G.O.D. is closed. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the gay scene isn’t still buzzing. Here's why Bangkok is Southeast Asia's gay party hub.

Bangkok’s best gay bars and clubs

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DJ Station

The grand dame of gay clubbing just never seems to get old. Packed to the point of making dancing near impossible on weekends, DJ Station has come to define Thailand’s gay nightlife for many visitors. The place is three stories tall. Most of the dancing takes place on the ground, with some guys going shirtless on stage. On the second floor, things are noticeably more cruise-y and boozy. As for the decor, the dim lighting hides a pretty run-down and barebones setup.  
Silom Soi 2, 02-266-4029. Open daily 10pm-2am. BTS Sala Daeng

The Stranger Bar and Lounge

Tucked inside the vibrant Silom Soi 4, this two-story sit-down bar boasts fun-themed cocktails and attracts a modern, younger gay crowd. Although small in size, the bar is big in personality, with its glittery decor, feisty drink menu and sassy beats.
Silom Soi 4, 02-632-9425. Open daily 5:30pm-2am. BTS Sala Daeng
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Fake Club

This legendary gay club made a comeback in 2015 after its original venue closed down. The mega-facelift includes a huge dance floor and world-class audio equipment. Enter the towering, neon-lit entrance and you’ll be greeted with opulent decor and tacky disco balls. The club has a rotating entertainment lineup that includes a live house band, one-off gigs, male model stage shows and special performances by local artists.
222/32, Ratchadaphisek Rd., 081-390-8888. Open daily 9pm-3am

Soi Twilight 

Located just off of Surawong Road, this notorious street is filled with gay bars and restaurants, the most popular arguably being Classic Boys Club, a go-go bar known for their syncronized swimming shows held in a large tank at 11:30pm and midnight on Sundays. Upon entering the brightly-lit street, you’ll be swarmed by promoters trying to persuade you to enter their bars with drink specials, so be sure to ask to see the place first, before making any promises. 
Between Surawong and Rama 4 Rd., bars usually open at 7:30 pm. MRT Silom

Telephone Pub

One of the oldest pubs in Bangkok that has been operating since 1987 just celebrated their 30th anniversary on June 14, and continues to thrive among other lively gay bars. Named for the telephones that used to connect the tables to each other, they have since been removed from the walls. The interior is decorated and arranged like a classic New York-style bar where you can smoke and drink outside in the front terrace with house music, while the bar & restaurant are upstairs serving both Thai and Western cuisines. The third floor is a karaoke room with a variety of songs in both English and Thai. Parties of any size can also be arranged together with entertainment upon early notice via email. 
Silom Soi 4, 02-234-3279. Open daily 6pm-2am. BTS Saladaeng telephonepub@outlook.com

The Expresso   

Situated on the opposite side of DJ Station, The Expresso offers easier listening tunes to re-energize yourself before hitting DJ Station. The place often arranges tables for drinking and relaxing before removing them to make a dance floor as the crowds are pouring in fast, especially on the weekends. 
Silom Soi 2, opposite of DJ Station. Open  daily 10pm-2am. BTS Saladaeng 

Jupiter 2018 Men Club

Moved from Soi Twilight to Silom Soi 4, Jupiter 2018 is the reincarnation of Jupiter 2002, and remains consistently popular. The owners decided to build and operate their own place, keeping it as a go-go bar with a sexy guys show, lights, and performances that usually start at 9pm with B250 for a drink. 
Silom Soi 4, Suriyawong, 02-266-3682 or 061-794-4698. Open daily 8:30pm-1am. BTS Saladaeng. Jupiter2018.com  

Bangkok’s best gay nights

Sundays at Maggie Choo’s

Evoking colonial outposts, the Pax Britannica of Queen Victoria, the decadence of opium dens and steamy exoticism, this bewitching bar hosts its weekly gay night every Sunday when topless hunks with rock-hard six-packs from 7:30pm replace the beautiful ladies in cheongsam dresses on the swings. Apart from sipping cocktails and mingling with the crowd, expect to laugh all night long when local drag sensation Pangina Heals takes the stage.
U/F, Novotel Silom, 320 Silom Rd., 091-772-2144. Open 7:30pm-2am

XY Party every Thursday at Ce La Vi

This classy, ostentatious bar that was known as Ku De Ta (now Ce La Vi) hosts a special XY Party every Thursday night with upbeat music and performances. The performances are highlighted by Bangkok-based DJs like Danny Dee, Gappy, and RitaRita, and Thailand’s fabulous drag queen, Pangina Heals, who keeps the party going from 9pm-3am. Get a standard drink (B150) between 9-11pm. Free entry.  
39/F, Ce La Vi, Sathorn Square Tower, 98 North Sathorn Rd. 02-108-2000. Open 9pm-3am. celavi.com. BTS Chong Nonsi

HI-SO Pride Party 

HI-SO Pride Party opens its dance floor to gay party-goers every third Saturday of the month. Mark Jun 17 on your calendar since this party has lined up a fab show of drag queen performers and special guest DJs. The action happens between 9pm-1am and it costs B300 net (including 1 drink).
30/F, SO Sofitel Bangkok. 02-624-0000. Open 9pm-1am. H6835@sofitel.com

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