The Club offers the full-on hands-in-the-air 'rave' experience (complete with complimentary glow-sticks). It’s the sort of sleek, snazzy joint you'd expect to find in Ibiza Town – only minus the vain DJs and drug-addled masses. What it does have is a big dancefloor with high ceilings, agitated lasers, UV lights, oversize disco ball and a raised Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9pm to 3am
- Location: 123 Khaosan Rd, Talat Yot, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 629 1010
Adhere The 13th Blue Bar
Adhere The 13th Blue Bar strips it down to the raw essentials with bar, tables and instruments. It’s a diminutive blues and jazz spot that never fails to make a big impression on those who find it. Only on weekends, when the earthy sounds and people spill out on to the street would you notice it on passing - it's a tiny hole in the wall.
Despite the bare, bohemian feel there's a warm, welcoming atmosphere that attracts Thais, discerning tourists and expats in equal numbers. A resident blues band with a loyal following usually plays nightly from around 10pm. Occasional special events and frequent jams by other locals ensures a bit of variety for the regulars. The beers are also reasonably priced.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 12am
- Location: 13 Samsen Rd, Wat Sam Phraya, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)89 769 4613
Bombay Blues is a popular little Indian restaurant on Soi Rambuttri. It’s a vibrant red-and-yellow painted house with luxurious interiors and a great place to bring a date or a crowd of friends for delicious food and after-dinner entertainment.
The menu is extensive, from buttery paneer to some of the tastiest mutton Bangkok has to offer, and the waiter is happy to make recommendations should you want to try something other than chicken tikka masala. Bombay Blues is laid-back and good value; you’ll have no problem making a night of it.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 2am
- Location: 51 Soi Rambutri, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)95 520 1515
Dark, cavernous and with its signature red brick walls, this intimate venue has a distinctly European air that is matched by some serious attention to music. With low lighting and a live music policy that skirts deftly between jazz, blues and ska, it's a real magnet for boisterous locals. Best of all, the resident band is Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7pm to 2am (Saturdays until 12am)
- Location: Buddy Shopping Plaza, 265 Khao San Rd, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 629 4556
Cinnamon is hidden away on the road parallel to Khao San Road, Soi Rambuttri, and has 'discovery' written all over it. A neat water feature wall lines the narrow pathway entrance.
This striking entrance, however, is outdone by a chic modern interior consisting of two intimate floors of sleek glass and steel and festooned with lots of funky furniture. The cocktails are a winner here, and there's a backroom to cater for all your dancing needs.
- Location: 106 Soi Rambuttri, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 629 4075
Hippie de Bar
A funky jewel of a bar in an area drowning in tastelessness, Hippie de Bar is all cool kitsch and cool kids. In a small, calm courtyard, down a side alley off the main strip is this cosy 2-storey house decked out in old school memorabilia.
This artsy interior draws gangs of hip Thai adolescents, while the greenery and serenity of the fairy-light lit courtyard appeals more to strung out backpackers. Add a good line in tangy cocktails, superb Thai grub and you've got one of the few places on Khao San Road with real personality.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 4pm to 2am
- Location: 46 Khaosan Rd, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 629 3508
Jham-Jun Bar & Bistro
Jham-Jun Bar & Bistro was a once-hidden gem that’s now very popular with the Khao San crowd. You don’t have to travel across town to Vertigo or the Sky Bar to experience a decent rooftop bar. Views from the top are nice (you can see the impressive Rama VIII Bridge and Phra Sumera fortress) along with plenty of other perks.
The cute fake-grass lawn at the very top is a nice gimmick (with comfy floor seating), and an in-house band play local covers as the sun sets over the Old City. To find it, enter Fortville Guesthouse (around the corner from Phra Arthit Road) and take what seems to be the world’s slowest elevator to the 5th floor.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 1am
- Type: Fortville Guesthouse, Phra Sumen Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 282 3933
One of the best views of the Khao San is from the seats that run along the open side of the casual Roof Bar. Every night, Roof Bar hosts a series of acoustic music sessions, covering classics from Billy Joel to Oasis. While the format is very similar to many of the bars along this famous strip, the vibe is very different.
Slightly more expensive drinks mean the crowd aren’t just there to get drunk, but they still want to have a good time. If you’ve always thought that the madness of Khao San would be too much for you, this is the perfect place to get a taste of it. Grab a classic cocktail and enjoy a less chaotic evening than those partying in the street below.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 4.30pm to 1.30am
- Location: 3rd Fl, Center Point Plaza, 183-185 Khaosan Rd, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)86 777 1117