Mitr Craft – Victory Monument

23/1 Rangnam Alley, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400

Open daily, 5:00 pm until midnight.

This bar was newly opened in early August 2018, and it serves as the in-town retail outlet for the Mitr Craft brewery in Nothaburi – see Mitr Craft Facebook Page  and Mitr Craft Website .  The bar is located on the third floor of a  building that sits directly  on the corner of Soi Rangnam and Phayathai Road, less than 100 meters from Victory Monument BTS Station.

To reach this bar, travel by BTS to Victory Monument Station.  Exit the station via Exit 2.  Upon reaching street level, continue straight ahead for about 80 meters.  Reaching Soi Rangnam, you will see across the street a two-story restaurant that sits on the corner Soi Rangnam and Phayathai Road:

You want to cross the street and go to the unmarked passageway just to the left of the restaurant windows – as indicated by the red arrow in the photo above.  You climb a couple of steps up, and then inward, and you will then a sign above the passageway:

Continue to the end of the passageway, then turn left, and climb the spiraling stone staircase up to the third floor.  Each landing along the way features a vestibule, with toilets.  Upon reaching the third floor landing, the bar entrance door will be on your right – it is a full-length swinging glass door, and you can see the bar through the closed door.  Upon entering the bar, you see:

‘Sorry about the blurry photo!  The bar straight across the room has 20 taps behind it, with an electronic menu display overhead:

You may see beers currently offered on tap, including pricing, listed at  Taps 1-10 and Taps 11-20.

The bar is quite spacious, with a high ceiling, and subdued lighting.  In addition to the beer on tap, they have two beer coolers at left corner of the room.  One – facing into a passageway, was holding (chilling) extra kegs.  The other, facing the room, had a small selection of canned craft beers:

These initial cans were delivered while I was at the bar.  Offerings included several different beers from both Behemoth Brewing Company, and from Belching Beaver Brewery, as well as a good number of cans of Melvin Brewing Company’s 2 x 4 DIPA, which happens to be one of my favorite beers.

The bar was playing modern international pop music at moderate level.   There appeared to be a slightly raised bandstand to the right of the bar entrance door, as you enter. The bar has one large video screen:

Facing Rangnam Road, the bar has a separate, open-air (but with overhead cover) smoking section, accessed through a swinging glass door. It is separated from the bar by a glass wall.  It can seat six, and is at a slightly lower level than the main bar:

By the way, looking through that glass wall, here is the view:

 

The red arrow points to where the stairway down from BTS Exit 2 reaches street level.  Blue arrow points to the covered sky-bridge that connects Exit 2 with the second floor of Century Plaza.  If it is raining (like the night that I visited), you can cut through Century Plaza, and exit at street level where the orange arrow is emerging. You are then 20 meters – just across the street – from the ground entrance to Mitr Craft Bar.

As for main bar room seating, there is a side bar overlooking the smoking enclosure that seats four.  There is one large table that can seat six.   There are eight low square tables that can each seat two to four persons, depending on how they are combined together.  There is one high square table with two stools, and three high square tables with no seating – I guess for standing customers.  So – including the smoking area, the bar can seat 50 persons – but with lost of extra space.

There is free wifi.   The bar thus far offers quite an extensive menu – with fairly small dishes, at quite reasonable prices.

Separate men’s and women’s toilets are located off the stairway landing just outside the bar entrance door.  They are clean and well-maintained.

The Wednesday night That I visited, of perhaps 25 customers who passed through, I was the only non-Thai.

All in all, this is a comfortable and easily accessible bar, which I will happily revisit.

 

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