The Saloon Bar in Loei city centre. Not the best of photographs, taken in the evening with a camera that is a clear sky, daytime animal. Nonetheless, it shows the bar and restaurant’s outside area and a glimpse of the inside. The Saloon Bar opened last year after the owner, Chris, closed down his previous bar, the popular Ban Thai Bar & Restaurant.
The Saloon Bar in Loei
The old and the new bar are very different, though thankfully the same menu has been kept. An excellent one it is. Great food, European and Thai, at prices that mean you won’t have to hold buying your baby a new hat. The new bar looks nothing like the Ban Thai which had a lived-in, quirky style. The Saloon Bar looks a lot different and is more Pattaya side street style. Not that there’s anything out-of-order with that.
The bar is long and one unit width. There’s a good amount of seating inside and out. A pool table adds appeal for some, and the bar’s music system probably seals the deal for a lot of younger people. Not that there’s too many of those around in Loei – western youngsters that is.
The Saloon Bar is a popular meeting point for expat bikers. Expatriate motorbike enthusiasts might be a truer term – chicken heads are chopped off in the kitchen and not bitten off and spat on the bar floor. These are expat motorbike devotees who enjoy a beer, music, good food and a game of pool. They also welcome anyone to join in the fun.
Anyone disappointed to find the Ban Thai Bar & Restaurant has now closed will not have far to travel to the Saloon Bar for a really good meal. The new bar is only about 200 yards away on Ruam Pattana, a side street off Nok Kaeo Road. See the map below.
Saloon Bar, Loei – map
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