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Bangkok Nightlife and Entertainment - From Lively Backpacker Bars to Cool Jazz Clubs and Hip Cocktail Lounges

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Energetic and diverse, the nightlife scene in Bangkok offers much more than just drinking in relaxed backpacker joints around the Khao San Road, or visiting Patpong's infamous go-go bars. You can sip cocktails in chic rooftop bars as you gaze across the skyline, listen to jazz musicians jamming in atmospheric clubs, or dance until dawn as international DJs play house, hip-hop, and electro.

Rooftop bars

 

After sunset, Bangkok's many rooftop bars offer a scenic retreat from the bustling streets below. One of the most popular and fashionable options is Sky Bar, which appeared in the film "The Hangover Part II". You can sample a "Hangovertini", a drink dedicated to the cast. Other hot spots among the skyscrapers include the cool Octave bar, where Asian-style tapas is served on a decked terrace with 360-degree views, and trendy Cloud 47, where you can perch on white cubes and listen to live bands.

 

Sky Bar

 

A world-famous rooftop bar, perched almost 250 meters above street level. Drink inventive cocktails mixed at a circular, colour-changing bar and admire the city lights twinkling below.

 

The Dome at lebua, 63rd floor, 1055/42 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500Tel: +66 2 624 9555

 

Sky Bar website

Live jazz and blues

 

Bangkok's popular jazz and blues bars are a laid-back alternative to some of the city's wilder nighttime offerings. The veteran "jazz boutique" Brown Sugar, which recently moved to a new 200-seat venue, has been drawing crowds since 1985 with its regular gigs and jam sessions. Other stalwart venues include the mellow Blues Bar in the traveller hotspot Banglamphu, while the sophisticated Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental hotel hosts jazz musicians every night. To check out a more recent arrival on the jazz scene, head to The Iron Fairies in trendy Thonglor.

 

Bamboo Bar

 

A legendary bar open since 1953. Creative cocktails, opulent surroundings, and live jazz make this a memorable place to hang out.

 

48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500. Tel: +66 2 659 9000

 

Bamboo Bar website

 

The Iron Fairies

 

An enchanting jazz bar with fairytale decor. Musicians play in a quirky space, surrounded by wrought iron staircases, chandeliers, and bottles of "fairy dust".

 

402 Soi Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok. Tel: +66 2 714 8875

 

The Iron Fairies website

 

Buzzy drinking spots

 

The backpacker hub of Banglamphu is lined with easygoing bars where you can listen to live bands and drink Thai beer. Hippie de Bar, in an alley just off the frenetic Khao San Road, is a popular courtyard venue with retro decor and a pool table. Brick Bar, on the same street, hosts regular ska and reggae bands. For a more stylish experience of the Thai capital at night, make your way to the Thonglor district, where cutting-edge bars like Bad Motel and Water Library mix creative cocktails.

 

Brick Bar

 

A vibrant bar that's usually packed with an energetic Thai crowd. Live ska and reggae bands draw a big audience, sometimes maxing out the venue's huge 1,200-person capacity.

 

265 Khao San Road, Taladyot, Pranakor, Bangkok. Tel: +66 2 629 4556

 

Brick Bar website

 

Bad Motel

 

A hip bar designed to look like it's in the process of demolition. Spread across 3 stories, it offers imaginative cocktails and Thai street food alongside regular exhibitions and gigs.

 

Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok. Tel: +66 2 712 7288

 

Bad Motel website

 

Clubbing in the capital

 

Club-lined Royal City Avenue (RCA) is the place to head for an energetic night of drinking and dancing. DJs and bands entertain crowds of Thai and foreign partygoers every day of the week at the city's most popular venues. Institutions in this designated "nightlife zone" include super-clubs Route 66 and Slim & Flix, plus buzzing Onyx, where you can expect to hear DJs spinning techno and house tunes. For a slightly less sweaty atmosphere, why not pack your bathing suit and check out a lively pool party at Ocean Bangkok in Sukhumvit.

 

Route 66

 

A massive club which is popular with both locals and foreigners. Route 66 has an eclectic music policy, with DJs playing hip-hop and pop, while live bands take to the stage in one of the clubs other wings.

 

29/33 - 48 Royal City Avenue Building, Soi Soonvijai, Rama 9 Rd, Bangkapi, Huay Kwang, Bangkok. Tel: +66 2 203 0936

 

Route 66 website

 

Onyx

 

A sleek megaclub hosting techno and house sets by the city's best DJs and MCs. Strobe lighting and professional dancers ramp up the high-energy atmosphere on the dance floor.

 

Royal City Avenue, Soi Soonvijai, Rama 9 Road, Bangkapi, Huay Kwang, Bangkok. Tel: +66 8 1645 1166

 

Onyx website