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Happy New Beer

Happy New Beer

Looks like we all made it safely to 2019. Hope you had a great Xmas (there I said it – No ‘Happy Holidays’ here my friend.) We decided on a quiet one this time around and headed to the Aussie bar on Sukhumvit Soi 11 for a good time and were not disappointed. Their free BBQ really hit the spot and the drinks were reasonably priced although I’m pretty sure we were over budget when the evening finally wrapped up 🙁 Dragged a few Darwinites along after we bumped into them a week or so earlier at ‘The Clubhouse’ on…

Burger quest: Bad Burger BKK

Burger quest: Bad Burger BKK

The quest has begun – to find the best burger in Bangkok. One mandatory stop is Bad Burger BKK, located in a just off Sukhumvit between sois 18 and 20. We hit the place on hump day which also turned out to be Ladies night – 199 THB craft beer pints. Good vibe and a decent crowd in for a Wednesday. We lingered around for close to 3 hours, drank our weight in beer, and were the only ones left by 9.30 PM, before stumbling out to find a taxi home. The beers I opted to get my drinking shoes…

48 hours in Singapore

48 hours in Singapore

The time had come to once again undertake the dreaded visa run. In order to cheapen the trip a little I had cashed in my FF miles for return flights from BKK-SIN and we made an early morning start from the crib to catch SQ973 bound for the little red dot. Been there before but they’ve all been short trips, just a few days each time. Why? Tell ’em the price son! Singapore is bloody expensive. Allow S$500 per day if you intend on having a few drinks at beer o’clock.. Thursday After clearing immigration (they now have biometric scanners…

Real Ale Cafe

Real Ale Cafe

Whatever became of the Real Ale Cafe in Sydney? More importantly, from my perspective, was where exactly was it located? I’ve spent the morning playing web detective to find out what I can about this venue that has been consigned to the scrapheap. Places like the Real Ale Cafe really do make boozing a refined pasttime This all came about after writing my last piece on craft brewing in the late eighties and comparing memories with a friend. His are better than mine. Memories, that is. It existed in an era when ‘gig guides’ were published in local papers and…

Review – The Tavern

Review – The Tavern

“A small slice of the States” proclaims the sign that adorns this bar on Soi Nana. This bar lives up to it’s name as it is a popular haunt for American expats and visitors alike who find themselves in Bangkok Sadly the former owner and founder Scott Lawson passed away earlier this year. ‘Tip’ and the girls are soldiering on and I’m sure they would love you to drop in for a cold one and a bite to eat. It’s one of the few bars on the soi that has had very little staff turnover in all my years here….

Big Mango Bar

Big Mango Bar

When you think Bangkok you think bars. And as bars go, the Big Mango Bar was my kind of place. Legend has it that the bar took it’s name from the novel by Jake Needham on the condition that there was a bottle of Scotch with his name on it should he ever pop in for a visit. Piecing things together from nanajournals and bangkokeyes, the bar started out in the corner of Nana Plaza where the ‘Balcony Bar’ is today. Even Dean Barrett seemed impressed. Then in October 2007 it relocated just off Soi 4 in a dead-end soi…

Review – Hooters Soi Nana, Bangkok

Review – Hooters Soi Nana, Bangkok

Hoot Hoot There are two Hooters currently operating in Bangkok. The first one opened on Soi 15 and then a second location followed shortly thereafter. The opening of the Hooters on Soi 4 was somewhat of a big deal, given that the Golden bar had to make way for it, and that left many punters miffed. The concept was fresh and punters were more than willing to give it a go. No doubt they are trying to appeal to a younger crowd, and recent reviews on Trip Adviser support this theory. But maybe they forgot a thing or two along…

Mai Thai Bar – Soi Eric, Patong

Mai Thai Bar – Soi Eric, Patong

Members used colorful handles. Neither of those were mine. Phuket-Info.com, the now defunct internet forum run by the late Niklas ‘Nicke’ Kring, was where I first fell in love with Thailand, even before I had met her. That and the JRBazil video “Patong NightLife 2010” which I’ve watched a thousand times. Nicke also owned the Mai Thai Bar (or MTB as it was commonly known) on Soi Eric, a small soi that ran off Bangla Road. (Soi Eric has since been redeveloped, I believe. I have not been back to Phuket since 2012) They spoke of a Utopian world far…