Best Beer Pubs in Bangkok: A Brew-Lover's Guide to the City

While beer drinking is age old in Bangkok, it used to be limited to 3.5 liter towers of Chang and Singh served in raucous beergardens that had little variance in terms of theme, design, and vibe. All that has changed massively, both in place and taste. Bangkok now has superb beer, although you will pay dearly for it due to the excessively high customs duties and alcohol taxes. Places like Mikkeller, Hair of the Dog, Bottles of Beer, CRAFT, and Wishbeer Home Bar have changed the face of brew here, serving up superb craft beer offerings, both on tap and in the bottle. They and the original Brew Beers and Ciders head the list of a growing number of chill out spots serving American and European craft or micro beers. Local Thai craft brewers like Golden Coins Taproom are also hot on the scene, and they get around the draconian anti-brewing laws for small pubs  by having their beer made in Vietnam and then sent on over.

For some more traditional spots and fun atmosphere, places like the Roadhouse have been making their own pilsner and ale and Tawandang German Brewery has been doing the same, and both spots feature plenty of good food and live entertainment to go along with the brew.  You wont be shortlisted anymore when it comes to beer drinking in Bangkok.

The Roadhhouse Barbecue
Photo courtesy of courtesy of the Roadhouse

Claiming to be the only authentic American barbecue restaurant in Bangkok, the Roadhouse Barbecue also does a great selection of tasty draft beers to go along with the mesquite wood smoked ribs, brisket smoked with hickory wood, or their...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Brew House of Beers

Brew brings a welcome sigh of relief to beer lovers after going relatively dry for years in a beer drinking desert dominated by Chang and Singha. Brew has imported beer and cider from just about every spot on the planet, featuring over 150...  Read More

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What started out as a German microbrewery has morphed into one of Bangkok's best all encompassing entertainment venues. Now at two locations, the original Tawandang still combines a country western pub complete with excellent ribs and tasty...  Read More

Outside the city

Brew pubs with actual good beer were a rarity in the past, but the new wave of craft beer and exotic ales is sweeping through town, and nowhere better to try some of them than at Beerology, which stocks imported bottles and drafts and even has a...  Read More

The folks behind Beervana, the craft beer curatorship, and Whisgars, the cigar and whiskey bar, got together to create CRAFT, which started as a popup beer bar, and went on to have 20 rotating taps of fine craft beer. They have now expanded...  Read More

With 30 taps and specialised bottle selections from around the world, Mikkeller has burst onto the Bangkok craft beer scene with a vengeance, and has to be on any craft beer lover's list. The array of great boutique beers here is staggering, and...  Read More

With 12 taps offering up Golden Coins own varieties of craft beer, local Thai craft beer looks to be here to stay. The brick interior pub hidden in a corner of the Ekkamai Mall is run by "Pleak" Pumpo, who was behind the now defunct Let the Boy...  Read More

Call it a craft beer lover's speakeasy if you'd like, Hair of the Dog raises the bar on fine craft beer with its 13 rotating taps of some of the best craft beer from around the world. It's in the class of Bangkok brew masters Mikkeller, but in...  Read More

This hole in the wall pub has more space for beer than customers, but that is just fine, as their selection of bottles of craft beer and cider from around the world is simply outstanding. You sit around a long rectangular table, gape at the...  Read More

Wishbeer got its start when French owner Jerome Le Louer and several friends started dreaming of all the beers from home they loved to drink but couldn't find in Bangkok....which led Le Louer to do something about it, namely by opening his own...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave