The grand dame of gay 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. The place is three stories tall. 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. As for the decor, the dim lighting hides a pretty run-down and barebones setup.
Silom Soi 2, 02-266-4029. Open daily 10pm-2am. BTS Sala Daeng
The Stranger Bar and Lounge
Tucked inside the vibrant Silom Soi 4, this two-story sit-down bar boasts fun-themed cocktails and attracts a modern, younger gay crowd. Although small in size, the bar is big in personality, with its glittery decor, feisty drink menu and sassy beats.
Silom Soi 4, 084-711-6477. Open daily 5:30pm-2am. BTS Sala Daeng
Evoking colonial outposts, the Pax Britannica of Queen Victoria, the decadence of opium dens and steamy exoticism, this bewitching bar hosts its weekly gay night every Sunday when topless hunks with rock-hard six packs replace the beautiful ladies in cheongsam dresses on the swings. Apart from sipping cocktails and mingling with the crowd, expect to laugh all night long when local drag sensation Pangina Heals takes the stage.
U/F, Novotel Silom, 320 Silom Rd., 091-772-2144. Gay nights are every Sunday 7:30pm-2am
This legendary gay club made a comeback at the beginning of the year after its original venue closed down. This new rendition has undergone a mega facelift to include a huge dance floor and world-class audio equipment. Enter the towering, neon-lit entrance and you’ll be greeted with opulent decor and tacky disco balls. The club has a rotating entertainment lineup that includes a live house band, one-off gigs, male model stage shows and special performances by local artists.
222/32, Ratchadaphisek Rd., 091-724-2999. Open daily 9pm-2am
Located just off of Surawong Road, this notorious street is filled with gay bars and restaurants, the most popular arguably being Classic Boys Club, a go-go bar known for their syncronized swimming shows held in a large tank at 11:30pm and midnight on Sundays. Upon entering the brightly-lit street, you’ll be swarmed by promoters trying to persuade you to enter their bars with drink specials, so be sure to ask to see the place first, before making any promises.
Between Surawong and Rama 4 Rd., bars usually open at 7:30 pm. MRT Silom
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