Ratchada Nightlife

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    Where to Party in RCA and List of Clubs

    Royal City Avenue - more commonly known as RCA - is the epicentre of Bangkok's clubbing scene and an officially designated nightlife zone so you can be assured of a party seven nights a week. Clubbing institutions like Route 66 and Slim are packed every night and, at weekends, they're rammed to capacity. There are so many options for visitors to RCA; enjoy international DJs, as well as live concerts and soundtracks by popular local artists all in one night. RCA is separated into four blocks: Block A is closest to Rama 9 Road, and, at the opposite end, Block D leads onto Petchaburi Road, both of which have MRT Underground stations.

    RCA is too far from public transport to walk so it requires a taxi or motorcycle journey from the MRT Underground, but don't worry if you've never been there before, simply follow our guide to the best clubs and bars on RCA. Even in midweek RCA gets busy. However, on weekends it's overrun with impeccably dressed young revellers, most of them Thais in their late teens or early 20s. The vibe is young, the mood carefree, and with lots of security you can feel safe as you party the night away.

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RCA Clubs in Bangkok

Cosmic Cafe

Currently Closed

A popular place to start off a night in RCA, Cosmic Cafe is an understated beer garden with live music played amongst fairy lights. The vibe changes depending on the style of music being played, and on any given night you could be treated to anything from an acoustic duo to a five-piece old skool soul band. There's often two bands performing nightly and the bar is very supportive of local Thai acts. Cosmic Cafe is fairly quiet on weekdays but on Friday and Saturday it's often standing room only. To accompany your beers, there is a simple bar menu, but, like everything else here, it's not flashy or pretentious.      

  • Opening Hours: 19:00 - 02:00
  • Location: Block C, RCA
  • MRT: Petchaburi
  • Tel: +66 (0) 81-304-6907
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LED Nightclub, formerly known as 808 Bangkok, is one of the best clubs on the RCA strip with a mega-soundsystem and a range of bass-heavy musical genres played on Fridays and Saturdays only. On Fridays LED offer incredible promotions with free drinks for ladies until midnight. Depending on the time and night you visit, the DJ could be spinning vocal house and chart music, through to the latest dubsteb and techno. As the name suggests, LED has some amazing lighting and visual displays lighting up the dancefloor. The crowd are typically young and dressed to impress, much like those found in Slim and Route 66 nearby, who want more space to boogie.  

  • Opening Hours: 21:30-02:30
  • Location: Block A, RCA
  • MRT: Phetchaburi
  • Tel: +66 86 860 0808
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Live RCA is one of the latest additions to Bangkok’s biggest party street – Royal City Avenue. Joining the long-standing Route 66 and Onyx further up, Live RCA club puts the emphasis more on the live dance music; this means international DJs, an impressive sound and LED light system, and, most importantly – a huge dance floor that gets packed out during their special events. Located near the Petchburi Road entrance of RCA (see our map down below), Live RCA is open periodically for certain events, which at the moment are about once a week.  Read More...

  • Location: Petchburi end of RCA (near Tops Supermarket)
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Tucked away inside the weird and wonderful Mansion 7 complex on Ratchada Road, this bar - simply titled ‘Cocktail’ - serves a long list of drinks spectacularly concocted by some award-winning flair mixologists.

The real show here is what goes on behind the bar. Even ordering a simple mojito or long island merits a good minute of theatre from the bartenders, with elaborate throws, flips and tricks all difficult to take your eyes off.

Some of the signatures at Mansion 7’s cocktail bar include ‘Hyper’ (320 baht), a dangerous mix of crème de meth white, Jägermeister, Sambuca and absinthe, all served in two separate glasses (with one set alight). For a slightly less hair-raising options, go for the ‘Amused’ (Jack, ginger, apple and sour mix, 280 baht), or the try ‘Jolly’ (280), an interesting take on the classic white Russian, swapping the vodka for butterscotch Schnapps. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 18:00-02:00 daily
  • Location: Mansion 7, Ratchada Soi 14
  • Tel: +66(0) 2 2750779
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Mello Yellow

More of a music club and mini-concert hall than a party house, this funky venue is where to go to meet like-minded music lovers – and of course down a few bottles of beer, or choose a bottle from their impressive wine list. The place keeps its concert schedule eclectic and diverse, welcoming all music genres, although there is definitely a focus on jazz. The live jamming sessions are the most fun, as they bring together spontaneous acts between local and international artists. Check out their Facebook page for regular listings. Mellow Yellow is open Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday. 

  • Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 18:00 – 02:00 (live concerts start at 21:00)
  • Location: Block D, RCA
  • MRT: Petchaburi
  • Tel: +66 2 641 4283
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Onyx is the latest club to join the clubbing Mecca of RCA (Royal City Avenue) in Bangkok, with a focus on bass-heavy house and techno music. While most other clubs in the area close at 02:00, Onyx keeps the drinks flowing until 05:00 so it is always the last place to close. Entry fee is 300 baht with a free drink.

Opening around 21:00 from Tuesday to Sunday, at first glance Onyx follows the style of the two established clubs next door – Slim & Flix and Route 66. But this new kid on the block eschews the standard hip-hop and party pop for a stronger music policy of dance music that swings between remixes of vocal hits and more intense house and techno tracks. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 21:00 to 05:00
  • Address: Royal City Avenue (RCA), Block A, close to the Rama 9 Road entrance.
  • Price Range: Entry Fee: 300 baht with a drink included (not applicable if you
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The Pimp Sister is the second branch of Bangkok’s most famous Gentleman’s club The Pimp – a place synonymous with drop dead pretty hostess girls and high rolling businessmen. This is not the place for a cheap night out, but if you are looking for an evening of live music, erotic dancing and hanging out with beautiful ladies then Pimp Sister Gentleman’s Club is a great option. The main room at Pimp Sister features a row of plush sofas and many high tables scattered around a central stage. The idea here is to take a seat on some comfortable lounge sofas, choose some company from a long line of beauties and enjoy. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 21:00 – 03:00
  • Location: Ratchada Soi 8
  • Tel: +66 (0) 8472 72666
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Route 66 Nightclub on Royal City Avenue (RCA) has achieved legendary status in Bangkok for its wild parties and it seems everyone in the city has passed through their doors at one time or another. Open seven nights a week from 20:00 to 02:00, this massive club tries to cater for all musical tastes. Entry is free for Thai citizens and 300 baht for foreigners, but this can be redeemed for drinks once inside. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 20:30 - 02:00
  • Location: Block A, RCA
  • MRT: Phetchaburi
  • Tel: +66 (0)1 440-9666
  • Price Range: 300 baht for foreigners with 2 free drinks; free for Thai citizens
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The Beat Lounge

The best place to go for true hip-hop and rap music in Bangkok, look for the graffiti-style banner above The Beat Lounge, a small, fashionable, but above all, friendly club on RCA. In the midweek this place is fairly quiet, but on weekends hip-hop fanatics bring their own record collections and take turns demonstrating their turntable tricks, while rappers are encouraged to get on the mic. The crowd create a good-time vibe, helped by the reasonable drink prices. Anyone looking for the true hip-hop scene in Bangkok must check out The Beat Lounge.

  • Opening Hours: 20:00 - 02:00
  • Location: Block C, RCA
  • MRT: Phetchaburi
  • Tel: +66 81 341 0512
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Taksura is a popular beer bar frequented by a mainly student crowd out to down a few beers with friends. The exposed timber, vintage decor and acoustic cover band gives it a country pub kind of vibe: loud, and a lot of fun. To accompany your tower of Singha, there's a tasty range of Thai dishes such as grilled pork and tom yum soup. Taksura is the biggest and busiest bar in Block D of RCA, close to the Petchaburi Road entrance. Beers here are much cheaper than elsewhere on RCA, making it a good place to fuel up before hitting the clubs further down the street or for those times when you want to chat without screaming into someone's ear.

  • Opening Hours: 18:00 - 02:00
  • Location: Block D, RCA
  • MRT: Phetchaburi
  • Tel: +66 (0) 2-203-0972
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Ztudio Live Hall Bangkok is one of the latest clubs to open at RCA – the capital’s go-to party spot - and they’ve already got a steady stream of international DJs on the decks every week. 

Popular Bangkok event promoters ZAAP (the guys behind for huge dance festivals like Waterzonic and Asiatique’s Full Moon Party) are running the show, so that’s probably why Ztudio are getting in the big-names like Vinai, Yellow Claw, Vicetone and even Paul Van Dyk – all regulars at some of the biggest music festivals on the planet.  Read More...

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Ratchadapisek Area

Massage parlours with names like Poseidon, Caesars Palace and Emmanuelle are found scattered all along Ratachadapisek Road and cater mostly to those locals partial to a soapy rubdown or 'full service'. The reliably gaudy and garish neon signs mean you can't miss them. Then there's Ratchada Cabaret (opposite Soi 6), which offers a popular ladyboy show less well known to holidaymakers.

While famous for both of the above, Ratchada is also one of Bangkok's best-kept after dark secrets - a place where loud neon-lit drinking spots cater to whisky sipping locals set on having a mostly wholesome time with their friends. Much of the action takes place within a tightly packed cluster of music pubs, bars and clubs found in Ratchada Soi 4. Highlights here include Dance Fever, Zaleng, Rad, Hollywood, Baku, Kokok Pub, Pure Bar, Ivre, Gig Club and the very popular and well-executed Snop. With no entry fees it's a great spot for bar-hopping, although it can get frenetically busy, especially on weekends.

Prices for drinks are very affordable and some places close later then elsewhere in Bangkok (though you may need to buy a bottle of whisky to partake). Worth bearing in mind is that foreigners may feel something of an oddity here, although the locals knocking back watered down Scotch will make you feel nothing less than welcome.

Useful Information

  • There are so many places to check out on RCA, its useful to note that all clubs issue guests with a stamp upon entry that allows them to enter and re-enter throughout the night.
  • In the old days RCA was a notorious magnet for underage teens, so today bringing ID is a must. All of the clubs will ask you for it as a matter of course - whether you look 17 or 27.
  • Route 66 and Slim&Flix now have metal detectors and search bags upon entry
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