This spot was recently joined by Francesco Moretti who started his training at Michelin-starred chef Jean-Claude Brugel's Sea Lounge in Monaco when he was 18 and has been mixing drinks all over Europe, America, and Asia ever since. You also may have found him in Bangkok at the late Vogue Lounge or Sinnerman. The future for this standalone colonial house-bar next to W Hotel is looking bright.
The House on Sathorn, 106 Sathorn Rd., 02-344-4025. Open Wed-Sun 2:30pm-midnight
Yen Akat is getting livelier by the minute. Here you get to enjoy big trees and low-rise building views. The bar maintains a connection with the greenery through a glass wall, so you don't feel trapped in a boxy room like most cocktail bars. The drinks are tasty and easy to down, which goes hand-in-hand with the easy-going vibe this bar sports.
15 Yen Akat Rd., 083-437-3515. Open daily 5pm-midnight
Originally an indie documentary distributor bringing in alternative screenings for the cinephiles of Bangkok before taking over the space of Bangkok Screening Room, founder Thida Plitpolkarnpim has turned the space into a pub, a lively hang-out spot, that hosts regular talks, workshops, and events.
2/F Woof Pack, 1/3-7 Sala Daeng Soi 1, 094-895-9628. Open 11am-10pm
You’ll find the familiar wall of booze—mezzanine-height shelves stacked with countless spirits and rice wines—along with the simple, warm decor. Over the years, the focus has shifted toward more sake, but that’s not to say people don’t eat here—mainly Japanese comfort food. You need to soak up all that sake, after all.
28/1 Sathorn Soi 10, Silom Rd., 02-635-1239. Open daily 5pm-1am
This rooftop serves up one of Bangkok’s most stunning sunset scenes—looking straight over Lumphini Park and onto the gleaming skyscrapers of Phloen Chit. Maybe that’s why it’s one of the few spots that still attracts a local crowd, one that likes to knock back champagne and smoke cigars reposed on the almost-too-comfy scarlet daybeds.
29/F, So Sofitel Hotel, 2 North Sathorn Rd., 02-624-0000. Open daily 6pm–midnight
Eight years since opening as a humble daytime cafe, the Surasak shophouse continues to shine a light on underground art and music from its precarious perch by an expressway, now under a different owner. Here, cold beers and no-fuss comfort food go hand-in-hand with cult movie screenings, retro gaming nights, and gigs that often serve up the unexpected.
41 Charoen Rat Soi 1, 093-592-9902. Open Tue-Thu 6pm-midnight; Fri-Sun 6pm-2am
Suan Phlu’s hip rebirth started way back in 2013 with this compact bar where tables fill up nightly, home-infused gin and local craft beers flow freely, and towering burgers topple from the kitchen. This is our go-to for decently-priced, well-made after work drinks and tasty bites—when we can get a seat, that is.
454 Suanphlu Soi 1, 085-100-3608. Open daily 3pm-midnight
This casual neighborhood bar is named after the French phrase for a place where young interns drink, but don’t worry, French interns won’t be what you’ll find here. It sits in the colorful shop-house with an unpretentious atmosphere, staying open for lunch and dinner until you’re ready to dance. Drinks are reasonably priced with some great happy hour deals daily.
142/21 Sathorn Soi 12, 097-130-7534. Open Mon-Fri 4pm-2am; Sat-Sun 11am-2am
Just steps from the fancy-pants Vesper, this Soi Convent's chilled-out craft beer bar boasts 16 rotating taps that store both Thai and international craft beers offering another option for Silom drinkers. On top of beers and burgers, barbecue and bar grub fill the menu.
2/3 Soi Convent, 02-288-0682, Open Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight
This chill bar will make you feel like a kid again. Hoping to create something more than a simple place to indulge in international and local craft beers, Steve Avram, the brain behind Hobbyist Cafe and Seii Shabu Sushi, has conjured up an adult’s playground with pool and ice hockey tables, board games and darts.
Silom Soi 19, 096-649-6919, Open daily 11-1am
This traditional Irish pub walking distance from BTS Saladaeng is everything that you’d expect an Irish pub to be. A big selection of beers, traditional British fare like bangers and mash, the full English breakfast or fish and chips, live music, and all the live sport screenings for you to watch.
323 Silom Rd., 02-234-2875. Open daily 11am-midnight
Taking over what was a chilled little cafe on Sri Bumphen, the space retains the same no-attitude atmosphere, serving a concise menu that focuses on five different umeshu. PrumPlum also does its own blend, available as a shot, as well as a three-shot tasting flight. Come on an empty stomach—the bar snack menu is also pretty huge.
35/2 Sribumphen Rd. 02-249-3146. Open Tue-Sun 6pm-midnight
Recently relocated from Sathorn Soi 10 to the new and better location on Silom Road, this late-night, fire-show spot serves up refined and crafted Cuban-inspired cocktails. This is not your typical cocktail bar where people just sit at the table and chat; here, they expect you to take your moves to the dance floor.
981 Holiday Inn Silom Hotel, Silom Rd., 063-785-2703. Open daily 5pm-midnight
From the masterminds behind Eats Payao, this bar, according to their Facebook, is “dedicated to immigrant cultures in Asia.” However, if you head there late—and we’re talking very late—at night, you’ll find one of the funnest nights in Bangkok. A lot of F&B industry people hang out here after their shift, and these guys know how to drink. Just like democracy in Thailand, the “midnight closing” time is there, but doesn’t really exist.
23/11 Yenakat Soi 2, 084-051-7701. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight
This bar brings your typical Koh Samet trip with your gay friends to the middle of Silom. Located at the front of all the Patpong craziness, you can pre-game here before the night gets late—with all the wild world just a stone’s throw away. They also host regular drag shows.
Silom Soi 4, 061-924-4298. Open 5pm-midnight
Found just on top of the Italian restaurant, Opus, this bar will keep you coming back with their daily promotions. Our favorite has to be Negroni night on Tuesday with their all-night buy-one-get-one-free. Wednesday is ladies’ night serving unlimited—you read that right—drinks for all ladies 8-11pm, and if you show up in a group of four, you also get a bottle of wine.
64 Pan Rd., 088-053-6603. Open Tue-Sat 6pm-1am
If you work in F&B or hang out with the creative cool kids, odds are you’ve spent your fair share of nights out at this art-filled hot spot. We love its moody vibe, avant garde jazz and serious pours of quality absinth.
186/3 Suanphlu Soi 1, 089-666-5429. Open Wed-Mon 6pm-2am
Legendary for its heart-stopping 61-story views of the scattered city lights, Moon Bar was one of the first rooftop places in town and it’s still hard to beat the vertiginous 360-degree views offered up by this small al fresco bar atop the Banyan Tree Hotel. If you can stomach the feeling that you're at a tourist trap, the views are indeed spectacular.
61/F, The Banyan Tree, 21/100 Sathorn Rd., 02-679-1200. Open daily 5pm-1am
Don’t call yourself a serious cocktail drinker if you have never been to Vesper. This long-standing cocktail den specializes in stiff drinks and stellar service. Vesper is hallowed ground for devotees of the classics, though their latest menu switches things up with a new barman imported from Soho in London, Federico Balzarini, contrasting flavor combos.
10/15 Convent Rd., 02-235-2777. Open daily 5:30pm-1am
Perched on the 32nd floor of the newest Bangkok Marriott, this rooftop bar has impressive panoramic views encompassing the Chao Phraya river and historic Old Town as well as Bangkok’s business district high rises. Both the decor and the cocktails come with contemporary Shanghainese twists.
32/F, Marriott Hotel The Surawongse, 262 Surawong Rd., 02-088-5666. Open daily 5pm-midnight