Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, 494 Ratchadamri Rd [BTS Ratchadamri]
Timings: Daily noon-2:30pm & 6:30pm-2am
City’s liveliest spot offers yummy Italian food and latest music bands. High society crowd frequents this decade-old venue until the lunch hour. The evenings see expats and Thai executive crowd thronging the place for its first-class food. Surprisingly, the food here is affordable, in spite of being a five-star joint. You may try anything on the menu, but make sure you are getting Bangkok’s best sangria. By 10pm, the diners vacate the place and it is time for live music bands playing high-octane music. The dance floor gets filled up in no time. During weekends, this place sees long queues outside.
Lobby Level, Nai Lert Park Swissotel, 2 Witthayu Rd, [BTS Ploen Chit]
Timings: Daily 6pm-2am
This stylish hangout has unique atmosphere with glass-encased bar, translucent bubble chairs, amorphous couches and ornate lighting. The drinks menu is long with lots of signature cocktails. However, the best are the Asian-flavored martinis and spicy creations like the Wasabi Mary. This place is usually less crowded than the rest, but it is not something to complain about.
Conrad Hotel, 87 Witthayu Rd [BTS Ploen Chit]
Web site: www.87bangkok.com
Timings: Daily 9pm-2am
This high-end nightspot offers the ultimate entertainment to the hotel guests. A lively band playing the latest music and innovative DJs are its trademarks. Occasionally, they have Bhangra Nights with pulsating Indian music. The Italian restaurant attached to 87+ has ritzy décor and good food. The Diplomat Bar here offers excellent live jazz.
Sheraton Grande, Sukhumvit 250, Sukhumvit Rd
Web site: www.barsubangkok.com
Timings: Daily 6pm-2am
This informal nightspot is true to its tagline – ‘Eat, play, dance’. This place is frequented by 30+ crowd. House, hip-hop and techno music are not played here to suit their taste. The DJs play 70s and 80s music along with soul, funk, rock and world music. The two-star Michelin Chef, Belgian Yves Mattagne, creates an array of chic bar snacks – sushi, sashimi, tapas and not so chic tom yum kung jelly. Wonder of wonders! All these come with a very reasonable price tag!
26 Sukhumvit Soi 11 [BTS Nana]
Web site: www.bedsupperclub.com
Timings: Daily 7:30pm-1am
The hi-tech atmosphere is spurred by the spaceship-like design. The cozy all-white interior clubbed with sleek design gives the place a touch of class. The excellent food and the adjoining bar have attracted the fashionable crowd of Bangkok. The talented house DJs and those imported ones for special occasions add value to the ‘Bed’, as it is popularly known as. Their weekly specials – Hip-Hop party on Tuesday, Model Night on Wednesday and the burlesque show ‘Think Pink’ on Sunday – fill the place to capacity.
Silom, Soi 4, [BTS Sala Daeng], [MRT Silom]
Timings: Daily 8pm-2am
It is a lively hangout for all, in the predominantly gay area. It is famous for the excellent house music and live percussion music. The place is rather dark and multileveled with a Moroccan flavor. The atmosphere here is relaxing, but weekends are usually crowded.
34 Sukhumvit Soi 11 [BTS Nana]
Web site: www.gbarbangkok.com
Timings: Daily 8pm-1am
This is a New York-style nightspot with international flavor. Their long list of hard drinks and imported DJs playing latest music is different from the other Bangkok nightclubs. It is packed to capacity every night. The special nights – Sunday’s Beat Therapy hip hop party, Wednesday’s Block Party with hip hop & funk classics (free entry for ladies), and Liquid Thursday’s Funky House – are a huge hit with the crowd. The outdoor terrace offers a little solitude and breathing space for those who wish. It is a great place for people-watching. There is Q Bar Samui at Chaweng Beach as well.
96/4-5 Sukhumvit Soi 23 [BTS Asoke], [MRT Sukhumvit]
Web site: www.glowbkk.com
Timings: Daily 6pm-1am
Innovative music is the key to the success of this nightclub. This club-bar-lounge has stylish design, modern lightings, trendy seating and a striking bar. The club plays different music daily, but hip-hop is a no-no.
Lang Suan Soi 5
Timings: Tue-Sun 1am – till late
This Bangkok nightclub is the most happening place frequented by the high-society crowd. The dancing floor is spacious with the podium in the middle for DJs. The talented DJs ensure that the house music and electro played here is not the usual nightclub stuff. On special occasions, they import European DJs. The admission fee gets you one or two drinks.
Sri Ayutthaya Rd (opp. Siam City Hotel) [BTS Phaya Thai]
Web site: www.club-culture-bkk.com
Timings: Tues-Sun 8pm-1am
Admission fee: 400 baht (incl. 2 free drinks)
This club is owned by Buzzin’ Mag and Cafe Democ, the online clubber’s guide. As you enter the club through a carpeted and curtained stairwell, the elegant chandeliers and Thai-style woodwork greets you. The open dance floor is surrounded by cozy sofas and stools, where you can sit and relax with a drink or two. The crowd consists of locals and expats and this diversity is reflected in music as well. They claim to promote new talent, but they bring in bigwigs once in a while.
Royal City Avenue (RCA)
This is a strip of clubs, pubs and bars, that haven’t lost their charm over years. The loud music, tacky lights and garish atmosphere have many fans in Bangkok.
The clubs here are Thai-style with tables, chairs and the all important whisky bottle on the dance floor itself. If you are too drunk to dance, you can find a place to sit down.
Some of the popular clubs in RCA are Route 66, Flix/Slim and Jazz It. All these have two rooms – one dedicated solely to repetitive hip-hop, R&B and Thai pop, the other playing house music or live Thai band. The crowd is young and seems to like what is doled out.
Whiskey, beer and cocktails are available and are affordable. If you feel hungry, Thai snacks and dishes are available.
RCA is declared as an ‘Entertainment Zone’. Still the 1am limit applies. As the security is tight in most places, bring your ID to gain entrance. Admission is free.
To reach here: [MRT Roma 9 Petchburi] or [BTS Thonglor] and a short cab ride.