 2 for 1 draft beers.

Wednesdays – Ladies Night – 50% off all draft beers for ladies.

Start Me Up Saturdays – 30% off all draft beers until 10:00 pm.

They show films on Sundays.

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