Iron Fairies: The bar that is also a blacksmith workshop, and other things
Every so often, a new restaurant/bar comes along in Bangkok that gets the whole city talking. This year, it’s Iron Fairies.
Thonglor’s latest hole-in-the-wall bar is also a gallery, restaurant, antique store and, believe it or not, blacksmith’s workshop.
From the outside you barely notice there’s life behind its small wooden door. Step inside and you’ll be greeted with whiffs of an oddly rustic scent lurking within its two-story shop-house confines and, on some nights, the sounds of live jazz.
With its spiral staircase that leads to nowhere, shelves of 'fairy dust' jars filled with cookies and bar tables converted out of rusty barrels, you’re in for a peculiar ride. (See above gallery.) The owner, Ashley Sutton, is a friendly Aussie author slash blacksmith who creates metallic ethereal creatures based on his famous children’s book series about fairies and their adventures.
And yes you can even take home some of his works, which come in a box set complete with a handmade leather purse.
Though the menu here isn’t as enormous as their fantastic burgers, the food is well done, making it a great and friendly stop on this rather busy and otherwise pretentious street.
394 Thonglor Road (Sukhumvit Soi 55), opposite Ton Krueng Thai Restaurant, Bangkok
tel +66 (0)84 425 8080
Open Monday-Saturday, 8pm to 2am