It’s going to be a big week.
BK’s BAD Night Out is finally upon us. From Oct 30 onward, expect five straight weeks of cocktail-hopping at 40 of the city’s top bars—gin joints, hideaways, rooftops and BAD Award-baiting cocktail dens, all offering specially curated menus with three drinks going for a flat rate of B800++.
How does it work?
Each week (Wed-Sat), the selection of bars will change, allowing our readers try some of the cool venues we write about in BK. The event coincides with our annual nightlife showdown: the BAD Awards (you can see last year’s winners here), happening at the end of November.
You’ll have to book in advance through our website. When you arrive at the venue, they will give each member of the booking party three tickets that can be spent on cocktails created for BAD Night Out—you can split between friends, or drink all three yourself (we’re not judging).
Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
Here are the bars and drinks you can look forward to this week.
WEEK 2 (Nov6 -Nov 9)
The stylish Continent Bangkok boasts laidback Axis & Spin, a rooftop bar and lounge offering sweeping views of the Bangkok cityscape. Its dark-toned vintage decor and leather sofa sets has all the feel of a gentlemen’s club. For an atmosphere more suited to partying, climb the spiral stairs to the 39th floor and you’ll find high tables and stools and a proper DJ station to one side.
38&39/F, The Continent Hotel Bangkok, 413 Sukhumvit Rd.
Zoom up to the 26th floor, where you can unwind with a classic cocktail at this Wireless Road sanctuary. DJs play a fun mixture of lounge music, downtempo and electro, making this a prime spot to kick-start a night out. Want to wow someone? Head to the Char Private Room, which available for semi-private, private terrace or exclusively private events.
25-26/F, Hotel Indigo, 81 Wireless Rd.
An after-hours favorite, Glow packs in locals, expats and tourists thanks to very late (or should that be early?) opening hours and one of the most consistent electronic music lineups in town. The focus is usually on drum ‘n’ bass, techno and house, played by a wide range of Bangkok-based and visiting DJs. The place never really gets going until 11pm at the earliest.
96/4-5 Sukhumvit Soi 23.
This funky Vietnamese-themed bar helped restore some edge to tired and touristy Silom. Find a corner in the neon-drenched dining room and tuck into straight-up takes on banh mi and banh cuon to go with other Thai-leaning dishes. The satisfying beef pho comes with generous slices of beef and a full supporting cast of fresh greens. What’s more, the herb-laden, Asian-inspired drinks (sample names: 100 Dong, The Pink Slip) arguably upstage the food.
1/5 Sala Daeng Soi 1.
This rooftop serves up one of Bangkok’s most stunning sunset scenes—looking straight over Lumphini Park and onto the gleaming skyscrapers of Phloen Chit. Maybe that’s why it’s one of the few spots that attracts a local crowd, one that likes to knock back Champagne and smoke cigars while reposed on the almost-too-comfy scarlet daybeds. Oh, and they give out enough complimentary cashews and olives to make you say, “screw dinner.”
29/F, So Sofitel Hotel, 2 North Sathorn.
This Sathorn drinking den has been a neighborhood staple for years, thanks to a well-stocked bar serving locally brewed sprits, home-infused concoctions and Thai-made craft beers. The owner, Bard Passapong, used to be a cocktail waiter at W Hotel and makes big noise about using both locally brewed sprits and his own home-infused concoctions. Bonus: this place makes some next-level G&Ts.
454 Suanphlu Soi 1.
Exiting the lift on the 30th floor, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into something between a Tokyo record bar and a mid-century recording studio. Lennon’s entrance hall is lined with 6,000 records that visitors can browse, play and even buy. Tear yourself away, and you’ll find a stunning speakeasy-like space, replete with sultry Art Deco light fixtures, retro brown leather sofas and a spiral staircase leading up to a clandestine cigar lounge.
30/F, Rosewood, 1041/38 Phloen Chit Rd.
This buzzing Sukhumvit bar sits pretty on the 26th floor of the Novotel hotel, offering laidback garden vibes and views of both Sirikit Lake and Benjasiri Park. Take the small staircase up from the 25th floor and you’re greeted by an open-air space filled with a mix of circular couches and low seating in pastel grey tones. The fruity, though not-too-sweet, cocktails come from a line-up of experienced international bartenders. All things considered, this is one of the go-to rooftops in the area.
20, 26/F, Novotel Bangkok Hotel, 19/9 Sukhumvit Soi 20
Winner of BK Magazine’s “Bar of the Year” in 2018, Tropic City comes from two guys formerly from UNCLE and Lady Brett (swanky Sathorn cocktail joints, for the uninitiated). Tucked down an up-and-coming Chaorenkrung back alley, it’s mirrored by the bright strobes of a tailoring facility that lends drinking on Tropic City’s terrace the kind of under-the-radar edge that all the faux-secret bars in town would pay for.
672/65 Charoen Krung Soi 28.