I should buy shares in this place – it’s like my second home. While I was never a big fan of Irish pubs back in England, with all that fiddley diddly musical nonsense and obviously fake authentic Irish tat piled up in the corners (probably made in industrial quantities in China), the Dubliner brings a classic Thai twist to the Irish pub format.
First off, there’s the size of the place – it’s over 3 floors, so it’s big and roomy. No standing up elbow in face nonsense here. The dark wood and books lining the walls remind me a little of my favourite boozer in Brighton, the Great Eastern. During the day it’s a great, quiet, pretty empty refuge, perfect for reading the paper and enjoying a lunch time pint. The big windows downstairs also make it a good venue for watching the world go by on busy Sukhumvit outside. The Dubliner also offers reliable free wireless internet access as well, so it’s also good for checking your email and general surfing.
Second, there’s nothing so uncivilized as having to queue six deep at the bar. Your beer will brought to you by one of the very kind Dubliner girls, meaning you never need to leave your seat until nature calls. Which can be a bit of a problem, as the girls watch you like hawks and will be on hand to offer you another pint the moment you finish the previous one.
Third, the Dubliner serves excellent food. There’s a big selection of European favourites if you’re feeling homesick – I’m an ardent fan of their Bangers And Mash – but be warned, the portions are super big. Their burgers are spiced up a bit and there’s also a good selection of Thai food, definitely more pricey than you would pay on the street but very good. The massaman curry is particularly good.
The Dubliner isn’t cheap – premium beers like Guinness, Erdinger and Bass are around 200 Baht a pint, which makes them pretty much London prices. Heineken and Tiger are cheaper, and have a happy hour between 5 and 7 most days where they’re only 100 Baht a pint. The happiest day of my life is Tuesday, when the Dubliner lets you buy your first pint at full price and then all subsequent pints of the same beer for 100 Baht a go. I’m usually to be found woozy and anecdotal by the close of most Tuesday evenings.
There’s also live music provided on Tuesdays and Fridays by Lee Shamrock from around 9pm onwards – he also hosts a quiz from 7 to 9 on Tuesdays too. Lee plays a broad selection of covers and if you like live music, he’s worth seeing, although it makes conversation pretty difficult.
Best of all, if you get the big table at the back on the first floor, you get a prime view of the ladyboys when they emerge from the Mambo Caberet opposite the back of the Dubliner. They come into the theatre’s foyer to bid their audience goodbye twice a night, and you’ll rarely see a parade like it anywhere else.
The Dubliner, then: good beer, good food, good location, great staff and bonus ladyboys. What more do you want?
The Dubliner is on Sukhumvit Road, between Soi 22 and Soi 24. It’s a very short walk from The Emporium and Phrom Phong BTS station. Their website is at dublinerbangkok.com