The Sportsman Bar & Restaurant
496/1 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand
www.bangkokpoolbar.com - 02 663 6405
The Sportsman Bar & Restaurant Bangkok Reviews
Pool bar, sports bar, live entertainment, good food and darts in Bangkok Sep 26, 2011
I have only recently started going to The Sportsman, after a friend recommended it to me.
Situated on Sukhumvit Road, but set back from the street a little, the first time I went I actually got lost - an easy way to spot it, look for the big blue sign, and its right next to the Dubliner, between Soi 22 and Soi 24.
The Sportsman has a massive outdoor area for the smokers, with fans, pool tables and big screen tvs so you dont miss a minute of the action. Inside is kinda dark around the eating area, but brightly lit up around the pool tables and darts area. There are at least 10 pool tables, but the downside is you can only hire them by the hour, so if you just want to play one game and move on, you still need to pay for the hour - and not so good on a busy night when everyone wants to have a game. They also hold pool tournaments, but I am unsure as to when these are and how often. Free pool every day from 12pm-4pm.
Every Friday night they have a FREE buffet dinner, which starts at 6.30pm until the food runs out. The last few times I have been there, the food doesnt last much longer than a hour, so you need to get there early. Every week is a different themed buffet - one week they had African, the next week German etc, and the food is delicious! They also have vegetarian dishes. Immediately after the food, Lee Shamrock (a local musician and friend) will play with his guitar until quite late in the night.
They have all the live sports, and will change the channel upon request if your game is not on one of the many big screens.
Drinks are quite cheap, with vodka/samsong only 50baht! And if they dont have your drink, they will have it for you next time, just ask and they will get it for you!
Staff are also very friendly, and speak a good amount of English - the girls who look after the pool tables sometimes look like they dont enjoy their job, but start up a conversation and they'll change their attitudes :)
I recommend this place purely for the free food on Friday nights, and the cheap drinks, and will return for these reasons! :)
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