Nightlife Guide for the Amazing RCA Street in Bangkok
RCA Bangkok is the place to go for fun, youthful nightlife. RCA – or Royal City Avenue – is perfect for partying, since it is filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs that are easy to travel between and offer a diverse nightlife. Young people are the main crowd here, but everyone is welcome. RCA is a designated special district and as such, there are a few rules. One is that the clubs have to close at 2 a.m. at the latest. One benefit of the government’s outlining of this area is that it makes it safer than other parts of Bangkok. There are guards around and plenty of safe parking areas.
RCA is one lengthy avenue. Every club here stamps guests’ hands. These stamps are good for the whole night, so many people choose to float between the different venues. These nightlife hotspots are always lively and get especially crowded on the weekends. Make sure you bring identification with you, since many clubs are very cautious about preventing minors from getting in.
With plenty of music and a huge array of bars, restaurants, and clubs, RCA is the place to be for young party-lovers in the city.
Route 66 is the King of nightclubs in RCA if not Bangkok. If you nightclubs, then Route 66 should be your first stop on Friday or Saturday night. On weekends the inside and outside areas will be completely packed, so be sure to arrive before midnight. Weekdays are also great nights to come here because it tends to be less busy…but still just as much fun! Usually closes at 2:00am but can often stay open until 4am on weekends.
Slim & Flix
The largest venue in RCA, Slim and Flix has three main dance and music spaces that allow it to really pack in the crowds, most especially on the weekends. Hip-hop is king here but you will also here house music and tunes from a variety of bands who may be performing at any given time. While Thais can get in for free, there is an entrance fee for foreign guests, which entitles you to two free drinks. Slim & Flix is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is part of Block A.
This nightclub is one of the favorites among the partygoers of RCA. Onyx Nightclub features lots of music at high volume, thanks to an impressive speaker system accompanied by excellent DJs. Techno, house, and other popular club styles make up most of the catalog. This music is enhanced by plenty of fun lighting effects. Usually stays open till 5am.
Mello Yellow is an off-beat bar that is favored for its good live music, most often jazz. Various acts will often join in together in a jam session, which really adds to the atmosphere and fun. Music is definitely the main attraction but you don’t be disappointed in the drinks, either. They are closed on Sunday, but are otherwise open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Live music usually begins at 9. Mello Yellow is located in Block D.
Cosmic Café is a favorite spot to begin exploring RCA. Many people meet up with friends here before heading out to the other bars and clubs along the way. This café features regular live music — usually two bands each evening — in a variety of different genres. The Cosmic Café is a beer garden that can even be on the quiet side on some weeknights, but it gets very busy on the weekend. It is located in Block C and is open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Beat Lounge
Located in Block C, the Beat Lounge is a rap and hip-hop venue that showcases DJs as well as live performers, sometimes including the guests. Prices are good and the club as a whole is friendly, welcoming, and fun. It is smaller than some other RCA clubs but it is the top choice for hip-hop here. Hours are 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
If beer is your thing, head to Taksura. It’s often crowded, since it is popular with students. Taksura is the perfect place to hang out with your friends – it has a sort of friendly feeling but the music is loud and it’s definitely a nightlife spot. In fact, it is one of the largest bars in RCA and the biggest in Block D. The prices are great and they serve plenty of good Thai dishes. It is open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.