The Taste of Japan: 8 Authentic Izakaya Bars in Bangkok to Enjoy Sake and Japanese Delights
‘Izakaya’ refers to Japanese bars that serve simple Japanese dishes and drinks. The setting is usually super casual, making them a popular choice for after-work drinking and hanging out with colleagues.
It should come as no surprise that there are wards of Izakaya bars in Ekkamai, Thonglor, and Asoke; Bangkokians love their Japanese food. That’s why we’re bringing you a list of the best Izakaya bars in Bangkok where you’ll absolutely enjoy yourself.
Get an authentic Izakaya experience without having to leave Bangkok; these venues recreate a setting straight from Japan with their atmosphere, service, and freshly prepared meals. Staples like fried snacks and appetizers are often paired with Japanese liquor, sake, and umeshu.
Perhaps best of all, you can often get rowdier at Izakaya bars than other venues, as they welcome high-spirited crowds and parties.
Hanakaruta Sathorn is an authentic izakaya and sake bar in Soi Sathorn 10. The elegantly-decorated venue spans a total of three floors. On the first is the bar counter, where you can choose from over 100 options of sake and Japanese alcoholic drinks. Sofa seatings are available on the second floor,…Read more >
Izakaya Yokohama is located in Soi Thonglor 10's center of nightlife Arena 10. The venue uses a simple style to bring out an understated elegance. Seating areas include the long bar counter and private dining rooms. From here, you can get a bird's eye view of the lively neighborhood through the clear…Read more >
JUA - a modern Izakaya located in Charoen Krung - is a collaboration between chef Chet Adkins and professional photographer Jason Lang. The first floor is a creation of designer Sean Dix, known for his work on many famous restaurants. The walls on both the 1st and 2nd floor feature photos from Jason…Read more >
Ma-Ke` Inu is a crossover between a Japanese restaurant and a bar. It serves homemade dishes alongside Japanese-style drinks and features a homey & cozy setting. What's interesting is that the owners choose to decorate the space with their personal collections - traditional Japanese toys, movie posters,…Read more >
Prumplum Umeshu Bar is an izakaya located in Soi Si Bamphen. The venue's seating is divided into three zones: the outdoor, the bar counter, and the loft. The last one is set as a Japanese-style living room with a collage of posters, paper lamps, and wood furniture, giving the bar a more casual feel.…Read more >
Sasori Izakaya - located in Soi Phaholyothin 11 - features a modern, simple design and Japanese vibes, using wooden elements instead of cement for the overall structure and furniture. Its walls are minimally decorated with framed art pieces. Every menu is carefully curated; only the best can make the…Read more >
Shinjuku Sake Bar sits on the second floor of Werng Boran, Soi Ekkamai 10. To recreate the buzzing neighborhood of Shinjuku here in Bangkok, the venue features an iconic ‘Japanese bar’ façade and knick-knacks such as Daruma dolls and a human-sized Gundam mech statue. The interior is divided in the same…Read more >
Yoshi Bar sits right next to RUU Music bar in 9:53 Art Mall. The concept of this restaurant and sake bar is conceived by the owner’s wish to introduce sake in a more casual setting. Yoshi Bar spans two floors. The decor leans into simple Japanese style with homey vibes. There are over ten selections…Read more >
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