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Big Bearz Club

Possibly the first and only 'bear' pub in town, now all the 'pooh-bears' and their fans can belt out favourite tunes while tasting honey at the same time. Wednesday draws extra heavy crowd as 'Chubby Night' is being held. There's a 50% discount on entrance fees for a group of four whose collective weight is over 400 kg! Find the other three, it's time to tip the scale baby!

  • Opening Hours: 18:00 - 01:00
  • Location: Silom Soi 6
  • BTS: Sala Daeng
  • Tel: +66 (0)4 681 1655

Paradiso Kara Club

Extremely popular with trendy locals, Paradiso Kara Club is located just off Sarasin Road, behind Lumpini Park. This place boasts one of the most decent karaoke sound systems in town. Enjoy a large song selection, tasty cocktails and great atmosphere while singing to your heart's content!

  • Opening Hours: 19:00 - 02:00
  • Location: 2nd Floor, Lang Suan Balcony, Soi Lang Suan
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 252 1229

Pharoahs's Music Bar

On the second floor of Sphinx, Pharoah's Music Bar is the reigning karaoke bar 'empress' in the Silom area. The space is cleverly divided into two large sections: a bar area with a small stage and a private lounge. Veteran singers and trained divas showcase their vocal virtuosity in the bar area. The less confident wannabes will be better off in a private lounge where you can always hide behind your sofa or blame whoever sitting next to you for failing to hit certain notes. A variety of Thai and Western food is also served.

  • Opening Hours: 19:00 - 02:00
  • Location: Silom Soi 4
  • BTS: Sala Daeng
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 234 7249

Pubs & Restaurants

@Richard's

Owned by the eponymous ex-Telephone owner Richard and associates, @Richard's offers a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, 70's music at a volume you can talk (or gossip) over great Thai and international dishes and drinks at reasonable prices. Fun and exciting events and activities are held regularly including the Long Yang Club Thailand group on every second Friday of the month, and a Game Night every Wednesday night. Private parties can be arranged at the 'loft' on the upper area.

  • Opening Hours: Everyday
  • Location: Silom Soi 2/1 (the small sub-soi between Soi Thaniya and Soi 2)
  • MRT: Silom
  • BTS: Sala Daeng
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 234 0459

The Balcony

With the 'Happy Hour' (17:30 to 20:00) to be taken advantage of and the cheapest food in the soi, the Balcony is gaining constant popularity among both Thais and foreign visitors. Seating area outside is a great place to watch the action and detect meaningful stares around you.

There are lots of tables inside too if you're feeling reclusive. There's also mini karaoke and a small Internet cafe upstairs. The ever-smiling staff are omnipresent, charming and helpful. An ideal place to begin your nocturnal (gay) adventure.

  • Opening Hours: 17:30 - 02:00
  • Location: Silom Soi 4
  • MRT: Silom
  • BTS: Sala Daeng
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 235 5891

Balls the Sports Bar

Balls the Sports Bar, owned by the owners of Dick's Cafe just down the soi, features a big-screen TV (51") broadcasting the latest sports shows, well priced drinks and food from the Dick's menu, and of course the same friendly service. Happy hour is from 17:00 to 19:00. Located right in the middle of the bustling Surawongse Road, rest assured that there's plenty of action and eye candy to enjoy!

  • Opening Hours: Weekdays from 13:00, weekends from 17:00
  • Location: Duangthawee Plaza, Soi Pratoochai, Surawongse Road
  • MRT: Silom
  • BTS: Sala Daeng
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 637 0078

Coffee Society

Standing four levels high between Soi 2 and Soi 4, Coffee Society is not just a place for caffeine junkies. It's  a cafe, cruising spot, chill-out lounge, conference room and art gallery all in one. The convenient location makes it an ideal stop before you head off to Soi 2. Light snacks and food is served. Facilities include free hi-speed Internet connection.

  • Opening Hours: 24/7
  • Location: Next to Buger King Silom
  • MRT: Silom
  • BTS: Sala Daeng
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 235  9784

Dick's Cafe

A popular place for lunch and drinks before hitting nearby bars and clubs. Dick's Cafe offers a friendly and garden-like atmosphere, and the art work of local up-and-coming artists are displayed on a regular basis.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 02:00
  • Location: Soi Pratuchai, Surawong Road
  • MRT: Silom
  • BTS: Sala Daeng
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 637 0078

Hamilton's Hideaway Cabaret & Jazz Club

Located next to Freeman, Hamilton's Hideaway is a small, cosy, and the first smoke-free club offering live local and foreign performers and artists. A spectacular 'Dinner Cabaret Show' (high) kicks things off from 20:00 onwards every night. If you're planning a birthday bash or a small get-together, the venue can also be rented for private parties.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 18:00 - 01:00
  • Location: Silom Soi 2/1 (the small sub-soi between Soi Thaniya and Soi 2)
  • MRT: Silom
  • BTS: Sala Daeng
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 614 3644

JJ Park

JJ Park offers a welcome change from the deafening Expresso and DJ Station. Chill out with live music, grab a quick bite or simply take a break from all that's going on.

  • Opening Hours: 21:00 - 02:00
  • Location: Silom Soi 2
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 233 3247

O... Ho... Restaurant...

O... Ho... ('wow' in English) Restaurant stands out with its ambient lighting, tasteful decor, soft background music, and most importantly, great food. Serving Thai and international breakfast, lunch and dinner at reasonable prices, O... Ho... Restaurant is an ideal place for a delightful meal. Recommended dishes include deep fried prawn cakes, 'massaman' (thick peanut and coconut curry), and crab meat in yellow curry. English-speaking staff are ready and willing to help explain all the dishes to you. Take out and delivery is also available.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 onwards
  • Location: 2/8 Soi Sri Bumphen (off Ngamdupli), Rama IV Road, Thungmahamek, Sathorn
  • MRT: Lumpini
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 286 5292

Sphinx

This mythological beast quietly sits and waits for its vistors at the far end of the soi, offering not a riddle, but food, drinks and a very unique atmosphere. Decorated in a modern Egyptian style, the soft orange glow and dimly lit Sphinx provides a warm and relaxed feeling. The menu contains an extensive selection of Thai and Western dishes. Various types of wine are also available. A great place to dine, drink and discourse for those who seek privacy.

  • Opening Hours: 18:00 - 02:00
  • Location: Silom Soi 4
  • MRT: Silom
  • BTS: Sala Daeng
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 234 7249

Telephone Pub

One of the oldest gay pubs in Bangkok, Telephone Pub is located right opposite Balcony Bar. The outdoor seating area is quite similar to Balcony's, but the second floor of is somewhat more restaurant-like. The food served there is a mix of popular Thai and western dishes.

If you're feeling too sober, Telephone Pub's jugs of powerful margaritas can change that very quickly. Flirtation with strangers is highly advisable. In fact, each table even used to have a telephone, from where patrons could call someone at another table to, well, compliment him on his new hairstyle.

  • Opening Hours: 18:00 - 02:00
  • Location: Silom Soi 4
  • MRT: Silom
  • BTS: Sala Daeng
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 234 3279

Vincent's Restaurant

Located within walking distance of Suan Lum Night Bazaar and Lumpini Park, Vincent's Restaurant serves popular Thai and Western dishes in a lovely indoor and garden setting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available.

  • Opening Hours: Weekdays from 13:00, weekends from 17:00
  • Location: 12/1 Soi Ngam Duphli, Rama IV Road, Thungmahamek, Sathorn
  • MRT: Lumpini
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 286 3348
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