Bangkok is infamous for its nightlife, and as such choosing the best bars to go to is not an easy task in a city filled with some of the best, most unique and hottest bars and clubs in the world. Here are the top 10 best bars to enjoy a night out in Bangkok, Thailand.
The sheer amount of bars, clubs and nightlife hotspots in Bangkok make choosing the best of them an almost impossible task, which is why a large part of this list will be my personal preferences as well, but you can take that as advice from someone who has been visiting Thailand for 20 years and has spent a significant amount of time in this amazing, sleepless city.
The list is based primarily on four main factors; the location, the price and quality of the drinks, the atmosphere and most importantly (because bars in Bangkok really have to stand out) the unique selling points. And just as a disclaimer, none of these bars are that type of bar, that is a different list and one I am not interested in. So in no particular order, here are my top 10 best bars in Bangkok!
Clubhouse Sports Bar And Grill.
A popular sports bar, the Clubhouse is always generally busy but for very good reason. This relaxed bar is a home away from home for many expats and has over 200 satellite channels on 11 screens showing sports from all over the world. It also has an awesome grill selection to go with your beer, and not to mention the choice of beers, from local Chang to imported Stella or Miller on draft! They even have a pool table upstairs!
Location: 21/1-3 Soi Sukhumvit 23 in Klong Toey, Bangkok.
Sing Sing Theatre Bar.
The award winning Sing Sing Bar is an absolute masterclass in opulent theatre as well as just happening to be a bar. Decked out like a cross between a 1920s Shanghai speakeasy and a Chinese theatre with red velvet curtains, Chinese lanterns, wooden dragons and privacy screens decorating a maze like interior of mezzanines, balconies and floors all leading to the dance floor, this is an over the top, opulent drinking experience bar none, and if you want to flash the cash you can really go to town on the top shelf liquor you won’t find in most bars!
Location: Sukhumvit 45 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
1826 Mixology Rooftop Bar.
The 1826 bar is located on top of the Rembrandt Hotel in Sukhumvit and offers some seriously great views of the city. The drinks are good and reasonably priced for a hotel bar and they have a solid selection of house own cocktail mixes, but it really is the ambience and the view you come for!
Location: 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18 Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110 Thailand.
About Eatery Bar.
Okay this one is a little bit of a cheat because it isn’t just a bar, it is a laid back restaurant too, but they are so serious about craft beer and small batch craft liquors that it had to go on the list. The food is great too, with a lot of natural, farm to table Italian options, so it is a great option if you get peckish when you drink. The About Eatery Bar is stylish and modern, but not too much, and is a good, laid back, mid week option for hanging out with your mates.
Location: Ocean Tower II, Sukhumvit 21 Soi 3, Khlong Toei, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
The Bamboo Bar.
The Bamboo bar is a live Jazz institution in Bangkok, known for it’s lively Jazz nights and live bands, even when the band isn’t playing you can still enjoy some Coltrane, Baker and Ella Fitzgerald! The 50’s colonial opulence vibe is full on, with a huge mirrored ceiling, leather and rattan furniture, but this time the award winning cocktails take centre stage above the venue. The cocktails – made by a multiple award winning team – taste awesome, but are served with a huge amount of showmanship! Think fire, mist and alcohol!
Location: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Ave, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Maggie Choo’s Bar.
Maggie Choo’s is a speakeasy style bar with a sensuous 1920s Shanghai vibe. It isn’t easy to find, it is located in the basement of the Novotel Bangkok hotel, and the entrance is hidden down a set of stairs and behind a small Cantonese restaurant next to the hotel (the bar itself is behind a large black curtain) adding to the speakeasy atmosphere. The decor is distinctly roaring twenties Shanghai and the decor just adds to the history of the venue, with private, exposed brick booths hidden inside the old East India Companies bank vaults (complete with massive steel doors), and a grand piano that is used for nightly performances. The cocktails are a bit pricey for the area but it’s worth it just for the entertainment factor and the ambience.
Location: Novotel Bangkok Hotel, 320 Silom Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand.
Havana Social Bar.
Continuing with the prohibition theme is Havana Social, but this time with a distinct pre revolution Cuban twist! The drinks are all classic rum cocktails and the decor is authentically Cuban, with dim lights, crumbling plaster, exposed beams and Cuban furniture and framed pictures. The best thing about this bar though is the secret entrance! There is no signage or anything to tell you that it is there, instead the entrance is a secret door hidden behind a retro phone booth. Step inside, dial the ‘secret code’ and the false door swings open! Drinking in Bangkok is definitely an experience beyond the drinks! Make sure you dress up a little here though, it isn’t totally formal but it does attract a very socialite crowd so you’ll look out of place in your cargo shorts and T Shirt.
Location: 41, 3 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
The Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Bangkok, a luxury hotel near Lumphini park, is a place to come to when you want to dress up and impress! A rooftop bar on the 61st floor, this is one of the tallest bars in Bangkok and has epic views of the city! The long, elongated shape of the bar is unique and gives a very luxurious, out of this world experience, but it is quite small so best to get their early if you want a seat with the best views!
Location: 61st Floor, Banyan Tree Bangkok, 21/100 South Sathon Road, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Tep Bar is one of those rare bars that give you a deeper glimpse into Thai life, located down a quiet street in Chinatown it is a strange maze of rooms and mezzanines with just enough room for a few bar stools at the bar and a live band playing local Thai music on traditional instruments. It is for now, mostly young Thai’s who go here and serves drinks that you won’t find anywhere else, like Thai moonshine and Ya Dong, a Thai herbal whiskey!
Location: 69 -71, Yi Sip Song Karakadakhom 4 Alley, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100, Thailand.
The Sportsman Bar And Restaurant.
The Sportsman is a Bangkok institution, if you want burgers, beer, video games, dartboards and live sports games, then this place is for you! With ten projector screens showing different sports games from Sky Sports, BBC, BT sport and all the major games and channels, you will find whatever it is you are looking for here! They even allow you to request a recording of a specific sport so you can watch it later if your chosen team is playing in a different time zone.
Location: 10 22 Soi Sukhumvit 13, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
Remember this is just a selection of some of my favourite bars and places to hang out at night in Bangkok, but there are literally thousands of others to choose from in the city of Angels, so no matter what you fancy, a casual pint while watching the game or a high end classy hipster bar for mingling with friends, there is something for you here!