This list shall not be seen as a complete guide to Bangkok’s nightlife. I only pick and review a few places i recently visited and that i find worth mentioning. I will update the list several times per year. Last update : September 2011
“Normal” clubbing places :
1. FUNKY VILLA, Thong Lo
Currently the hippest club among Thais. Crowd is sexy, the area is ideal for clubbing. I mostly prefer the sound at the not so popular Club Demo next to it.
2. NOIR, Ratchadapisek, next to Emerald Hotel
Extremely cool club, one of SEA’s hottest. The entrance tunnel is spectacular. Currently closed.
3. 808, RCA
If you like electronic music, you should check out the place. Good location at RCA and they have a cool selection international DJs. It is not so popular among Thais, mainly also because of entrance fees.
4. FALABELLA, Royal Sports Club, 100 Ratchadamri road
One of Bangkok’s most exclusive night clubs. Place is well structured and managed. It’s the grown-up version of Funky Villa and a bit more VIP.
5. NARCISSUS (“NARZ”), Sukhumvit Soi 23
Narcissus got completely modernized and looks now like a mixed opera house + mansion. The club is a bit too huge for me with different levels, so I mostly only hang out in one of their rooms where I like the music most. Lots of electronic music there.
6. DA CRIB, RCA
Da Crib goes new ways with its colorful, fresh design and by presenting different music styles in an uncommon way.
7. SHOCK 39, New Petchaburi road, Soi 39
Stylish, medium-sized club with an old-school, cool danceflor in the centre. The location is not ideal but it is open until very late.
8. BED SUPPERCLUB, Sukhumvit Soi 11
A lot of foreigners, mostly hip-hop and electronic music, well established already.
9. WINE BRIDGE PLUS, Lang Suan, ground flor, balcony building
Pretty relaxed, elegant chill-out place. They offer a broad selection of wines and cute girls are sometimes to be seen as well.
10. MUSE, ThonglorÂ
Lots of young Thais. Club plays live Thai and is mostly crowded with people.
11. FLIX, RCA
RCA is a street with a lot of clubs where many Thai locals go. Slim (Route 66)/Flix are the largest ones.
12.INCH BAR, Ratchadapisek 55/49-60, behind Esplanade
Interesting club on Ratchadapisek and a welcome change from RCA and Thonglor/Ekamai clubbing. Crowd can be a bit too young sometimes though.
13.ESCUDO, Thonglor, between Soi 13 and 15, 4th flor
Mostly Thais. Nice club on Thong Lo, focussing on hip-hop and electronic music. After re-opening it lost its appeal to me tough, used to be cooler in the past.
Hotel bars :
1. CLIMAX, basement of Ambassador hotel, Sukhumvit Soi 11
Very popular spot among freelancers to go after work. Often live music and relaxed/friendly vibe.
2. SPASSO, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 494 Rajadamri Road
Upscale bar, more expensive drinks, a lot of business people. Girls mainly range in the age group 25 to 35, so more old but stylish dressed and mostly well behaving.
3. MET BAR, Metropolitan hotel, 27 South Sathorn Rd.
Used to be more classy, now more or less public and not such a great party place anymore.
4. CM2, Novotel 392/44, Siam Square Soi 6
Mostly hip-hop, many Russian girls. Not that classy, but lots of people love it.
5. NANA LIQUID, Nana hotel, Sukhumvit Soi 4
Nana Plaza bargirl/freelancer disco.
6. MIXX, Intercontinental hotel, 973 Pleonchit road
They try to imitate the style of Climax and it simply doesn’t work.
Gentlemen (G-) clubs :
1. THE PENT, 31/1 Wireless Road, Lumpini
Different rooms with specific music themes. They have the best management, best shows and are farang-friendly too. The location is pretty good as well.
2. MAIAKE, 50/261 M9 Kaset-Navamindra, Klongkum, Bungkum
They currently have the highest amount of sexy coyote girls among all G-clubs, around 100 girls total are working there. The stage is pretty cool too.
3. ST.MORITZ, Sukhumvit Soi 11
It is just 1 large room for about 250 guests but better structured than the Resort. They have good shows and the best G-club DJs.
4. THE RESORT, Ratchadapisek Rd. 13
Famous G-club. One large room, often playing live Thai music. Quality of girls has declined.
5. SHERBET, Ekamai road
Nice G-club, but it lacks a special atmosphere.
6. EXOTICA, Soi Thong Lor, Soi 5-7
Large club with many rooms. Designed mainly for Asian members with a lot private karaoke rooms.
7. PEGASUS, Sukhumvit Soi 23
Pretty large G-club focussing on Asian business guests who like that opera/mansion theme design.
1. SOI COWBOY, between Sukhumvit Soi 21&23
Street with about 30 bars. Baccara and Tilac are the largest and most popular ones.
2. NANA ENTERTAINMENT PLAZA (NEP), Sukhumvit Soi 4
Plaza with about 30 bars on 3 flors. Most famous ones are the Rainbow bars which have a large number of Asian customers.
3. SUKHUMVIT SOI 33
Compared with Soi Cowboy a bit more expensive and upscale. More Asian customers. Also known as the dead poets street.
4. PATPONG, Silom
A lot places are rip-offs or girls are pushy. Star of Light, Electric Blue and Bada Bing are famous places.