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Wine Republic Bar and Bistro – Finally Sarah Gets To Drink Wine!

We originally spotted this place on the taxi ride to Scene Space when going to Brew Bar.   After deciding against Apoteka Thonglor which was jam packed with its ladies night crowd we walked down Thonglor (Sukhumvit 55).  We spotted Wine Republic on the corner of Soi 10 and Thonglor and decided to go in – so far we’d only really been to beer places, and haven’t had a chance to visit Wine Connection on a Wednesday yet.

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We’d already had a few drinks and food at Brew, but it was now Sarah’s turn to get something she liked.   I managed to spot a huge 750ml champagne style bottle of imported Italian craft beer – Birrificio L’Olmaia La 5 which at 600 Baht wasn’t cheap but wasn’t expensive either, which Sarah spotted some French Rose on the house wine list.

Wine Republic 5I’m not really a wine drinker, so must confess my ignorance to all things involving grapes – but she assures me it wasn’t half bad. If you are looking for something a bit more interesting than the standard house wine list (that consists of about 6-8 choices of wine) they also have a full range of imported wines available inside – for some strange reason there isn’t a menu available, which isn’t exactly convenient, but other reviews seem to suggest that there is a sommelier on hand to give wine advice.

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We still weren’t completely full (heck we had to celebrate the end of mid-term exams in style right) from dinner earlier so decided to really pig out and grabbed ourselves a second dinner of Funghi pizza.  Generally speaking Pizzas in Bangkok are pretty shit – this was an exception.  The base was just right, it had real cheese and fresh mushrooms. I can’t really comment on the other mains, other than the fact that those other people were eating seemed top notch, but the Pizza was great.  When you consider that the pizza cost less than a burger combo from somewhere like Burger King, it really is great value.

Wine Republic 4Then of course we spotted the group on the table next to us pigging out on dessert. We grabbed ourselves a Panna Cotta and a Chocolate Soufflé.  These were absolutely amazing and worth every baht.   All in all dinner and drinks cost us around 2000 baht, which while not cheap – isn’t terribly expensive considering the fact that all of our booze as imported and the food was of a high quality and customer service was excellent. Wine Republic 6

Music in the venue was great too, with a couple of the local Japanese expat DJs providing a mixture of deep house, soul, jazz and electronica to give a really eclectic lounge vibe to the place.

All in all we were impressed with the Wine Republic and will definitely be back.

How to find The Wine Republic

Address: Wine Republic, 137 Thonglor Soi 10 Bangkok, Thailand

Wine republic is on the corner of Thonglor (Sukhumvit Soi 55) and Thonglor 10 and is about 1km from the Thonglor BTS.  Its probably easiest to take a taxi.

Brew on Thonglor – Beer, Beer and more Beer (Did I mention BEER!)

Brew, located in the Scene Space on busy Thonglor 13 is host to the largest collection of imported and craft beers in Thailand.  Stocking both big name foreign brands on tap and a wide range of microbrewery beers in bottles –  its one of my favourite places to spend way too much money on a night out.

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Its the third time I’ve visited and I’ve always walked away with a full belly and am empty wallet, but I simply love the place. Beers generally range in the 200 Baht-350 Baht range for most imported beers, with Brew Dog’s Tactical Nuclear Penguin at a whopping 5500 baht, but you get what you pay for – this isn’t cheap Thai piss water, its the real deal.

When you consider that about half of the price is excise taxes thanks to the massive protectionism here for local breweries – pricing isn’t really that expensive.  A 7% Service charge is added on top of the bill in addition to menu prices.

We ended up ordering:

Sarah isn’t much of a beer drinker so loved the peach beer, a Belgian Lambic style fruit beer (declaring it the best beer she’s had) while I found the Dai Dai IPA a little bland and more of a day time beer (I’m used to really hoppy IPAs with a high IBU) and the Brew Dog Punk IPA just fine.

Food is great, but as per usual for Bangkok beer type places, there aren’t really any real vegetarian meal options (chips and salad are not a meal) and even the salad came with Bacon (which I was able to eat).  Chris if you are reading this, add a vegetarian meal option to the menu so Sarah lets me come back for more!

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3 Imported Beers,  Sausages, Garlic Bread and a Caesars Salad came to approximately 1400 Baht.  There would have been some potato sides but due to Scene Space exploding in popularity with local hi-so Thais Brew was absolutely rammed – not a single spare seat.

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With all the orders the staff forgot to cook my dish, or at least weren’t planning on bringing it out until half an hour after we’d finished everything else we ordered, we managed to get it taken off the bill – but the staff did seem confused that we didn’t want the entree that we’d ordered served after dessert – mainly due to a clash of cultures, Thai food is served as its cooked and shared on a table, which is different to our western expectation of food to be served in the order which it is ordered. Next time we might see if there are some Vege options from the neighbouring restaurants while getting epic beer from Brew.

The outdoor courtyard is shared with the neighbouring cocktail bar “Clouds” and had a great Thai DJ (something that Thankfully, the Thonglor area has a few of) playing classic hip hop, soul and funk.

How to Get There:

Located on the first floor of Scene Space Thonglor 13, 1.5km walk from the Thonglor BTS station, so you are best to take a taxi or a motorbike as its a bit of a walk.

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SWAY Urban Eatery – Unleash Your Inner Bartender and Pour the Perfect Pint

I follow the Beervana Facebook page fairly closely, and when I saw a post promoting a new bar with the opportunity to pour my own drinks I was instantly curious. The event promoted Bangkok’s first pour your own beer wall and 12 imported draft beers available to sample. I talked Sarah into coming with me and we jumped into a Taxi and out of our ghetto towards the HiSo Bangkok area of Thonglor.

We found ourselves in Arena 10, a football arena/bar and nightlife district. I’d heard that the new brands of beer to taste were likely to run out early so managed to get in there early, so early that we were the first retail customers to ever try out the new pour your own system in Bangkok, so early that our swipe cards weren’t working to start with and we got to try out a few brews on the house.

Sway describe themselves on their Soundcloud profile (how often does a bar or restaurant have a Soundcloud?)

“Sway is located in the heart of Bangkok. Nuanced by the grit and grime of its historic locale, Sway seamlessly blends high and low by bringing up-from-the-street ambience into a clean and modern setting. Sway’s space focuses on innovative design, art that can’t be messed with, and eco-friendly features; all of which are brought to life by the most unique and trendy sights and sounds.”

How to Find SWAY

Sway Urban Eatery is located in Arena 10, Thonglor Soi 10, Bangkok.

Arena 10 Map

I Came For The Beer, Whats About The Food?

Sway have a great bar food style menu, and are already pretty well known for their wings apparently.  They’ve got a western head chef and everyone eating on the night seemed pretty happy with their meals.

I got myself one of their burgers, which was pretty damn amazing, great fresh patty, good salad and decent bun (which can be an issue with the sheer amount of “sweet” bread floating around Bangkok.  Definitely good for a bit of Pub Grub.  Sarah on the other hand wasn’t so well catered for being a vegetarian, and had to settle for the default vegetarian option – wine with a side of french fries.  So if you are reading this Sway crew, you’ve got great menu for us beer swilling meat lovers, but please give and option for our poor rabbit food eating friends.

The Music

I was impressed by the music the first time I visited, and approached the DJ upon hearing him drop a Julian Dyne (a kiwi producer) only to find out that he was another Kiwi expat, who used to DJ the Dopeonplastika radio show – Juice Willis.

The DJ lineups so far have been great, with residents including Juice Willis and the Late Night Brotherhood crew DJs Sir Walt & Slomororo.

“With the progressive and modern interior, superior sound system, and unwavering commitment to the love of music, Sway adds an inimitable dimension to Bangkok nightlife.”

Punters can expect a mix of true school hip hop, R&B, funk, soul and quality electronica, while enjoying craft beer and tasty food.

The Verdict

Sway is definitely one of my new favourite places to get a drink, they have an epic range of beer on tap, great DJs, a nice layout, friendly staff and a good food menu for meat eaters like me.  They’ll get extra points from the girlfriend however if they add something vegetarian friendly to the menu.