Udon Thani’s Best Bars – Fuzzy Ken’s
Whilst writing this post I found myself searching Google for information on Dr Who. Very strange you may be thinking. Let me explain.
Matt Smith is the eleventh and current actor to play TV’s mysterious and eccentric Time Lord who answers to the name of the Doctor.
Ken is the patron of Fuzzy Ken’s Bar in Udon Thani city and I’m convinced that if Matt Smith ever slams the door shut on his TARDIS then Fuzzy Ken is the perfect photofit for the next Dr Who. I’m sure eccentricity is Ken’s middle name and that the six foot plus charming gentle giant has a time travel machine hidden somewhere in the bowels of his bar.
Udon Thani’s city centre has everything a tourist needs during the daytime and night. Top class hotels, a Central Plaza shopping centre, Thai and Western restaurants as well as many bars and two big night markets make the city a comfort zone for tourists and a home from home for the city’s many expats. Fuzzy Ken’s Bar is in my opinion one of the very best bars in the city.
The bar is ideally located among a large number of western bars and restaurants on and around Prajak Road. Fuzzy Ken’s Bar is popular with Udon Thani’s expat community and is also a watering hole that once experienced, tourists often make a habit of returning to.
Udon Thani has numerous ‘girly’ bars but at Fuzzy Ken’s Bar the staff duties are to serve customers and not service them. For most travellers and expats that’s a welcome change from the add on’s most big city drinking dens attach to their menus. Large sausages are served on a plate with mashed potato and not with a sexual innuendo.
Fuzzy Ken’s Bar serves food all day and its menu has a range of breakfast, meat and fish dishes all at very, very reasonable prices. All meals can also be ordered to take-away. Fruit Pie & Ice Cream, Apple & Raspberry Pie and Banana Split are a few of the desserts available which might help you combat Udon Thani’s notoriously hot afternoon sun. You and your Thai partner and friends will always be given a warm welcome by Ken and his friendly bar staff but understandably any Daleks, Cybermen and Ice Warriors accompanying you will have to wait outside. Ice Warriors are best left in the shade.
Ken also sells an extensive range of frozen foods for expats and tourists to buy providing they have adequate cooking facilities where they reside. I’ve tried a few of the meat pies on sale and they are excellent value but if a few fat bastards have already eaten all the pies, you can stock up with bacon, pork sausages, burgers, pizza and Wiltshire ham for a night-time nibble at your own leisure and pleasure.
The best bars in any city attract expats as regular customers and Fuzzy Ken’s Bar is one such establishment where Udon’s foreign residents can often be seen. Quality food at low prices is always an enticement for expatriates and budget wary tourists but Fuzzy Ken’s Bar offers excellent ‘pub grub’ and a lot more too.
Free internet is available and Ken also has a collection of over 2,000 books for sale. Catching up on your emails and purchasing a novel to read or travel guide to study by your hotel swimming pool are two more good reasons to visit The Doctor’s bar. Udon Thani’s Time Lord is also ‘The Master’ when it comes to baht busting deals on drinks. One thirst quenching bargain is three small bottles of Beer Leo for only 100 baht.
Fuzzy Ken’s Bar does have upstairs accommodation but the rooms are currently undergoing refurbishment. However there are plenty of hotels and apartment blocks within a short walking distance of the bar.
Ken’s bar is also just a few beer hops, sips and pumps from Udon Thani’s train station. Ken may have a Time and Relative Dimensions In Space machine (TARDIS), but if you want to leave this nightlife friendly city then hopping on a train is one of your options. Udon Thani’s main bus station is also a three-minute walk away.
Fuzzy Ken’s Bar is open Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays. The Doctor must be a Christian.
To visit Fuzzy Ken’s Bar website click on the link or even better still if you are visiting Udon Thani then pop into the bar and experience the warmth and friendliness offered from Ken, his bar staff and regular customers.
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