Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Craft beer association proposes rules for re-opening Bangkok bars

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Radovan on Unsplash

The Craft Beer Association has proposed new rules in the hope that Bangkok’s bars might be allowed to re-open after a month-long closure aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. The rules include limiting drinks to 2 per customer, limiting sitting time to 90 minutes, and banning dancing and toasts. The association says it has come up with the rules on behalf of craft beer venues adding that, while they might not cover cocktail bars and other pubs, they could serve as a blueprint for those businesses to design their own rules.

Last week, representatives from bars and breweries in the capital staged a protest outside the Ministry of Health, emptying kegs of spoiled beer down the drain. The measure was aimed at highlighting the financial fallout from the enforced closure of bars and the ban on alcohol sales in the capital’s restaurants.

Association member Artid Sivahansaphan says the new rules have been drawn up in the hope that bars might be allowed to re-open.

“We felt the need to come together and form this association in order to represent ourselves, our ideals, and our hopes and dreams for elevating the drinking culture here in Thailand. Instead we’ve been faced with court summons. We felt it was our duty to assist and help guide protocols in hopes that this would allow craft beer bars to re-open again soon.”

Meanwhile, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration say 4 separate parties in Bangkok are behind nearly 40 cases of the virus, citing alcohol as a key factor in each case.

SOURCE: Coconuts


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.



  1. Avatar

    Grumpy John

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    I think I can see the problem. The big 2 have more money to stuff into brown envelops than the association members.

  2. Avatar

    brian mc

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    as long as a 5 litre glass of wine counts as 1 drink. bring on the big stein glasses from germany i say. puts a damper on drinking shots.

    so, after 2 drinks or 90 minutes, you are asked to leave and eat your toast outside. how will they police this, put a countdown timer on each seat? give each customer a number?
    then what, the customer goes to the next bar. does that not pose a greater risk of spreading any infection?

    what next, a drive thu?

    i suggest a conveyor belt system. big long belt that goes round the town in a big loop. you sit with your group and order from your table. drinks are served from small bars around the loop.
    beer taxis. you get in the back of a converted van, drinks are brought to the van. your beer taxi drives pub to pub and even drives you home.
    drink at home. seriously, if i want to listen to a group of people talking nonsense, i dont need to visit the pub and wait for people to get drunk… i can just talk to myself

  3. Avatar

    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    banning dancing and toasts!
    Well as craft beer is the preferred drink of persons with exquisite tastes, the craft beer should only be drunk from a glass, when the gourmet extends his little finger.

  4. Avatar


    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Typical that the leg work of creating sound ideas and problem solving is NOT coming from this tea-toddler government. I think the ideas by the craft crowd are creative, and could work outside a dictatorship.

  5. Avatar

    Brian Harding Dunbar

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    This idea is only going to fall on deaf ears. I am convinced this governments only plan is to ruin this country, which they have done. You can’t even buy a beer on a golf course now, which makes absolutely no sense to me.

  6. Avatar


    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    2 drinks?!?!? What’s the point.

  7. Avatar


    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Or go buy your poison from 7-eleven

  8. Avatar


    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Simpler rule: pay 10k to the police for them to ignore that you reopened while it is still banned. Just go take a stroll around Nana/Asok and you’ll see many beer bars and sports bars have already been open and serving all this week!

  9. Avatar

    Alec Grolimund

    Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 2:53 am

    I need more beer! BEER BEER BEER BEER!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Drugs2 hours ago

Police nab 600kg heroin drug bust, year’s biggest in Northeast

Koh Samui6 hours ago

Koh Samui unaccustomed to Covid-19, many act in dismay

Thailand8 hours ago

Bangkok Airways extends flight suspension to August 11

Sponsored2 days ago

Experience Phuket’s Islands with 5 Star Marine

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand9 hours ago

7 Jomtien Beach curfew breakers arrested

Thailand9 hours ago

Buri Ram pig stable converted into gambling den: 22 arrests follow

Thailand10 hours ago

“Fake news” banned, Thai media say order infringes on freedoms

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Phuket10 hours ago

Precarious Phuket: open internationally, closed domestically

Best of11 hours ago

Top 5 tattoo parlours Bangkok

World11 hours ago

Duterte approves lockdown measures for Manila

Best of11 hours ago

The Best Pizza in Bangkok with Delivery

Thailand11 hours ago

Thailand News Today | worker camp woes, ‘fake news’ crackdown | July 30

Best of11 hours ago

Best Premium Hotel Buffets in Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

CCSA considers extending restrictions in “dark red” zones for another 14 days

Thailand12 hours ago

Fake dead bodies used in Phuket protest, police plan real investigation

Best of12 hours ago

Top 5 adventure tours in Chiang Mai

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8