The Happy Hour Habitué: Bangkok Bistro
Too pretty by half
Editor’s Note: This is the first post in a series we’ll be running in which we’ll review the happy hour offerings at Georgetown restaurants and bars.
If the happy hour at Bangkok Bistro sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is—at least as far as the drinks are concerned. At the door, Vox was told that the deal for $3 cocktails included the Bistro’s whole repetoire, from their $7.99 Mangorita (“A fresh mango with Sauza Tequila and Hiram Walker Mango Liquer blended to frozen perfection”) to the $8.99 Saketini (“Bombay Sapphire Gin mixed with Gekkeikan Sake, Bols Blue Curacao, and a lemon twist”) and all of the delicious, overpriced drinks in between.
Then, after sitting down, we were informed that the happy hour only covered their “20 o.z. Cocktails: the Fantastic,” and only non-blended drinks at that—so much for that Dirty Colada. And it only got worse from there.
When our drinks arrived (a Mexican coffee for him, a Malibu Beach for her), they were around half the size of their normal portions (the manager wasn’t sure, but said they were “maybe 12 ounces”), and maybe a third as strong. The Zombie (“Bacardi Rum, Apricot Liquor, and White Crème de Cacao mixed with orange juice and tropical juices”), for example, tasted like grapefruit juice with a healthy serving of ice.
The moral of the story: don’t come to Bangkok’s happy hour for the cocktails. The time frame—3 to 6 p.m.—isn’t great for the employed/intern crowd either. This isn’t to say there aren’t any good deals—the $1 sushi pieces, $2 hot sake, and $3 imported beers might be worth your while.
But if you want to indulge in their pricey tropical concoctions, you’re better off skipping the happy hour all together and coming when the drinks are bigger, stronger, and regularly-priced. We stayed for about a half hour and two drinks each and walked out into the sunny afternoon with not so much as a buzz and no small amount of discontent.
Bangkok Bistro is located at 3251 Prospect Street, right off Wisconsin. Their happy hour includes $1 selected sushi pieces, $3 selected rolls (cucumber, avocado, california, tuna, and asparagus), $2 hot sake, house wine, and domestic beers, and $3 selected cocktails and imported beers. The happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.