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10 Best Bars for Expats in Bangkok

10 Best Bars for Expats in Bangkok

By Chris QuanUpdated Oct. 27, 2022

All major cities across South East Asia now have an extremely vibrant bar scene, and Bangkok is arguably leading the way in this respect. We want to introduce you to The City’s best watering holes for expats, so you can enjoy Bangkok’s nightlife the way you’re supposed to.

We’ve split the bars into the following categories: Rooftop bars, cocktail bars and craft beer bars, making it easier for you to find exactly which type of bar you wish to visit.

Rooftop Bars

Whether it’s a view over the famous Chao Phraya River, The Old City Temples or Bangkok’s sprawling city skyline you are looking for, your perfect rooftop bar awaits you in ‘The City of Angels’. How many cities in the world can boast of more rooftop bars than Bangkok? There’s not one that we’ve found!

1. Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower

Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower is Bangkok’s most famous rooftop bar, in part thanks to it being the filming destination for The Hangover Movie.

Sky Bar is on most first-time visitor’s must-do lists, but also has a steady stream of returning customers and it’s easy to see why. The rooftop boasts a 360-degree view, with the river one side, the city the other.

The round bar shoots out over the edge of the hotel and at 63 storeys high, it’s the only place to be when the sun is setting over the Chao Phraya River. Daily live music adds a classy tone to proceedings.

Location: Lebua at State Tower, 1055 Silom Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Opening times: Daily from 6 pm to 1 am

Price: Drinks start at 410 THB

2. OCTAVE @ MARRIOTT SUKHUMVIT

The Octave Lounge is located in the most expensive area in Bangkok. Thong Lor is home to the young Thai high society and also boasts a massive international expat community.

The 48th-floor rooftop bar at Octave is spread over three floors with incredible views over the city skyline. There are nightly DJs and a daily 2-for-1 happy hour on all drinks between 5 and 7 pm.

Address: Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, 2 Ban Kluai Nuea Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Opening times: 5 pm- 2 am

Prices: Drinks start at 250 THB

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3. Sala Rattanakosin Rooftop

The rooftop at the Sala Rattanakosin hotel has been a popular choice for expats and tourists in the old city since it opened, thanks to breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya River and Wat Arun.

As the sun sets behind Bangkok’s Temple of Dawn, there is no other sight like it in the whole of Bangkok. With an array of cocktails, wines and local and international beers to choose from, this is THE spot in the Old Town for an early evening sundowner.

Address: 39 Maha Rat Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200

Opening times: Hours: Open Daily 5 pm- 11 pm

Prices: Drinks start at 130 THB

4. Vertigo @ Banyan Tree Bangkok

The outdoor bar-restaurant at The Banyan Tree Hotel is located 61 floors above the bustling business district in Bangkok’s Sathorn area.

With fantastic views over the city skyline and the famous Lumpini Park, Vertigo bar has become a firm favourite with international travellers and expats alike.

Here you can indulge in some of the world’s finest champagne, exotic cocktails, wine-by-the-glass and international beers and spirits.

Location: S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

Opening times: Daily from 5 pm to 1 am

Prices: Drinks start at 200 THB

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Cocktail Bars

Bangkok now boasts some of Asia’s top-rated cocktail bars. From upscale ‘hidden’ bars to speakeasies, Bangkok has it all. You won’t find any better cocktail bars for expats than these.

5. Tropic City

Tropic City is Thailand's very first tropical cocktail bar with a design mixing & matching anything tropical, colourful & printed.

Located in Bangkok's up & coming Charoen Krung area with reputable neighbours, we serve high-quality cocktails with a passion for everything rum.

With everything from bananas to bone marrow in their drinks, Tropic City is continuously pushing boundaries when it comes to mixology in Bangkok.

Location: 672, 65 Soi Charoen Krung 28, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500

Opening times: Daily from 7 pm to 2 am

Prices: Drinks start at 300 THB

6. Teens of Thailand

As the name suggests, Teens of Thailand is where the cool kids go to sip gin cocktails.

Nestled down a small residential soi on the fringes of Chinatown, you could easily walk straight past if you weren't looking.

Don't let the name put you off if you're an older expat; there's a real mix of ages at this excellent bar. If gin is your thing, this is the only place to be.

Location: 76 ซอย นานา Pom Prap, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100

Opening times: Daily from 7 pm to 12 am

Prices: Drinks start at 280 THB

7. Vesper

Vesper opened its doors in April 2014 and has been a firm favourite with Bangkok's expat community ever since.

Bar industry experts have selected them as one of ASIA’S 50 BEST BARS 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Vesper's signature menu, ‘Contrast’, continues their journey in creating groundbreaking cocktails with unique flavours.

Additionally, the menu has also expanded to cover a ‘Hall of Fame’ section dedicated to the bar’s favourite drinks throughout the years.

Every Friday night, there is a DJ spinning tunes, ranging from 80s disco to Motown to electro-funk.

Location: 10/15 Convent Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500

Opening times: Daily from 5.30 pm to 1 am

Prices: Drinks start at 300 THB

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Craft Beer Bars

What could be better than talking with other expats than over an ice-cold beer? Thankfully the Bangkok bar scene has evolved past the local lagers of the past, and a handful of fantastic craft beers appear on the market.

8. Hair of The Dog

Hair of The Dog was rated as the top craft beer bar in Thailand and the second-best in Asia for 2 years in a row by RateBeer.

They offer an original, fresh beer experience with 15 rotating taps and dozens of bottles from around the world.

With locations at Phloen Chit and Phrom Phong, Hair of the Dog is the ideal spot for locals, tourists, office workers and expats.

The staff at Hair of The Dog are a knowledgeable crowd when it comes to beer. They can tell you about the different styles, history, brands and brewing techniques of the beers they stock. At Hair of The Dog, it's equal parts educational and enjoyable.

Location: (Phrom Pong Branch) 593/27 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110

Opening times: Daily from 11 am to 12 am

Prices: Drinks start at 120 THB

9. Mikkeller Bangkok

Tucked away from the madness of busy Ekkamai in a quiet residential street, Mikkeller Bangkok offers 30 taps of different craft beer, along with a large bottle and can selection from around the world.

Mikkeller is known in Bangkok for having one of the best selections of Craft Beer in the whole of Thailand. You can even get a take out from their award-winning onsite bottle shop.

Location: 26 Ekkamai 10 Alley, Lane 2, Khwaeng Phra Khanong Nuea, Khet Watthana, Bangkok 10110

Opening times: Daily from 5.00 pm to 12 am

Prices: Drinks start at 180 THB

10. Save Our Souls

Before Save Our Souls (also known as SOS Bar) opened, craft beer on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya river was unheard of.

Now with the steady stream of tourism on this side of the river due to the opening of the iconic Icon Siam Shopping Mall, SOS bar has become a haven for locals and expats to escape the crowds.

This cosy little bar is perfect for a chat over a cold beer and draws an amiable and welcoming crowd. Save Our Souls is well stocked with local and international craft beer on tap as well as an always-full fridge of cans and bottles from around the world.

Location: Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600

Opening times: Daily from 5.00 pm to 12 am

Prices: Drinks start at 180 THB

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