BK TOP PICK: Bangkok's Best Gay Bar
The grand dame of gay Bangkok clubbing just never seems to get old. Packed to the point of making dancing near impossible on weekends, DJ Station has come to define Thailand’s gay nightlife for many visitors. Located at the end of Silom Soi 2, the club stands three stories tall, although not much goes on at the very top. Most of the dancing takes place on the ground, with some guys going shirtless on stage. On the second floor, things are noticeably more cruise-y—and boozy. The entry is B200, which gets you two drink tickets (standard drinks are B100 inside). There's a pretty tired cabaret show at 11pm if you're interested. The music sees the usual offerings of house remixes of big pop divas. Expect a mix of Hong Kong/Singaporean weekenders, flight attendants and small packs of gay tourists. As for the Thais, they tend to either be into the pan-Asian circuit scene and dancing shirtless on stage or chasing white guys on the second floor.
Silom Soi 2, Silom Rd. Open daily 10pm-2am. BTS Sala Daeng
RUNNER-UPS (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
A welcome alternative to Soi 2, G.O.D provides an even harder, more intense clubbing experience. The acronym stands for Guys on Display, which could either be you, with your shirt off on the dancefloor, or any of the four muscled hunks that bare all (or almost) nightly. Don't bother showing up before 2am, after DJ Station has closed, otherwise you'll be the only soul there. As for the music, it's thumping happy gay house which should keep you high as a kite to the very end. The crowd is “Anything in a sweat, shirtless, high and drunk,” according to diva-manager Loulou Ferrari, which could be insomniac flight attendants, locals “who seem like partying is the only thing they do in life” or just tourists who want a slice of gay Bangkok. G.O.D is definitely the place to go for late night clubbing. It’s gay, busy, hot, and loud—the way a good club for boys who like boys should be.
Room 60/18-21, Silom Soi 2/1, Silom Rd., 02-632-8033. Open daily 10pm-6am. BTS Sala Daeng
Located in Or Tor Kor, Bangkok's secondly best-known gayborhood after Silom, Fake Club features signature geometric purple shapes and glittery walls. Dream Girls just won’t get enough of those beauty pageant-like steps, specifically designed to accommodate synchronized moves. Watch out Super Junior! If you don’t fancy getting pushed and shoved by a constant stream of toilet-going clubbers, take advantage of the private area, sectioned off from the masses on a raised platform near the front door (reservation is a must). Fake Club plays fresh (if unabashedly commercial) crowd-pleasers from divas like Lady Gaga, Madonna, Britney Spears and K-pop outfits like 2PM, 2NE1 and Super Junior. The live music (nightly, 11:30pm onwards) also attracts a straight clientele. The crowd consists of K-pop-inspired twinks, whisky-sharing freshmen and older guys trying to bag them.
Kamphaeng Phet Rd., 089-479-9262. Open daily 9pm-2am
Zone B, RCA, Rama 9 Rd., 085-161-3386. Open daily 7pm-midnight
After the demise of RCA's first gay club SanFran DiscGo, Castro persists and continues the gay mecca references and brings lip-syncing drags and coyote boys to what was, until recently, a 100% straight ‘hood. There's a long façade and a glass-fronted display showing skimpily clad boys—all lit in a seductive purple glow in case you’d missed the fact that the place is gay-friendly. Blessed with ample space, the club boasts two zones: Castro (a stage complete with red runway carpet) and Bangkok (a karaoke). There’s also a “lounge” strictly reserved for boys—you get the picture. As for the music, expect pop, K-pop and classic dance hits from the 70s-80s. House bands take turns cranking out the top 40 on a nightly basis. And did we mention the coyote boy backing dancers?
Tucked away behind a parking lot at the very end of Ratchada Soi 8, this gay bar has toilets that are nothing short of legendary: three rooms, curtains, dim to pitch-black lighting. Let’s just say the action is not necessarily taking place on the dance floor. Similar to Fake Club, the crowd here is predominantly local, and a lot of them are uni students. Arrive here before 9:30pm (except Fri, Sat and holidays) and get a free bottle of whiskey.
G-Star, Ratchadaphisek Soi 8, Ratchadapisek Rd., 02-643-8792. Open daily 7pm-2am