Not quite the 24-hour city that it used to be, Bangkok still offers a rich variety of alternatives to the stereotypical A-Go-Go bars, late night drinking holes and the notorious ping pong shows. The expansive shopping malls, markets and entertainment centres provide ample opportunity to see how the city has developed in recent years. Put simply, there is something for everyone in Bangkok – from business travellers to backpackers to families.
Rooftop DrinksMillennium 360, Long Table, Nest, Sky Bar, Moon Bar
Witnessing the sprawling metropolis from an elevated viewpoint over an exotic cocktail and good company is an experience you will not soon forget. The Millennium Hilton's 360 Bar describes itself in its name. Long Table is as trendy as it gets, while Sky Bar at Lebua and Moon Bar at Banyan Tree are generally the most frequented of Bangkok's elite rooftop drinking venues. Read More...
Luxury DiningSirroco, Mezzaluna, Vertigo
While cheap food is abundant, Bangkok’s paradoxical character naturally dictates that it's also a luxury dining Mecca. Sprawling city views, fine wines and internationally acclaimed chefs are at the core of Bangkok’s most exclusive restaurants, typified by Lebua's Sirocco and Mezzaluna as well as the Banyan Tree’s Vertigo Grill. Read More...
After Dinner Drinks87+, Bar @ 494, The Hyatt, The Met Bar
An informal nightcap with a colleague or client can be the making of a business trip. Bar @ 494 in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt has been a long-term favourite of executive road warriors, with its extensive menu of fine wines and a classy atmosphere. 87+ has a sexy feel to it with its curvaceous design and the Met Bar is simply the talk-of-the town.
NightclubsSpasso, Bed Supper Club, Q Bar
The Grand Hyatt’s basement club – Spasso, is a hit with execs and its live band performs a set of classic covers. The hybrid Bed Supperclub remains one of Bangkok’s most innovative and trendy nightclubs, with gorgeous people, décor and music. Still, for many, the Q Bar is undoubtedly the best in Bangers.
Naughty EveningsSukhumvit soi 33, Soi Cowboy, Soi Twilight
Shopping in the StreetsSuan Lum, Patpong, Platinum
The streets of Bangkok are laden with enthusiastic street vendors. A mere trip to the 7-Eleven can result in a new shirt or a pair of sunglasses – albeit the counterfeit sort. Patpong Night Market enjoys the dubious pleasure of being squeezed right into sleaze central but nonetheless is a great place to bargain down high-end counterfeit brands. Read More...
Fashion ShoppingEmporium, Paragon
Home to a number of Thai and international brands – the Siam Paragon and Emporium malls stand tall as Bangkok’s reigning lifestyle centres. Besides the abundance of high-end shopping, the top floor of the Emporium has the TCDC, one of Bangkok most progressive exhibition spaces and extensive design libraries. Read More...
Places to Watch SportThe Bull's Head, Tenderloins and The Londoner
The Bull's Head and the Londoner are as traditionally British as you can get. For a sports bar where a great steak and good wine can be enjoyed while watching the game, then Tenderloins is your bar. The British pubs are more upbeat but the Australian-run Tenderloins will suit those who prefer a more intense and focused sports-watching environment.
For those of you who love to have their 15 minutes in the spotlight, Karaoke is the natural progression from the Power Point presentation. Maybe this is in part due to the surge in Japanese business travellers or the fact that in some cultures it is the quickest way to impress a client or love interest. If you prefer your own private booth in which to let rip your best Tina Turner or Ricky Martin impression then head on down to Big Echo. Read More...
Live MusicBrown Sugar, Tokyo Joes, Saxophone Pub
Whether you are looking to unwind with some moody jazz or raunchy R&B, Bangkok provides the perfect setting in which to do so. Around the corner from the affluent Langsuan is Brown Sugar, a popular live jazz venue among the expats. Tokyo Joe's is a joint for guitar lovers who wish to be serenaded by professional musicians over an awesome sound system. The best jazz in town, though, is at Saxophone Pub close to Victory Monument.