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The Tavern Pub On Sukhumvit Soi 4, Bangkok Thailand

Updated on March 6, 2011
THE TAVERN
THE TAVERN


The Tavern
When you walk in the door and enter the Tavern, you immediately feel as if you are in America. Their slogan is: "A small slice of The States in old Siam". If this was the goal then they have certainly succeeded. As a Canadian, I am quite familiar with American culture, and I have spent a lot of time travelling through The States, and I can assure you that The Tavern has an authentic American atmosphere. The inside of the pub is decorated with a variety of license plates from Canada and The States, as well as posters and jerseys of American sports teams. The customers are mainly American or Canadian, with only a few Europeans being brave enough to enter. I would think that a visit to The Tavern would be a wonderful learning experience for any European tourist that has never been to The States, spend a few hrs in The Tavern and you will have a much better Idea of what America is like.

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THE TAVERN
THE TAVERN
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The Owner
The Tavern is owned and operated by Scott, an American expat that previously owned a bar in Cambodia. Scott is a professional publican, his attention to detail is second to none. Scott is a big man with a giant beer gut and long hair in a ponytail. He drinks beer like it is going out of style, and often chases back the beer with a shot of hard stuff, yet he never seems to get drunk. Scott seems to always be in full control, managing his staff and his customers with due care attention, which is likely why his pub has been so successful. Scott is a friendly sort of character and an expert conversationalist, however he doesn't tolerate any nonsense from customers that irritate him.

Location
The Tavern is located on Sukhumvit Soi 4, just down the street from Nana Plaza on the same side of the road. The sign attached to the corner of the building reads "Scott St.", this was donated by a customer, and is not the actual name of the small alley. The address is 21/19 Sukhumvit Soi 4, Wattana 10110, Bangkok Thailand. To get to The Tavern by taxi, you simply instruct the driver to go to Soi 4 (Nana Plaza) and then have him continue a block down the street, the pub will be on the left hand side.

The Food
The Tavern opens every morning at 7AM sharp, and they serve an excellent American breakfast, English breakfast and even a pretty good omelet. The coffee at The Tavern is the typical American style filter coffee, with a bottomless cup. The Tavern has the best burgers in Bangkok, I am certain of that. They serve a proper greasy burger with bacon and cheese and they even have real fresh cut french fries made from real potato, not the frozen crap you get everywhere else. Other favourites include steaks, Buffalo wings and Texas style chili homemade from fresh ground beef, beans, onions and imported spices and is served with Tabasco and Wolf Sauce on the side for those who like it on fire! All the food at The Tavern tastes as authentic as if it were in America.

Live Sports
The Tavern is a favourite spot for local American expats to watch MLB,NBA,NFL and NHL games live on TV. They show all the NFL playoff games even late night and early morning games. Every year they host a Super Bowl party that has a sellout crowd. Scott often asks his customers to buy tickets for big games and events in advance, due to limited seating in the pub. Normally the price of the tickets is used as a credit for food and drink, simply ensuring that seats are filled with paying customers that intend to watch the game as apposed to people who are taking up seats and have no interest.

The Staff
The Owner (Scott) has done an excellent job training his staff, the service at The Tavern is way above average for a restaurant or pub in Thailand. The girls are very friendly and helpful, none more than Scott's girlfriend (Meaw). The staff are always friendly and willing to have a chat, however they do not hassle customers to buy them drinks. There are no "bar girls" at The Tavern, like you are likely to find at any other establishment on Soi 4, but this doesn't mean that the waitresses won't be interested in going out for a drink after their shift ends.


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      Mansurali 3 years ago

      Overall RatingFoodServiceAtmospherePrice/ValueRomanceSuitable for ChildrenOkay for Children: You bet. Its in the Magic Kingdom.Okay for Couples: Yes. There are lots of tables for two in this ratuasrent.Be Sure to Try: I always eat the Colony Salad for lunch at LTT (its a tradition for me). DH usually has the turkey dinner but this time it was the William Penn Pasta. He said it was fine, but I found the sauce to be a bit heavy and bacon-y for the very hot August day. (It was in the mid 90 s).General tips: Get the first lunch seating at LTT as service will be really quick as the place is filling up. I really like this ratuasrent as there is ample room to move around when you leave, and not bump into other diners.TheMouseForLess tips: This is a table service location, and on the dining plan you want to use it for the character dinner (there are NO CHARACTERS for lunch). But if you're paying out of pocket the LTT is a great place to have your main meal of the day. There is enough on the menu to please everyone. Make a reservation though to ensure your space; as the day goes on and gets hotter, walk-ups escaping the heat are difficult to accommodate during busy times.

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      Mustafa 3 years ago

      Overall RatingFoodServiceAtmospherePrice/ValueRomanceSuitable for ChildrenBe Sure to Try: The rolls.General tips: Dinner is a character meal and tourughhot our meal, we were visited by Pluto, Goofy, Chip and Dale, and Minnie. Some of the characters came by more than once.TheMouseForLess tips: If you have a DDE card use it.Extra Comments: We had a Priority Seating (PS) for 8:35. We were about 40minutes early, but the Cast Member checked us in and handed me a beeper and told us to go inside and wait. We found a place to sit down which was very difficult as the waiting area was very crowded. We waited and waited and waited. We saw several groups that came in after us being called and seated d0 large groups even. I checked and was told 10 more minutes on two separate occasions. We were a party of two and as I later came to find out, there are very few parties of two that come to dine at the Liberty Tree Tavern. Also, it doesnd5t pay to be early for a PS at least it sure didnd5t for us as we were not called to be seated until nearly 8:45. We were seated at a very small table for two against the wall. We were seated for nearly 15 minutes before we were even approached by our server who said he would be right with us. At that point, we probably should have gotten up and walked out. After five more minutes, Raymond came to take our drink orders. He did tell us that he was having problems with the computer which, in my opinion, was not a good enough excuse to let us sit at our table for so long without even coming by to greet us or have someone else greet us. He finally came back with our drinks and then told us he would be back with our salad. The character dinner at LTT is the same for everyone. Why he didnd5t bring the salad with our drinks is really strange because all he did was make more work for himself. I saw the other servers bring salad with the other guests' beverages. The salad dressing was quite tasty and the rolls with honey butter were very good. Spectromagic was starting at 9:00 and had made its way outside the LTT around 9:15 and I could make out some of the floats through the hand-made' panes of glass in the windows. Our table was so small that when Raymond brought out our platter of turkey and ham and beef, Bob and I each had nearly one-third of our plates hanging off the edge of the table. It is truly a miracle that we did not end up with them on our laps. I have to say that the Mashed Potatoes was the best part of this meal besides the rolls. The beef was horribly dry and the ham was less than desirable. The turkey was okay, but not what I had imagined. It was more of a turkey roll turkey breast. After having the great green beans at the Tusker House, these were barely edible. I have to say that Raymond was one of the worst servers I have ever encountered at WDW. I could have probably died of thirst before he finally brought me a refill on my Diet Coke. When he finally returned to clear away our main dish plates and bowls, he told us that the cobbler for that night was Cherry. When Raymond finally brought our check to us at 10:00 and not only was I disappointed in our meal, the service we had received and the horrible table we had been seated at, I had to miss the beginning of Wishes and Bob was really upset at that point. If nothing else, I have learned to tell all the servers that we have dealt with that I have a Disney Dining Experience (DDE) card from the very beginning so we dond5t have to deal with a receipt being run twice. We were able to use the DDE card at the LTT and did receive a discount of $10.05 on our meals.After we were seated, there were two other couples seated in our area and neither one of these couples had to deal with being seated at such a small table. I honestly doubt that I will ever be able to get Bob to dine her again. If I were to dine here again, I would have to make a PS for a party of at least 3 and I hate to lie about my party size, but it was truly ridiculous that we were seated at such a small table and had to wait so long for a table for two.

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      Kaiden 3 years ago

      Absolutely first rate and copdmr-bottoeep, gentlemen!

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      Mark Wolf 3 years ago

      The article is right on! Owner Scott and his team are wonderful. We are a group of Oregon Duck friends who watch our beloved team here (usually at 7am Sunday morning) - and Scott is open and finding the game for us. Wonderful place; great memories; fun times - and mostly Duck wins! Thanks Scott!

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      TravelinAsia 7 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      Gypsumgirl & Peter, thank you both for taking the time to read and comment on this hub. It would be nice to enjoy a beer at Tavern Pub with each of you. You never know, we might meet up someday.

      cheers

      Jesse

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      I have missed this place on my cultural journey. I will add it to the list of must see's. Thank you for your vivid and interesting description.

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      gypsumgirl 7 years ago from Vail Valley, Colorado

      What a great read! Thanks for sharing. It's interesting how times have changed. There was never a "slice of America in Old Siam" twenty years ago! How awesome to have a spot to watch the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL games. A typical American bar and grill, eh?

      The last time I was back in BKK, I noticed everything had changed. That was three years ago. My parents are there, hunkered down in their condo on Sukhumvit Soi 19.

      I am now living vicariously through your hubs about Thailand.

      I used to live in a tutor-styled townhouse deep in Soi 4, just before the tobacco monopoly at the end of the road. Good old Soi Nana!

      I look forward to reading more of your hubs about the place I still consider "home." Now I have an itching to go back and will likely visit before the end of the year! :)

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