[Bangkok] The neighbourhood of Thong Lor offers some of the hippest and coolest dining experiences for foodies.
Right across The Commons is 72 Courtyard, with a range of choices from Hopeland (Asian fusion food), Lucky Fish (Japanese nibbles), Touche Hombre (Mexican fare), Toro (Spanish Tapas), and drinking places of Beam, Evil Man Blues, Savoy and Beer Belly.
Beer Belly is much more than a restaurant and bar, and the lively craft beer hall takes a night out to a whole new level with its killer atmosphere.
The restaurant is undoubtedly a leading party hub in the capital, possibly the most laidback venue in the 72 Courtyard complex.
The bar occupies a large space on the ground floor, and unlike many of the places occupying the neighbourhood of Thonglor, it does not have that haughty aura and welcomes all to come party and enjoy a night out.
Diners looking for simply a meal should steer clear of Beer Belly, as this venue is ready to get the party started with a plethora of games and activities.
By this, I mean battle shots, Japanese go, pool, ping pong, Jenga and many more.
Beer Belly resembles a gaming room more so than a restaurant, where you are welcomed to stay long into an evening indulging in the 20 craft beers on tap while taking to the beer pong table.
Pool tables galore are dimly lit with the twinkling, hanging lights that cover almost the entirety of the ceiling.
Colourful and vibrant graffiti grace the interior behind the fully stocked bar, with a whitewashed brick accent wall giving the venue a rustic vibe.
Long tables with wooden benches make it easy for large groups to sit with each other and meet their fellow partiers. Indoor and outdoor seating are available, separated by floor to ceiling black panelled windows, as well.
Though the highlight is undoubtedly the ambience and vibe, the food isn’t half bad either.
Those craving something a bit worldly will be happy to hear that there are international dishes in addition to Thai ones of the menu, including the Popcorn Chicken (240 baht, SGD$9.90), Chicken Wings Double Sauce (280 baht, SGD$11.55) and the Garlic Cheese Loaded Fries (260 baht, SGD$10.70).
Those wanting to sample the local cuisine may instead opt for the Green Chicken Curry Fried Rice (260 baht, SGD$10.70), the loaded Lab Fries (240 baht, SGD$9.90), or the moo daed diew (240 baht, SGD$9.90), a Thai style traditional sun-dried pork.
Diners will a sweet tooth must try their fried waffle sundae, topped off with vanilla ice cream and covered in chocolate sauce (220 baht, SGD$9).
Each dish pairs well with one of the 20 craft beers on tap or one of their tasty cocktails, starting at 300 baht (SGD$12.40).
The drinks are on the pricier side, but visitors are certainly paying for the atmosphere in addition to the refreshments.
The bar also remains a popular one to visit as it is located within 72 Courtyard, a complex equipped with everything from an arcade game restaurant to a luxury karaoke bar.
Visitors are free to bounce around from venue to venue as they please, or they can park it at Beer Belly and indulge in the bar snacks, beer, and atmosphere until late.
Beer Belly also hosts live bands frequently to keep the party going, Bingo every Saturday night, and other fun events to bring visitors together for an amusing night out.
Be sure to check their website before frequenting to find out all the happenings at this cool venue.
* Written by DFD’s Bangkok Correspondent Kelly Iverson. The writer and photographer relocated to Bangkok from Kansas some years ago, and has been falling madly in love with the city. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.