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Nightlife in Bangkok

Bangkok is world-renowned for its bars, many of which can be found around Sukhumvit and Silom. The curious head for the exotic bars of Patpong. Late-nights can be had at sophisticated clubs like the Q Bar in Sukhumvit. Beautiful Thai dances and storytelling are on show at Siam Niramit, while Lady Boys provide the entertainment at Calypso Cabaret. Most bars and clubs close at around 2am.

Joe Louis Theatre, Bangkok. Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand
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The Office Bar

Beers and sport

Australian-run, this bar displays live sports coverage from the UK and Australia on huge projector screens. The Office Bar off Sukhumvit is a fun, buzzing place for a beer, where friends meet for an easy night out.



Address

Sukhumvit Soi 33, Bangkok 10110

Telephone

+66 (0) 2 662 1936

Transport

Phrom Phong Skytrain station

Website

The Office Bar Website

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The Bull's Head

Old-fashioned British pub

The Bull's Head, off Sukhumvit, feels like a traditional British pub. A juke box pumps out old favourite songs in the wood-panelled bar and there are regular quiz nights, discos, fundraisers and a bi-monthly comedy club.



Address

Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110

Telephone

+66 (0) 2 259 4444

Transport

Phrom Phong Skytrain station

Website

The Bull's Head Website

Bacchus, Bangkok. Courtesy of Bacchus
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Bacchus

Trendy wine-tasting

Connoisseurs and the uninitiated sample the array of wines on offer in this sophisticated bar. Bacchus, in Pathumwan, has an impressive wine cellar. The first-floor bar's curvy designer chairs and dark nooks have made this a smart set hangout.



Address

20/6-7 Ruam Rudee, Ploenchit, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

Telephone

+66 (0) 2 650 8986

Transport

Phloenchit Skytrain station

Website

Bacchus Website

The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok. Courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
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The Bamboo Bar

Colonial chic and cocktails

The Bamboo Bar at the legendary Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangrak is a great spot for cocktails. Decorated in a discreet colonial style with animal fabrics and jungle palms, fashionable guests sip cooling drinks to the strains of live jazz.



Address

Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Ave, Bangkok 10500

Telephone

+66 (0) 2 659 9000

Transport

Saphan Taksin Skytrain station

Website

The Bamboo Bar Website

Vertigo, Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok. Courtesy of Banyan Tree
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Vertigo

Drinks on floor 61

Way above Bangkok's busy streets, Vertigo is a popular place for quiet al fresco drinks beneath the stars for couples or small groups of friends. Its narrow 61st-floor location gives great views but can mean it shuts in bad weather.



Address

Banyan Tree, 21/100 South Sathon Rd, Bangkok 10120

Telephone

+66 (0) 2679 1200

Transport

Lumpini Metro station

Website

Banyan Tree Website

Q Bar, Bangkok. Courtesy of Q Bar/Matt Travelin
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Q Bar

Dance with celebrities

Q Bar's upmarket, stylish vibe attracts an international celebrity crowd. Colin Farrell is rumoured to have been a regular. Music veers from chillout to full-on dance, while the decor is invitingly dark with red walls and black leather seating.



Address

34, Soi 11, off Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110

Telephone

+66 (0) 2252 3274

Transport

Nana Skytrain station

Website

Q Bar Website

7

The Club

Popular party spot

Set on Khao San Road, The Club has proven popular with both tourists and locals since its 2007 opening. Featuring an Ibizan-style dance music and regular appearances by big-name local and international DJs, it's one of the area's most reliable party venues.



Address

123, Khaosan Road, Bangkok 10200

Telephone

+66 (0) 2 629 1010

Transport

Bus: 44, 79 or 511 to Khao San Road

Website

The Club Website

8

Bed Supper Club

All-white clubbing landmark

The futuristic white, cylinder-shaped Bed Supper Club, off Sukhumvit, is a Bangkok landmark. Guests dance to a light and sound system with DJs like Joey Negro playing house and hip-hop. Sunday nights are gay-themed Think Pink nights.



Address

26 Soi Sukhumvit 11, Klongtoey-nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

Telephone

+66 (0) 2651 3537

Transport

Nana Skytrain station

Website

Bed Supper Club Website

9

Concept CM2

DJs and live sport

Top DJs playing house and hip-hop and live bands draw clubbers to this huge basement disco and bar complex in a basement on Siam Square. The latest addition to Concept CM2 is B@S, an interactive bar with live sports.



Address

Novotel Hotel, Siam Square, Soi 6, Bangkok 10330

Telephone

+66 (0) 2209 8888

Transport

Siam Skytrain station

Website

Concept CM2 Website

10

Club Culture

Music for the masses

Located in Ratchathewi, Club Culture's parties can often attract up to 1,000 ardent clubbers and are designed to appeal to the masses. Music policies change on a nightly basis, but an enthusiastic, youthful crowd ensures there's always a great atmosphere.



Address

Sri Ayudthaya Road, Bangkok 10400

Telephone

+66 (0) 2 653 7216

Transport

Skytrain: Phaya Thai

Website

Club Culture Website

11

Calypso Cabaret

Razzle dazzle showcase

At two nightly showings, some of Bangkok's famed ladyboys appear at the long-running Calypso Cabaret in Ratchathewi. The spectacle of song and dance, with eye-popping costumes, is packed with curious visitors and groups on nights out. Booking is advised.



Address

Asia Hotel, 296 Phayathai Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400

Telephone

+66 (0) 2 653 3960 2

Transport

Ratchathewi Skytrain station

Website

Calypso Cabaret Website

Joe Louis Theatre, Bangkok. Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand
12

Joe Louis Theatre

Traditional Thai puppetry

The puppeteers in the Joe Louis Theatre in the Suan Lum Night Bazaar, skillfully work hand-crafted puppets. Dressed in elaborate costumes, they recreate traditional Thai stories. Visitors can also see beautiful displays of intricately detailed puppets while visiting the theatre



Address

1875 Rama IV Road, Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

Telephone

+66 (0) 2 252 9683-4

Transport

Lumphini Metro station

Website

Joe Louis Theatre Website

13

Saxophone Pub

Local jazz and blues

Full of dark nooks, the Saxophone Pub in Phayathai showcases local jazz and blues talent. It's a fixture on the Bangkok music scene. The walls are decorated with guitars and cymbals, and music-lovers gather to sip cocktails and get down.



Address

3/8, Phayathai Rd, Victory Monument, Bangkok 10400

Telephone

+66 (0) 2 246 5472

Transport

Victory Monument Skytrain station

Website

Saxophone Pub Website

Sala Rim Naam, Bangkok. Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
14

Sala Rim Naam

Thai dancing over dinner

The Sala Rim Naam is housed in a richly decorated Thai pavilion, with ornate gold ceiling. Set in Thonburi, on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, it is the setting for classical Thai dancing, performed during dinner.



Address

48, Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500

Telephone

+66 (0) 2 437 6211

Transport

Shuttle boat from Oriental Pier

Website

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Website

Siam Niramit, Bangkok. Courtesy of Siam Niramit
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Siam Niramit

Extravaganza of Thai performance

Visitors book in advance for the Siam Niramit show in Huaykwang. The vast, colourful sets and 150 beautifully costumed performers showcase Thai culture using storytelling, song and dance. Dragons, smoke and flying characters lend fairytale enchantment.



Address

19 Tiamruammit Road, Huaykwang, Bangkok 10320

Telephone

+66 (0) 2 649 9222

Transport

Thailand Cultural Centre Metro station

Website

Siam Niramit Website

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