The return of nightlife, the departure of Scala, and a whole lot of thought provoking art.
Bangkok nightlife is officially back in business! Head to Studio Lam to dance the night away to funky molam grooves from DJ Maft Sai.
Jul 3. 3/1 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-261-6661
Ratchada’s underground club is back after three months. Entry is B300, which includes three drinks before 8pm, two drinks before 9pm or one drink after 9pm.
Jul 3, 7pm-midnight. Mustache Bangkok, Ratchada Soi 7, 098-252-8208
Guess your roll of a dice correctly and get 50 percent off your order at Sukhumvit Soi 22’s new sports bar.
Jul 3, 8:30-10:30pm. The Last Drop, Sukhumvit Soi 22
Make your own hotdogs (B190) and jive to live music from the Kenshin Jazz Trio at Ari’s hip hostel.
Jul 3, 6-10pm. The Yard Bangkok, 51 Phahonyothin Soi 5
Fill up on Filipino fare at 30 percent off, while reliving your younger days with classic ‘90s tunes.
Jul 3, 6pm. Viva Filipinas, 372 Sri Ayutthaya Rd.
Bid farewell to Bangkok’s last standalone cinema this weekend, with special movie showings including Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 mystery “Blow-Up” (noon); “Phantom of Illumination” (3pm), a documentary about a film projectionist forced into unemployment when the cinema he works at is marked for demolition; and Italian drama “Cinema Paradiso” (6pm). Tickets are priced from B140-160 and are available to purchase from Scala from Jul 3-5, 10am-6pm.
Jul 4-5. Scala, 184 216 Rama I Rd., 02-251-2861
Aurum Gallery Launch
British drum ‘n’ bass pioneer and graffiti artist Goldie is launching his contemporary gallery this Saturday, featuring some of the world’s biggest urban and contemporary artists.
Aurum Gallery, Warehouse 30, 30 Charoenkrung Soi 30. Free entry
Video artist and film director Chulayarnnon Siriphol has been painstakingly collecting newspaper cuttings since the military coup in May 2014. This exhibition sees him reinvent these as colorful collages with dissident undercurrents. Head to the Facebook event for more info.
Through Aug 9, Wed-Sun, 1-9pm. Bangkok CityCity Gallery, 13/3 Sathorn 1, South Sathorn Rd., 083-087-2725
Suwannee Sarakana uses colorful oil paints to express family love and tender moments shared between a mother and child in this heart-warming exhibition.
Jul 4-25. Number 1 Gallery, 19 Silom Soi 21
This politically-charged showcase invites the six Thai artists who exhibited in the build up to the coup in 2014 to revisit their ideas through the lens of the social and political climate of 2020. Expect commentary on military rule, the “new normal” and freedom of speech in artworks, stickers and installations. Entry is free.
Through Aug 23. WTF Gallery and Cafe, 7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-662-6246. Open Tue-Sun 4-10pm
From political strife and the Khlong Toei district in the ‘90s to elephants walking the street and rock concerts, this showcase by Australian photographer Mick Elmore charts life in Bangkok over the past three decades.
Jul 3, 6:30-9pm, then open throughout July. Foreign Correspondents Club Thailand, 518/5 Ploenchit Rd.
Wedding planner Rainforest, known for organizing glitzy weddings for celebrities, will be bringing the ramshackle wooden shophouses in Hua Takhe Old Market to life with floral art installations, free flower-related workshops and stalls selling reasonably-priced flowers and plants from farmers. Check Facebook for the schedule. While you're there, be sure to check out some of the highlights from our Hua Takhe photo walk, too.
Jul 4-Aug 4. Hua Takhe Old Market, Lad Krabang Soi 17. Open daily 10am-6pm
MARKETS & SALES
After having canceled its popular bi-annual book sale in May due to Covid-19 restrictions, this library is hosting a scaled down book fair in its garden cafe, with a curated selection of fiction and non-fiction English language books, at bargain prices starting as low as B20. Due to the limited space and to encourage social distancing, only 10 people will be allowed to browse at a time and the selection of books will be replenished with new titles each day.
Through Jul 26, Tue-Sun 9:30am-5pm. Neilson Hays Library, 195 Surawong Rd., 02-233-1731
Join this local farmer's market for a day of fresh and local produce, urban farming workshops, craft beer tastings and chef demonstrations. Free with registration here.
Jul 4, 11am-7pm. The Hive (Thonglor), 46/9 Sukhumvit Soi 49
Challenge yourself with this 52km cycling tour down to the Gulf of Thailand.
Jul 4, 7am-5:30pm. Just Nok, 18/6 Sapanwanchat, Prachathipatai Rd., 084-308-6098
Join this monthly 5.6km run around Ekkamai and receive a free beer on completion.
Jul 4, 5:30pm. Mikkeller Bangkok, 26 Ekkamai Soi 10, Yaek 2
Become a shameless tourist as you explore Talad Noi and the Old Town on an e-scooter.
Jul 4, 2-6pm. Go E-scooter Tours Bangkok, 69/2 Charoenkrung Soi 44
Hang out with fluffy kittens while sipping on coffee in Ekkamai and raise money for PAWS Bangkok animal shelter. Visits will be limited to one hour and the number of visitors will be controlled to ensure social distancing.
Jun 21, noon-4pm. UnionSpace, 30 Sukhumvit Soi 61, 062-015-5533