This is a large, two-level pool and sports bar located at the far northern end of the Trendy Office Building on Sukhumvit Soi 13.
It is located about 300 meters from Sukhumvit Road, on your right as you come from Sukhumvit, and slightly indented into the building, such that the main entrance (shown below) is sheltered from rain.
It is large place, on both the ground level, and the upper level, which can only be accessed from an exterior stairway. This is probably the premier pool venue for expats in Bangkok, with a total of 14 Brunswick competition-grade tables, spread over two floors.
They also have a competition darts area.
The main downstairs bar area is where craft beer is most easily available. They most recently (May 20-17) had two craft beers on tap – Brewdog Punk IPA, and Deschutes Fresh-Squeezed IPA, at 250 baht and 310 baht per pint, respectively.
In bottles, they have Belgian beers Duvel, Kwak, and Triple Karmeliet, an assortment of Fullers beers, and from America, they have several Rogue and Anderson Valley beers. All these craft bottles are at 260 baht each
Update: On a recent visit, they also had several Stone, and Little Creatures ales, expatriate Thai craft beers from Changwon Express and Mahanakorn, Chiang Mai Red Truck IPA – oh – and they had North American mass-market beers Moosehead and Budweiser!!
The main ground floor bar area can seat about 60 people, with a mezzanine overlooking the main area seating perhaps another 20 persons. There are at least half a dozen video screens, and they are continuously showing a range of sports programming.
They do not typically serve free bar snacks, but they do have a full kitchen, and they offer a broad menu of both Thai and western food (with a British tilt) at quite reasonable prices.
Service here is quite responsive. A nice touch is that at all times, you have an updated billing slip in a cup at your fingertips, so that you can track what you owe.
The bar is British-managed – Paul Hatch is the overall head of the operation. Here’s Paul:
As far as parking goes, there is room to park about a dozen motorcycles in covered space right outside the bar. They also have an arrangement for vehicle parking worked out with the Trendy building – in the words of bar manager Joe Veriato: ” We also have 2 hours free parking in Trendy for all customers then 30 baht an hour afterwards. Tip: If leaving car overnight ask to use our parking card BEFORE taking car upstairs. Trendy charges over 2000 baht for overnight parking, but with our card it’s free! ”
If you come on foot, the part of the walk to and from Sukhumvit down Soi 13 is not very reassuring near the Sukhumvit end – there is no sidewalk/footpath, the road is narrow, and there can at times be quite a bit of traffic. Personally, I prefer to come via Sukhumvit Soi 11 – taking the “tunnel” that runs alongside Villa Supermarket, and then traversing the 80 meter open space in front of a string of massage shops – and you emerge onto Soi 11 just 40 meters south of the Sportsman.
Toilets here are near the back of the pool table area – clean and well-maintained.
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