Best Bangkok Nightlife

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    10. Adhere the 13th Blues Bar

    This little hole in the wall has been going strong as long as Bangkok. Despite being as big as a shoe closet and a bit out of the way, locals pack the joint every night for Bangkok's best live jazz and blues, with...

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    8. Mambo Cabaret

    Many people cringe at the thought of seeing a transvestite cabaret, but these ladyboys put on one of the most professional and entertaining shows you will ever see, AND it is great family fun. With a troupe of about...

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
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    7. Regis Bar, St. Regis

    The Regis Bar, on the 12th floor of the luxurious St Regis Hotel, has brought several novelties to the Bangkok bar scene. One is the traditional art of champagne sabering, which hails from the Napoleonic era, and is...

    Photo courtesy of St Regis Hotel
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    6. Amorosa Bar, Arun Residence

    Most Bangkokians don't know that the best view of Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) is seen from across the river, from the 4th floor of the stylish Arun Residence, and its bar Amorosa. This cozy open air bar overlooks...

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
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    5. The Rock Pub

    There aren't many places left in Bangkok these days playing live rock. Actually, there is only one! The Rock Pub just celebrated their 25th anniversary and still draw the crowds, with live heavy metal and hard rock...

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    2. The Moon Bar

    The Moon Bar, perched on the rooftop of the Banyan Tree Hotel, offers one of the most stupendous panoramic views of Bangkok, and a sunset here is a memorable occasion, well worth the price of a cocktail. The bar sits...

    Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts
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About Bangkok Nightlife

One could stay in Bangkok a year and still not run out of options for nightlife and bar hopping. It is not just that there are so many places, but that there are so many type of experiences to choose from. You can choose to drink with a view, such as above the city in the Moon Bar or overlooking the river and Wat Arun at the Amorosa, or perhaps you prefer to enjoy good blues, jazz, or Thai country with your drink, at stalwart spots like Adhere the 13th or Saxophone. For some, the ale itself is the most important, and venues like the Wine Connection  serve up 8% microbrewed beer, while others may want to take in the age old art of champagne sabering, which happens daily at the St. Regis. And for those who want something completely different, the outrageously funny and talented antics at the transgender Mambo Cabaret will have the entire family in stitches. Whatever your choice, you will not be going home early.

About Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle trip; he moved there for good in 2005. Dave's photos have appeared in publications around the world. He is the author of Odysseus’ Last Stand, which received the...  Read more »

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