Bangkok Bar Hop

Bangkok

Year after year, Bangkok’s lively nightlife draws people from far and wide. People come to experience its raving crowd, inventive Asian beverages, and world-renowned bars. I occasionally enjoy painting the town red; and I recommend everyone to experience the city’s buzzing energy for themselves! Here are my suggestions on where you should start (or end) your night.

Updated 5 months ago

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The Iron Fairies

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation •

Created by Australian designer Ashley Sutton, The Iron Fairies is a mystic bar that blends Gothic Victorian architecture and magical boozy concoctions. Descend the spiral staircase to enter a universe of metal winged installations, secret doors, and small mazes. You’re in for a night filled with otherworldly cocktails (some topped with blow-torched marshmallows) and soothing jazz music!

+6627148875

394 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok, Thailand

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Badmotel

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation •

Bangkok’s hip crowd converge at Bad Motel, a once-abandoned three-storey building that combines restaurant, bar, and art studio. Head straight to the minimalist bar at the ground floor; and choose from their multi-page menu of alcoholic creations. Pro tip: take advantage of their Happy Hour every Sunday to Thursday at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM; it’s buy-one-get-one on drinks! DJ’s play every night to get you into a party mood, but I suggest you explore the rest of the space—there’s a garden at the back, an art space on the third floor, and rooftop with a view—before getting down on the dance floor!

+6627127288

331/4-5 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton-nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand

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Studio Lam

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation •

Drown in the sounds of Bangkok’s underground music scene at Studio Lam. Owner DJ Maft Sai is famous for mixing Thai music with unconventional genres; and he has dedicated his bar to showcasing the city’s up-and-coming (and already acclaimed) contemporary musicians. That, paired with ya dong (herbal Thai white spirits) make Studio Lam a bohemian dream!

+6622616661

3/1 Sukhumvit 51, Thonglor, Klongton-Nue, Watthana, Bangkok, Thailand

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Soi Cowboy Street

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation • 6 months ago

Red neon lights flood Soi Cowboy Street—fitting, given that it’s one of Bangkok’s red-light districts. It was named after a hat-wearing African-American who opened the first bar in the thoroughfare. Now, about thirty establishments thrive here, many of them go-go bars. Allow yourself to be carried away by the dynamic energy of the area. Dance to the live music, try some body painting, or buy some of the bar staff a drink!

Sukhumvit Road between Asoke Road and Sukhumvit Soi 23, Bangkok, Thailand

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Above Eleven

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation • 5 months ago

Perched on the 33rd floor of Fraser Suites in Sukhumvit, Above Eleven is a swanky rooftop bar with a panoramic view of Bangkok’s cityscape. Inspired by New York’s Central Park, the space features custom-designed trees, manicured vertical gardens, and a maze at the entrance. Order from their Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) menu; and pair it with one of their cocktails with a South American twist. Take note: there’s a strict smart-casual dress code, so dress to impress!

+66020385111

33rd Floor, Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, Sukhumvit Road, Soi 11, Bangkok, Thailand

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Sirocco Restaurant

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation •

Splurge on dinner and drinks at Sirocco, one of Bangkok’s best rooftop destinations. Located on the 63rd floor of Lebua at State Tower, the open-air joint is the highest al fresco restaurant in the world! Indulge in the award-winning chef’s Mediterranean menu before downing a few bottles of Lebua’s own label wines. Be warned, prices are a bit high. Plus, reservations are a must to secure a seat!

+66026249555

63rd floor, lebua at State Tower Hotel, 1055 State Tower, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand

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Saxophone Pub

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation •

Saxophone Bar remains the city’s premiere live music stage. The blues and jazz bar is one of the oldest in Bangkok, and is internationally known for its superb musical acts. Check out their website to see who’s playing next! Sample some of their signature cocktails, order a classic mix, or choose one of their bottled or tap beers before parking yourself on a seat near the stage.

+66022465472

3/8 Phayathai Road, Victory Monument, Bangkok, Thailand

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Maggie Choo’s

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation •

Reminiscent of 1930’s Shanghai, Maggie Choo’s is yet another Ashley Sutton (bar designer) brainchild. Enter the underground Chinese mafia-esque den to bask in live jazz music, watch mystic stage shows, or to tip back a few inventive cocktails thought up by mixsultant Joseph Boroski. It’s a lot to take in—which is just the excuse you’ll need to come back another time!

+66917722144

Underground of Novotel Fenix Silom, 320 Silom Road, Bangkok, Thailand

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