Not so long ago Nana Plaza and a number of the bars on Soi Nana saw a period of investment, refurbishment, and generally a good old clean up. One bar that seems to have benefitted from this positive change is Stumble Inn, relocating to a prime location between Sukhumvit Road and the entrance to the Plaza, taking on the guise of a sports bar, while still maintaining it’s ‘beer bar’ roots.
Join the Stumble Inn family.
I have to say I like Stumble Inn, it has more of a community feel to it than many of its neighbours, pulling in a nice mix of expats, holidaymakers, and regular Bangkok bar tourists. This open face bar is also rather large and spacious inside (at least until the late night crowds show up), with lots of bar seating including some ideal ‘people spotter’ perches looking out onto some of Bangkok’s wildest late night street scenes.
Inside you’ll also find a large central bar which is very well stocked, including several beers on tap and 3 litre beer towers on offer at 500 Baht, which is great if you are settling in for the night. There’s also plenty of spirits, most of which are priced under 100 Baht a measure during the 9am until 8pm happy hour. I usually opt for bottled beers here, which are 80 Baht during those happy times and 120 Baht after. Being a British run bar I wasn’t surprised to see a full English breakfast, fish & chips, burgers, bangers & mash, and lots of other classic pub grub available, with the average main meal around the 250 Baht mark. This isn’t the kind of venue you’d come for a quiet evening meal but it’s a worthwhile option for some stomach lacing bar snacks.
No lack of entertainment.
Entertainment wise there’s plenty on offer. There are 2 American pool tables, one either side of the bar (though in the evenings you may have to wait for game), 7 hi-def TVs spread around the room, showing all the latest sports events. Again being a British run bar Premier League football, rugby, cricket, F1, and golf all seemed to get priority over US sports. Friday night is live music night and there are usually 2 bands on, making for a livelier vibe. They also put the price of Heineken draught down to 100Baht a pint during Friday nights, which certainly doesn’t hurt the buzz of the bar.
It must be said, the service here is pretty good. The waitresses are generally outgoing and very friendly, if not flirty, and of course, being a beer bar in the Nana area you can expect to find several female staff who are there purely here to flirt and put the customers into the holiday mode. I certainly wouldn’t call this a hassle-free zone, but the girls here seem far less pushy than in some other bars and go go’s, and the vast majority of the customers come here seeking such attention, or at least looking to feed of the raunchy vibe of the area.
A good place to start your night.
I wouldn’t suggest this as an ideal venue for a diehard sports fan to watch his team, but I do like the beer bar meets sports bar vibe, which I prefer over the more traditional beer bars, most of which lack a genuine community vibe. The Friday night live music sessions also make it one of the more interesting bars of Nana, and I’d recommend this as a great venue for some pre-go go drinks, though you may find yourself staying much longer than you planned.
By Kim Loe.