Soi 22 or Soi Sai Nam Thip is a street crammed full of bars. It’s a popular place for locals and ex-pats to go out drinking. If this is what you are coming to Bangkok for, then consider staying at the homely and inexpensive Honey House 2, as it is a short way to stumble home on an evening or early morning after a session.
This is a list of what you will find as you go down the street.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is one of the three branches of this Bangkok chain. It is a smart coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. In addition to coffee and tea they sell pastries, muffins, cheese cake, brownies and apple crumble. This coffee shop is a good place to take a break after shopping at the Emporium.
Buddy’s Bar and Grill
Titanium Club & Ice Bar (www.titaniumbangkok.com)
Titanium Club & Ice Bar is a small venue with one room staging live music, and another where there is an ‘ice-bar’: minus 10 degrees and lots of vodkas on sale. They hold regular themed party nights with bands and DJs. The all-female house band (Unicorn) plays cover songs most nights.
Ai Rin Japanese Restaurant
Ruan Thapthim Thai Restaurant
Pelican Inn (www.dpelican-inn.com)
Pelican Inn is a guest house restaurant serving international food. The menu has a range of cooked breakfasts, soups, sandwiches, burgers and Tex-Mex dishes. This is also a bar with darts, sports shown on a big screen and occasional live music.
Tina Bar (www.tinabar.com)
No Idea (noideabkk.com)
No Idea is a large bar/restaurant with inside and outside seating on both levels. The owners have invested a lot of money in this establishment and it ticks all the boxes. The emphasis is on high quality Western food overseen by an Australian head chef. Steaks, tapas style dishes and pizzas come in at 200 to 400 Thai Baht a plate. The ‘a la carte’ menu is more expensive. Starters cost 150 to 390 Thai Baht, and mains come in at 390 to 740 Thai Baht.
This isn’t just somewhere to eat – at night it becomes a lively bar. There is an impressive range of beers. A pint of draft Singha is a reasonable 110 Thai Baht, and a pint of Guinness is 220 Thai Baht. There is good wine list and 8 large screen TVs (showing sport) to keep you occupied whilst you drink.
Taffy’s Hairy Pie Club
Khing Klao is a mid-range Thai restaurant accepting credit cards. Its opens from 10am to 1am. They serve some interesting seafood dishes such as Fried Crab in Curry Sauce (390 Thai Baht) and Deep Fried Shrimp in Garlic Sauce (200 Thai Baht).
Queen Park Plaza
Queen Park Plaza is a collection of around 30 bars within a pedestrianised area. These small bars open and shut monthly. Currently amongst the 30 or so bars are: Rumours Bar, Layers Bar, Crossed Pistons Saloon, Butterfly Bar and Crazy Girl Bar. Baan Beer, near the back of the plaza, has live music most nights.
Viva Vino is a smart Italian restaurant on the Ground Floor of the Grand Mercure Park Avenue Hotel. At the moment (August 2013) they are running a buffet with salad bar, pasta, pizza and desserts for a reasonable 199 Thai Baht a person on weekdays and 299 Thai Baht on the weekends.
Indian Host (www.indian-host.com)
Indian Host is an award-winning Indian fine dining restaurant on the Ground Floor of the Marvel Hotel. It focuses on North Indian and fusion Indian/Chinese dishes. Expect to pay around 300 Thai Baht to 400 Thai Baht per dish.