Bangkok's Best Nightlife: Party, Rock Out and Drink with a View

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 sky bars in the world, such as CRU, a champagne bar that is the city's highest drinking establishment, or the long running Moon Bar, which give superb panoramas of the dazzling skyline. 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 Ku De Ta. 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 something far more elegant, head to either the fashionable Vogue Lounge, or the swank mixology speakeasy Q & A

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

Started by the knowledgeable team of mixologists behind the experimental cocktail bar Sugar Ray, Q & A combines all the suave and elegance of a five-star hotel bar with the intimacy of a speakeasy. Hidden down a dead end alley with just a...  Read More

The Moon Bar
Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts

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 in a stylish roof garden,...  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

Ce La Vi (the former 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 buzz. Ce La Vi...  Read More

One would expect a lot from a bar inspired by fashion lifestyle giant Vogue, and Vogue Lounge delivers on all counts. Set on the 6th floor of the MahaNakhon Cube, just next to Bangkok's new tallest building, the MahaNakhon Tower, this chic and...  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

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

It doesn't get much better than this when trying to combine dazzling cityscapes, fine drinking, and suave nightlife venues. CRU Champagne Bar is a new elegant and elevated bar which is now the highest drinking spot in town. The Red Sky Bar...  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