Best Bangkok Nightlife

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    9. 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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    8. Apoteka

    As the name says, Apoteka seeks to emulate a 19th century apothecary, with plenty of old wood and brick and lots of potion looking glass bottles up on the shelves. The retro feel is in here, but the scene is very...

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    7. 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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    6. Ku De Ta

    Ku De Ta is an extremely posh complex of clubs, restaurants, and bars that has been a staple in Singapore for years, and the owners there have now brought their upscale product to Bangkok, creating quite a...

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    While Bed Supperclub may have closed down, Sukhumvit's party central Soi 11 keeps on going strong in the nightlife department, with the slack taken up by new kid on the block Levels. This swank electronic nightclub...

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    4. 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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    1. Smalls

    Set in a three story shophouse over on Suan Plu off of Sathorn Road, which seems to be Bangkok's most up and coming new drinking spot, Smalls is the brainchild of David Jacobson, the nightclub whiz who started the...

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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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