But, we had to be here to begin getting an idea of what we wanted--and touring helped us really narrow things down. We had our choice (but also, two backups) by the second day of looking. We love our apartment for many reasons (where else would we live on the 17th floor looking out--when it's clear--to this view?) but the location is a big one.
|View straight down from our balcony of old lane houses
|Our neighboring street/shops
|The busy street just outside our complex, always bustling
|On the street corner
|Wet market, meat for sale
When we first decided on our apartment, we "googled" to see what was around. The answer being not a whole lot that shows up on google maps (surprisingly, the "mop lady", "plug guy" and street food carts don't have google listings!). We have a great central location with easy access to many really fun neighborhoods and things to do, but the direct neighborhood is not exactly known for happening night spots (unless you count foot massage parlors and hairdressers). However, right from the start we saw "Jackie's Beernest" and learned that it's a popular little beer joint, with an international following. We arrived during national holiday and Jackie was closed for a bit--and then somehow time got away from us as we were busy exploring the whole city. We passed by it almost every day and finally made plans to go with our neighbors. The resounding thought was why didn't we do it before?
Jackie's Beernest is a tiny little storefront amongst the local shops. Once you step inside, you'll find nicely paneled walls covered with some beer paraphernalia, a big table with several bench seats and a couple small bistro tables, one wall of refrigerated beers and another wall of beer, wine and scotch (and some assorted medicinal spirits complete with petrified--or pickled?--snake and lizard). It feels like an extension of your living room, with a cozy, friendly atmosphere.
|Jackie's wall of beers and scotch
This place is a true neighborhood treasure and our only disappointment of the night was hearing that Jackie has plans to move away. I guess the spot is a bit removed from the heavier expat neighborhoods and other bars and restaurants which might garner him more of a crowd, but from a selfish perspective we really hope he reconsiders. This is a great neighborhood and we'll invite everyone over!