The 10 Best Places to Party and Drink on Ekamai

Ekamai has a reputation for expensive, glamorous, and being the place for the well heeled to strut their stuff. While that is certainly still true at some of the larger clubs, there are still plenty of great places to drink and party here without breaking the bank. Sugar Ray is not cheap, but its cocktails are guaranteed to impress, made by a master mixologist and served in a hidden speakeasy style joint. Just nearby, Tuba has been serving the city's largest and best value happy hour drinks in its furniture shop bar for years. Another competitor, Moose Bangkok, is also right next door. If craft beer is your thing, Danish gypsy brewers Mikkeller, have opened up shop in a lovely garden home hidden away in an Ekamai alley, and have 30 taps of hard to find high end craft beers for aficionados to sample. Also on the beer front is Wishbeer Home Bar, which has 500 bottles of beer and cider from all over the world to select from, plus a decent tap selection too. For big clubbing nights, head to the longstanding Nang Len to see how young Thais like to party, or else to the nearby Do Not Disturb to dance to electronic music. Sherbet is another large club, although this one aimed at wealthy gentlemen, with choreographed sexy coyote dancers competing with the expensive bottles of whiskey for attention. For something a bit more laid back, enjoy nightlife design mogul Ashley Sutton's new venture, Hot Rod, which has fairly priced tapas to go with signature cocktails in a uniquely designed nightspot. You won't ever run out of places to seek out after dark on Ekamai. 

Castle Bar
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This new pub in the Ekamai Mall used to be an antique furniture shop, and still sports plenty of wood as well as a long rock wall, making it resemble a bit of a cave, but the interior is anything but dingy, as Castle Bar touts itself as a...  Read More

Located up under the roof of the Ekamai Mall, Baan Puen means "friends house" in Thai, and lives up to its moniker as a low-brow and relaxed alternative to the Ekamai norm, which usually means expensive hi-so clubs with a lot of attitude and...  Read More

This cool spot next to Tuba on Soi 21 is a great place to chill out, eat and drink, and admire all the retro surroundings and fun stuff on the walls. The folks behind RCA's Cosmic Cafe are running the show here now, so there are good 60-80's...  Read More

This happening dance club specialises in EDM electronic dance music, with both DJ's spinning non-stop tunes as well as live Thai bands performing. The large club is set in a venue that is decked out to resemble a European boutique hotel, with...  Read More

Hot Rod is the latest from nightlife design mogul Ashley Sutton, of Iron Fairies and Fat Gutz fame, who has now returned with a Thai tapas bar and gastro-pub that serves up some large and tasty tapas portions at reasonable prices, which is...  Read More

Wishbeer got its start when French owner Jerome Le Louer and several friends started dreaming of all the beers from home they loved to drink but couldn't find in Bangkok....which led Le Louer to do something about it, namely by opening his own...  Read More

Young, hot, loud, and happening, and not necessarily in that order. Nang Len has been around for ages, one of the top Thai clubs and actually a good spot if you want to see what a Thai style nightclub is all about. It is full of pretty and...  Read More

With 30 taps and specialised bottle selections from around the world, Mikkeller has burst onto the Bangkok craft beer scene with a vengeance, and has to be on any craft beer lover's list. The array of great boutique beers here is staggering, and...  Read More

Tuba is a nice place to come hang out for awhile if only for their comfortable sofas, different themed rooms, and very artsy vibe, as the place is full of antiques, paintings, retro furniture, and all sorts of other odds and ends, which are all...  Read More

This new hole in the wall New York style speakeasy sits hidden above a clothing shop, and looks a bit like an office space, which it actually is, home to local syrup makers Socrates, who decided to turn their crafting spot into a bar which is...  Read More


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