Top 5 best bars in Bangkok, Thailand
When talking about nightlife, we normally think of night activities that often take place in nightclubs, bars or pubs where visitors can enjoy rather strong drinks, meet and have close talk with plenty of friends or simply they are places hosting a number of social activities. Well-known as one of the most dynamic capital cities in Southeast Asia, Bangkok is home to a variety of recreational activities serving visitors until the crack of dawn. In this article, we would like to suggest you the list of top 5 best bars in Bangkok for you to spend your night out. Those bars are chosen based on their unique setting, their excellent service and of course the good offering of drinks. Let see which one should host your visit.
We begin the list of top 5 best bars in Bangkok with Small’s. Opening in 2014, Small’s is quite a new bar in Bangkok city. Until now the bar has become more and more popular to both tourists and locals.
Small’s is set over three floors of a refurbished townhouse dated back to 1960s with broody atmosphere of Parisian-influenced décor, of various low lighting and interesting taste of soft jazz.
Music taste: on Wednesdays, Small’s runs a popular jazz night and there are DJs spinning non-commercial jazz, blues, funk and electronica at weekends.
Drinks: Small’s offers a great selection of absinthe served in shot form or a dissolving sugar cube with water for about 350 – 700 baht. Added that, the list of cocktail here is so inducing giving you good choices with from 350 – 400 baht for each.
- Opening hours: 19:00 – 2:00 (closed on Tuesdays)
- Address: 186/3 Soi Suan Phlu, Soi 1
- Phone: +66(0)95 585 1398
2. Route 66 Bar:
The next stop of best bars in Bangkok is Route 66. The bar has gained its legendary status in Bangkok for its wild parties and has become a very popular place among Thai youngsters and foreign visitors. It is said that, everyone in the city has visited the bar at least once.
Route 66 has different rooms serving different tastes of music. From Sunday to Thursday, there are two rooms for guests to choose from. One is called HipHopZone (on the right hand side) where the artists will play the best of hip hop, dance pop and R’n’B. The other is for performing Western music which dated back to 70s and the most latest Thai songs.
From Friday to Saturday, Route 66 opens some additional rooms for pumping house, electronic music, trance and Thai pop. Guests of the bar are normally Thai people but foreign guests also contribute a lot to the number of guests often visiting there.
If you wish to make friends or find a social place to spend your night, Route 66 is totally a great choice. Drinks here are offered at a very reasonable price, from 160 baht (about US$ 5). So if you wish to invite someone a drink, it is not a great deal right?
One note for you: if you wish to have a good seat, head to the bar on Wednesday or Thursday where there is not so many guests visiting. At weekend, Route 66 welcomes such a huge number of guest that you may feel you are holding someone’s elbow all the time.
- Opening hours: Route 66 opens daily from 20:00 – 2:00 am.
- For Thai citizen: it is open for free.
- For foreigner: you need to pay 300 baht as entry fee.
- Address: Royal City Avenue (RCA), Block A
3. Maggie Choo’s Bar:
Maggie Choo’s features with Chinese setting. When entering the bar, you’ll see plenty of designs and decorations related to China from pictures, décor patterns, statues, long and old dark brick walls.
For those who love to find a truly relaxing and comfortable place for a night escape, the cozy atmosphere of Maggie Choo’s bar perfectly fits your need. The bar opens from 18:00 – 2:00 am. From 22:00 the bar changes its music vibe into Jazz inducing guests to slowly enjoy both the comfortable atmosphere while taking a tasteful sip. The bar offers a good choice for wine and cocktail especially with classic options.
- Opening hours: 18:00 – 2:00 am
- Address: Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom Hotel, 320 Silom Road
4. Tep Bar:
It is said that if you want to feel the real taste of bar in Thailand, you should head to Tep Bar because of the drinks offered, the foods served and also the familiar décor the bar features. When entering inside the bar, you will see the fresh flower garland, ornamental items on the bar top, menu written on the chalkboard, reservation cards made from banana leaf plus with rare traditional dining utensils.
When in Tep Bar, you really should try its best offering. It is a set of three herbal liquor shots as following Pra Apaimanee, Ratchasee Kamram (Roaring Lion), and Phaya Suea Khrong (King of Tiger). The price for each is about 350 baht. Taking some food the balance the strong taste of those drinks is a good idea. From about 150 baht, let try out Khao Kriab Wow (rice cracker served with chili paste), Nuea yang bai tong hom (premium grilled beef in pandan leaves), Moo Sarong (pork balls fried in yellow noodle wrap), Namprik Makham Kapi (chili sauce with tamarind).
Sound: Tep Bar serves mostly Thai music with the support from Thai instruments like xylophone, a cymbal, flute, barrel drum. At weekends, there’s live performance by Thai xylophone band who are ready to greatly boost the atmosphere in the bar.
- Opening hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 5pm.-12am/ Friday – Sunday, 5pm – 1am
- Address: 69 -71, Soi Yi Sip Song Karakadakhom 4, Pom Prap, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100
5. Bamboo Bar:
If you are a fan of strong drinks especially drinks offered at bars, you may hear about the mixologist Mirko Gardelliano. And a good news is he now has come to Bamboo Bar. His new creation is Rose Jam Tea Time (for about 490 baht) which is a mix of Eros Mariage Freres Tea-infused gin, rose bitters, ginger syrup, lime juice served with scone.
Plus, when in here, you can try more classic options like Bamboo Bar Negroni (made from caramel gin, Africa-fomular vermouth and dry orange Campari) with about 490 baht.
Dress code: here are some notices you should consider. Basically, Bamboo Bar applies the smart dress code for all guests. For men: smart shirt, long trousers and closed shoes are highly recommended. For women: elegant attire and proper footwear are advised.
And here is the daily activity in the bar:
- Live jazz music: Sun – Thu from 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm and on Fri – Sat from 9:00 pm – 12:45 am.
- Bars: Sun – Thu from 5 pm – 12:30 am, Fri – Sat from 5:00 pm – 11:30 am.
- Address: 48 Oriental Avenue, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
You can easily see that the 5 best bars in Bangkok we’ve suggested you share one thing in common. That is the music played at the bar. Jazz music can best help you relax. Backed by the atmosphere at those bars can surely give you a fantastic vibe for a night out. For more travel suggestions, refer to our related articles below: