Cheap Charlie's Bar
Cheap Charlie's Bar
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The area
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Neighborhood: Sukhumvit
With a mix of shopping malls, hip bars and food stalls lining both sides of Thailand’s longest road, you’ll rarely encounter a dull moment along Sukhumvit. While the main road itself doesn't offer a lot in terms of entertainment, it's the adjoining 'sois' (alleys) where the magic happens. Popular spots are soi 11 for a lively night out, soi 4 for naughty nightlife and soi 21 for world-class shopping at Terminal 21. It's hard to cover everything this area has to offer in on day, so be sure to take your time. Sukhumvit is heavily congested with traffic during day and night, so getting from A to B is most convenient using the BTS Skytrain right above it.
How to get there
  • Nana • 2 min walk
  • Sukhumvit • 8 min walk
See what other travelers are saying
  • Paul M
    Bangkok, Thailand218 contributions
    Ecellnt bar, as always, incredible pricing
    Continues to be a great bar with great prices. I was a long-time fan of the original location in Soi 11, this was my first visit to the new location. The bar has retained much of the vibe of the original, Charlie is still there checking on the place, the beer is cold and incredibly well priced. Right opposite is easyburger, and you can eat your burger at the Charlie's Bar tables, a match made in heaven.
    Written August 1, 2022
  • iamrhys
    297 contributions
    Decent Little Bar
    Small but gold, lots of options for around 100 baht. Enjoyed the vibe in this little area, would go back again. Partner had a wine, seemed to be decent quality given how difficult keeping wine is in this harsh climate. Loved the little train weaving in and out of the rather impressive bar artefacts.
    Written May 27, 2022
  • Frank v
    Medellin, Colombia246 contributions
    Cheap Charlie is reopend on a other location..
    It's on a restaurant plaza beside Soi Sukhumvit 50, 400 meters from On Nut BTS station. Before Luea Suk Alley on the right. Opend 1 december 2017. Same atmosfeer as before only a bit smaller but room enough.
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 1, 2017
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HKguy
Hong Kong44 contributions
Aug 2013 • Business
I don't get it. Why is this place popular? I have never reviewed a bar on TA as I see little point and having consulted it for the first time to find this place, I can see it's not useful in the least. I feel like I had to post something just to balance out the bizarrely enthusiastic mob here.

There is absolutely nothing to recommend. It's an open front beer-bar like millions of others in the Sukhumvit area, but in this case without girls and in a quiet side street so nothing to see. Beer selection and prices are the same as everywhere else, although this one is very crowded with white people.

Unless people here just want to be with a lot of other white people (sitting outside with no a/c and next to a bunch of vegetation that provides swarms of mosquitoes) I am simply baffled why anyone would come.

The place isn't random - as there are thousands like it within a 15 minute walk in any direction - but the ratings and the enthusiasm certainly are. Why this place and not the 25 that you passed walking on the way to it. Maybe someone else can explain?
Written August 7, 2013
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Peter W
Bangkok, Thailand629 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
Cheap Charlies on Sukhumvit Soi 11 has a sort of cult following and I've never understood why. I first went there around 5 years ago and apparently it's been there for donkeys years. The toilet is the sort you would expect in a Zimbabwean prison, the prices are about the same as any other bar in the area and you sit outside in a cordoned off area where you are lucky to get somewhere to sit. No good for people watching as it's on a quiet soi just off Soi 11 so what is the point? My guess is because the expat crowd go there and it's a bar to be seen in.

Probably worth going for a quick beer early in the evening just to see the place but for some real fun there are hundreds of nearby bars where you will be a lot happier and get better value.
Written June 11, 2013
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LF
8 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
A fabulous little bar and a real Bangkok institution. A friendly place to have a cheap (and very cold) beer and watch the world go by. Fun expat crowd and always someone to have a chat with, One of my fav bars in Bangkok and the world! Family and I have been going here for over 20 years and are really sad to hear that it is being demolished to make way for new development. Soon there will be nothing left but high rise condos and rooftop bars. A real loss to Bangkok! Really hoping it can relocate.
Written March 5, 2017
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Peter H
Sunderland, UK10 contributions
Dec 2015
After reading on Trip Adviser I decided to try this place ... it's awful, none of the staff smile or talk to the customers ... the place is very dirty. The toilet is a small box with a portaloo (very dirty) ... Seems to attract a few ex pats and English teachers. Really it's just a few tables and chairs in the street, the bar is a lean to on the side of a building. I won't be going back.
Written January 21, 2016
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travelsama
Bangkok, Thailand8 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
I dine there with my husband and was extremely dissappointent. I eat a lot of mexcican food and have not had such bad food. Taco lacked flavor and tasted like cat food. There was Thai women who brought their own food. I wonder why... Wish i would have done that.I also was dissappointed the restaurant did not offer draft beer. Hopefully the restaurant can make changes to attract people other than expacts who do not care about the qulity of food.
Written November 8, 2015
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Marianna_Krikopoulou
Munich, Germany23 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
Exceptional. At the cheapest bar the most expensive experienses ever. Its gin and tonic rocks. I will definitely come again (and again and again...).
Written May 14, 2015
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EnJay27
Norfolk Island, Australia90 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
Basically a street bar made of wood with a few seats around it selling cheapish drinks depending on what your ink is. It's easy to miss as it is located slightly adrift of Soi 11 down a wee alley, so you'll have to keep a look for it. The few times we went there it was standing room only with an eclectic bunch of people from all over happy to pass conversation and good times resulting in a friendly and warm ambience. Good place to meet people as they're always up for a chat and a good place for a bunch of friends to get the night rocking early before heading to other bars nearby.
Written August 9, 2014
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Citizens
Barcelona, Spain1,312 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
We had been frequent Charlie's patrons for many years. Since our last visit to Bangkok, the bar has moved out to the sticks and it is just not the same,
While part of the old facade remains, the atmosphere is very different.

Partly disappointing for nostalgic reasons, partly disappointing because it was just disappointing!
Written January 11, 2019
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BangkokCarnivore
Bangkok, Thailand157 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Used to pop in the old place at Sukhumvit 11 when in town. Most the time you could meet and old geezer with great stories when Bangkok was still wild.
The new place has still "cheap Charlie" prices and friendly service but now a younger generation patrons with boring stories about how successful they are.
Written December 26, 2018
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Annie839
Phuket, Thailand26 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
At last we were able to visit Cheap Charlie' new location. It is a little more effort to get there but worth once you make the effort. It is now located on Soi 50 at Aun Nut station. It looks no different it did maybe a bit smaller. It felt nice to be back and I am sure once people get used to this location. It will become the Bangkok icon it was. We had a delicious pizza in a restaurant called the Rolling Stone steps away. I am sure you could order it and eat it at the bar.
Written March 28, 2018
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