Thailand Guide

Thonglor

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Thonglor is said to be nightlife centrale due to the number of clubbing venues that range from mainstream hip-hop/edm at Demo (www.fb.com/democlub) (225/9-10 Thonglor Arena 10, Tue-Sun 9pm-2am) to the latest state-of-the-art club that just opened in early 2016 like BEAM (www.fb.com/beamclubbkk) (1st Floor, 72 Courtyard, Sukhumvit Soi 55, 02-392-7750, Wed-Sat 8pm-2am) which has regular visiting DJs and club nights. For something more alternative, make a move down to Ekamai (Sukhumvit Soi 63) and head over to Dark Bar (www.fb.com/darkbarbangkok) (Ekkamai Soi 10, Wed-Sat 10pm-2am BTS Ekkamai), where heavy bass music and indie party organizers reign from 9pm till very late.

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If crazy dancing isn’t for you, Thonglor also has a strong cocktail bar scene, with some of the most impressive openings this year being the speakeasy Rabbit Hole (125 Sukhumvit 55, Mon-Sun 7pm-2am), the theatrical Backstage Cocktail bar (205/22-23 Sukhumvit 55, 061-519-5891, Mon-Sun 6pm-1:30am), tequila-focussed Touche Hombre (1st Floor 72 Courtyard Sukhumvit 55, 02-392-7760, Tue-Thu 6pm-1am, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am, Sun 6pm-12am) and the latest opening, Bronx Liquid Parlour (Thonglor Soi 25, 02-036-6071, Tue-Sun 7pm-2am). Hidden in a nondescript, dark alley, the infamous speakeasy without a menu J. Boroski Mixology (125/16 Sukhumvit Soi 55, 02-712-6025, Tue-Sun 7pm-2am), is also in the same vicinity – we’re just not allowed to tell you where exactly it is.

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Interestingly, Thonglor has a strong Japanese community, which means there are plenty of izakaya spots hidden in lots of small alleys, notable ones being Kushikatsu Daruma (205-11-12 Sukhumvit 55, 02-023-6695, Mon-Sun 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-2am) and Shakariki 432 (Thonglor Soi 16, 02-381-8432, Mon-Sun 24 hours). That means the first Bangkok branch of many established Japanese restaurants are likely to be found here. Not to mention that it’s also home to some of the best restaurants in Bangkok.

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We recommend at least a visit to Bo.Lan (24 Sukhumvit 53, 02-260-2962, Tue-Sun 6-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 12-2:30pm), Supanniga Eating Room (160/11 Sukhumvit 55, 02-714-7508, Mon-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm), Little Beast (Thonglor Soi 13, 02-185-2670, Tue-Sat 5:30pm-1am, Sun 11am-3pm) and Roast (3rd Floor, The Commons, 335 Thonglor Soi 17, 02-185-2865, Mon-Thu 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 9am-10pm).  

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Another impressive highlight is the rise of architecturally impressive, design-forward community malls. Selected by the NYT as one of the World’s Coolest, Most Cultured New Malls, The Commons (Thonglor Soi 17) is a semi-open air modern architectural beauty, with selected restaurants in the Market zone floor serving food in a communal dining space.

 

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On the other side of the road lies 72 Courtyard (Sukhumvit Soi 55), an open-air mall dedicated to nightlife with a mix of much-hyped restaurants from abroad (Little Bao and +Toro), a chill out beer bar (Beer Belly), cocktail bars (Evil Man Blues and UNCLE) and the always buzzing BEAM.

 

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Nearest station: BTS Thonglor

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