Bangkok Riverside Nightlife

What to Do at Night in Riverside

Nightlife at the riverside has an altogether different definition than the scene in, say, Silom or Sukhumvit. Posh riverside hotels often have chic jazz or cocktail bars, and at the Millennium Hilton you can shake your tail to heart's content at Zeta - or enjoy spectacular views from Three Sixty, its fast-becoming-famous rooftop venue.

But, the real nightlife star, hands down, is the Chao Phraya River itself. 'Party boats', 'floating karaokes' or whatever you want to call it, glide up and down the river all night long, complete with disco lights and mirror balls.

Good thing that strict laws are enforced to contain the noise pollution after midnight and to bring an early end to the partying, or many a reveler would have ended up in the Chao Phraya's murky waters after one-too-many. While nightlife at the riverside might not be a late-night and hard-partying affair, it certainly has its own very special charms.


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Made even more famous by hosting the Hangover II boys during filming in Bangkok, Sky Bar rooftop at Lebua State Tower offers one of the best views in the city. Read More...

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Thailand is well known for ladyboys and Calypso showcases them doing what they love the most: dressing up to the nines and miming to Cher. Read More...

 
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Asiatique The Riverfront is an expansive open-air theme mall with panoramic river views and a delightful fusion of shopping, dining, culture and colonial-style architecture. Read More...

 

 

Riverside Bars and Pubs

 

Bangkok’s riverside area is one of the best places to unwind with a glass of cocktail or wine. For one thing, the view – particularly at sunset – is guaranteed to impress you (and your date). The ambiance is also another big plus, as most are part of the hotel establishments lining the two Chao Phraya riverbanks. Discover all that the riverside has to offer, from old-school charms at the Mandarin Oriental’s Bamboo Bar to the iconic Sky Bar’s jaw-dropping 360-degree city and river views from Millennium Hilton Bangkok.

Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance. Read More...

Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight
Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.

Balco Bar

This al fresco rooftop bar by the riverside is a good alternative to classy hotel rooftop venues surrounding it. For starter, Balco offers the same stunning panorama of the Chao Phraya River after sunset, and you won’t have to pay as much to enjoy it. Drinks are reasonably priced, and the friendly bartender will be more than happy to mix your favourite potion if it’s not on the menu. The atmosphere is casual and pleasant – no need to dress up. Soothing bossa nova tunes begin the evening, before it shifts to house beats later into the night. Read More...

Opening Hours: 18:30-midnight, closed Mondays
Location: Rivercity Shopping Complex
Address: Charoen Krung Soi 30 (next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel)
Tel: +66 (0) 2237 0077-8
How to get there: Get on the BTS to Saphan Taksin Station. There's a free shuttle boat service to Rivercity available at Sathorn Pier everyday from 10:00 to 20:00

Bamboo Bar

In keeping with the Orientals colonial style, Bamboo Bar could well be from a scene in Out Of Africa with its plush jungle-style interior and polished furnishings. The low-key bar exudes a feeling of old school glamour perfect for enjoying a signature “Oriental Mai Tai” cocktail prepared by the skilled bartender, trained at the world renowned Harry's Bar in Munich.

The jazz band accompanied by the soothing vocals of the resident singer provide the soundtrack to an establishment where you are half expecting Humphrey Bogart to walk through the door of The Mandarin Oriental.

Opening Hours: 11am-2am (Friday-Saturday) - 11am-1am (Sunday-Thursday)
Address: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue
Tel: +66 (0) 2659 9000

Calypso Cabaret at Asiatique

Calypso Cabaret Show at Asiatique gives you one of the warmest welcomes you can find in the land of smiles and does so in many different languages. Thailand is well known for ladyboys and Calypso showcases them doing what they love the most: dressing up to the nines and miming to Cher. Some of these ‘ladies’ have features that would make women jealous but this is an attractive illusion; they were all born men. The performers are keen to entertain and put on a good show and the best way to enjoy it is to don your imaginary feather boa and embrace their world of glitz, glamour and over-the-top drama. Read More...

Opening Hours: Twice daily at 20:15 and 21:45
Address: 2194 Charoenkrung 72-74 Road, Bangkok

Jesters

On the opposite side of the river to the Oriental Hotel. Frequented by the upmarket and trendy set for jazz bands and status.

Opening Hours: 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Location: 333 Charoen Nakorn Road, Peninsula Hotel
Tel: +66 (0)2 861 2888

Rivercity Shopping Complex

One of Bangkok's least-known rooftops is actually a great one, offering some of the best panoramas in town of the Chao Phraya River. Located on the fifth floor of the well-known Rivercity shopping complex, the rooftop is both a large Thai barbecue restaurant and the cozy venue of the 'Balco Bar. Not only the views are amazing, but the Thai barbecue itself is a fun and unusual experience for travellers wanting to discover a favourite Thai weekend dinner spot! Read More...

Opening Hours: Bar B Q, open 11:00-23:00, Balco Bar, open 18:30-midnight, closed Mondays
Location: Charoen Krung Soi 30 (next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel)
Tel: +66 (0) 2237 0077-8
How to get there: Get on the BTS to Saphan Taksin Station. There's a free shuttle boat service to Rivercity available at Sathorn Pier everyday from 10:00 to 20:00

Sky Bar

Enjoy sweeping views from the top of Bangkok's second tallest building, the landmark State Tower with its highly visible golden dome. Tucked away in a corner of the award-winning open air Sirocco restaurant on the 64th floor of Lebua State Tower, Sky Bar's counter is magically illuminated and changes colour every few minutes.

A favourite hang-out for celebrities and wannabes, this is where you'd find some of the best live jazz in Bangkok. Also located at the Dome is Distil, another place where everyone likes to be seen. Part DJ bar, part smoking lounge and part restaurant, Distil serves fine single-malt Scotches like Macallan and Glenmoranghie, accompanied by a small carafe of genuine Scottish water.

The oyster bar features fresh, imported oysters, as well as Iranian caviar. If you feel like puffing on a fine Cuban cigar, choose one from the humidor and light up on Bangkok's highest smoking balcony, overlooking the Chao Praya River. Drinks and food might be pricey, but the experience is priceless. Reservations are required for Sirocco. Read More...

Opening Hours: 17:00 - 01:00
Location: Lebua at State Tower (Silom/Riverside)
Tel: +66 (0)2 624 9999
Dress Code: Smart Casual (no beach shorts or flip-flops allowed)

Three Sixty

This sophisticated jazz lounge does justice to its name with unrivalled 360 degree views. Since opening, Three Sixty at Millennium Hilton has become a popular hang-out for Bangkok's jet-set and cultivated travellers. Drinks are moderately priced and (despite being an indoor venue) there are demarcated smoking zones. Take the lift to the 32nd floor of the Millennium Hilton Bangkok hotel and watch in awe as the world goes by. Let the romantic mood and gentle jazz wash over you while you enjoy a cocktail and some of the sensational views the city has to offer. Read More...

Opening Hours: 17:00-01:00
Address: Millennium Hilton, 123 Charoennakorn Rd.
Tel: +66 (0)2 442 2000

Zeta Bar

Red lighting, leather sofas and a back-lit bar set the scene at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok hotel’s Zeta Bar. A part of the award-winning London bar concept that’s already a big hit in Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, and Beijing, this Bangkok bar really awakens when the champagne cocktails and music start flowing.

Opening Hours: 17:00-02:00
Address: Millennium Hilton, 123 Charoennakorn Rd.
Tel: +66 (0) 2442 2000

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