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    Linnane's Irish Bar & Restaurant -- Korat

    The Irish Bar in Korat has been around for about five years. During that times it has had three or four different managers and never has been a great success. I like it because:

    • It has a powerful air con.
    • The interior is very nice.
    • It has a proper bar to which you can "belly up".
    • It has a fine sound system with good music.
    • I can get there and back home, safely, by bicycle.

    It's located right next to the Sima Thai hotel at the end of this small soi:


    The bar is currently being run by the Anna, the proprieter of "Anna Barber".



    You can see the Sima Thani behind the Irish Bar in this shot.


    Always a tuktuk or two out front.


    First time I've ever seen this bartender. The usual bartender is the guy back by the beer fridge.


    Pool table and dart board. I play neither.


    Plenty of tables for dining and drinking. The stairs lead to a second floor dining area.


    Air con and TV and what appears to be some sort of national flag.


    Yet another bartender was kind enough to replenish the ice in my mug of Tiger.

    There's really nothing very "Irish" about this bar except for the name and some of the interior. They rarely have anything but Thai beer. They did have Guinness in bottles for a while. The only foreign beer on hand yesterday was "Pete's Wicked Ale" at 160 baht for a small bottle.

    Right now they have a "happy hour" special: buy two get one. This means that instead of my usual two beers, I now have to drink three.

    They have an extensive menu of both Thai and Western food, including Fish Shepherd's Pie. I've only dined there twice and wasn't much impressed.

    I try to make it to the Irish Bar about once a week. I usually get there shortly after they open at 5:00 PM. (They are not open for breakfast or lunch.) And, I'm usually out of there by 6:00 PM. I'm usually the only customer. I have no idea what the place is like later in the evening. However, given the number of ladies working there, it's probably a lot livelier than my photos would indicate.

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    Another nice thread BH.

    Looks like a decent sized pub with nice high ceilings.

    Why do hey have an aussie flag there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    Why do hey have an aussie flag there?
    I figure it must have been donated by visiting airmen. The bar's bread and butter is catering to visiting military guys who do joint operations with the Thai Air Force. I've met pilots from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the US in there. You can see that the back bar is covered with bills, mostly worthless US dollars!

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    The tuk-tuk in the picture looks to be a "stretched limo". Is it bigger than the Bangkok variety?

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    Very nice thread BH! Green on the way!

    So its run by Anna, did it used to be farang owned?

    How long has it been there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    Fish Shepherd's Pie
    Isn't that fisherman's pie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai View Post
    I try to make it to the Irish Bar about once a week.
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    I've met pilots from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the US in there.
    Recluse? Pfffft yeah right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    I can get there and back home, safely, by bicycle.
    Couldn't be that good then!

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    BH, Does it have short time rooms ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai View Post

    First time I've ever seen this bartender.
    Bet it wont be the last either

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr
    The tuk-tuk in the picture looks to be a "stretched limo". Is it bigger than the Bangkok variety?
    Never noticed, but I think you're right. I've never ridden in a Korat tuktuk. I hate the things!

    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    So its run by Anna, did it used to be farang owned?
    How long has it been there?
    Original owner was an Irish commercial airline pilot. Died from lung cancer a few years back. His wife never got along with the farang community, so gave up the bar. It's been there about five years.

    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    BH, Does it have short time rooms ?
    I've never asked. I don't think so....

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    Originally Posted by peterpan BH, Does it have short time rooms ?

    I've never asked. I don't think so....
    What about Annas barber shop, ever had your hair cut there ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom
    What about Annas barber shop, ever had your hair cut there ?
    I'm not sure if it's a hair cut or a "haircut"....

    Actually, I've sat on the porch of the barber shop and had a beer with Anna. Never been inside. But, through the window I can see that there is a bar, but no barber chairs....

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    BH, Does it have short time rooms ?
    didnt think that would take long

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    Originally Posted by peterpan BH, Does it have short time rooms ?

    I've never asked. I don't think so....
    What about Annas barber shop, ever had your haircut there ?
    Legitimate haircuts were available during my Cobra Gold 2004 trip at Anna's Barber shop.

    In fact, to this day I continue to get my hair cut by an Anna Barber Shop barber and I live in Naples Italy.

    How is this possible one might ask? I'm happily married to that barber.


    HJ

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    I stayed Sima Thani at the my last visit in Korat. I could see those establishments from my room. I thought of checking it out but my wife thought otherwise. Have you been to the bar on the other side of the road next to the ramp (overpass)?

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    Nice thread BH, I wish I was still there! When I am, I go to the bar later than you and there's usually a couple of females behind the bar as well as the guy you mentioned.

    As for the bars opposite, theres a whole strip there full of kareoke and the like. The tuk-tuk's use it as a cut through to the U-turn under the flyover that takes you back to the bar being discussed and the hotel.

    Next time I'm there, we might dip into some of those places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Dude
    Have you been to the bar on the other side of the road next to the ramp (overpass)?
    Those bars don't open until long after my bed time. In fact, in my three years in Korat I've never even seen those bars when they are open. However, I often use that parking lot as a short cut when I'm on my bicycle.

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    I was in there last night at about 9pm had about 7 or 8 girls and about 4 customers not a bad atmosphere good sound system

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    Quote Originally Posted by gos View Post
    I was in there last night at about 9pm had about 7 or 8 girls and about 4 customers not a bad atmosphere good sound system
    hows about some pics, sure the bh wont mind?

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    Both of the female bartenders were there in 2003 when i was staying at the hotel next door. I stayed there for Cobra Gold 2003 as a US Marine. If you go there in Feb, be prepared for tons of Americans, that is if the hotel still hosts the majority of US service members during operation Cobra Gold. If you want to get away from western influence and people, you seriously want to google cobra gold operation dates, or you will be swimming in US servicemen. They try to avoid monsoon season for all operations, usually past June is safe. The pub kept quite a few normal patrons during night hours. Most were working women trying to get with the service members. The sound system was good, they played a lot of southern rock while i was there. The upstairs was (at least what I remember, a snooker room that was used for people to have a more intimate meeting away from downstairs and loud music. Across the street there is a salon, etc. Not far from there is a kick boxing venue, flea market and tons of shops. Was a good time, I plan on stopping by there this next October.
    would indicate.

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    seems a nice/clean bar, thanks for the pics/info...

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    Hasn,t this place closed down?

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