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...


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Balcony overlooks the crowds along Soi 4, and sometimes the party spills out onto the street. It has a friendly staff and one of the...

Bamboo Bar

  • Music Clubs

For easy-on-the-ears jazz, try the Oriental Hotel's Bamboo Bar. This legendary warering hole features international jazz musicians. ...

Bed Supperclub

  • Dance Clubs

Dress to impress at Bed Supperclub, Bangkok's answer to cool. (There's a dress code for men, so don't expect to get in wearing shorts,...

Brown Sugar

  • Music Clubs

A good place to carouse over live jazz, and occasionally blues, is the smoky Brown Sugar. In business for three decades, it has relocated...

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).

DJ Station

  • Bars/Pubs

On elbow-to-elbow Silom Soi 2, the sleek and modern DJ Station is packed with a young crowd. The cover charge is B100 on weekdays and...

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...


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Thai A-listers have made Distil, on the 64th floor of one of Bangkok's tallest buildings, their stomping ground. It's done up in chic...