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Bad Motel is a multi-purpose, three storey shophouse that is turning heads on Bangkok’s ultra trendy Thong Lor street thanks to a style best described as ‘demolition chic’. Half of the building is rubble, with big, gaping holes giving passersby the chance to glimpse inside and see teams of young artists creating abstract graffiti on the walls upstairs, while on the ground floor, full length windows show off an impressive cocktail bar running along one wall, with bare concrete floors and whitewashed brick that is reminiscent of a New York loft party. Out back there is a beautiful garden with enough fans to give the illusion of a sea breeze Read More...

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Bellino and Bruttino are two sister bars bringing the charm and charisma of Capri to Bangkok. Inspired by neighbourhood trattorias that line the sun-kissed Italian coast, the brainchild of this enterprise is film director Jay Boccia, who wanted somewhere with a soul where people can enjoy some hearty Italian food and sample some great value wine, before moving next door or onto the cosy terrace for a Perdomo cigar, classic cocktail or fine single malt whisky. Read More...

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The guys behind this gentlemen’s club-style whiskey bar seem achieve whole new realms of coolness without even trying, and there’s a reason why. Owner Chavin Nantaterm previously worked alongside Bangkok’s most in-demand ‘barchitect’, Ashley Sutton, and he’s also responsible for the equally smart Black Amber Barber Shop across the road. Items from Nantaterm’s personal antique collection are placed throughout the space, including some gorgeous leather armchairs tucked away in a corner at the back, a grand piano, and an entire ostrich skeleton waiting to greet you upon arrival in the lobby. Bangkok’s whiskey drinkers should also take note; there’s a vast selection of single malts stacked behind the dimly-lit bar, Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 18:00-late
  • Location: Thonglor Soi 6
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Stepping into the Bookshop Bar on Sukhumvit 38 is like entering Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland. It's not just about (great) cocktails and food, this is easily one of the most incredible bars in town, with an exuberant decor courtesy of designer Ashley Sutton, who also created the popular Iron Fairies and Mr Jones’ Orphanage Cake Shop.

It feels like a maze at first with staircases leading to the ceiling or to nowhere, floating shelves and piles of books sliding up and down from the ceiling (yes you read it correctly, dozens books are literally moving up and down out of suspended bookshelves). If you had to sum Read More...

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Brew Beers and Ciders has the largest stock of beers, ciders and ales in Bangkok and is the place for anyone who tires of the predictable Chang, Singha and Tiger which make up Thailand’s usual selection. At Brew, there is an unbelievable range of draft and bottled beers from micro breweries around the world, and you are pretty much guaranteed to find even the most bespoke of tipples. As with other imported non-essentials, imported beers are subjected to heavy tax so don’t expect a bargain here – expect to pay around 250 baht a beer, up to 300 baht for stronger or more unusual Belgian abbey beers. Brew is on Read More...

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With bare brick walls covered in graffiti, exposed piping and metal shutters instead of doors, you could be forgiven for thinking Demo is an abandoned warehouse, but it is actually one of the coolest and most fashionable nightclubs in Bangkok. Demo is actually one of two clubs connected together, and guests are free to move between the two. Funky Villa next door attracts a more mainstream crowd and has a more eclectic music policy; live acts play party tunes for everyone to sing along with, and DJs are encouraged to play a range of chart and R&B tunes. Demo is darker and rocks out to more bass-heavy beats. Expect to Read More...

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One of the more recent arrivals on Thonglor’s ever-expanding clubbing scene is Do Not Disturb (or DND Club for short), which opened in 2014 behind Nung Len pub. Unlike most clubs in the neighbourhood, EDM is played here all night long, and there is a dedicated booth for local DJs to see how many big-bass-drops they can squeeze into a night. The place is styled as a vintage motel (think old TV-sets on the walls, used suitcases stacked up and fake hotel doors), and the old barber shop-style smoking room is worth a quick look even if you’re not a smoker. Before a night of dancing, you can always head upstairs Read More...

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One of the hottest clubs in Thonglor at the moment is Escobar, which originally opened to cater for the overflow from the adjacent Nung Len pub. However, after a recent facelift the club has seen a new lease of life, and now appeals more for young and trendy Thais looking to some throw shapes to techno, rather than scream their hearts out to the melodramatic Thai pop across the street. 

As well as a proper DJ booth, there’s a chill-out zone around the back, a cool LED bar and an air-hockey table. Bottles of Red Label start at 900 baht, but unless you like your whiskey neat, expect the final Read More...

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Fat Gutz Bar in Bangkok is known throughout the city, but it is most famous for two things: live music and fish and chips. Live music is played here every night from 21:00, but if you want a seat you should get here early because the dimensions of the bar are very, very small. The live band plays under the stairs in a cubby hole space that barely leaves room to move, but the lack of personal space is excellent at achieving one thing – it gets everyone feeling part of the scene and as such the atmosphere is excellent on weekends. If you are in the mood for wholesome Read More...

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Comprising four unique floors, Grease Nightclub in Bangkok is an all inclusive venue that offers something for everyone – from hardcore clubbers to rooftop stargazers. Specifically the club has a restaurant, dance venue, live music bar and a tree-lined rooftop lounge. Grease Nightclub is located on Sukhumvit Soi 49, in the Piman 49 Complex (a high end collection of shops and restaurants) opposite Samitivej Hospital. The nearest BTS station is Thong Lor but a taxi or motorbike is needed from there. Read More...

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HOUSE 10 Thonglor

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Opened mid-way through 2015, House 10 ticks (most of) the boxes when it comes to your typical upmarket Thonglor bar. An impressive mass of intricately worked iron greets you upon arrival, while indoors continues the industrial-gothic look with original exposed brickwork, jet-black framed window panels and smart vintage furnishings. We like their modern Thai dishes that go big on flavor, although on our last visit the fancy cocktails were more juice than booze, not really living up to the 300+ baht price tag. Best come for their cheap lunch menu (from 220 baht), or settle for a beer or glass of wine in the evening.

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Iron Fairies is a magical bar that is designed like an ironsmith’s workshop: dark and broody, with wrought iron staircases, exposed pipes and dilapidated timber and brick. Bottles fairy dust are stacked in rows, and everywhere you look you could chance upon little iron figurines of the winged creatures that give the bar its name. From 21:00, a live band plays jazz and soul standards with a crooner hitting the high notes of tracks that most will recognise. Come here as a couple – it’s a great place for a date – or part of a small group and enjoy stepping into another world. Read More...

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MUSE Club

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MUSE is definitely one of the more upscale Thonglor clubs, welcoming an affluent Thai crowd as well as sporting a smart rooftop chillout zone (take the elevator up to the third floor, it’s called ‘Roof Hideaway’). It’s downstairs, however, where the fun takes place, with the spacious room full with standing tables and a central stage at the front. Music policy here leans towards Thai indie bands and pop singers, although between live sets the DJ keeps the crowd moving with some bass-heavy dance music. It’s very Thai, quite upscale, but good if you’re looking for somewhere a little less claustrophobic than some of the other clubs in Thonglor.

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Nung Len has been at the forefront of the Thonglor party scene for the best part of a decade, and sees a packed house most days of the week. Emphasis here is firmly on live music, which means Thai pop backed-up by hundreds of young, drunk screaming locals. The house DJ does usually play in between each of the bands’ sets and when things start to wear down at the end of the night. Arrive early (before 22:00) if you want to get a table on the weekend – and if you can’t, head to the more foreigner-friendly Escobar across the street.

Address: 217 Sukhumvit63, Ekkamai Road, +66 (0)2 711 6564 Read More...

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Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok waited a long time for its very own rooftop bar, and then finally one came along and showed the rest of them how it should really be done. Octave Rooftop and Lounge is more than a place for watching the sunset or having a romantic meal. No rooftop bar in the city has a 360 degree view of Bangkok that matches this, and the top floor of this three level venue is the highest spot in the city for a party. Starting on the 45th floor of the Marriot Hotel Sukhumvit, a three minute walk from Thong Lor Skytrain Station, Octave Rooftop Bar and Lounge opens Read More...

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Parking Toys' Watt

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Parking Toys is a legendary name in Bangkok’s live music scene that used to be located in the north of the city on Kaset Nawamin Road – which pretty much meant the middle of nowhere for most foreign visitors. Thankfully, Parking Toys (now renamed as Parking Toys’ Watt) has up sticks to a more central location at the intersection between Ekkamai and Petchaburi Road. Nevertheless, things are still about as local as its gets: expect live Northeastern country music, spicy food and cheap Thai whiskey being consumed as though its water. Look out for special events, including ‘molam’ live performances and DJs spinning old school Asian and world music. 

Location: Intersection between Ekkamai and Petchaburi Road Open: Daily 17:00-01:00

 
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Roof Hideaway is one of the best chill out spots on Thonglor’s popular ‘Soi 10’, sitting on top of Muse Nightclub. This large open-air bar is split over two levels, with the upstairs section presenting some nice street views, and the larger downstairs area offering more of a restaurant-vibe , along with a long menu of Thai/Asian-fusion food and a live band every night Read More...

Safe House

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Safe House is always a safe bet if you’re arriving late and all the other clubs in Thonglor are either full or about to close. Despite opening most nights at 22:00, this definitely falls into the ‘after-hours’ category of club, with it only starting to fill up after midnight (unless there is a popular DJ playing) and finishing around 04:00, which is much later than other nearby clubs. Predictably, music is mainstream EDM and the crowd is young locals who have no reason to wake up early the next morning. Entry price depends on the night.

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What does a life-sized Yoda statue, a 19th Century diving helmet and Spiderman have in common… give up? They are all part of the furniture at Tuba, a bar and restaurant in Bangkok where nonconformity is a fashion statement. From the nude portraits on the walls to the vintage mismatching furniture, Tuba is like no other bar in Bangkok – or Thailand, for that matter. Part antique gallery, part bohemian hangout, with a varied Thai-Italian inspired menu and a one of the longest cocktail lists in the city, Tuba feels more like an eccentric friend’s house than a bar and restaurant. Located a few metres down Soi 21 on Ekamai Read More...

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Wine Bibber Sangria

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Despite a rather misleading name, this lively little spot is offers so much more than your standard hi-so Thonglor wine bar. Just a couple of minutes’ walk form Ekkamai BTS, Wine Bibber Sangria presents a great line-up of live music acts who take to their downstairs stage, as well as host weekend DJ sets upstairs on their second floor. Events here are pretty diverse, so you might want to check their Facebook page to see what’s coming up. Drink choices are as eclectic as the entertainment, and last time we checked they had are rather temping happy hour from 17:00-21:00. 

Open: Daily 17:00-02:00 Location: Ekkamai Road, Soi 2 Tel+66(0)2 714 0709

 
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Wanderlust Rooftop Bar

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Whilst this trendy Thonglor rooftop bar may not boast the most dazzling views of the city ever (it’s only on the fifth floor to be fair), it does deliver a funky urban-garden feel with its fake grass lawn, wooden seating arrangements, bold colours and summery indie sound track. 

Food here is mostly feel good offering like burgers, ribs and steak, whilst the drinks menu has a few imported beers (130-200 baht) as well as everyday cocktails with a twist, such as their strawberry mojito and Ocean 10 – a long island ice tea with blue caracao (200 baht). Look out for Nakiya Japanese Restaurant on Thonglor Soi 13 and head up to the top to find Wanderlust rooftop. 

Location: Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor 13), 5th floor (same building as Nakiya Japanese Restaurant) Tel: +66(0)88 696 9445 Open: Daily 18:00-02:00

 
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WTF Café and Gallery opened after four friends decided that Bangkok was lacking somewhere to eat, drink and be artistic. Its success is down to the relaxing atmosphere they have created - a lot of good things come from working with people you like. Perhaps the most easygoing place to drink around Thong Lor, WTF has an innovative cocktail list and some tasty tapas comfort food – two more reasons it has become a firm favourite for both locals and visitors. It is a short five-minute walk from Thong Lor BTS on Sukhumvit soi 51 and a great place for drinks and dinner in an unpretentious setting. Read More...

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Restaurants in Thonglor

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Following on from the success of sushi trains, izakayas and teppanyaki, the latest Japanese dining concept to hit Thailand is ‘robata’ – and Akanoya Robatayaki is the first and only place in Bangkok to try this unforgettable restaurant experience. Robata is a Japanese style of dining that is unlike anything you have ever seen before (unless you’re Japanese, that is) Read More...

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After You is a hot spot for all sweet-toothed Bangkokians, serving a range of delicious treats, including a signature shibuya honey toast. Anywhere that proclaims ‘There’s always room for dessert’ as their mantra and serves a great selection of breakfast dishes and sugary snacks quickly becomes a real must-try in Bangkok, so don’t be surprised if there is a queue during peak times, they move fast and there are now five branches around town to try them in. Read More...

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Baan Khanitha Restaurant Thonglor is a stylish dining room spread over multiple levels, serving traditional Thai food in a laid back and welcoming environment. The restaurant is decorated with modern Oriental elements, evoking the feeling of a Thai family home. Baan Khanitha is well known in Bangkok and has won multiple awards over the years so it is a great place to savour some of the mouth-watering flavours of the local cuisine. There are actually four branches of Baan Kanitha in Bangkok and each of them maintains the same high standards in terms of food and service. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 24:00 everyday
  • BTS: Thonglor Station
  • Address: 31 Soi Sukhumvit 53, Sukhumvit Rd., Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 259 8537
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Slow food is in, and the atmospheric Bo.Lan is the best place to indulge in the experience. Trained by celebrity chef David Thompson of the Michelin-starred Thai restaurant Nahm in London, the owners – a husband and wife team who are the Executive Chefs here – adhere strictly to the principles of freshness and preservation of natural tastes through the use of seasonal ingredients. Despite its innovative concept, Bo.Lan is not a fusion restaurant but quite the opposite, as its menu is inspired by ancient Thai recipes and the tastes, as you will discover, are truly original. Read More...

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Crying Thaiger Restaurant was created by the same people behind Daniel Thaiger, the incredibly popular burger truck in Bangkok. This sit-down restaurant expands the menu beyond burgers to also include barbequed steaks, lamb, pork and more. Try the Mediterranean Lamb Burger along with the dangerously addictive truffle fries. And of course, the menu includes the legendary Thai dish Crying Tiger which consists of grilled steak with a chili dipping sauce so hot it will bring tears to your eyes. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 17:00 - 23:00 everyday
  • BTS: Thong Lo
  • Address: 27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)97 052 8861
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Hidden down the narrow lane of Thonglor Soi 5, Sukhumvit, Khua Kling Pak Sod is a small and barely visible restaurant, but consistently packed on weekends. From the outside, there is no hint that really special food is served here… the entrance looks like a garage and the sign - written only in Thai - is smaller than a shoe box. So why this ballet of cars trying so desperately to find a parking spot at lunch time? Simple! Khua Kling Pak Sod is one of the few places in Bangkok serving authentic southern cuisine. Not your usual Thai fare but some deliciously fierce specialties for those who like it Read More...

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Mellow Restaurant & Bar

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Sure, Mellow Restaurant & Bar might not exactly be reinventing the wheel when it comes to nightlife in Thonglor, but what they do they do well. The bright sunlight flooding in through the huge framed creates a pleasant setting for lunch, while the soft lighting, lavish leather sofas and gentle house music soundtrack help Mellow to live up to its name after-dark. The long food menu spans from pub finger food like chicken wings and fries to more substantial mains like pastas, steak and seafood, and you can expect to pay 150-800 baht per dish. Cocktails can be hit and miss here, but arrive for their buy-one-get-one-free happy hour and you won’t complaining.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00-01:00 daily
  • Location: Penny’s Balcony, Thonglor Soi 16, Bangkok
  • Tel: +66(0)2 382 0065
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A fantastic sensory experience awaits at Moulin Restaurant in the Thong Lor area of Bangkok, combining an eclectic New York-inspired menu with a bold and playful design scheme to create a restaurant that is strangely memorable and refreshingly different. The dining room is replete with quirky and ornate touches such as Japanese geisha prints, plush red velvet chaise lounges and custom designed mirrors. Read More...

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Mr Jones piles tasty cakes, cookies and milkshakes high at his cosy orphanage-inspired café decorated with swinging teddy bears and plenty of Lego to play with. This is another shop making its mark at Seenspace on Thonglor Soi 13, which now encompasses Fat Gutz fish and chips and Roast Coffee and restaurant. The closest BTS is at Thong Lor, but it’s worth taking a taxi as it can take 25 minutes to walk there. Read More...

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Roast takes coffee so seriously that one corner of the large dining room is cordoned off for the shiny black and gold roaster. Serving not only a great caffeine hit, but a delicious selection of comforting international dishes, this large and airy restaurant is just the place for a lazy brunch or a couple of glasses of wine with some tapas in the evening. Found in Scene Space on Thong Lor, a 2,500sqm lifestyle mall with a collection of shops and restaurants located around 100 metres on the left along Soi 13. Read More...

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Sole Mio is an authentic Italian restaurant and pizzeria in the lively entertainment area of Thong Lor. Owned and operated by a team from Turin and Rome, this great value trattoria is one of those special finds that grows by word-of-mouth, and anyone looking for genuine Italian cuisine – cooked and prepared in time honoured traditions – should make Sole Mio their first stop. Bangkok is fairly inundated with Italian-style restaurants but Sole Mio still stands out as they have a clear pedigree at delivering dishes you know so well at an unbelievably good price. Read More...

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It might seem controversial, but one of the best Thai restaurants in the city is run by an American. Soul Food Mahanakorn serves up popular regional dishes in the cosy wood-lined restaurant on Thong Lor, only five minutes’ walk from the BTS. If you are looking for a great evening with delicious food and no pretentions then this is the place to go. It’s a great place to come in a large group, there are so many appetizing dishes on the menu that you will want to try them all, but be sure to book as it can get busy after 19:00. Read More...

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Sukhumvit Soi 38 offers a great initiation into Thai street food. Located only a few steps from the BTS at Thong Lor, it is a real contrast with the smarter restaurants that line Sukhumvit Road. Here you will eat on the street at a wobbly metal table with cars dodging the carts and stalls that line the road and the occasional friendly soi dog jogging by looking hopefully for some scraps. Open from 18:00 until the early hours of the morning, there are plenty of eating options along this busy street. The food is tasty, cheap and arrives quickly, and most menus are in English making it easy to make Read More...

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Inspired by his grandmother recipes, the owner Eh opened Supanniga Eating Room, serving an appetizing range of traditional Thai dishes from both her hometown in Trat (by the east coast) and Khon Kaen (northeast) where the family is now based. With comfortable but chic decor, an outside terrace and some strong martinis, this restaurant on Thong Lor is worth a trip along the road to Soi 8.

It is very easy to find, in an old shop-house just a few metres before the Ei8ht lifestyle mall on the right-hand side if you are coming from the BTS (Thong Lor). It’s around a ten-minute walk, but you can take a taxi Read More...

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Toro is a fusion tapas bar that is hugely popular in its native Boston and New York. The minimalist space of exposed beams and vintage window frames is very much Manhattan chic, with funky tunes, signature cocktails and an open kitchen on the second floor ensuring Toro Bangkok is about more than the fantastic food. Chef Zack came directly from the original Toro branch, and it shows in the quality of dishes. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 18:00 – 24:00 (closed on Mondays)
  • Location: 72 Courtyard, 72 Thonglor (between Soi 16 and 18)
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 392 7790
  • Website: http://www.facebook.com/torobangkok
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