10 Best Nightlife Spots around Khao San Road

One could write a book about the Khao San Road nightlife, legendary in Bangkok annals. It certainly never sleeps, that is for sure. But it has come a long way from its reputation for just being an endless string of mindless backpacker bars. These days, the scene ranges from old homes to nonstop action clubs and the clientele is just as much Thai as it is foreign. If you want to party and dance to loud music then try either the ska oriented Brick Bar or the electronic music venue, The Club, both on Khao San itself. Bangkok's first Mexican rock and roll bar Day of the Dead is also found here, and parties until the wee hours of the morning. For something a bit more chilled, you can head over to Adhere the 13th, a hole in the wall live blues bar that is one of Bangkok's most written about nightspots. Not too far away is the northern Thai themed Madame Musur, which has a very relaxed vibe combining chilled tunes with great food and drink. Even better, why not just sit out on the street in one of the funky and colorful VW Bus Cocktail bars that line Soi Rambutri, offering cheap drinks, great people watching, and a fabulous atmosphere. The ultra cool Bombay Blues Bar is located here as well. Your only dilemma in Khao San Road will be which nightlife to choose, and we hope this list makes it easier for you.

Set in the basement of the Bayon Building in the middle of Khao San Road, The Lava Gold Club is decked out in scarlet light and resembles an underworld dungeon, which attracts plenty of Thai and foreign revelers into its loud and raucous dance...  Read More

Brown Sugar

One of Bangkok's first and still one of its better bars for live music and a night out. Recently relocated across town from its old haunt on Sarasin Road, the new location in Phrasumen will bring along some of the Khao San.crowd to this bigger...  Read More

There has been a resurgence of things retro in Bangkok in the last few years, and one of the most enjoyable, economical, and popular nightlife venues these days is that of the Volkswagen bus cocktail bars. They don't really have a fixed address,...  Read More

Club Culture
Photo courtesy of Jason Scott

A real indie club run by the founders of Hosting International DJ's in Bangkok, Culture Club takes up four floors in an old warehouse-like building, featuring a martini bar, an open space, a large dance floor with a mezzanine, and a "Live"...  Read More

The Brick Bar is certainly one of Khao San's most happening places. The focus here is on live ska and reggae, and the huge joint can hold 1200 people, which it often does. Despite being in the heart of Khao San Road, the Brick Bar gets lots of...  Read More

Hidden away in a back alley near Khao San, this funky little spot not only serves some decent Indian food, but is a great chill out shisha bar that happens to spin Bollywood tunes and become quite trendy come weekends. Located in an old house...  Read More

With a big DJ booth and huge sound system, The Club is one of the most pulsating spots along Khao San Road. Resembling an Ibiza style nightclub, this place packs in both locals and visiting tourists and blasts out electronic dance music until...  Read More

Soi Rambutri runs parallel to Khao San Road and then continues alongside the temple off of Chakrapong Road, and is a slightly more chilled Khao San experience. Madame Musur is leading the charge here of hip new relax venues with good food and...  Read More

Think Carlos Castaneda, tequila, Mexican graffiti and Grateful Dead psychedelics set to the loud riffs of heavy metal, thrash, punk, and alternative rock and you've got Khao San Road's latest and greatest new bar. This funky spot has colourful...  Read More

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 the house band playing BB King,...  Read More


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