Rock tunes, tequila shots, and top-quality Mexican food isn’t what we associate with Khao San Road, but Day of the Dead Bar, opened in August-2015, is currently rewriting what a Khao San drinking hole is all about. This five-storey shophouse has similar dimensions to other Khao San bars, but what’s inside is completely fresh and a whole lot of fun.
First things first, rock music reigns supreme here. From punk, metal and classic rock, to 80s new wave, alternative rock and even ‘Psychotronica’ (think big beats and thrashing guitars), the DJs know their music and you will hear anything from The Ramones to The Prodigy to Iggy Pop.
The bar also has, without question, the boldest and most accomplished interior design on the strip: Mexican skull art, fairy lights and piñatas are a feast for the eyes. In fact, a pink, penis-shaped piñata hangs above the entrance letting everyone know this is the kind of place where anything goes (and it usually does). Plus, Day of the Dead is open later than other bars on Khao San so you know you always have a wild place to party, long after 02:00 when other bars on the strip are kicking out.
A gang of pierced and inked-up PR girls patrol the strip outside pulling in punters with the promise of tequila shots, ice Margaritas and Mexican food served in huge portions. Shots start from 50 baht, while coffee Petron tequila – the Rolls Royce of shots – costs 195 baht, served from a funky branded shot machine (the only one in Bangkok, supposedly). Day of the Dead stocks a range of rare tequilas, including Kah, the ‘skull-shaped’ brand that seems specially designed for the bar.
There is a large outdoor area for chilling out, although we definitely advise you to get into the thick of the action by the bar. It’s one of the friendliest bars in Bangkok and you’ll be rocking out with your neighbours in no time. Don’t forget to check out the other floors in Day of the Dead Bar because there’s a few seats overlooking the action on the second floor and opening soon will be a strictly Rock’n’Roll karaoke room and tattoo parlour on the third floor.
Headed up by a larger-than-life couple, Daryl and Kanya Scott, this American-Thai couple are more than just managers; they are often behind the decks and always hopping around to stoke the ‘party flames’ to make sure the bar area and tables outside are joining in with the fun.
The food menu at Day of the Dead Bangkok is more than an afterthought, with tasty tacos coming straight out the kitchen. They’ve teamed up with popular Mexican brand Sunrise Tacos to bring a little bit of Mexicana to your taste buds as well as your eyes. The USA Tacos cost 160 baht and come in corn or flour tortillas with ground beef or chicken, but our favourite is the huge serving of Tijuana wagyu beef nachos, with sublime cuts of meat for 215 baht.
With most other bars on Khao San sticking to EDM dance tracks or acoustic cover bands, Day of the Dead’s loud and proud rock sensibilities is pulling in people from all over Bangkok, not just the backpacker crowd. Everyone seems to agree it’s the most exciting and refreshing bar to open on Khao San Road in years.
Day of the Dead Bar
- Opening Hours: 12:00-very late (past 03:00)
- Location: 56 Khao San Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 282 2457