One of the easiest brilliant beer selections to get to in Bangkok is that at Beer Vault. Thonglor places are quite nice, but if you are walking from the Skytrain, they are a haul and often are worth opting for a taxi. And out of the way places such as Niche Beerville are long rides (but worth it).
But Beer Vault is low-hanging fruit and essentially acts as a lobby bar for Four Points by Sheraton, but as such is way better than your typical generic lounge.
I like how they have all the Belgian bottles listed by price from lowest to highest as if any of us might choose a beer based on price. Ahem. OK, well, depends on the heft of my wallet. The draft beers are usual suspects in Bangkok, the sort of big name imports: Leffe Blonde and Brune, Stella Artois, Guinness, Hoegaarden, and the local Singha. But the bottle list spans several countries, heavier on the Belgian and German options. The bottle list nearly reaches 100. There are some English ales that are somewhere between craft and mass market, but nevertheless good drinking and a bit more affordable. More ciders than I’d ever need. (Basically one would be enough for me – they have at least six.) Five sorts of shandies, including Shandy Prao, beer with coconut syrup, and a number of beer cocktails. Despite all this, I recommend the place.
They run monthly specials which can get you into 2-4-1 beers (such as the case for German beers during October), cheaper appetizers, and other discounts. Food is just OK and may include a few Thai items, bangers and mash, wings, or Mexican bar items. No one’s here for the food.
One thing that is a bit off-putting for latenight carousers: the bar closes at 11 pm. Seriously? (Their posted hours are until midnight, so maybe staff was in a hurry to get home that night.)
There is WiFi here, and it’s free but it requires a code and can be really touchy. Stay away when there’s live music, unless you like the tunes that people like to sing along to. There is some outside seating and we have taken beers and been served even in the lobby (surely that night’s manager was a renegade because servers will likely say “cannot!”)
Take the BTS Skytrain to Asok Station and get out on the Terminal 21 shopping mall side and head northwest up Sukhumvit to Soi 15. (That’s to the left if you are facing Terminal 21)
Ground floor of Four Points by Sheraton
Sukhumvit Soi 15, Bangkok, Thailand