Bangkok's Best Nightlife: Party, Dance, and Be Amazed

Bangkok used to be famous, or should we say infamous, for its raucous and bawdry nightlife, which featured plenty of go go bars with raunchy shows and X rated entertainment complexes that partied all night. While the girlie bars are still around, Bangkok has emerged as one of the most elegant and enjoyable spots on the planet when the sun goes down. These days, you can choose from some of the most unique themed bars in the world, such Maggie Choo's or Sing Sing Theater, both of which have stage shows, awesome interior design, live music, and great parties. For something far more intimate, check out the former Q Bar owner's tiny happening little nightspot Smalls. If it is clubbing you want, head either to Level's, in party crazy Sukhumvit Soi 11, or else to the ultra elegant Club at KOI. For live music, you can't beat Saxophone or Adhere the 13th Blues Bar, both of which have been going strong for decades and are packed with fans enjoying live blues every night. For rock fans, the legendary Rock Pub still lets its hair down each evening. For a unique evening of Cuban nightlife, head over to the happening Havana Social Club, and if you are in the mood for Thai, Tep Bar is a great place to experience Thai drinks, food, and music.



Over 25 years in the running, offering up the best jazz and blues in Bangkok, Saxophone is a happening pub frequented as much by Thais as by expatriates. The music is sizzling, with 3-4 different live bands each evening plus occasional visits by...  Read More



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 acts each night. A wide array...  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



Havana Social is Sukhumvit's ode to Cuba. While the other bars on happening Soi 11 are open air or street-facing clubs, Havana Social is a hidden secret. It is down a side alley, has no sign, and there is no indication that there is even an...  Read More



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 with a view is located up on...  Read More



If you are looking for a hip version of a traditional Thai bar, this happening joint in bohemian Soi Nana in Chinatown will ensure you hae a great evening. Set et inside of a traditional two-storey Chinese shophouse, with mood lighting and...  Read More



The Club at KOI is Bangkok's latest dance club, and opened with much fanfare in one of the city's most dazzling locations. Set up on the upper floor of the Sathorn Square building overlooking the city, it replaces the former resident, the...  Read More



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 famed Q Bar in Bangkok several...  Read More



Easily Bangkok's most highbrow dance club, Sing Sing Theater is a fantasy replica of Shanghai in the 1930s, with hanging red lanterns, dancers in red robes with patterned fans, and metal cages spread across the room, making it appear as if a...  Read More



Yet another one of whimsical nightlife guru Ashley Sutton's creations, Maggie Choo's is set in what used to be the vault room for the East India Company Bank. To get here, you have to go through carved doors that disappear into a Cantonese...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave