Thonglor and Ekkamai

Best Bars and Restaurants in Thonglor and Ekkamai

Thonglor is one of Bangkok’s most popular entertainment streets, well known for its classy bars, boutique shops, fashionable clubs and restaurants serving practically any regional cuisine you can think of. This is traditionally the domain of ultra-fashionable and moneyed Thais but in the last few years, more and more foreigners have been enjoying the Thonglor scene, attracted by the more sophisticated environment than found in other places to party in Bangkok.

Thonglor is the name given to Sukhumvit Soi 55, which is easy to reach thanks to the BTS Skytrain Station (Thong Lo) at the entrance to the street, with many exciting new ventures also spreading out to the nearby street of Ekkamai (Soi 63) too. Bangkok’s newest dining concepts and the latest music trends often land in Thonglor before anywhere else so if you want to get up close to the city’s pulse, this is the place to do it. Below is a list of all the best places to go in Thonglor and Ekkamai.

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All Bars and Clubs in Thonglor

Baan Puen Bar Bangkok

Baan Puen Bar is a friendly bar in Bangkok with live local music serving homemade food in a down-to-earth rooftop setting. Located on the third floor rooftop of the hip Ekamai Shopping Mall, Baan Puen Bar actually translates from Thai as “friend's house” in English and it doesn't disappoint. One of the best live music bars

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  • Opening Hours: Daily: 18:00 – 01:30
  • Location: Baan Puen, 3/F, Ekamai Mall, Ekkamai Soi 10, Bangkok, 10110 Thailand
  • Tel: +66 86 659 1596
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Bad Motel

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 Read More...

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Bellino and Bruttino

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, Read More...

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Black Amber Social Club

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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 18:00-late
  • Location: Thonglor Soi 6
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Bookshop Bar

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’ Read More...

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Brew Pub

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 Read More...

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Bronx Liquid Parlour Bangkok

Bronx Liquid Parlour serves some of the most creative cocktails in Bangkok. The man behind the bar is the well-travelled Hideyuki Saito, formerly of Vogue Lounge in Sathorn, who has created a menu of signature concoctions that are getting serious praise from everyone who samples them. The drinks list contains signature creations, classics and some long-glass Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tue - Sun 19:00 - 01:00 (closed on Monday)
  • Location: G Floor, 8 Thonglor Soi 25, Sukhumvit (a few metres past Miyabi Japanese Restaurant and Club)
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 036 6071
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Demo - Funky Villa

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 Read More...

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Do Not Disturb (DND Club)

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 Read More...

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Escobar

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, Read More...

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Fat Gutz

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 Read More...

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Grease Nightclub

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 Read More...

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HOUSE 10 Thonglor

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

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 Read More...

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MUSE Club

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 Club

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 Read More...

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Octave Rooftop Bar

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 Read More...

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Parking Toys' Watt

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 at Muse Nightclub

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 Read More...

Safe House

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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Tuba Bar

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 Read More...

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Wine Bibber Sangria

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

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

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 Read More...

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Restaurants in Thonglor

After You

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 Read More...

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Baan Khanitha Restaurant Thonglor

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 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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Bo.Lan

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 Read More...

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Crying Thaiger Restaurant

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 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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Khua Kling Pak Sod

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 Read More...

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Mellow Restaurant & Bar

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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Moulin Restaurant

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 Read More...

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Roast Coffee & Eatery

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 Read More...

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Sole Mio

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 Read More...

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Soul Food

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 Read More...

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Supanniga Eating Room

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 Read More...

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Toro Bangkok at 72 Courtyard

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 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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