The Sports Bar is located right in the heart of the Udon Thani nightlife area of the city, the hub of the ex-pat and tourist activities, and welcomes all ex-pats and visitors, whatever your nationality. The Sports Bar is pretty much what it says on the proud banner above the bar entrance - a bar for watching sports from across the world and socialising with like minded ex-pats and visitors, sometimes with the occasionally Thai wife or girlfriend in tow to drive 'the old man' home at the end of the session. However, we are not just any old sports bar - we are Udon Thani's premier sports bar!
The Sports bar opened in 2009 and today is the only bar to have survived this long on Soi Sampanthamit, the centre of the ex-pat nightlife in Udon Thani, so we must be doing something right. Perhaps it is the absence of 'bar girls' or the constant showing of sport that attracts the clientele, whatever it is it works and is proven to be highly popular.
The bar is in laid out in the style of the famous Boston based 'Cheers' Bar featuring a central bar area with a group of regulars seated (though no individual seats are 'claimed', but done in more of a UK pub style, with flags and sports shirts scattered around the walls, complimented by 4 large, 42 inch flat-screen TV's for watching an enormous range of sports of course.
The sports shirts are mostly from Aussie Rules football and British football teams, with flags from a range of countries - all donated by past and present visitors. The bar itself is surrounded by bar stools and outside we have two large tables which can accommodate up to eight people on each, with the whole establishment offering a seating capacity for up to 60 people.
Most of us here are more than a bit nuts about Aussie Rules Football, and this particular sports is screened whenever it is available. Premier League football from England is also screened every Saturday and Sunday, normally with a choice of games available. We have the capability to screen 4 different games at the same time here, and there are precious few bars that can make the same boast! At times when there is little or no sport available, we can link up to a cracking website site to blast some music through the bar instead - you never be short of entertainment at The Sports Bar in Udon Thani.
Of course, when the sport is not taking centre stage, the socialising steps a gear or two, and there are frequent groups of guys here chatting away, sinking the amber nectar and generally passing the time of day away. All you have to do is drop in, say hello and join in - you will be made more than welcome by Steve, his staff and everyone in attendance.
Sports are screened via a number of well known channels, all providing superb quality sports and picture. Just about every mainstream sporting event in the world is available. So if you want tennis, golf, darts, hurling etc, providing its available, you'll be able to enjoy watching it at The Sports Bar in Udon Thani. Major world sports are screened when they are in progress, such as the Football World Cup, The Ashes, The Rugby World Cup, The Ryder Cup and many more. Of course thanks to the time difference, and licencing laws, it is not always possible to screen all the competitions.
The Udon Thani Sports Bar also offers free internet access via wi-fi for use to all whilst visiting, alternatively there is a desktop computer which can be used with prior permission. There are few places in Udon Thani that offer a desktop computer to use for free - another boast for us!. If you get fed up with the sport, constant access to Facebook and the rest of the Internet, perhaps you can while away the hours by making use of the free Pool table.
The beers and spirits available at The Sports Bar are pretty much the same as all the other bars in Udon Thani, but with two notable exceptions - we have Grolsch and Magners available in draught form - not bottles!. These have both have proved very popular since their introduction, especially the Grolsch - you are welcome to try them out for yourself to see why they are loved so much.
The Sports Bar Udon Thani also has number of electric fans dotted around the bar, keeping a cooler breeze blowing on to our guests during their visit. The Sports Bar in Udon Thani is also quite unique in that the bar features two toilets, one for the ladies and one for the lads. Another boast for us here as we think it is rare (if not unheard of) to find separate toilet facilities for the two genders in the city.
The Sports Bar is open from 10.00am to midnight every day.
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