Taopiphop Bar Project

190 Rattanathibet Road Nonthaburi Thailand

081-427-6062

Open daily, 5:00 pm until midnight.

This bar embodies the concept of “avant garde”.   It is located on the ground floor of a four-story shop-house building on Rattanathibet Road in Nonthaburi, about six minutes walk from the  Nonthaburi Civic Center Station of the MRT’s new Purple Line.

To get to this bar, take the “normal” MRT all the way to its terminal station at Tao Poon.  You then follow the signs to the elevated Purple Line – all without exiting the MRT system.  You then ride five stations to the Nonthaburi Civic Center Station.   Here, you want to depart the station via Exit 4.  But – the station is very poorly marked, and if you follow the main crowd getting off the train, you will end up headed toward Exits 1 and 2, with no way to get to Exit 4.  So – upon exiting the train, turn left, and try to find signs toward Exit 4.  Take Exit 4 to street level, and turn right.

If you do end up at the wrong end of the station, take Exit 2 to street level, and at the sidewalk, turn right.  You will immediately cross Rattanathibet Soi 6.    Continue walking west  – just before reaching Soi 10, you will pass in front of Exit 4 from the MRT Station.

Cross Soi 10, and continue west for 250 meters to Soi 18.  When you cross Soi 18, you will see the lighted sign for the bar 50 meters ahead on the right:

Here is the sign, up close:

There is also a  large banner sign draped over the upper stories of the building that houses the bar:

Once you enter the brightly lit bar, you are bombarded by color, and an aura of good-natured chaos:

The decoration style is …. frenetic:

The bar can seat about 30 people – most of the seating inside can be moved around, except for a few large stuffed chairs, which occupy rear corners of the room.

They have a total of five beer coolers here, with a selection of about 125 different bottled craft beers:

They also have five draft craft beers on tap – the tap list is drawn onto the right side of a white board,  which also lists their limited food menu on its left side:

A view from the seating area, looking toward the front entrance:

The sound system at the front of the room is ….. eclectic.   It even includes a turntable.

There is one video screen toward the rear of the bar:

There is a small back room, shown through the open passage in the above photo.  As the blue sign in the photo indicates, the toilet is at the rear of the back room.   The toilet is spacious, and has both a sit-down toilet and a urinal.  It is reasonably clean and well-maintained – except – the door latch does not work, and you effectively cannot lock the door.

Food here is cooked on a grill out in front of the building.  I had the grilled pork neck slices, with “jaew” sauce, which were quite tasty.  They only offer about five different choices – nothing fancy.

No smoking in the bar – but there are seats outside the main entrance for smokers.  The bar has no parking in front but they do have parking to the rear of the building, accessed via Soi 18.

The bar is owned by three Thai partners:  “Tao” (left rear), “Pup” (right side) and “Kong” (front):

These guys used to brew beer upstairs in this building, up until some unfortunate police and legal complications against their Taopiphop Ale Project.  So – they shut down brewing operations, modified their name to Taopiphop Beer Project, and transformed what was an informal tasting room into a  real  bar.

The night that I visited, the clientele was all Thai – but I was nonetheless received quite warmly.  This is a very friendly bar.  In fact, everyone in the bar seemed to be close friends of the owners.

This is not a place for quiet privacy.   It is also not for the prudish – there are a few  “off-color” decorating touches.  This is place to have a cheerful good time.

 

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