Bangkok’s vibrant nightlife offers an almost infinite amount of options so much more than just the naughty male’s One Night in Bangkok wet dream. A night out here can easily have you flitting between conventional cutting edge and downright surreal and usually in a matter of steps or failing that a short taxi ride. It’s little wonder that Bangkok pulls in so many revellers from across the city and beyond.
Bars and cocktail lounges attract the well-heeled and fabulous for slick drinks and smart design. Innovative nightclubs thrill international clubbers with rave scene and hip-hop culture sounds. Folksy jazz, blues and rock venues please live music fans. Alternatively sports junkies and the homesick have pubs heaps of them, many as welcoming and well stocked as your local boozer, want to party till sunrise or thereabouts. Despite party pooping official closing hours and as long as you are cool with doing it in a louche back street style you can. (most venues must shut between 1-2am.)
The lively Silom, Sathorn commercial district is a throbbing nightlife centre. From Irish themed pubs to Patpong’s glaring go-go scene, right through to pumping Djs and bars in the sky, there’s something for all. The city’s gay scene is also busiest here with the pink flag flying proudest around Silom sois 2 and 4 and the sleazier Surawong Road.
Sukhumvit, Bangkok’s major thoroughfare and its myriad adjoining sois host many of the city’s flashest and debauched nightspots. On Soi11. The more degenerate side of Bangkok nightlife shines in Sukhumvit’s two adults only streetscapes Nana Plaza and more carnivalesque Soi Cowboy Soi 23 and voguish but affordable hotspots and all tall tables, live hip-hop and whisky-sippin urban youth abound in the hot-to-trot sois of thong Lor and Ekamai sois 55 and 63.
Northeast of the Sukhumvit area, Royal City Avenue or RCA features a mall strip of megaclubs where hordes of young, flirty Thais congregate, especially on weekends. Other notable hot spots include Bang Lamphu, the hedonistic backpacker hub that is legendary Kao San Road and the bohemian cafe or bar scene on Phra Athit Road.
The Chao Phraya River has yet to live up to its true potential as a nightlife center. However, many of the city’s top hotels offer five star cocktails, riverside. Alternatively for bird’s eye views of the river and high altitude cocktails.