Bangkok nightlife is no longer what it used to be: a Sin City - which is either a good or bad thing depending on your tastes. The party scene here has evolved dramatically over the last few years. One of the factors that changed Bangkok’s nightlife was the new policy by the new government. Before, bars were open until dawn and venues had almost complete liberties. Arguably the biggest change is the fact that previously ‘local-only’ venues have started to welcome more and more westerners with open arms, while historically tourist-centric zones are gaining popularity with young Thais. This fusion has created a range of both multicultural and exciting things to do at night in Bangkok. From lavish clubs 39 floors above the city to bar hopping and raucous EDM festivals, in this article, we cover everything you should know about Bangkok nightlife.

In this article, we cover the following aspects related to Bangkok nightlife:


1. The most popular Bangkok nightlife areas

Wherever you stay in Bangkok, you can find a local bar almost everywhere. But for the purpose of this article, as it’s written for those who only stay shortly in Thailand’s capital, we focus on the most common and most popular Bangkok nightlife areas. 

a. Thonglor & Ekkemai area

For the majority of young Thai and ex-pats, this area in Sukhumvit is the most popular area to go out due to its trendy image and convenient location in the middle of Sukhumvit Road. From small cocktail bars to large clubs, there is a place for every type of partygoer. Thonglor Soi 10, which doubles up as Ekkamai Soi 5, has the highest concentration of nightclubs anywhere in Bangkok. The glammed-up, predominantly local crowd pack into the hip and happening Demo (house/electro/hip-hop) seven-nights-a-week, while other venues such as Muse and Iron Fairies have live bands providing the soundtrack instead of DJs. Most popular are clubs like Demo, Babyface, PENTA, DND and Beam. For bars, check out places like SWAY, The Iron Fairies, 008 Bar, Rabbit Hole and Ekamai Beer House.

Popular Bangkok nightlife area because: trendy bars and clubs, hugely popular among Thai.

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Babyface, a popular club in the most popular Bangkok nightlife area: Thonglor & Ekkemai. 

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b. RCA area

Royal City Avenue, or RCA, transforms from a ghost town during the day into what is Bangkok’s most famous party street every single night of the week. On the weekends, the road even gets closed off to traffic, allowing tipsy punters inside popular clubs such as Onyx and Route 66 to spill out onto the street. Best just to rock up in your best shoes and order a whiskey and mixer set to secure a table for you and your mates. Royal City Avenue, or RCA, is a popular nightlife area in Bangkok that attracts mainly Thai and ex-pats. There are many clubs and bars to find, however, the majority of its visitors visit either Route 66 or Onyx. During festivities such as Songkran and New Years Eve, the street in front of these two clubs transforms into an outdoor festival arena.

Popular Bangkok nightlife area because: clubs where mostly Thai party, hugely popular among Thai.

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RCA during New Year's Eve, one of the best Bangkok Nightlife areas!


c. Khao San Road area

One of the most famous streets in Bangkok among young travellers is Khao San Road, a 500-metres long street packed with bars and hostels. In the last couple of years, this popular street went into a makeover, with improved road safety and new trendy shops. But the most popular bars are still there and Khao San Road is still one of the most popular nightlife areas in Bangkok, attracting both young Thai as tourists. You can grab a beer or cheap cocktail bucket on the 500m-long stretch any time of day, but it’s only after dark that this street really comes alive. The best pre-midnight action is found at Khaosan Center and Lucky Beer opposite. Other all-time favourites are Khao Sahn 1986 and The Roof Bar. After they stop serving, keep the party going at The Club (house/EDM), Lava Club (hip-hop/commercial) or the more local Brick Bar (ska/reggae/Thai pop). For more detailed information, check out our article about the best bars at Khao San Road.

Popular Bangkok nightlife area because: before the place to go for backpackers, nowadays also hugely popular among young Thai, expect cheap drinks.


Khao San Road Bangkok Nightlife
One of Bangkok's most popular nightlife streets is Khao San Road, good for cheap drinks and bars. 

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d. Sukhumvit Soi 11 area

Similar to Khao San Road, Sukhumvit Soi 11’s image changed drastically over the last few years in a positive way. New buildings are built, giving it a much more modern look than it had before. Strategically placed pretty much in the middle of Bangkok, next to Nana BTS Station, Sukhumvit Soi 11 has everything you need for a complete night out on the town and is the best option for Bangkok nightlife for singles. Start your evening 32 floors up gazing at the sunset and sipping fancy cocktails at the stunning Above Eleven rooftop bar, before heading on to the ever-popular Levels Club (house/EDM) - possibly via one or two more bars along the way. If you have the stamina, after-hours hip-hop venue Sugar is just down the road. 

Popular Bangkok nightlife area because: a good variety of bars, clubs and sports bars located in the city centre.

Soi 11 Bangkok Nightlife
Soi 11 is home to many good bars and clubs, like Levels. 

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e. Silom area

Silom nightlife is mostly famous because of its red-light district area named Patpong but has much more to offer than these sleazy GoGo-bars. For example, in this area,  you can find several great rooftop bars, such as The Skybar at Lebua, Moon Bar & Vertigo Grill and HI-SO Rooftop Bar as well as perhaps the most trendy club in Bangkok, namely Club at Koi. Although streets connected to Sukhumvit, such as Thonglor, Ekkemai and Nana are much more popular, Silom is still a great place for Bangkok Nightlife. 

Popular Bangkok nightlife area because: a great variety of rooftop bars, lounge bars and the notorious Patpong. 

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Bangkok's most famous rooftop bar: Sky Bar at Lebua. Many rooftop bars can be found in the Silom nightlife area.

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f. Sukhumvit Soi 4 area

Bangkok has a wide variety of nightlife areas and so far, Bangkok does not seem that notorious or Sin City-like at all. But that changes when you visit Sukhumvit Soi 4. This street, located near Nana BTS Station, is filled with bars that mainly attracts single men. The main attraction of Sukhumvit Soi 4 is Nana Plaza, a multi-store building filled with GoGo bars. For many young tourists, a visit to Nana Plaza is on their list of things to do, just to see with their own eyes what is happening in this notorious building. Keep in mind that this is an adult entertainment area. 

Popular Bangkok nightlife area because: adult entertainment, “famous” area because of the reputation.

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Sukhumvit Soi 4, known for its Go-Go-Bars






2. Best nightclubs in Bangkok

Before we dive into the best nightclubs in Bangkok, there are a few house rules to discuss when visiting a nightclub. First of all, almost every nightclub in Bangkok has a dress code, meaning that you can’t wear flip-flops, tank tops, hats or shorts. Secondly, every bar and nightclub in Bangkok has a zero-tolerance policy and the last thing you want is to get into trouble in Bangkok. Make sure to bring (a copy of) your ID with you, otherwise, the bouncers won’t let you in the club. 

One final thing, it’s common in nightclubs in Bangkok that you order a bottle of liquor with mixers and get a specially reserved table near the dance floor. If you’re planning to return to the nightclub, it’s possible to let them save your half-empty bottle behind the bar for your next visit. It’s recommended to make a reservation at popular bars such as Onyx and Club at Koi. Keep in mind that reservations are only accepted with a minimum amount of drinks and that you have to be on time, otherwise the table will be given away to another group. With that being said, let’s jump into what we believe are the best nightclubs in Bangkok:

a. Onyx

After a huge renovation in 2015 which saw Onyx’s existing room merge with the now-defunct Slim & Fix, this venue on RCA now stands proud as not only the most popular but also the biggest nightclub in Bangkok. In typical Thai club style, the setup packs in standing tables to rest your bottle of whiskey on and a central stage in front of an enormous, trippy LED screen. Like it or not, Onyx is all about the EDM, welcoming international DJs on a monthly basis and is one of the top Bangkok Nightlife experiences.

Location: RCA
Opening times: 21:00 - 02:00
Music: EDM
Entrance fee: 500 THB (2 drinks included)

Bangkok Nightlife Nightclub Onyx
The largest nightclub in Bangkok: Onyx. For your weekly dose of EDM!

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b. Route66

Another Bangkok Nightlife institution Route 66 is a cheaper and more diverse option compared to the slightly larger Onyx club next door. The three different zones here comprise a small dance room, a live music room and finally the hip-hop zone, which is always the hardest place to secure a table on the weekend.

Location: RCA
Opening times: 21:00 - 02:00
Music: EDM, Hip-Hop, Live Music
Entrance fee: 300 THB (drinks included)
Note: the dress code is less strict, shorts, for example, are allowed.

Bangkok Nightlife Nightclub Route66
The most popular nightclub in Bangkok among Thai, Route66. 


c. Club at Koi

Formerly called Ce La Vi, this 39th-floor nightclub is about as glamorous as it gets in the Bangkok Nightlife scene. The venue has a posh downstairs restaurant and breezy outside terrace for chilling, while the glitzy main club room fills up with an upscale clientele from Tuesday to Saturday. Wednesdays (ladies’ night), Fridays and Saturdays are the most popular. Music-wise, expect hip-hop, chart hits, and house.

Location: Silom
Opening times: 21:00 - 02:00 (closed on Sunday and Monday)
Music: House, Techno, Hip-Hop, EDM
Entrance fee: none (unless there is a special event)

Bangkok Nightlife Nightclub Club at Koi
The fanciest nightclub in Bangkok, Club at Koi.


d. Levels

Levels is the most popular club at Sukhumvit Soi 11. Here, you can party on the 6th floor with often live music pop performances as well as international DJ’s. This popular venue has three different zones, including a terraced bar. Due to its location and the fact that the club closes in the early morning, makes Levels a great nightclub for party-minded Bangkokians.

Location: Nana (Soi 11)
Opening times: 21:00 - 04:00 (closed from Sunday until Thursday)
Music: EDM, chart hits
Entrance fee: none (unless there is a special event)

Bangkok Nightlife Nightclub Levels
Levels, among the most popular nightclubs in Bangkok, located at Soi 11.


e. Club Beam

One of the most popular nightclubs in Bangkok is Club Beam, especially among young Thai. The reason for this is that Club Beam does a few things differently and the most important thing they do differently is the music. Club Beam creates an underground-like atmosphere with a minimalistic, warehouse design together with techno music and crazy visuals. This all happens on the second floor while on the first floor, visitors can enjoy mostly EDM and Hip-Hop. By being different and targeting real techno-lovers, Club Beam gained huge popularity.

Location: Thonglor
Opening times: 21:00 - 02:00 (closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
Music: Techno, EDM, Hip-Hop
Entrance fee: none (unless there is a special event)

Bangkok Nightlife Nightclub Beam
Club Beam,  great for underground-esque music and party-minded people.


f. Insanity

Insanity is your go-to club for loud EDM and a late-night party. This club is located at Sukhumvit Soi 11 near Levels and attracts party-minded people who love to rave. From the moment you enter this huge club, you know immediately that Insanity is all about EDM with beautiful girls dancing in cages, bright green laser beams that fill the room and speakers that pump the bass so loudly, you feel it in your whole body. Insanity is among the biggest clubs in Bangkok and has the capacity to impress at least 1,500 partygoers. If this does not sound attractive to you, then Levels and Sugar are your alternatives in this area. 

Location: Nana (Soi 11)
Opening times: 21:00 - 04:00 
Music: EDM
Entrance fee: 400 THB (1 drink included)

Bangkok Nightlife Club Insanity
Insanity, a huge, popular club located at Sukhumvit Soi 11 that attracts many ex-pats.


g. Sugar

As mentioned earlier, Sugar is located close to Levels and Insanity at Sukhumvit Soi 11 and is the go-to place for your dose of Hip-Hop and R&B. Compared to many other clubs, Sugar is by far the best nightclub to dance as the dance floor is always packed guests showing off their dance moves. At other clubs such as Levels and Route66, the dance floor is blocked by tables for guests, which is not the case at Sugar. Although the club opens its doors at ten o’clock, Sugar gets busy after midnight, but this rule applies to many other clubs in Bangkok too. 

Location: Nana (Soi 11)
Opening times: 22:00 - 04:00 
Music: Hip-Hop
Entrance fee: 300 THB (1 drink included)

Bangkok Nightlife Nightclub Sugar
Sugar Night Club is all about hip-hop and R&B.


h. Club Demo

Club Demo is a popular nightclub in Ekkemai, near the earlier mentioned nightlife street where Ekkemai Soi 5 merge into Thonglor Soi 10. Similar to Club Beam, Club Demo wants to recreate an underground industrial/warehouse feeling with a large room filled with neon lights and pumping loud electronic dance music through the speakers. Compared to other clubs, Club Demo is much smaller and has a bit more of an intimate vibe. Also, the majority of its visitors are Thai, making it an excellent choice if you want to experience the more authentic Bangkok nightlife experience, far away from touristy attractions.

Location: Ekkemai
Opening times: 21:00 - 02:00 
Music: EDM, Techno
Entrance fee: Free

Bangkok Nightlife Club Demo
Club Demo, an intimate club that's widely popular among Thai, located at Ekkemai.



Glow Club is another club that wants to appear as an underground club, like many clubs in Bangkok, yet it attracts mainstream partygoers. Does that make any difference for a good night out? Absolutely not! But what it does very well compared to the rest of the nightclubs in Bangkok is that music style, namely non-commercial House and Techno. To keep the underground spirit alive, this two-story club has for each day a week a specific music theme, for example, they have a special day for Drum & Bass and a special day for Detroit House & Techno. 

Location: Asok
Opening times: 21:00 - 03:00 
Music: House, Techno, Underground
Entrance fee: 300 THB (1 drink included)

Bangkok Nightlife Club Glow
GLOW Club in Bangkok, with the emphasis on being an underground club with plenty of techno!




3. Best bars in Bangkok

Recommending the best bars in Bangkok is a huge task as the city has so many great bars spread all over the city. For the purpose of this article, we only recommend noteworthy bars that you won’t easily find elsewhere in Thailand. The following handpicked bars must have a unique atmosphere or have something special to offer and are not just ordinary bars. At every recommended Bangkok nightlife area we recommend in the first chapter of this article, you can find plenty of good bars. With that being said, let’s jump into our top recommendations of the best bars in Bangkok:

a. Sing Sing

Sing Sing is just one of the fantastical creations by renowned designer Ashley Sutton, who has a portfolio of unique venues across Bangkok and Hong Kong. And the interior design here is simply stunning, with wrought iron staircases leading up to dimly-lit hidden rooms and enclaves - perfect for small groups or dates. This is, without a doubt, the most unique venue in the Bangkok Nightlife scene. On the weekends, the central dance floor gets packed out with partygoers - as well Sing Sing’s own dancers, who have been known to dress up as scuba divers, jellyfish, and sexy cats. Yep, it can get pretty weird.

Location: Phrom Phong
Opening times: 20:00 - 02:00 (closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
Music: Deep-House, Chart Hits, House
Entrance fee: none
Note: ID is mandatory.

Bangkok Nightlife Bar Sing Sing
One of the most beautiful bars in Bangkok with a spectacular ambience.


b. Iron Fairies

When it comes to unique bars, Iron Fairies is listed it many top lists as it’s one of the most beautiful bars in Bangkok, together with Sing Sing. This four-floors high bar is so beautifully decorated that it feels like you’re in a fairy tale, hence the name. The bar is completely made of wood and with the limited amount of light and smart use of candlelight, they create such a unique atmosphere that even after you visit this bar several times, you still discover new parts. Expect an intimate experience with a wide variety of drinks, finger food and live music. When you have to choose between Sing Sing and Iron Fairies, ask yourself the following question: do you want a spectacular experience with a wilder vibe or do you prefer intimacy. If your answer is the latter, then head over to Iron Fairies. Keep in mind that due to popularity, a reservation is recommended, especially on the weekends. 

Location: Thonglor
Opening times: 21:00 - 02:00 (closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
Music: Live music
Entrance fee: none

Bangkok Nightlife Bars Iron Fairies
Perhaps the most beautiful bar in Bangkok, Iron Fairies. Simply magical.


c. Mustache

Mustache is a trendy bar that attracts young Thai and ex-pats that are looking for alternatives for Sukhumvit and other common nightlife areas in Bangkok. This hugely popular bar is located at Ratchada, close to Ratchada Train Market, so combining these two places is already a great start for your night out. The club is divided into three zones, which includes a retro area on the first floor, a Bollywood-inspired second floor and a rooftop bar on the third floor. Besides the cool atmosphere, it’s mostly the ultra-relaxed vibe among the partygoers that makes this bar one of the best places in the city. 

Location: Ratchada
Opening times: 21:00 - 03:00
Music: Techno, Underground, EDM
Entrance fee: none

Bangkok Nightlife Bars Mustaches
Mustache is a hugely popular bar among ex-pats and young Thai!


d. Teens of Thailand

Although this bar is located far away from common nightlife areas in Bangkok, it’s well worth the recommendation and the visit. What makes this bar so unique is the fact that they have a list of Unusual Gin Tonics to offer, meaning that if you’re a gin enthusiast, a visit to Teens Of Thailand in Bangkok is mandatory! The gin creations they serve here are pimped with local Thai herbs with crazy tasty combinations as a result. We highly recommend you to visit Teens of Thailand when you go for a food hunt in Chinatown, as Chinatown is one of the most interesting food areas in Bangkok has to offer. Check out our article about the 20 best Chinatown foods if you want to try some of the most extraordinary (street) foods Bangkok has to offer. 

Location: Chinatown
Opening times: 19:00 - 00:00
Music: not related
Entrance fee: none


Bangkok Nightlife Bars Teens of Thailand

The go-to gin bar in Bangkok, located in Chinatown!


e. Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole is a popular cocktail bar located at Thonglor and has an impressive rustic interior that attracts young, trendy crowds. The bar has won several awards, but that is more of a rule rather than an exception with the bars we recommend. Enjoy a cocktail, with prices varying between 300 - 400 THB while listening to some funky music. Rabbit Hole is another cool bar experience with hip people to see and be seen and if you’re a cocktail lover, an absolute must-visit. 

Location: Thonglor
Opening times: 18:00 - 01:00
Music: Groovy House
Entrance fee: none

Bangkok Nightlife Bars Rabbit Hole

When it comes to cocktails, Rabbit Hole is among the best bars in Bangkok!


f. Maggie Choo

It’s no coincidence that bars like Iron Fairies, Sing Sing and this Maggie Choo are selected as among the most unique bars in Bangkok as all these bars are designed by Ashley Sutton. Maggie Choo is a jazz bar located in the Novotel Hotel in Silom. The bar is styled in a way as if you’re in Shanghai during the 1920s, with dancers dressed up in traditional Chinese dresses and thoughtful ancient decorations. Maggie Choo is great for sipping cocktails while lounging in large armchairs and enjoying the entertainment. On weekdays, there is also a ladyboy karaoke. Doesn’t it sound like one of the coolest bars you can think of?

Location: Chinatown
Opening times: 18:30 - 02:00
Music: Live music, live performances
Entrance fee: none

Bangkok Nightlife Bars Maggie Choo
Similar to Sing Sing and Iron Fairies, Maggie Choo has one-of-a-kind decorations that you won't find anywhere else!


g. Brown Sugar

So far, the recommended bars in Bangkok were mostly upscale with beautiful decorations and impressive live acts. Brown Sugar is a bit different, but nonetheless tremendously popular. This bar is located relatively close to Khao San Road and is famed for live (Thai) jazz performances. And don’t be surprised that big names will perform here, as the bar really has built up its reputation. If you’re looking for a cool night out with live music performances, fairly priced drinks and a unique vibe created by fellow-live-music-lovers, head over to Brown Sugar. 

Location: Phra Nakhon (relatively close to Khao San Road)
Opening times: 17:00 - 01:00 (closed on Monday)
Music: Live (Thai) jazz performances
Entrance fee: none

Bangkok Nightlife Bars Brown Sugar
Brown Sugar, a local bar with excellent live jazz music performances. 


h. The Bamboo Bar

The oldest jazz bar in Bangkok is The Bamboo Bar and it dates back to 1953. This beautiful, oriental-decorated bar is located inside Mandarin Oriental Hotel close to the Chao Phraya River. The Bamboo Bar is one of the most famous bars in Bangkok and ranks in the top 10 of Asia’s best bars. Expect top-class cocktails including their signature Compass cocktail menu that is inspired by Thailand’s five regions, daily live jazz music performances and impressive decor. Keep in mind that this bar maintains a strict dress code policy and that making a reservation is not possible. 

Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Riverside)
Opening times: 17:00 - 00:00
Music: Live (Thai) jazz performances
Entrance fee: none
Dresscode: Formal/Smart-Casual


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One of the most popular bars in Bangkok: The Bamboo Bar.


i. Havana Social

Although many claim Havana Social is a secret bar, it is, in fact, an institution in the nightlife scene in Bangkok among ex-pats. What makes Havana Social so unique is the atmosphere the team created. Havana Social is inspired by prohibition bars before the revolution in Cuba. You can expect a 1940’s vintage style bar with live Cuban Jazz and salsa music, rum cocktails and a specific type of ex-pat crowd. From the outside, you won’t notice that there is a cool place like Havana Social, hence the label “secret bar”. If you’re looking for a night full of dance, live music and rum (cocktails), Havana Social is the place to go. 

Location: Nana
Opening times: 18:00 - 00:00
Music: Cuban Jazz
Entrance fee: none

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Among the most popular bars in Bangkok thanks to its unique theme: Havana Social Bar


j. Iron Balls Stillery

This is the third bar we recommend that’s designed by Ashley Sutton and there is a very good reason for that: his creations are absurdly impressive. Every bar he opens has such a unique atmosphere that the first hour of your visit, you cannot stop talking about the details the bar has to offer. Iron Balls Stillery is one of his latest creations and in the centre of the bar, you find a still where they make their own gin, so tasting one of their gin cocktails is an absolute must. But besides gin, the bar is also producing vodka and for those who are interested, it is possible to book a tour of the distillery. 

Location: Ekkemai
Opening times: 18:00 - 00:00
Entrance fee: none

iron balls distillery bar bangkok
Another unique creation by Ashley Sutton.


k. Nox Ari

One of the more popular bars in trendy Ari is Nox Ari, a beautiful bar that attracts mainly Thai. Compared to the other recommended bars in Bangkok, Nox Ari is much more cosy and down to earth and that atmosphere makes it such a cool place to enjoy fairly priced drinks and finger foods. During the evening, live music will be performed. Although Ari is located a bit far away from regular nightlife areas and common touristic areas, this hip area is popular among young Thai and ex-pats because of small, cosy bars like Nox Ari. We do think that tourists can find better nightlife in the previously recommended areas due to the density of bars and nightclubs. For a more laid-back, cosy night out, Ari has some good bars to offer.

For more bars in Ari, check out the Ari section of Siam2Night.

Location: Ari
Opening times: 18:00 - 00:00 (Closed on Monday)
Entrance fee: none

nox ari bar Bangkok
Nox Ari is a popular, small bar with daily live music that attracts mainly Thai.


l. 008 Bar

008 Bar is yet another amazing cocktail bar in Bangkok. The chic bar is located inside the Akyra Hotel on the 11th floor, so not really a bar for the views, but is perfect for a romantic date while you sip together on one of the many impressive cocktails they serve and listen to live jazz music performances. Keep in mind that the cocktails, that start at 330 THB, are a bit pricey. Although there are some more party-minded groups on the weekends, things won’t get wild here and the bar has a slightly formal vibe. Like a few other recommended bars in this article, both the decorations and the drinks are inspired by the prohibition era during the 20s. 008 Bar is located at Sukhumvit 55, which is at the centre of the hip Thonglor nightlife area, making it a great place to start your evening.

Location: Thonglor (Akyra Hotel)
Opening times: 18:00 - 01:00
Entrance fee: none
Dress code: formal, smart-casual


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A more formal cocktail bar, but the vibe and the cocktails are impressive.


m. #FindTheLockerRoom

As you might have noticed, Bangkok has many cool cocktail bars to offer and this cocktail bar is different from the rest. Most importantly, the crowd it attracts is much different than places like The Bamboo Bar and 008 Bar. #FindTheLockerRoom attracts a much younger, trendy generation. But one of the things that made this bar so popular is that the bar is secretly located behind lockers, hence the name #FindTheLockerRoom. This cool feature is a good ice-breaker but it’s also important to know that the cocktails are of excellent quality too. #FindTheLockerRoom is located at Sukhumvit 55, which is at the centre of the hip Thonglor nightlife area, making it a great place to start your evening. Between 17:00 and 20:00 there is a happy hour available.

Location: Thonglor
Opening times: 19:00 - 02:00
Entrance fee: none

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#FindTheLockerRoom is secretly located behind a wall of lockers.


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4. The Best Sports Bars & Irish Pubs


a. Shenanigans

Shenanigans is by far the most popular Irish bar in the Silom area and many foreigners stop by for their weekly doses of live sports, cold Western beers and banter and laughter. The bar looks exactly what you can expect from an Irish bar and this place has plenty of tables available for small and larger groups. Like all sports bars and Irish bars in Bangkok, there is a wide variety of international foods available on the menu. If you stay near Silom and you’re looking for a Western bar or want to watch live sports, Shenanigans is your best option. 

Location: Silom
Opening times: 09:00 - 02:00


b. The Sportsman Sports Bar & Restaurant

One of the most popular sports bars in Bangkok is The Sportsman, located at Sukhumvit Soi 13. What makes this bar so popular is the huge variety of live sports available on the tv-screens as well the large pool area on the second floor. This is your go-to place for watching live sports, enjoying Western comfort food with Western beers and meeting (fellow) ex-pats. Many times we’ve visited this place to watch European football in the middle of the night and all the matches from minor leagues were available. 

Location: Nana (Sukhumvit Soi 13)
Opening times: 09:00 - 02:00 


c. Mulligan’s

Mulligan’s is one of the more popular bars at Khao San Road. For many years, this institution serves a wide variety of Western beers to both Thai and foreigners who either want to enjoy live music, watch live sports or come to catch up with friends. Irish Bars don’t need a further explanation when it comes to how open and friendly the visitors are and the visitors of Mulligan’s are no exception. Although Khao San Road is mostly popular for its wild nightlife and crazy bars, Mulligan’s is the more quiet brother of all these bars filled with drunk people. 

Location: Khao San Road
Opening times: 24 hours a day.


5. Rooftop bars in Bangkok near Bangkok Nightlife areas

Bangkok has many great rooftop bars and recommending the best rooftop bars should be an article on itself. When you want to have a memorable evening in Bangkok, a visit to one of these beautiful rooftop bars is almost mandatory. If you’re a tourist, a great way to end a day in Bangkok is by visiting a rooftop bar and watching the sunset over the city’s skyline. For the ultimate night out, you start your Bangkok Nightlife experience with a visit to one of these rooftop bars as well. For the purpose of this article, we only cover rooftop bars that are located near the common nightlife areas so that you can easily combine a rooftop bar with your night out. 

a. Octave Rooftop Bar

Whenever people ask us what rooftop bar they should visit, we often tell them to visit the Octave Rooftop Bar. This rooftop bar is located on the 45th floor of the Marriott Hotel in Thonglor and gives you a full 360-degree view of Bangkok’s skyline. Because of the favourable location relatively common Bangkok nightlife areas such as Thonglor and Ekkemai, the available happy hour right before sunset and the fact that there is a not-too-strict dress code makes this rooftop bar one of our favourites. The atmosphere is much more laid-back compared to rooftop bars like the Skybar at Lebua, which gained huge popularity from the Hangover movie. Octave Rooftop Bar is an excellent starting point for your crazy Bangkok nightlife experience.

Location: Thonglor
Opening times: 17:00 - 00:00
Dress code: Not too strict, no flip-flops or tank-tops. 

Bangkok Nightlife rooftop bars octave
One of our personal favourite rooftop bars in Bangkok, Octave Rooftop Bar.


b. Above Eleven

Above Eleven is a popular rooftop bar located at Sukhumvit Soi 11, a popular Bangkok nightlife area. Because of its location, the beautiful view of the city’s skyline and reasonably priced drinks for a rooftop bar, Above Eleven is a great place to start your night out. Although we think Octave Rooftop Bar is a better option, for example, the entrance and the ambience is so much better, Octave Rooftop Bar can’t compete with Above Eleven’s location right in the middle of Sukhumvit Soi 11 with clubs and bars almost right next door. While Octave Rooftop Bar has a 360 degrees view over Bangkok, Above Eleven is facing mostly to the city centre with famous buildings such as the Baiyoke Tower II in the distance, which we think is not that bad actually. Another big difference is that you can order (finger) food, whereas you’re at Octave Rooftop Bar, you have to go one floor down in case you want to eat as well.  

Location: Nana (Sukhumvit Soi 11)
Opening times: 17:00 - 01:00
Dress code: Not too strict, no flip-flops or tank-tops.

Bangkok Nightlife Rooftop Bar Above Eleven
One of the more popular rooftop bars in Bangkok, Above Eleven. 


c. Heaven Rooftop Bar

Heaven Rooftop Bar is not your typical rooftop bar because the bar is not located on a high floor and does not have a high-class vibe, but it's a popular place as it offers affordable drinks and foods with a good view and excellent service. Don’t get me wrong, this rooftop bar, which is located on the 8th flood, has an amazing view of iconic buildings like the Mahanakhon and we would not recommend this rooftop bar if it was mediocre. With beers cheap as 120 THB per bottle and great tasting, strong cocktails starting from 200 THB per glass, Heaven Rooftop Bar is a great start to a wild evening in Silom. Combine these cheap drinks with the daily live music performances and you might spend the whole evening at this cool place. 

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Popular, affordable rooftop bar with an excellent view.

Location: Silom
Opening times: 17:00 - 02:00
Dress code: Not too strict, no flip-flops or tank-tops.
Special: probably the best budget-friendly rooftop bar in Bangkok


d. Yao Rooftop Bar

Yao Rooftop Bar is a rooftop bar on the top of Mariott Hotel The Surawongse located in Silom that has an excellent view of both the older historical parts of Bangkok as well as modern parts. Guests can enjoy a spectacular riverside view. As this rooftop bar is part of a Chinese restaurant, guests can enjoy some extraordinary Chinese-inspired cocktails and mocktails as well as a variety of Chinese snacks while listening to modern Chinese music. Yao Rooftop Bar has a unique atmosphere and attracts crowds who are in for something special or when they have something to celebrate. 

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Impressive rooftop bar with Chinese-style decorations with an incredible view.

Location: Silom (Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse)
Opening times: 17:00 - 00:00
Dress code: Strict policy


e. Mahanakhon

The Mahanakhon is the largest building in Bangkok and one of the top attractions in Bangkok, as visitors can enjoy a 360-degree view over Bangkok and even stand on the Mahanakhon Skywalk, an observation deck at 314 meters height with a glass floor looking right down at the traffic and pedestrians in Silom. This crazy experience does cost a bit with around 1,000 THB per ticket, but it’s totally worth it. But there is a bar on top of the Mahanakhon as well as a sky bar located on the 76th floor, meaning that you can enjoy a beer or a cocktail on top of the tallest building, or just simply drink some liquid courage before you step on the glass floor. Although the Mahanakhon is not the most ideal rooftop bar in Bangkok as the sky bar itself is inside the building in contrary to other rooftop bars where guests sit outside, the fact that you can stand on a glass floor 314 meters (at night) above the ground makes it a cool experience for sure. 

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Upscale sky bar at the Mahakhon building.

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The observation deck at the Mahakhon building includes the glass floor.

Location: Silom (Chong Nonsi BTS)
Opening times: 17:00 - 01:00 (Skywalk is open during the day as well)
Dress code: Strict policy for the Sky Bar, the Sky Walk does not have a dress code policy.


f. Hi-So Rooftop Bar

Hi-So Rooftop Bar is another rooftop bar located in the Silom area and this rooftop bar has an excellent view of Lumphini Park. The legendary pool-party that’s being held every last Saturday of the month is in the exact same five-star hotel as the Hi-So Rooftop Bar, name the SO/ Bangkok, former So-Sofitel Bangkok. With room for only fifty guests, the Hi-So Rooftop Bar is an intimate place good for small groups and couples. Besides cocktails, guests can enjoy a small range of (mostly) western and international dishes such as burgers, ribs, tacos and fried squid rings. Like all other rooftop bars in Bangkok, it’s highly recommended to catch the sunset while standing on top of a rooftop bar. Hi-So Rooftop Bar gives you an excellent view of both Lumphini Park and the city’s skyline.

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This rooftop bar has an excellent view of Lumphini Park and Bangkok's skyline.

Location: Silom (SO/ Bangkok Hotel)
Opening times: 17:00 - 00:00
Dress code: Strict policy


g. Vertigo and Moon Bar

Award-winning Vertigo and Moon Bar is one of the most spectacular rooftop bars in Bangkok. Located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel in Sathorn, it has a spectacular 360-degrees view of Bangkok with a separate section where guests can stand around a bar and a separate section with tables and chairs. Besides enjoying signature cocktails and premium drinks, it’s also possible to dine on top of the building. All this luxury does come with a price, and Vertigo and Moon Bar is far from budget-friendly. Keep in mind that like many other rooftop bars in Bangkok, Vertigo and Moon Bar has a strict dressing code and shorts, sleeveless shirts, sandals or flip flops are not allowed. 

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Vertigo and Moon Bar is among the best rooftop bars in Asia!

Location: Sathorn (Banyan Tree Bangkok)
Opening times: 17:00 - 01:00
Dress code: Strict policy


h. The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar

Cocktail-lovers, pay attention. On the 24th and 25th floor of Hotel Muse Bangkok, you find this not-so-common rooftop bar that really put the emphasis on cocktails and we’re not talking about long islands or sex on the beach. No, at The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar, they create both unique as classic cocktails that are filled with strong liquor and unusual ingredients such as Cointreau-infused coffee beans, sweet maraschino liqueur-infused with chamomile tea and pineapple honey shrub. Of course, guests can enjoy a great panoramic view of the city as well as the American prohibition era atmosphere they’ve created at the bar. If you want to catch the sunset, it’s good to know that between 18:00 and 20:00 from Sundays to Thursday, there is a (gin) happy hour. 

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This rooftop bar is a must-visit for cocktail lovers!

Location: Langsuan (Hotel Muse Bangkok)
Opening times: 18:00 - 00:00
Dress code: Strict policy
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7. Noteworthy parties and activities in Bangkok


a. Songkran

You’ll have to plan the timing of your trip to Bangkok very carefully if you want to experience this unique and memorable (or not-so-memorable, depending on how much you drink) festival. Traditionally a Buddhist celebration held from April 13-15, Songkran in Bangkok has evolved into an all-out water-splashing party with lots of alcohol and pumping music. The main daytime action is found at Silom, while the spot to hit after dark is RCA which sees the return of S2O Festival every year, featuring some of the biggest DJs on the planet.

We highly recommend you to experience Songkran as it’s one of the craziest parties we’ve ever experienced. Other popular destinations to celebrate Songkran are Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket. For more in-depth information, check out our complete Songkran Guide including traditional and modern celebrations.

When: 13th - 15th April, but some cities celebrate it for ten days straight!


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Songkran is the ultimate party in Bangkok you must experience at least once in your lifetime!


b. So Sofitel Rooftop Party

If you want to party but want to get away from the usual clubs and bars, look no further than SO Sofitel's monthly pool party. The lofty 10th-floor position boasts some superb views over the greenery of Lumpini Park, with plenty of space to swim, drink, dance or just laze around people-watching on a sunbed. The eight-hour party kicks off at 13:00 on the last Saturday of every month. 

When: every last Saturday of the month.

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The best pool party in Bangkok!


c. New Year's Eve

Honestly, New Year's Eve is not as impressively celebrated the way it’s celebrated in Western cities and for a city like Bangkok, which is the country’s capital, it’s a bit disappointing when you compare the firework show with cities like London, Dubai and Melbourne. But that does not mean you won’t find good parties during New Year's Eve. We highly recommend you to visit RCA during this night as the outside area is transformed into a festival-like arena with great DJs, party-minded people and…fireworks.

When: 31 December, the last day of the year.

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RCA during New Year's Eve, one of the best Bangkok Nightlife areas!



d. EDM Addicts Boat Party

One of the cool nightlife experiences in Bangkok on the river are boat parties. Unfortunately, the organizations who set up these party boats come and go so recommending a specific party boat organization is difficult. When writing this article, the EDM Addicts Boat Party is a new player with the same concept: party on a boat while floating on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. More information about the EDM Addicts Boat Party can be found on their Facebook page

When: 29 August


e. Karaoke in Udom Suk

Most likely you would not have thought about karaoke when it comes to Bangkok Nightlife, but we can assure you it’s widely popular in Bangkok among locals. And as everyone has their own preferences regarding Bangkok Nightlife, for example, some are true club lovers, others prefer a bar where they can socialize, we can’t ignore karaoke. Throughout the city, you can find countless karaoke bars, but we recommend you visit Udom Suk as this outer part of Bangkok is excellent for a complete local Bangkok Nightlife experience. Just get your cheap drinks at one of the many local bars at Udom Suk and end up in one of the karaoke bars showing off your singing skills. A fun night out guaranteed!

When: every night!

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There you have it, our complete Bangkok Nightlife Guide. With this article, you can, as a newcomer, experience the crazy Bangkok Nightlife to the fullest with a good option for every type of partygoer. We recommend you to read our article about the best night markets in Bangkok, as these popular markets are a great place to start your night out in Bangkok. 

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