The recent alterations to the law regarding shisha in Bangkok have only seemed to stimulate the city’s obsession with the craze. Frankly, we don’t know what’s going on with the exact rules and regulations regarding shisha. What we do know, however, is that these certain types of bar – typically decked-out in Middle Eastern décor and loaded with trendy locals splashing cash on sweet tobacco and even sweeter cocktails – seem to be more popular than ever.
We’ve scanned the city, from the Lamborghini-lined streets of Thonglor to the more rough-and-ready surroundings of Khao San Road to bring you this list of Bangkok’s finest shisha bars.
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This Bollywood-themed bar sit atop of the Opus building on Thonglor Soi 10, which is home to about three other shisha bars down below (such as Opus and Bombay Blues). Desi Beats sets itself apart from the rest with a nice rooftop terrace affording some modest views across to Sukhumvit, whilst the inside room provides an air-conditioned haven with comfy cushioned-floor seating. Each table here has a removable centre to fit your hefty shisha pipe, which comes in all the classic flavours like apple, peach, orange, mint for around 500 baht a pop. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00-02:00 daily
- Location: Opus Building 8th floor, 139 Thonglor Soi 10
- Tel: +66(0) 81 683 8889
Brew Pub at Seen Space is best-known for its hefty lineup of imported beers, but it also doubles as a favourite spot for young Bangkokians and expats to come for shisha too. The whole of Seen Space is a great place to hang out even if you’re not a fan of the hookah; most of the seating here is outside, meaning the secondhand smoke from the table next door dissipates into the air, rather than filling your lungs. Brew Pub probably has the best range of drinks and shisha, but head over to the adjacent Fat’r Gutz (for their classic fish and chips) or Clouds (thin crust pizza) if you’re craving food rather than nicotine. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00-02:00 Daily
- Location: Seen Space Mall, Thong Lor Soi 13, Bangkok
- Tel: +66(0)2 185 2366
Not actually located on Khao San but rather just off it on the quieter ‘Soi Rambuttri’, Bombay Blues is like no other bar you’ll find in this neck of the woods. Firstly, the crowd is decidedly more local than your average Khao San drinking spot, with students from the nearby Universities packing-out the place after class on the weekends. The whole venue is distinctly Indian in theme too, which means a menu full of curries, a bold red-on-yellow colour scheme and of course, shisha pipes at pretty much every table. They’ve got Jenga, Connect 4 and other board games to keep you occupied too. There’s also a branch of Bombay Blues (same owners, same theme) on Thonglor Soi 10 in the Opus Building. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00-01:00
- Location: At the far end of Soi Rambuttri, Chao Fah Road
- Address: 51 Soi Rambutri, Banglampoo Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200
Sukhumvit Road Soi 3/1 is where you’ll find the capital’s highest concentration of Arabic, Middle Eastern and Indian restaurants, bars, shops, and cafes. Inevitably, this small alleyway is a haven for authentic, regional halal food, imported sweet teas and of course, shisha pipes. Most of the bars and restaurants here do hookah pipes for around half of what you pay in Thonglor (around 200-300 baht), and one of our go-to spots in called Nine Ball Café, on the northeastern corner of the soi. The place is a little staid and normally full of guys, but just think of this as adding to the authenticity of the place (girls are actually very welcome too).
- Opening Hours: 12:00-01:00
- Location: Sukhumvit Soi 3/1
Another Arabic bar/restaurant to specialize in Shisha in Bangkok is Al Majlis, a short walk taxi ride up from Asoke BTS, or a short walk down from Petchaburi Road. True to its name, meaning ‘living room’, the venue creates a relaxed vibe with low lighting and cushioned floor seating inside, whilst the outdoor terrace is the best place for hookah pipes, which come in around half-a-dozen different flavours from 400 baht. Feeling hungry? Go for any one of their signature tagine stews, which come served piping hot in those authentic orange clay pots.
- Opening Hours: 16:30-01:00 Daily
- Location: 68/2 Soi Julin Sukhumvit 21 (Asoke), Sukhumvit Road
- Tel: +66(0)81 825 2799