Music & Nightlife

Your guide to the best live music, nightclubs, gay clubs, after-parties, dance parties and music festivals in Bangkok

Bangkok’s best non-mainstream music venues
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Bangkok’s best non-mainstream music venues

We round up our top picks of electronic music venues around Bangkok to help you keep track of what's going on in the scene

What's the deal with… Crossthy
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What's the deal with… Crossthy

We have chat with Ken Phupoom and Timothy Supreeleela, the duo behind EDM project Crossthy

The absolute best Pride parties in Bangkok
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The absolute best Pride parties in Bangkok

Bangkok's LGBT scene is only getting bigger and better. If you're looking for LGBT things to do, we've lined up the best Pride parties in the city that you don't want to miss in this month of Pride. Wed 19 Love Out Loud at W Bangkok; 7 pm; B300/inclusive of one drink W Bangkok, in partnership with Gayle and Chandon Thailand, invite you to celebrate this pride month with “Love Out Loud”, a party celebrating self-expression, queer history, and love. A portion of proceeds will go towards the Love Foundation. Fri 21 Pride Night: Drag Me to SO at HI-SO; 6 pm; B450/inclusive of one drink Glam up in your most fabulous outfit and come celebrate pride month at HI-SO. Hobnob with your favorite drag divas Kwang Yonce, Zymone "The Rapper Queen," and Meannie Minaj while dancing to hot beats from DJ StevenG and DJ SoShine.  Wed 26  Pride Month Celebration at SO Sofitel Bangkok; 6 pm OUT BKK, UNGlobe, GLIFAA, and Equal AF are joining hands in co-hosting this pride month celebration at So Sofitel Hotel. Let your pride shine and enjoy fun activities, performances, and giveaways. Sun 30 Drag-a-licious 2 at Maggie Choo's; 7.30 pm; B500/inclusive of two drinks Maggie Choo’s is hosting their special themed gay night party with Drag-a-licious 2. Enjoy 10 Drag shows and free shots all night long. DJ Yui Truluv and Dj Tackthai will be spinning tunes from the 90’s mixed with today’s hottest pops.  

Upcoming concerts and festivals in 2019
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Upcoming concerts and festivals in 2019

Best concerts and music festivals in June
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Best concerts and music festivals in June

Concerts and music festivals in Bangkok

Places to dance in Bangkok

Sing Sing Theater
Nightlife

Sing Sing Theater

After wielding design magic on Maggie Choo’s and Iron Fairies, Australian designer Ashley Sutton is back with Sing Sing Theater. Decorated with metalwork, wood, lanterns and neon lights, the place combines inspirations from Shanghai in the 1930s with futuristic Blade Runner-esque elements. The dance floor on the first floor is the heart of the place and is sometimes used as a stage for many a gimmicky performance. The balcony on the second floor is the best spot for looking over and enjoying the shows. The drinks list includes specials like the Cabinet Escape, a gin-based cocktail served in a birdcage (interesting) and Bank in Lemon, another gin-based drink. The music is always pumping and include house, hip-hop, hit songs, and live music. 

Beam
Nightlife

Beam

Thonglor’s latest luxury nightclub is ready to entertain you and your posse with its cutting-edge beats and mind-boggling visuals. Set in a revamped warehouse, Beam is a two-story venue that features different music genres on each level. International DJs usually pump up the crowd with crazy beats on the second floor, while local spinners entertain with more relaxing beats on the ground floor. A bar doles out a variety of booze on both levels. Experimental cocktails include the Back Burner (Evan Williams Bourbon, Thai chili, cinnamon, honey), Black Rain (Kakubin whisky, ginger, Japanese black sugar) , and a selection of Champagnes from Moet Mini to Ace of Spades.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Maggie Choo’s
Nightlife

Maggie Choo’s

When the concept of the secret speakeasy bar keep on rising in Bangkok, Australian designer who was behind many concept bars in Bangkok (Iron Fairies and Clouds) Ashley Sutton takes it to the next level. This Shanghai 1950s-inspired bar is located on the lower ground floor of Novotel Silom with the ‘set-up’ Chinese restaurant in front to keep the speakeasy mood. Here the elegant element from New York gentleman club style got mashes up with chinoiserie hint of lighting, sculpture and altogether with ladies in Qipao welcoming you. Drinks side comes courtesy of Bangkok’s celebrity mixologist Joseph Boroski offering fancy choices with local fresh ingredient. Entertainment is also quite variety as you can expect DJ performs beaty tunes from hip hop, funk and old school r n’b to live band doing jazz and blues. If you have friends visiting, here’s an all in one place you can always rely on.    

Violett
Nightlife

Violett

First it was BEAM. Now there’s Violett. The Thonglor dance scene has officially been revived. Party lovers from various backgrounds have gotten together to create this new nightclub in the heart of Bangkok’s party district. Named after the last—and possibly most mysterious—shade in the color spectrum, Violett beguiles Thonglor club rats with neon-lit vibes inspired by the underground clubs in Europe—Berlin, to be precise. We’re talking a discreet entrance, raw cement walls, and state-of-the-art lighting that’s been manually improvised by a visual designer. The music at Violett revolves around techno (Wed and Fri) and hip-hop (Thu, Sat and Sun). The club is very selective about the DJs they bring in so expect to dance to beats from top names like techno queen Nakadia, Kolour’s Coran, and the Soi Dogs duo. Drinks-wise, Violett has some Insta-worthy signature slingshots. Jelly Fish (B280) is a mix of triple sec, orange and blue curaçao, amaretto, Baileys Irish Cream and absinthe, while Suicide Bomber (B280) is a vodka-based cocktail with Malibu rum, amaretto, curaçao and Baileys Irish Cream. If you don’t fancy shots, opt for a cocktail like Nebular 272 (B340), an absinthe-topped blend of vodka, triple sec, passion fruit juice and lime juice.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
CÉ LA VI
Nightlife

CÉ LA VI

The Bangkok outpost of a giant club chain takes over the two top floors of a fancy office building and features a restaurant, lounge, bar and a massive dance floor.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars

The best live music venues in Bangkok

Hard Rock Café
Restaurants

Hard Rock Café

Rare music collectibles, platinum records and signed pictures on the walls.

Tep Bar
Bars

Tep Bar

A tapas bar and restaurant that screams Thai.

The Cavern Club Bangkok
Nightlife

The Cavern Club Bangkok

The Beatles tribute band at weekends.

Iron Fairies Dragonfly
Restaurants

Iron Fairies Dragonfly

A heavily jazz-inspired venue with live performances followed by a DJ set every night.