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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Bangkok Nightlife

Bamboo Bar

Bangkok’s definitive bar experience is at the Oriental Hotel. Enjoy award-winning cocktails amid a tropical film noir theme, wonder whether the attentive staff is telepathic, or simply enjoy Bangkok's best jazz.

48 Oriental Ave., 011-66-2-659-9000,
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | historic | hotel bar

Bed Supperclub

All-white Bed is the epicenter of fashionable dining and clubbing. Lounge on beds and sofas and try to get the attention of the staff to order imaginative bottles of prime whiskeys. The music tends towards mainstream hip hop, electro and house.

26 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 011-66-2-651-3537,
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | smart splurge | trendy | lounge | dancing

Club Café

Bangkok’s main gay strip is anchored by DJ Station, the local playground for Bangkok’s gay crowd, but insiders head next door to Club Café to sip on mind-bending cocktails amid Moorish surroundings and watch the crowds pass by.

Silom Soi 2,
Tags: nightlife | local favorite | bar | gay

Fogo Vivo

The hub of all things Latin, this high-class basement joint blends a fun Brazilian churrascaria and a very lush bar with regular, free express salsa classes and giddy merengue and samba parties that threaten to bring down the place.

873 Ploenchit Rd., 011-6-2-656-0384,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | local favorite | bar menu | latin music

Q Bar

The rowdier sister of Bed, Q Bar sees a business-heavy crowd invading the bar on the search for stiff drinks – the Iced Teas blow away those brain cells. If you're tired from grinding to hip hop and house downstairs, head upstairs to the lounge, the terrace, or a very minimalistic Japanese bistro.

34 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 011-66-2-252-3274,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing | nightclub


This UFO-like structure atop the Hilton is home to a cool jazz bar where Bangkok's haves whoop it up in style. The drinks, the service, and the music are faultless, but most people come for the heart-stopping views from this 430-foot-high perch.

Millennium Hilton, 123 Charoennakorn Rd., 011-66-2-442-200,
Tags: nightlife | views | hotel bar | jazz

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