Fat Gut’z Bangkok: A fish and chips saloon for sexy people
Bangkok’s Fat Gut’z Saloon promises delivery and take away, but on a recent Thursday night there’s a line of people outside the door who seem to want neither -- and they certainly aren’t there just for the fish and chips.
On the sidewalk, Smirnoff “pretties” tie bracelets on milky-white wrists while behind the tinted windows a raucous, well-dressed crowd chases vodka shots to the upbeat tunes of a Parking Toys regular band. The event is a 500 baht entry party that recalls the headier days of the Thaksin era when the drinks seemed to flow more freely.
So what is Fat Gut’z exactly? The two-floor, narrow Saloon is, in part, a restaurant, specializing in oysters (850 baht for a dozen), salt and pepper squid (280 baht), fish and chips (450 baht) and a small menu of other items.
While pricey, the fish and chips more than hold their own against the pubs around town. But the food is arguably an accessory here.
Fat Gut’z is about hanging out, drinking and enjoying a decidedly non-Bangkok ambience. Opened by Australian Ashley Sutton, Fat Gut’z also has low lighting, dark woods, appealing decor and a cozy atmosphere like Sutton’s first effort Iron Fairies, which has been this year’s big hit.
The similarities don’t end there. At Fat Gut’z, the bar too is more prominent than the kitchen, the music is stellar and the drink menu is many more pages than the menu.
Sutton hired New York based mixologist Joseph Boroski to design 16 New York-style cocktails, which are just as unique as the venue. Among the more intriguing is Junyo Maru, a drink made up of Irish whiskey, crushed cucumber, honey melon lime and maple. But our favorite has to be the Lancastria, solely because it includes candy floss in addition to your usual vodka, Sauvignon Blanc, lychee and lemon.
And just as Iron Fairies brought beauties to a blacksmith shop, you’re unlikely to find any fish and chips shop in the world attracting a collection of such good-looking people.
Tel. +66 (0)2 714 9832
Open daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Food delivery stops at midnight, live music at 9 p.m.