While several up market hotels, restaurants and shopping malls have attempted to change the common perception of Sukhumvit being the centre of sleaze in Bangkok over the past few years, there are those who want to renew the Sukhumvit brand in its basic format of girls, beer and nightlife. Those traditionalists will give a little cheer that Hooters has finally opened in Thailand. And where else than in Sukhumvit.
Hooters opened its first branch in September 2015 on soi 15. The bar/restaurant is in the Four Points by Sheraton and immediately opposite the famous Manhattan Hotel. The location is ideal for all three businesses.
Being a big brand they had a big razzmatazz opening party with DJs and freebies and of course plenty of young girls all with two things in common. Most of the girls are Thai but some look to be of mixed heritage. Men might ponder if they could find enough large cup sizes to make the hooters thing work in Bangkok. Well, as we know, every desire is copiously catered for in Bangkok and especially in Sukhumvit. And yes they’ve found a decent selection of hooters.
For those not familiar with the Hooters recipe for success, they serve typical American style bar food – burgers, Philly cheese steak, nachos, BBQ, fish and chips, buffalo shrimp. I don’t think there is one Thai dish on the menu.
You might be able to find Thai beer at the bar, but more popular are mixed drinks, branded spirits and imported lagers.
It is a large open plan space with atrium effect where diners can look down on the action below. There is plenty of tables and plenty of room for dancing. Nearly every wall has a flat screen TV ready for the big sports events. Being Americana, American football, baseball and basketball are shown; but, being Thailand where proper football rules the roost, expect to be able to see English Premier League.
There are plenty of offers and promotions which perhaps only appeal to the gluttonous like all you can eat sliders (small burgers) for 799 Thai Baht per person. They do a 2 course meal deal for lunch at 399 Thai Baht. Strangely enough their Facebook page doesn’t display any drinks deals or Happy Hours. Indeed the Facebook page seems to be more about staff recruitment. You need to be between 19 and 30, have a ‘fit body’ and be prepared to flaunt it for 35,000 Thai Baht a month plus tips. I can’t wait for that inevitable amusing blunder of the management hiring a ladyboy by mistake. Watch this space it will happen.
Hooters is open every day from 10am to 2pm
Telephone: 02 006 6001