One venues which is worthy of a visit to soak up in a big game excitement while meeting fellow football-mad expats, is the Champions Bar.
Champions: a sports bar in every sense.
Situated on Sukhumvit Soi 11 and annexed to the President Palace Hotel, Champions gives its patrons a lot more than what one would expect from a sports bar. To label it as a sports bar in fact seems a little unfair, as the varied menu is restaurant quality and the style and ambience is up market, or even Premier League, in standard.
However, one cannot help but notice the massive homage to Manchester United and the fact that the bar sees it busiest nights when they play. The bars owners are genuine ‘United’ fans. Some signature dishes on the menu hold references to the Club and at least twice a year there’s a group pilgrimage to Old Trafford, organized by the Bar for some of their most die-hard fans.
The different area’s.
The venue is split between three distinct areas: The outdoor terrace, the main bar and dining and the VIP section. The terrace is a perfect vantage point for people watching. You’re elevated up from ground level and therefore you’re in a great position to watch the world go by. Attentive staff is always there to keep you stocked up on tasty bar food, cocktails and a broad range of local and imported beers.
The main bar and dining area is air-conditioned, relaxed and as you’d expect, has a number of TV’s for watching the sport. In fact, there’s not a place that you can sit without having an unobstructed view of a TV screen. Keep an eye out for the Man. United references; you’ll see what I mean. A proper inspection of the food menu demonstrates the variety on offer. The usual suspects are all there, but there are some surprising additions.
Want to try something else? Singaporean food is served!
Here you can get genuine Singaporean food. If you’ve ever been there, you know that they are blessed with a wonderful array of dishes and when you’re in the middle of Bangkok, a break from the norm can sometimes be very welcome. All of the food that I tried was exceptional but the Singaporean dishes were clearly cooked with love. Having lived there for two years, I do know a Hokkien Mee from a Mee Goreng and I was simply blown away by how authentic and downright delicious it all was.
There’s a steady flow of new promotions on drinks and food throughout the year and the bar is open for all major global sporting events, regardless of the local time. Look out for match-day promotions through their social sites and in-house. Quizzes, correct scores and a Fantasy Football League provide great fun and spot prizes to the participants.
All sports are represented.
The best way to keep up with what’s going down is to get connected and get involved. Football is the currency and everyone’s buying. Do note that all sports are represented and catered for, from F1 to Boxing and UFC to NFL. There’s also plenty of TV’s, so I’m sure that they’re able to accommodate your requests.
Champion’s Bar is a great hangout to extend your ex-pat circles, to watch the game and the world go by.
By Kevin Goldsmith