Bangkok Nightlife

The city that was once notorious for its raunchy sex trade is now entertaining a burgeoning class of professionals hungry for thumping discos, trendy cocktail lounges, and swanky rooftop bars. There are also stricter rules that limit the sale of alcohol (11 pm from stores). Most bars and clubs close around 2 am, though nighthawks can probably find a place or two open until 5 or 6.

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a few notable nightlife sections: the area off Sukhumvit Soi 55 (also called Soi Thonglor) is full of bars and nightclubs; Sukhumvit Soi 11 has evolved into a hot-and-heavy bar and club hangout, and trendy and happening new places are springing up around Sathorn Road and the adjoining Suan Phlu.

If you want to take a walk on the wild side, Bangkok still has three thriving red-light districts: Patpong, Nana Plaza, and Soi Cowboy. Patpong, the largest and most touristy, includes three streets that run between Surawong and Silom roads. Nana Plaza, at Sukhumvit Soi 4, is packed with three floors of hostess bars, go-go clubs, and ladyboy clubs. Soi Cowboy, off Sukhumvit Road at Soi 21 (the Asok intersection), is where many expats go, finding it slightly more relaxed and less of a tourist trap than Patpong or Nana.

Even though it may not seem like it, live sex shows are officially banned and prostitution is illegal. The government doesn't always turn a blind eye, so exercise caution and common sense.

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On the 83rd floor of Thailand's tallest building, this glass-enclosed bar is one of the highest drinking spots in the city. With lounge...

Royal Oak Pub

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With many different brews on tap and in bottles, this very British pub is a place for serious beer drinkers. Activities to keep you entertained...

SF Strike Bowl

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One of the city's hottest nightspots, this futuristic bowling alley, lounge, and bar has a sleek style that rivals most nightclubs. A...


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Popular with locals and expats, Saxophone hosts rhythm and blues, jazz, blues, rock, reggae, and sometimes ska bands. ...

Sky Bar

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There's nothing else quite like this bar on the 63rd floor of one of Bangkok's tallest buildings. Head toward the pyramidlike structure...


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The impresario behind the late Q Bar opened this Parisian-style space that feels more Berlin or New York—or Paris—than Bangkok. There's...


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Subtle Egyptian motifs lend an exotic atmosphere to Sphinx, which has a sleek decor and a sophisticated dinner menu. ...

Syn Bar

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Creative design elements at this bar decorated in cool grays and reds include floating seating. DJs start spinning on most nights at...


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Bangkok's most venerable gay bar, the pub-style Telephone is hopping every night of the week. The telephones are on the table so you...

Witch's Tavern

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This place serves up live music on Friday and weekends, and good drinks and hearty English fare all week long. With ladies' drinks free...


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