The second branch of aLL Six To Twelve follows the original in Lang Suan. It has a strong industrial feel with its bare concrete floor, zinc sheets, wooden beams, and rustic wall decorated with past issues of the Bangkok Post (extra points here). It feels like sitting in a stylish warehouse but also may come across as a bit raw for some. Expect Japanese and western expats as well as office workers here on weekdays.
Your ordinary kai tod has been given new wings in Kai nai kaew (B85++). It’s a delicious duet between warm and crunchy fried chicken and mixed-herb crumble which is cold but zesty. Northern & Esan style sausages (B125) is two regions in one dish, featuring sai aue (Thai northern-style sausage) and reinterpreted gaeng om (an Isan-style spicy soup). The dip is basically Thai herbs mixed with mayo, offering tons of extra flavours and heat. Another regional dish is Klua kling moo tod (B85). The southern stir-fried pork with yellow curry paste is transformed into five balls, which crumble and explode with aroma, heat and flavour. Jumbo crab sandwich (B250) goes big with buttered brioche slices stuffed with sweet crab meat and seafood mayo sauce. There are five at-this-branch-only exclusive cocktails on offer with more to come. For a clean and refreshing sip with a hint of sweetness from brown sugar, try Samurai (B280).
Northern & Esan style sausages
The location of aLL Six To Twelve may be elusive (like its title styling) for those who haven’t been there before. Go straight down the soi and turn left at the Biohouse sign then go a little more until you see 39 Boulevard building on your right.
Breakfast menu is available until 3pm. The cocktails here are quite strong so lightweights beware!
Kai nai kaew
SOCIAL MEDIA MOMENTS
The dishes here are nicely presented but not showy so you can expect considerable “Likes”. Due to the lack of colour in the place, we suggest you line up a flower vase behind you or hold a cocktail for some colour when you take a selfie.
Klua kling moo tod
VALUE & VERDICT
The price range of food is wide so there should be something for every kind of budget. Cocktails, however, are slightly high. The place will definitely become a local haunt, but it lacks the pulling power of the first branch, which people cross town for.
aLL Six To Twelve
Modern Thai 41, G/F, 39 Boulevard Tower A, Sukhumvit Soi 39 Open 6am-midnight 02-160-0311 facebook.com/allsixtotwelve
Eye of the hungover tiger
Just what Sukhumvit needs, right? Another English pub? Luckily The Red Tiger has a few more cards to play to try and differentiate itself. Its deep soi location works in its favour too, away from the hustle and bustle of Sukhumvit Road proper. The open-plan layout sees cosiness sacrificed for spaciousness. While inside is a little lobby-ish, the patio outside with its retractable roof is where the action is — perfect for a lazy afternoon pint to watch the world go by.
It’s an honest pub affair, with the more interesting aspect of the sustenance coming from the glass rather than the plate. The ensemble cast of owners/publicans are trying to engage a strong imported draught market with 10 options on tap, including Guinness, Paulaner, Old Speckled Hen, Greene King IPA, Magners and Bavaria. It’s good to see another venue carrying Sapporo Lager on tap (B150+ for 330ml). The menu is predictably pubby with burgers (B250-B275), pies (B250-B325) and steaks (B650-B750) on offer, among plenty of other options. The Chicken and mushroom pie (B250) that we tried was reheated and a little dry, but filled the gap. Butter chicken curry (B315; half on Mon) looked better. Scottish breakfast (B250) is a novelty with its authentic lorne sausage and tattie scones. Plenty of vegetarian and Thai options are on offer too.
Go there in the afternoon to catch the last of the day on the expansive deck area and enjoy happy hour from 4-8pm every day. A darts league (Tue), as well as pool and quiz nights (Wed), should draw punters. A private room is available for functions. They’re throwing a spread for Oktoberfest on Oct 30 for B499 a person, which looks decent with special food, beers and entertainment.
SOCIAL MEDIA MOMENTS
Although blokes don’t normally get overly snap happy at the pub, once the beers are down nobody is shy. Outside shooting is recommended with the garden/sunset/night lights as a backdrop.
Chicken and mushroom pie
VALUE & VERDICT
About mid-range for a Sukhumvit pub, with the daily happy hour to ease it when imported pints are only B199+ (B100 for half). The pub, while lacking immediate intimacy of a true local, is a decent alternative to the tired options of the area and will comfortably host large crowds for special sporting events.
The Red Tiger
Local English Pub Sukhumvit Soi 20 Open 9-2am 085-907-7533 theredtigerbangkok.com