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 and most closing times now hover around 2 am (although nighthawks can probably find a club or two open until 5 or 6 am).

There are a few notable

nightlife spots: the area off Sukhumvit Soi 55 (also called Soi Thonglor) is full of bars and nightclubs; Soi Sarasin, across from Lumphini Park, has lots of friendly pubs and cafés frequented by yuppie Thais and expats; and Narathiwat Road, which starts at Surawong, intersects Silom, then runs all the way to Rama III has trendy new bars and restaurants opening every month.

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 is the largest, most touristy, and includes three streets that run between Surawong and Silom roads. Nana Plaza, at Soi 4, is packed with three floors of hostess bars and is considered the most hard-core in terms sex shows and shock value. Soi Cowboy, off Sukhumvit Road at Soi 21, is a less raunchy and an easier-going version of Patpong, though it's still a red light district and so be prepared.

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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87 Plus

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For something sleek, try the 87 Plus, where the dance floor meanders throughout the bar instead of concentrating in front of the DJ booth.

Bacchus Wine Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

Wine bars are slowly popping up around the city, and one worth mentioning is Bacchus Wine Bar. Here you'll find four floors of laid-back...

Concept CM2

  • Dance Clubs

This flashy, energetic club hosts live pop bands every night. Be prepared to pay a steep B550 entrance fee on weekends (B220 on weekdays).

Diplomat Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

Come here for smooth music, a sophisticated crowd, and a splendid selection of Scotch and cigars—cigar makers are sometimes imported...

Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand

  • Music Clubs

Hosting live jazz on Friday night, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand also sponsors films, lectures, and art exhibits on other...

Regis Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

On the 12th floor of the prestigious St. Regis Hotel, the Regis Bar overlooks the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. You can watch the horse...

Roof Top Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

On the 88th floor of Thailand's tallest building, the glass-enclosed Roof Top Bar is one of the highest drinking spots in the city. With...

SF Strike Bowl

  • Bars/Pubs

If you're searching for something more than just a typical cocktail bar, look no farther than SF Strike Bowl. One of the city's hottest...

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