When a venue’s decor consists of a Jason Voorheesr hockey mask, graduated cylinders, and mortuary drawers, visitors know they are in for an interesting and eerie night out. This week, we visited one of the coolest (and scariest) restaurant and bar duos in Bangkok, Thailand: Hair of the Dog.
Hair of the Dog is one of the few restaurants in the city that is equipped with a variety of craft beers, though visitors frequent this venue for more than just indulging in a good brew or two. It is here that visitors will want to soak in the scary yet stylish scene, as the interior of the bar embraces a spine-chilling vibe, offset by uppity music from the 80s (on Wednesdays, that is).
The bar resembles a museum of curiosity, with interesting and sometimes hair-raising finds on its slick and sombre walls. The grey, concrete interior is festooned with mortuary drawers which are normally used to refrigerate human corpses, but in the case of Hair of the Dog, they are simply there to enhance the eerie vibe. Red, candlelit tables around the bar provide ample seating, and visitors can also choose to dine at a table that is normally used for exsanguinating: the process of draining one’s blood. Fret not, as the only thing gracing this table’s top is delicious food. Visitors can also grab a beer from the bar, where two surgical lights hang ominously and cast an eerie glow on the metallic taps below. There is also a secret passageway that leads to an outdoor, second-floor patio to accommodate smokers.
Making the bar look as it does was not the initial intent when the idea of the bar was conceived. Mike MacDonald, founder of Hair of the Dog and avid homebrewer, had a love for craft beer and saw a need for a bar tailoring to beer connoisseurs in Bangkok. He reached out to fellow Canadian Peter Spalding, and the first two things to emerge from the initial idea was the name and the main bar lighting. The name Hair of the Dog came to be because of their common love for man’s best friend, but the name also fit in with the medical theme they saw taking shape as the bar transformed from an idea to a tangible, awesome venue.
In addition to the surprising decor found throughout the bar, each floor of the building in which it is found has something different up its sleeve. The idea is that the venue encompasses one found in Japan, with a different entity on every floor of the building. The first floor features the 13 rotating taps. The second floor is ideal for those craving a unique cocktail (starting at ฿150). The third floor is an eatery, and the fourth floor is home to a tattoo parlour.
The interior is eye-catching, but more importantly, the kitchen whips up some amazing bar snacks that pair perfectly with the onslaught of alcoholic beverage choices. It is a friendly reminder of how bar snacks are meant to be: filling, delicious, and well presented. The grilled mac n cheese (฿280) is a serious standout and will remind visitors of late university nights: each bite is filled with a bit of drunk nostalgia and cheesy goodness. The crispy chicken burger (฿300) is so aromatic and heavenly that I seriously considered sneaking a bite (despite my meat-free diet) but left the indulging to Kit. Visitors can also enjoy Hair of the Dog’s signature snack: the classic Canadian poutine (฿220). These French fries are topped with fresh cheese curds and covered with gravy, and being that the owners are both Canadian, diners are rest assured that this meal will not let down even the most authentic of Canucks. Visitors can also relish (and sweat) through a hearty helping of cheesy larb balls (฿200): spicy Thai pork balls with cheese curd centres served with a side of house coleslaw or enjoy one of the other mains and snacks on the quaint yet delicious menu.
Hair of the Dog highlights hundreds of the world’s best craft beer brewers. The bar is even highlighting a new beer known as the liquor lobotomy (฿250) that will consistently be on tap. This IPA comes in at a whopping alcohol content percentage of 7.7, making it one of the stronger beers on the board on any given night. This hoppy beer is heavy-duty in the best way possible and had me the slightest bit buzzed, even after eating our huge meal. In addition to the 13 rotating taps, Hair of the Dog remains a favourite around town because of its extensive selection of craft beers that it always has in stock, and it has certainly changed the name of the craft beer game in Bangkok.
Visitors to Hair of the Dog do not need to be experts in the art of brewing in order to enjoy one of the beers here. Whether you crave a fruity brew, consider yourself a hophead, or simply want something strong, the bartenders manning the 13 rotating taps are at the ready to suggest a drink based on one’s personal preferences.
Those looking for one of the best craft beer experiences in Bangkok need to check out Hair of the Dog. In addition to beer, visitors can head to Hair of the Dog before a night out on the town, go to indulge in the cool atmosphere, and, of course, relish in the mouthwatering selection of beers. As an added bonus, Hair of the Dog also features a ladies’ night every Wednesday, and women can come and get 50 percent off their amazing drink menu. The bar also has a second location off the BTS Skytrain station Phloen Chit, and both bars are within walking distance of the train.
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