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One Night in Sophisticated Bangkok

If you’ve got just one night in Bangkok, why not spend it exploring some of the newer and more intriguing areas around Sukhumvit’s Soi Thonglor and Ekkamai? This is an emerging nightlife area full of classy, artsy, or just plain eccentric choices. Sometimes you can even score a three in one.

The Iron Fairies, where industrial chic meets a blacksmith shop based on a fairy tale, with gourmet burgers and jazz on the side, is an urban legend among bars in Bangkok. The owners have also started the nearby Fat Gut'z Saloon, famous for its roadhouse atmosphere, fish and chips, as well as live bands that really rock.

Another offshoot, which is also part of Seenspace, an outdoor community mall stuffed with nests for night owls on Thonglor Soi 13, is Clouds. This place raises the bar for combining surrealism and kitsch in a beautiful setting renowned for its thin crust pizzas.  

Seenspace is also home to the Brew Pub, which has one of the largest and most liver-whetting selection of beers, ciders and ales in the capital.

Up on Ekamai, the local favorite and insider's choice is Taksura. With very affordable food and drinks it often serves as a launching pad for a club trawl of the area.

Tuba is another long-time favorite: a Cinderella story that morphs from a vintage furniture shop by day into a popular bar at night. Watch out for and beware of the generous Happy Hour from 5pm to 8pm daily. 

As Ekamai moves upscale, filled with more and more high-society figures living the high life in laser-blasted discos, finding something a little more laidback and welcoming can be a challenge. In this sense, the Owl School Bar is exemplary, with great grub and plenty of craft beers on tap and a living room vibe. The bar is on Ekamai Soi 21-22.

For a more Bohemian vibe head down to the WTF Café and Gallery on Sukhumvit Soi 51. Its famous sibling, the Opposite Mess Hall, is an innovative restaurant across the street, though you can now order from a smaller menu of their offerings at the WTF, which hosts regular exhibitions, poetry readings, and all sorts of other artsy events.


Published on Jan 23, 2014

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