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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Bacchus Wine Bar

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You'll find four laid-back floors and a long list of worthy wines here. ...


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Sometimes the party spills out onto the street at this bar that overlooks the crowds along Soi 4. Balcony has a friendly staff and one...

Bamboo Bar

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This legendary watering hole hosts international musicians playing easy-on-the-ears jazz. ...

Brown Sugar

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A good place to carouse over live jazz and occasionally blues, smoky Brown Sugar has been in business for three decades. ...

Concept CM2

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This flashy, energetic club hosts live pop bands every night. Be prepared to pay a steep B550 entrance fee on weekends (B250 on weekdays),...

Craft Bangkok

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Boutique beer lovers flock to this hip outdoor spot where all the brews are 100% craft. Bottles include U.S. craft favorites like Rogue,...

DJ Station

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A young crowd packs this snappy-looking bar to bask in the "fun, lust, and joy" (or so the website says). The B200 cover charge includes...

Diplomat Bar

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Come here for smooth music, a sophisticated crowd, and a splendid selection of Scotch and cigars. Cigar makers are sometimes brought...


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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...

Face Bar

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A strong South Asian theme—the bar shares the space with an Indian restaurant called Hazara—makes this a comfortable spot to enjoy...


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