Bangkok Nightlife - Clubs, Shows, Entertainment
Bangkok's vibrant life is never interrupted, day or night. Night Bangkok is famous all over the world for its clubs, bars, flashy shows, noisy discos, great restaurants. The rich and diverse nightlife of Bangkok has no competition in the world.
If this is your first time in Thailand's capital and you're planning a night out, it's a good idea to research the location of the venues beforehand. Nightlife venues are scattered all over the city, but there are a few of the main and most lively and popular nightlife centers in Bangkok:
Patpong or Red Light District
Patpong is the local red light district located in the Silom Street area. It covers an area of two small streets, and this is where Patpong Night Market is also located.
It begins its work at 6 p.m., tourists often call it a "night attraction" and enjoy spending long hours here. This area is best known for its bars, a variety of orientation, and massage parlors. The most attractive tourists consider the bar Madrid, Crown Royal, King's Group Bars, Cosmos.
The Rawhide Lounge and Bar, located at the beginning of Patpong, is also popular. Here you can relax on the loungers and soft couches to the sound of pleasant music. Guests are offered different kinds of adult massage, hookah, inexpensive alcohol.
There are also quieter, quieter places on Patpong. For example, O'Reilly's Irish Pub, The Barbican bar. If billiards interests you and you're wondering what to do that night, go to Red Parrot, Vietnam war or The Old Other Office.
Silom Street itself is a recognized Thai Wall Street. And when night falls, it opens its bars, restaurants, clubs - there is also an active nightlife here.
Patpong and Silom Street establishments are very popular among foreigners. If you plan to rest in these areas, it is worth knowing that they are located near the metro stations: BTS (surface) - Sala Daeng and MRT (underground) - Silom.
Popular entertainment venues
Nana Plaza, which is located at the beginning of Sukhumit Road, is also considered one of Bangkok's most visited nighttime neighborhoods.
The most famous entertainment venues: Playskool, Mandarin, Rock Hard, Carnival Silver, Rainbow bars, Hollywood Rock.
Soi Cowboy, located at the end of Sukhumvit Street. It can be reached by Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) trains, getting off at Sukhumvit Station or Nana Station. Soi Cowboy Street is known as a mini red light street in the heart of the capital.
It is bounded on both sides by Asoke Street and Soi 23, where there is the widest selection of nightclubs and a variety of entertainment venues in the city.
- The most famous nightclub on Soi Cowboy is Baccara. It's a brightly lit two-story building - you can't miss it. Its repertoire includes go-go, striptease, and once a week, foam parties. The highlight of the club is the transparent ceiling-floor between the floors.
Prices for alcoholic drinks start at 180 baht (5.2$), a dinner for two with alcohol will cost you an average of 1,000 baht (29$). But the entrance to the place is free.
- Go Go Bar Dollhouse is a "dollhouse" filled with local "girls". If you are attracted to reckless, fun nightlife: ping pong shows, you - to this most famous and popular go-go bar in Bangkok.
Sukhumvit Street during the day is, above all, a lot of institutions, modern large shopping and entertainment centers and expensive hotels. And at dusk there are a variety of trendy bars, restaurants, nightclubs in Bangkok.
The most popular bar is Q-Bar, it has gained fame as a fashionable and sophisticated establishment presenting good dance music. The bar often invites famous DJs from all over the world and popular music groups. Among the bar's regulars are representatives of the local elite and foreign celebrities, Russian-speaking tourists like to come here too.
Spasso, Grand Hyatt Erawan is an underground club-bar. It offers a rich selection of gourmet Italian cuisine. The bar is popular among expats.
Vacationers are advised to pre-book a table at Spasso.
Bars often visited by tourists from CIS countries: Barsu, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel, Bed Supperclub, NARZ Bangkok, Glow Nightclub (there are various theme parties).
Concept CM² is the only club in Siam Square and is the main entertainment center of this area of Bangkok. It is located in the basement of Novotel Bangkok.
The club is equipped with a unique stage, where musical groups from all over the world perform. And local and guest DJs offer incendiary music of different styles.
On Kaosan Road is Club Culture, a revamped version of the Thai classical theater. The club hosts a variety of events and invites famous musicians. The club regularly hosts a variety of themed evenings and has a large dance floor. Loud music and pleasant atmosphere are guaranteed.
And on Rathetewi, next to the BTS subway station, is Coco Walk, a beach-inspired outdoor area. In the center of it is a large Thai-style barbecue. For 99 baht (3$), you can walk up to the picnic tables and enjoy an unlimited amount of cooked food. And around the tables are bars, small cozy establishments offering a rich entertainment program. This place is very popular among Thai youth. If you go down Rathetewi Street, you will soon see Rock Pub.
On Royal City Avenue there is an entire nightlife complex with many discotheques, luring visitors with plenty of bright lights and stylish music, bars, clubs, and massage parlors for adults. A nighttime movie theater, RCA's House Cinema, also opened here.
Royal City's most popular venues include Route 66, frequented by local students, Slim & Flix, Baroque, and 808 Club. The Cosmic Bar is known as a quieter nightlife option, offering the chance to play pool to the sound of soft music.
Night cruises along Chao Phraya and Panorama
If you prefer a more romantic experience, Bangkok offers night cruises on the "river of kings" - Chao Phraya. They give you the opportunity to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner, tropical breezes and unforgettable panoramic views of Bangkok at night.
Advocates of Thai cuisine should pay attention to the cruise liners Ayutthaya, Bangkok Manohra, Loy Nava, and on board Wanfah you can enjoy Thai seafood menu and Thai classical dances.
Grand Pearl, Shangri-la Horizon, and Chao Phraya also offer classic choreography for lovers of the international menu.
These pleasure cruises usually last about two hours and start at half past six in the evening. And prices range from 1,000 baht (30$) to 2,500 baht (73.5$).
It is worth bearing in mind that it is forbidden to bring and drink alcohol on board.
You can admire the night of Bangkok from the observation deck of the highest building in the capital - Baiyoke Sky Hotel (88 floors). There are also five restaurants with both exclusively Thai and international cuisine.
The most famous and popular nightlife restaurant in the capital is Sala Rim Nam. It is located on the shore of Chao Phraya, across the street from the Oriental Hotel. It offers a wide variety of traditional Thai dishes and great music.
Shows and Cabarets
Ladyboy shows are especially popular and of interest to tourists. If you are planning what to do that evening, attending a ladyboy show is a great option. These are cabaret theaters of sorts, where singers, entertainers, dancers, and ballerinas are transvestites. The troupes give up to three bright, colorful, humorous performances every day.
The most famous is the Callypso Cabaret Show, located in the famous Asiatic Mall on the capital's Waterfront. It is a pioneer of such shows in Thailand, starting in 1988.
Calypso presents two shows at 8:15 and 9:15 p.m., 15 minutes apart, daily. The audience is treated to sumptuous sets and rousing theatrical action of either a dramatic or comedic nature. Original plots and costumes, beautiful sound and light, modern and folk dances, songs and music.
Not inferior to Calypso in popularity and cabaret Playhouse, which opened in October 2012 at The Asia Hotel.
The Golden Dome cabaret show is located in the Ratchada district. One way to get here is to take the Bangkok Metropolitan (MRT) to Sutthisan Station. From there take a cab, but you can also walk along Sutthisan Rd to the end of the street in about 15 minutes. The Golden Dome presents three brilliant shows daily (5:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm).
Behind the famous Chatuchak Market, there are also several establishments aimed at non-traditional customers. Several bars and saunas are located on Sapan Kwai and Sukumvit.
The main customers here are local residents.
Soi Ramkhamhaeng 89/2 and Lamsalee are other such places. It's a dance club frequented by Thai students, mostly because of the low price of drinks.
Clubs and Entertainment for Sex Minorities
In certain circles, the nightlife of Bangkok, also called the fun night capital of Asia - non-traditional. The main minority entertainment districts of Bangkok are considered: Silom, Soi 2 and Soi 4. On Soi 2 there are mostly dance clubs of the respective orientation, such as DJ Station, Freeman and Expresso.
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Soi 4 is better known for its pubs, bars and restaurants, the best of which are: Balcony Bar, Sphinx and Telephone Pub, the distinctive feature of which is the presence of phones on the tables, which you can use to call your favorite guest at the neighboring table. Nearby is Pharoah's Karaoke, a music bar.
The Silom neighborhood is popular for its minority nightclubs: G.O.D., Expresso, Disco Disco, X Boom, DJ Station. Among the go-go bars, the most popular are: Bar Tawan, Bar Classic and Bar Dream Boy. They offer various shows, exotic dancing, bodybuilding, lady-boy comedy, and more.
For nighttime entertainment for non-traditional girls, the number of places in Bangkok is somewhat less. The most popular and most visited are: Shela Pub and Woo-bar at W Hotel.
Located on the bottom floor of the hotel and open every Friday from 7:30pm), Lesla Night at the Chit Chat Pub opens every Saturday at 7pm, admission 200 baht (5.8$).
Zeta Pub is open daily from 8 p.m., admission, exclusively for non-traditional girls. The Vega Bar & Restaurant is open from 11:00 to 2:00, except Sundays. The bar belongs to the "ladies of the night" and safely neighbors the restaurant. Accordingly, the audience here is very diverse.