I stumbled on this bar (literally) when I first came to Bangkok in 1999. It’s changed a bit since then, but Bier Garten (Beer Garden) remains one of the best bars in the Sukhumvit area.
It’s a good bar in its own right. Quick service, lots of seating, fairly good toilet facilities and sports on big screens if you want to watch a football match or a basketball game. Only criticism I have is the absence of beer on tap, which is what you would expect in a beer garden. Nor is there a garden. Beer hall would have been a more appropriate name, although less catchy.
It won’t take you long to work out what Bier Garten is all about. Lots of single Thai girls and equally single men sat around a big bar. Basically its a pick up joint.
If you have never been to a place like this, this is the way it works. Some of the girls in there are professional prostitutes, many though aren’t. Go on a Saturday night and the majority of the girls in there are out looking for someone to buy them drinks and earn a few Baht on the side. Why Saturday night? Well because Sunday is their day off. It gets busy on a Saturday night as you might imagine. Lots of ex-pats.
If you want to meet a girl take a seat at the bar. The professional girls will come over and try to engage you in conversation. My advice is to send them away. What you want to do is to try and make eye contact with the more demure and prettier young women. If they smile and make eye contact fleetingly with you get up and go over. Ask politely if you can sit down and offer to buy them a drink. The conversation may be a bit strained if you don’t speak Thai, but you need to persevere if you want to get anywhere.
If this sounds a bit like trying to pick up a girl in bar back home, then you are right. Your chance of success will largely depend on your age, your looks and ability to make small talk. The bar is full of disappointed men sitting alone who score badly on all fronts.
Before you start congratulating yourself on your good looks and charm, do bear in mind they only want your money and the playing hard to get is all part of the game.