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Nightlife Guide for Bangkok’s Riverside

Life along the river in Bangkok has plenty of attraction in the evening. Here you can enjoy upscale bars and restaurants as well as more casual venues. Party boats are popular and are an interesting way to enjoy an evening out on the Chao Phraya River.


More than one thousands shops and several dozen dining venues are located at Asiatique at the riverfront. Starting at about 5 p.m., you can spend hours roaming this large complex. It is a fun place to browse at any hour and you can always stop and enjoy a drink or a meal. There are also various shows that take place here. Asiatique closes at midnight and is about ten minutes away from the BTS station over at Saphan Taksin. It is most commonly accessed by boat.

Balco Bar

The Balco Bar is a fun and welcoming venue that has a more relaxed vibe than some other bars near the river. Located on the roof of the Rivercity Shopping Complex, the Balco Bar is a casual place to enjoy some music and chat with friends. Music gets a little more lively later on. While it is closed on Mondays, it is open the rest of the week from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

Sky Bar

Sky Bar is located in the State Tower, the second highest skyscraper in Bangkok. The Sky Bar is located on the sixty-fourth floor and offers impressive views of this city. It is a luxurious venue, offering not just delicious food but a variety of excellent drinks. From caviar to oysters, rich appetizers can be followed by a smoke out on the balcony. Cigars are available. Sky Bar is part of Sirocco, a fine restaurant which does require reservations. Sky Bar is open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Bamboo Bar

Bamboo Bar has a cool jungle themed décor and is a sophisticated place to enjoy a cocktail or two while listening to some excellent jazz music. Performers from around the world do their part to add to the great atmosphere here. The Bamboo Bar is located the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It closes at 1 a.m. the rest of the week.

Zeta Bar

The Zeta Bar is decorated with soft lights and leather seating, giving it a great lounge bar feeling that is sure to be a hit. Music is featured and cocktails are a favorite here. The Zeta Bar is located at the Millennium Hilton. It is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Muay Thai Live

Asiatique is a large complex and among its attractions is the Muay Thai Live event. Muay Thai, sometimes referred to as Thai boxing, is an impressive and violent sport that requires great skill. This show offers a great chance to explore this amazing cultural tradition. It lasts for about an hour and a half and starts at 8 p.m.

Calypso Cabaret

Another Asiatique attraction is the Calypso Cabaret. The ladyboy performers put on a stellar show complete with elaborate lip-synching and equally elaborate costumes. They are great at what they do and a visit to the cabaret is sure to guarantee a fun and glittery night out. There are two shows per day. They occur at 8:15 p.m. and again at 9:45 p.m.

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