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  • Top 10 Nightlife Riverside Bangkok

    Best Places to Go at Night at Riverside Bangkok

    The nightlife you’ll find around Bangkok’s Riverside is in stark contrast to the scene downtown – in, say, Sukhumvit or Silom. However, for many visitors to Bangkok, that’s actually a good thing. Much of the after-dark action is contained in charming bars and restaurants which overlook the river, many of which are set in luxury hotels and offer guests live music and entertainment.

    As well as some rather sophisticated bars and live music venues on the Chao Phraya, our list of the Top 10 Nightlife at Riverside Bangkok also features some fantastic nigh time excursions, such as river cruises and top notch shows, great for the whole family. No list of the Top 10 Nightlife in Bangkok would feel complete without a rooftop bar either, and the Riverside area has one of the best in the whole city. Find which places have made the cut below.

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    Bangkok River Cruises
    Bangkok River Cruises
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    One of the best ways to experience the Chao Phraya River is at night on a dinner cruise. The river really is at its prettiest as the sun sets over the city, the sky turning ever darker shades and the iconic Wat Arun and Grand Palace both lit up in all their glory. 

    Whilst there are many river cruises to choose from, we have hand-picked two of the best. The first, Aspara Dinner Cruise by Banyan Tree offers a delightfully romantic with a set dinner to enjoy as you peacefully drift past all of the famous landmarks on the river. Our second choice, the River Star Princess Cruise, is more of a casual affair, with a dinner buffet, live dancing and music and much more mingling between passengers. Both are great value for money to, and you can see our great rates below. 

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    The Sky Bar at the Lebua State Tower is one of the most popular nightlife spots in the whole of Bangkok, and for plenty of reasons. Firstly, the 360 degree view of the city, especially across the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok city skyline is truly spectacular. The cocktails, although expensive, are extremely creative with the head Mixologist at Lebua creating some unique concoctions with flavoured ice, test tubes, glasses made of ice and more. It does become crowded here due to its ever-growing popularity (thanks in no small part to the boys from The Hangover 2 who filmed there), but Sky Bar at Lebua remains one of the Bangkok’s many must-see attractions.  Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 18:00 - 00:00 

    • Address: The Dome at Lebua, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500 

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    NOTE: The Balco Bar is closed until further notice

    Balco Bar lives up to its name, with a large balcony-style area overlooking the Chao Phraya River which is perfect for some after dinner cocktails (around 200 baht), cheap beers (less than 100 baht) and light snacks. The bar is actually part of the popular Bar-B-Q Corner which sits on top of the popular River City Mall. This means you can have yourself a tasty moo-gra-taa (Korean barbeque buffet) before hand, and easily head over to Balco Bar after dinner. The bar is set away from barbeque area, so your riverside views and drinks won’t be disturbed by the waft coming from all the grills. Find it by heading to Riverside City’s own pier, which can be access via a free shuttle boat from Saphan Taksin Pier (next to Saphan Taksin BYS Skytrain Station). Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 08:30 - 24:00 (closed Mondays)
    • Address: Charoen Krung Soi 30 (next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel)
    • Tel: +66 (0) 2 237 0077-8 
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    Muay Thai Live at Asiatique Bangkok is an exciting show combining theatrical performances and the ancient martial art of Muay Thai boxing. Expect an engaging plot taking you through ancient Siam all the way up to modern day Bangkok, with plenty of flying kicks, traditional Muay Thai moves, powerful body punches and a touch of romance and comedy thrown in for good measure too.

    The whole 90 minute show is perfectly choreographed, although there is nothing fake about the Muay Thai moves and sound of skin hitting skin during the numerous fight scenes. The show runs from 20:00 at The Stage, a modern 600-seater theatre within Asiatique The Riverfront night market in Bangkok. You can book your tickets with us below. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 20:00 - 21:30
    • Address: THE STAGE Theatre, Asiatique Bangkok, Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
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    Trader Vic’s is famous across the world for being the birthplace of the Mai Tai cocktail at its original venue in California. Bangkok has its very own branch at the stunning Anantara Riverside Resort on the Thonburi side of the river, which sticks to the fun and lively Polynesian theme.

    As well as being able to try the finest Mai Tai in town, Trader Vic’s also holds one of the best nightly line-ups of live music in Bangkok. Each night has a different band, and you can expect quality blues, jazz, soul and funk – as well as a Beatles night on Thursday. In correlation with each themed night, there are also some pretty tempting food and drinks promos to be had, including a free flow night (sparkling wine) for the ladies on Wednesday. Read More...

    • BTS: Saphan Taksin (take the complimentary Ananatara shuttle boat from Sathorn Pier in front of the station. The boat leaves every 30 minutes) 
    • Address: 257 Charoennakorn Road, Anantara Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok
    • Tel: +66 (0) 2 476 0022
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    The Millennium Hilton Hotel is one of the most prominent hotels on the Thonburi bank of the Chao Phraya River, and if you’re not staying at this luxury hotel, you can still get a taste of the quality by heading to its stunning rooftop bar at the very top.

    Three Sixty Lounge is up there with the best rooftop bars in Bangkok, and in a city that boasts dozens of lofty bars, that’s saying something. True to its name, the venue spoils guests with 360 degree - and unobstructed - panoramic views of Bangkok. There is an outside terrace which is perfect to enjoy the sunset over the river, as well as an indoor lounge - particularly good for when it rains. It’s at this indoor area where you can catch the nightly jazz sessions, starting at 20:00. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 17:00 - 01:00
    • Address: Millennium Hilton Hotel, 123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan
    • Tel: +66 (0) 2 442 2000 
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    Calypso Cabaret Show at Asiatique is a popular ladyboy show that shies away from any seedy form of entertainment (for that, head to Patpong or Soi Cowboy), with the emphasis firmly on the music, dancing and costumes.

    Thailand is famous for ladyboys and Calypso showcases them doing what they love the most: dressing up to the nines and miming to Cher. The best way to enjoy the show is to don your imaginary feather boa and embrace their world of glitz, glamour and over-the-top drama. Calypso lady Boy Show runs every night from 20:15 and 21:45 at Asiatique. Book your tickets with us below! Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Twice daily at 20:15 and 21:45
    • Address: 2194 Charoenkrung 72-74 Road, Bangkok
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    This stylish bar may well be one of the shortest ‘rooftop’ bars in Bangkok; set on the fifth floor of the Baan Wanglang Hotel, its height pales in comparison to most other venues falling into the same category in Bangkok. However, don’t let this fact put you off; what 342 Bar lacks in height, it more than makes up for in views, which stretch across the majestic Chao Phraya River all the way to the Grand Palace and Wat Arun - both brilliantly lit up at night making for the perfect backdrop some tasty cocktails.

    342 Bar run some happy hour promos (buy two cocktails get one free) from 18:00-22:00 and have a good menu of Thai and international food. There is also the Olive Tree restaurant on the ground floor of Baan Wanglang which has a more comprehensive menu and similar (but less impressive) views. This venue is at Wang Lang Pier (turn left as you disembark the boat and the hotel and bar are about one minute away.) Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 12:00 - late
    • Address: 342 Soi Wat Rakang (Arun Ammarin 18) Bangkok
    • Tel: +66 (0) 2 412 7234
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    Be My Guest
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    Fancy a change from all the five-star hotels and plush restaurants on the riverside but still want to soak up those pretty views across the water? Then Be My Guest, with its no-frills menu of Thai and western classics and more-than relaxed dress code, is a great bet. This riverside bar/restaurant sits in the shadows of the looming Millennium Hilton which towers above, and whilst this luxury hotel boasts a whole list of fine wining and dinging option, Be My Guests specialises in delivering a less refined, more laidback vibe.

    As well as hotel guests, Be My Guests also welcomes plenty of Thais who come to enjoy the cheap local beers, authentic Thai food and those romantic river views. A great spot if you want to impress your date without dipping too deep into your pocket. Get there by heading to Klong San Pier, or just ask your taxi driver for the Millennium Hilton to avoid confusion.

    • Opening Hours: 16:00 - 24:00 Daily
    • Address: 217 Charoennakorn Road, Bangkok (at Klongsan Pier)
    • Tel: +652 259 2653
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    The River Bar – Peninsula Hotel
    The River Bar – Peninsula Hotel
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    As well as a five-star restaurant, several swanky lounges and a poolside terrace, Bangkok’s Peninsula Hotel boasts a stunning riverside bar - aptly named ‘The River Bar’. The venue enjoys all the benefits of being outside whilst at the same time is covered with a canopy in case of rain. The sumptuous white seating is both comfortable and stylish and the views across the Chao Phraya River, like many similar joints hugging the river on the Thonburi side, are simply stunning.

    As for the menu, this is a five-star hotel, so expect swanky (and pricey) cocktails, wines and imported beers. Their signature ‘Thaijito’ is a blend of cheap ingredients like common Thai rum, peach schnapps, lime juice, mint, pineapple and sugar, yet the end result is surprisingly satisfying, even more so if you sip your drink as the sun sets over the river (from 18:00-19:00 in Bangkok all year round). Get to The River Bar at the Peninsular Hotel by taking a river ferry from the opposite side or by taxi.

    • Opening Hours: 15:00 - 24:00 Daily
    • Address: The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok (Ground Level) 333 Charoennakorn Road, Bangkok
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