What do you know about the Sathorn area of Bangkok?
If you’ve been reading about Bangkok in in-flight magazines or travel guides, probably not much. Resident Bangkokians are no different. To us the area mostly defines the stretch of land from Rama 4 to Charoen Krung that helps us gauge how much more traffic we’ll need to endure before reaching our true destination in Silom, or somewhere further into central Bangkok.
What Distinguishes Sathorn from Silom?
For traveler and city native alike, Sathorn is easy to over look, being out-shadowed by Silom, the conjoined Siamese sibling. Also Silom has the seemingly more attractive bright lights and more well known “to-do’s” to conquer. The popularity of Silom has come to embody the larger part of the city going towards the Chao Phraya river including Sathorn, and being too specific with outsiders can become cumbersome so we often say Silom to reference Sathorn too. Such generalization of the area can also be lost to guide writers, bloggers, and other visitors who seem to have plenty to say about Patpong, but have yet to find their way to Yenakart.
In generalizing the area we run the risk of missing this calmer area that has all of the things we like about Silom (the sidewalks, the greenery, the street food, and clash of cultures) without many of the vices (the red light district, the begging, and the gridlock). However, in the past year the distinction is becoming especially important as we see streets like Sathorn 12 host some of the city’s most trendy restaurants. Get ready for a resurgence of interest in the area and you can thank Bangkok’s food scene for making it happen.
That’s where this mini food focused guide to this popular Bangkok district comes in handy.
For the intrepid, hungry traveler this situation may be in your best interest. That’s because if you plan your trip right, by for example grabbing a hotel that straddles both areas, you could check all your bucket list activities AND hang out in local areas of Bangkok where tourist sightings are few and far between. Or if you’re like me, mostly avoid Silom and its crowds and just go on eating adventures in Sathorn where there’s enough restaurants to keep you feeling fat no matter the length of your stint in the area.
In this guide I combine my long term interest in the area with a 48 hour experiment. For two days I stay-cationed in Sathorn, eating myself silly with the help of the Chope restaurant reservations app and Ascott Hotels and Serviced Apartments. During that time I shot some videos I’ll be publishing to Youtube where you can see my food exploits up close. In the food focused guide below I expound on many of the places on offer that I did not have a chance to visit in the short time, but may be of interest to you.
Do take advantage of the info below and leave a comment if the guide has been helpful. Your feedback could mean I will be doing similar neighborhood guide for eating hotspots in Bangkok in the future!
PS – If you’re traveling or living in Bangkok you can download the Chope app to your smart phone, which has descriptions of the restaurants and for places a preview menu. For street food discoveries I always recommend the app Foursquare (you can follow my tips by finding my personal account here).
Things to Do in Sathorn
Eat and Drink – This is the reason why you’re here, right? You knew this guide would be mostly handy for people who spend their dreaming of the next meal. Well good news because Sathorn has it all from street food to upscale Western restaurants. There are three major food zones I recommend in the blog, Soi Suan Plu, Chan Road, and trendy Sathorn 12. Keep reading below for the full blur of options to keep you feeling satisfied and impossibly lazy during your stay in the area.
More details including photos and videos for suggested street food and restaurants below.
Lumpini Park – Grab an afternoon picnic basket and soak in one of the largest green zones in all of Bangkok, while watching it come alive with mass aerobics workouts, runners, and popular Thai sports like badminton, takraw, and futsal. There are paddle boats for venturing out on the park’s largest lake, and plenty of bird watching and monitor lizard spotting.
Food isn’t sold in the park, but you are allowed to bring it in (although keep in mind alcohol and smoking is not allowed) and you can find food on sale near each entrance. The stalls mostly sell snacks and water, but if you’re looking for a more full meal, venture around to the stalls near the Ratchadamri and Sarasin road intersection.
Lumpini Park, Access the park by the main entrance easily from the Sala Daeng BTS and Silom MRT stations, with another entrance near Lumpini MRT station.
MR Kukrit House – Tucked away near the busy Narathiwas-Sathorn intersection is a hidden oasis of greenery combined with Thai history. M.R. Kukrit’s Heritage Home was the residence of Mom Rajawongse Kukrit Pramoj, Thailand’s 13th Prime Minister and founder of Siam Rath newspaper amongst his many accomplishments as a writer and politician, until his passing in 1995.
It is now looked after by his family and open to the public upon his wishes, and is registered by the Department of Fine Arts as a ‘Home of Important Person’. A collection of five traditional teak houses and cultural artifacts, along with fragrant garden spaces make up the two-acre grounds of the museum today for an off-the-beaten path place to visit whilst in the area. Admission fee is 50 baht, with self-tour guides available in English, Thai, French, and Japanese.
MR Kukrit House, 19 Naradhiwas Rajanakarindra Soi 7 (Soi Phra Phinit), Thung Maha Mek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120. Opening hours: Daily 10am-4pm.
YenakArt Villa Gallery – Named after the residential street it is situated on, this multifunctional modernist building is an exciting new addition to the local contemporary art scene, with an expansive white gallery and lawn space which hosts monthly exhibitions by local and international talent and other events for artists, critics, collectors and art enthusiasts, as well as private functions such as dinners, wine and food tastings, and launches.
Yenakart Gallery, 69 Soi Prasat Suk, Yen Akart Road, Thung Maha Mek, Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand 10120. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-7pm
Thai Foot or Body Massage – At the end of Sathorn 12 you’ll find a massive, yet professional chain spa called Health Land. The massage there is consistently well reviewed and loved by locals and foreigners alike. I also recommend you give blind massage a try at Perception, above Dexter Cafe in Sathorn 8, in which blind or visually impaired therapists are able to use their heightened sense of touch to deliver a unique therapeutic experience. Massage prices at Healthland are about 300 baht for a 1 hour foot massage and 550 baht for a 2 hour traditional Thai massage, while Perception will cost about 450 baht for a 1 hour foot massage and 400 baht/700 baht for a 1 hour/2 hour Thai massage.
Health Land Spa and Massage (Sathorn branch), 120 North Sathorn (Sathon Nuea) Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Daily 9am-11pm
Perception Blind Massage, 56, 58 Sathorn Soi 8 (Soi Piphat), Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Three Food Filled Neighborhoods to Know
Soi Suan Phlu
Soi Suan Phlu, also known as Sathorn Soi 3, is on the western side of Sathorn Road approximately halfway between Narathiwas Road and Rama 4 Road, running from the nearby Australian Embassy down to the top end of Nang Linchi Road where it also merges with Naradhiwas Soi 17 by the Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep. This predominatly residential area features a mismash of newer luxury apartments alongside more modest local businesses and services, including plenty of street food. It is also frequented by expats living and working in the area due to the proximity of the embassies and international companies in Sathorn, as well as a burgeoning yet relaxed nightlife scene of eclectic bars and eateries offering Western fare alongside Thai food vendors.
The main street food hotspot is Suan Phlu Soi 8 with various carts and stalls to choose from throughout the day though the main hub of activity occurs after 5pm. Then there are places like Uncle John, the longstanding neighborhood favorite and hidden gem for high end French food at low prices, as well as Breizh Crepes and Nando for streetside-style French crepes and Italian pizzas respectively to cover one’s night food cravings.
Across the street from Suan Phlu 8 is a network of back alleys that make up Talad Suan Phlu (Suan Phlu fresh market), where local residents go to buy their meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits, flowers, dried foodstuffs, and assorted household products. The section nearest to the main road has been renovated as a well lit, organised space with rows of stalls for easy browsing. Along the sides are more vendors offering ready cooked street food meals and snacks. For fresh produce it is best to go early in the morning when it is busiest, though the market is open throughout the day.
Uncle John 279/2 Suan Phlu Soi 8, Sathorn Tai (South Sathorn) Road, Thung Maha Mek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120. Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-10pm
Breizh Crepes 459/59 Suan Phlu Soi 8, Thung Maha Mek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120. Opening hours: Daily 11am-11pm
Nando Kitchen and Pizzeria 459/59 Suan Phlu Soi 8, Thung Maha Mek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120. Opening hours: Daily 5pm-11pm
Suan Phlu Market opposite Suan Phlu Soi 8, Soi Suan Phlu (Sathorn Soi 3), Thung Maha Mek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120. Opening hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Sathorn Sois 10 and 12
Part of Sathorn’s newfound popularity in recent years has been due to the emergence of the Sathorn 10-12 neighborhood, a compact area of interlinked side streets forming a U-shape (also collectively known as Soi Sueksa Witthaya) just tucked away between Silom, Sathorn, and Naradthiwas Roads that offers a high concentration of trendy eateries and bars which can make up an entire blog post in its own right. This drinking and dining hotspot provides plenty of international high-end options from all-day breakfasts and coffee to fine dining and fancy cocktails without the need to venture into Sukhumvit, which is handy for those working and/or living on this side of town.
Scandinavian-inspired cafe and coffee spot Rocket, combined with BBQ-focused Lady Brett Tavern and upstairs bar U.N.C.L.E (which emphatically stands for United Nations of Cocktail Lovers Everywhere) – all under the Sapparot Group – quickly became favorites amongst Bangkokians and essentially kickstarted the Sathorn 10-12 wave. There’s also some French influences in the form of Marcel and Le Cafe des Stagiaires, a modern Japanese izakaya in Hanakaruta from Sukhumvit Soi 39, and following the success of Snapper on Sukhumvit Soi 11 is the New Zealand restaurant Kai. For contemporary Thai food cravings there’s the new branch of the highly rated Supanniga, of Thonglor fame. As the name implies, Revolucion Cocktail is another place where one would go for some serious tipples and is the most party-centric of the lot with a Latin vibe. The latest addition to the ‘hood is the much lauded Bunker, which showcases New American cuisine with some Asian touches in a hip, multiple-level setting.
Rocket Coffeeshop, 147 Sathorn Soi 12, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Daily 7am-9pm
Lady Brett Tavern, 149 Sathorn Soi 12, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm (lunch) and 5pm-12am (dinner), Sat-Sun 5pm-12am. Book Lady Brett with Chope.
U.N.C.L.E., 149 Sathorn Soi 12 (2 Fl. Lady Brett Tavern), Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Wed-Fri 7pm-1am
Marcel, 28 Sathorn Soi 10, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6pm-12am, Sat-Sun 11am-12am
Le Cafe des Stagiaires, 142/21 Sathorn Soi 12, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Tue-Fri 8am-2am, Sat-Sun 9am-2am
Hanakaruta, (Sathorn branch) 28/1 Sathorn Soi 10, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-2am
Kai, 142/22-23 Sathorn Soi 12, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Daily 8.30am-12am. Book a table at Kai with Chope.
Supanniga Eating Room, (Sathorn branch) 28 Sathorn Soi 10, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-2.30pm (lunch) and 5.30pm-11.30pm (dinner)
Revolucion Cocktail Bangkok, 50 Sathorn Soi 10, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-2am
Bunker, 118/1 Sathorn Soi 12, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Tue-Thu 6pm-11pm, Fri-Sun 6pm-12am. Grab seats at this hot restaurant with Chope.
Sathorn Soi 11 and Chan Road
Directly opposite of Sathorn 12 to the south is Sathorn Soi 11, which then leads into Thanon Chan (Chan Road) Soi 18/7 (together collectively known as Soi Saint Louis, from the nearby St. Louis Hospital) before reaching the main Chan Road. This predominantly residential area retains a very local feel away from the towering offices of the central business district, with schools, mom-and-pop shops, local services as well as street food vendors lining this just over 1 kilometer stretch.
About halfway down Soi St. Louis is where the main concentration of street food stalls and shops are, though one will need to time their visit carefully – many of them seem to open for just a few hours between the afternoon and early evening, with a much quieter scene afterwards. One well known cart here that operates more nocturnally is Tee Yai Muay Lek Patongkoh, serving piping hot fresh-out-of-the-fryer Chinese-style doughnuts for just a mere few baht each.
For more late dinner options, continue down to the end of the street where it meets the busier Thanon Chan at a perpendicular. Along the length of the road will be numerous local food options, from street side tables to long-established hole-in-the-wall open air restaurants, with some more modern cafes and eateries dotted in between. This is also a traditionally Thai-Chinese neighborhood which is reflected in the culinary profile here, making it an off-the-beaten-path alternative to Chinatown when it comes to mixing it with the locals for cheap tasty eats after dusk.
Here are just a few of my favorite street food stalls in the area (look for some of them to be featured in coming episodes on the Bangkok Fatty youtube channel):
Tee Yai Muay Lek Traditional Chinese Doughnuts (ตี๋ใหญ่ หมวยเล็ก ปาท่องโก๋) near Chan 18/7 Yaek 21, opposite Top Charoen Optical. Opening hours: Daily (closed every other Mon) 3.30pm-10.30pm
Southern Thai Khao Gaeng Restaurant (ข้าวแกงปักษ์ใต้ ครัวเมืองลุง ) Near the mouth of Chan Rd. Soi 15. Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7am-2pm
Hia Wan Rice Porridge (เฮียหวาน ข้าวต้มปลา), 32/2 Chan Road. Opening Hours: 4:30pm-11:30pm, Daily
Chan Chuan Chim Fried Noodles Original 1943 Stall (เชนชวนชิม พ.ศ. 2486), 1253/1 Chan Road. Opening Hours: 10am-2am, Daily
Where to Stay in Silom/Sathorn
Hit the Road On A Budget, < $10 - $40 per night
Restdot Hostel – Located on Soi Suan Plu in a small soi, it’s a place to get comfortable and meet fellow travelers. See pricing and read reviews for Restdot Hostel here.
Lub d Silom – Super comfortable hostel on a small street in Silom. Always recommended to people visiting who value comfort, but also budget and meeting other travelers. See pricing and read reviews on Lub d Hostel’s Silom Location here.
Mid-Range Comfort, $60 – $150 per night (aka I’m too old for hostels)
Somerset Park Suanplu Bangkok – Located on Suan Plu and nicely pushed away from the street, this serviced apartment features a kitchenette and spacious room layout. The views over the Sathorn and Silom areas are nice and there’s a great pool, gym, and kids area. Click here for details on Somerset Park’s rates, rooms, and reviews.
Ascott Hotel – This hotel is located just next to the Surasak BTS Station making it a convenient option if you’ll be doing a lot of hopping around the city. Click here for the Ascott’s details on rates, rooms, and reviews.
I’m a Fancy B*tch, $150+ per night
W Hotel – Known for comfort, convenience, and high tech rooms, the W Hotel also has some pretty swanky restaurants to boast about too. Read more and book a room at the W Hotel on Agoda.
Top Coffee Shops near Sathorn
Chu Chocolate Cafe – The ever popular all-day brunch and dessert spot in Asok has now expanded to another branch near Chong Nonsi BTS station. In addition to Western breakfast favorites such as waffles, pancakes, and eggs benedict with buttermilk biscuits to complement a nice cup of coffee, as the name suggests this is the place to indulge in all things chocolatey from premium hot cocoa to molten lava cakes and their signature churros with dips.
Chu, Trinity Complex, Soi Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra 3, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Tue-Fri 7:30am-9pm, Sat-Sun 8am-9pm
Wawee Coffee – A popular local coffee chain with 22 branches around the country (4 of which are in Bangkok, with another 14 in Chiang Mai alone) using Chiang Rai-grown beans from the north of Thailand.
Wawee (Yenakart branch) De Fo-Rest, 2/5 Nang Linchi Road, Thung Maha Mek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120. Opening hours: Daily 6.30am-10.30pm
Dexter Cafe and Bar – This hip, European/Scandinavian inspired space lends itself well for all-day dining and caffeine fixes with an extensive menu of global coffee favorites as well as being one of the few places in town to promote cold-drip brews. The minimalistic decor with Pinterest-inspired touches is reminiscent of what you would see with many in-trend cafes from New York to Melbourne as well as Bangkok but its casual, welcoming atmosphere is ideal for any time of day whether as a working space with a laptop or for a large social gathering and drinks in to the night such is its versatility. Their menu spans a range of classic Western favorite dishes from pastas, pizzas, and salads to all-day breakfast items and desserts, as well as other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in addition to roasted beans. There is also Perception Blind Massage parlor directly above the venue for a convenient massage session.
Dexter, 56, 58 Sathorn Soi 8 (Soi Piphat), Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Daily 9am-11pm. Book your spot at Dexter with Chope.
High End Thai Restaurants near Silom and Sathorn
Nahm – This award-winning institution needs little introduction as perhaps the most famous name for Thai fine dining not only in Asia but as a regular feature on the Top 50 list of restaurants in the world. Following the success of Nahm in London, which was the first Thai restaurant in Europe to be awarded a Michelin star, Australian Chef David Thompson opened up a second branch in “the homeland” almost a decade later and has since focused his efforts here to deliver modern interpretations of Thai cuisine with authentic tastes at a high standard.
Metropolitan by COMO, 27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm (lunch), Daily 7pm-10.30pm (dinner)
Blue Elephant – Another internationally renowned brand with several restaurants around Europe and Dubai in addition to Bangkok and Phuket and a range of products for Thai cooking at home, Blue Elephant has been ‘the Thai culinary ambassador’ for 36 years and counting in promoting Thai cuisine to the world. What better place to learn about and know how to make Thai food at their famous cooking school whether it’s your first time to Thailand or a seasoned local resident, or feast on some authentic dishes in the main restaurant, all housed within an elegant colonial building with its distinctive yellow exterior.
Daily cooking classes take place in the mornings (8.45am-1.15pm, B2800 per person for 1 session) and afternoons (1.30pm-4.45pm, B2500 per person for 1 session), with private and corporate classes available ranging from half-day to 6-day courses.
Blue Elephant, 233 South Sathorn Road, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120. Opening hours: Daily 11:30am-02:30pm (lunch) and 6pm-10:30pm (dinner).
Le Du – For upscale twists on classic favourites as well as more unusual pairings (snakehead fish flavored ice cream with watermelon being a notable example), this Thai contemporary restaurant enables diners to experience a rotating menu that highlights the local produce at different times of the year – the restaurant’s name is a French-sounding stylization of the Thai word for season. With local rising star Head Chef Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn at the helm, fresh ingredients sourced straight from the farmers are combined with modern cooking techniques for a special gastronomic journey that has earned them rave reviews and currently a Top 3 rating of the best restaurants in Bangkok by food industry professionals for a local magazine guide.
Le Du, 399/3, Silom Road Soi 7, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm (lunch) and 6pm-11pm (dinner), Sat 6pm-11pm
Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Sathorn
Baan Bai Plu – A Thai vegetarian spot known for doing their own meat free rendition of the Thai oyster omelette. Run by a kind local family, they also are well loved by foreigners in the area and have offered vegan cooking classes in the past. Catch them early before the food runs out!
Baan Bai Plu Vegetarian Restauant, Suan Plu Soi 8, 50 meters into the soi on the right hand side. Opening hours: 5am-2pm, daily.
U.R. Station – From the outside you can’t tell much is happening at this locally run vegan cafe. However, come inside and you’ll find a friendly owner who tries to find the time to always greet her regular visitors. Try the stir fried mama noodles, or even the faux ham and cheese is done on a nice soft roll with imitation meat. There a vegan pastries to boot.
UR Station, Suan Plu Soi 5, Across from the Suan Plu Immigration Office. Opening hours: 8am-5pm.
Ariya – This small vegan restaurant caters to health conscious visitors to the Q House building. Check the menu for their fresh juices, smoothies, nice salads and even vegan sushi. The location and clientele make it pricier than the options above, but it became popular as a top veg option when in it’s former location MBK Shopping Mall.
Ariya Organic Place, Q House Lumpini, 2nd Floor Opening hours: 11am-8pm, daily.
Bonita Cafe and Social Club – One of the few Western-style restaurants in Bangkok specializing in Vegetarian and Vegan fare, this charming cafe is like being in a friend’s home with its cozy Americana style decor and friendly owners. It also doubles up as a social venue for distance runners in which they are keen enthusiasts, as seen by the photos and memorabilia of their cross-country adventures across the US. Their predominantly homemade and organic menu includes vegan versions of American favorites including burgers, hot dogs, pizza, and spaghetti as well as drinks and desserts for those wanting a meatless, health-conscious yet hearty meal.
56/3 Pan Street, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500. Opening hours: Wed-Mon 11:30am-3:30pm, 6:00pm-9:30pm
Breathtaking Rooftop Bars in Sathorn
Vertigo and Vertigo Too – One of Bangkok’s most well known and long standing rooftop bars that is practically featured in every guide is Vertigo and Moon Bar on top of the Banyan Tree. The hotel’s unique slim shape gives this sky high al fresco bar and dining space a fairly narrow layout as if on a ship, albeit one that perched 61 floors above overlooking the city and completely open to the elements hence the name. For those who want to be in more sheltered surroundings but still want the impressive views there’s the newer sister bar Vertigo Too one level down with a ‘starry night’ theme and large windows to look out from whilst sipping on some expensive cocktails including the Hawaiian-inspired ‘The Haole’, winner of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2016 Thailand.
Vertigo and Vertigo Too, Banyan Tree Hotel, 21/100 South Sathorn (Sathorn Tai) Road, Thung Maha Mek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120. Opening hours: Daily 5pm-1am. Book a table at Vertigo Too with Chope.
Park Society – A chic, modern rooftop bar with an adjacent restaurant at one of the most beautiful contemporary hotels in Bangkok, designed by Christian Lacroix for a unique blend of French luxury and Thai culture. The 29th floor of the So Sofitel offers an open air terrace space and an additional level called ‘Hi-So’ that overlooks the expansive greenery of Lumpini Park for one of the nicest and more interesting views of the city at night despite not being as high up as other rooftop bars. Decked out with funky shaped furniture and sleek shapes, it’s a stylish place for social butterflies to lounge around and knock back a cocktail or two.
Park Society, Hotel So Sofitel Bangkok, 2 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Daily 5pm-2am
Zoom Skybar – One of the few high-level public spots in the area to take in unobstructed views of the central business district’s densely packed skyline, Zoom at the Anantara Sathorn provides the rooftop bar experience from 40 floors up with its 360-degree double-tiered platform. Not only there is plenty of room to roam around the space to explore each vantage point, its slightly off-beat location means that not many tourists apart from the on site guests venture here and therefore is not packed like the more well known rooftop bars around town for a more relaxed experience. A variety of music from funky house and down-tempo electronica, to jazz and samba beats adds to the chilled and chic vibe along with a substantial drinks and snacks menu that easily matches the standard of other high end bars without the crowds.
Zoom Skybar, Anantara Bangkok Sathorn Hotel, 36 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Road, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120. Opening hours: Daily 5.30pm-1am
Top Beer and Cocktail Bars in Sathorn
UNCLE – This speakeasy above Lady Brett on Sathorn 12 can be easy to miss given it’s only open a few nights each week. However the feel is more cozy than the new Thonglor location and if the bartender on duty isn’t overwhelmed it can be a cozy place to indulge in a craft cocktail with good music and a laid back crowd.
UNCLE, Above Lady Brett (go in the tiny alley behind the building and up the stairs). Opening Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 7pm-1am
Junker & Bar – One a one room party, Junker has recently expanded into the shop house next door with more seating for people dining. I recommend hanging here before it gets too crowded and it makes a good stop for a cocktail hop, especially since Smalls nightclub is just a few steps away. Look to the bartender for your favorites with gin.
Junker and Bar, 454 Suanplu Soi 1, Sathon, Bangkok, 10120. Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 2pm-midnight
Jam – A narrow side soi in an unassuming neighborhood next to a busy highway is an unlikely location for a social hotspot but patrons still gather at Jam, spilling out on to the street as they congregate underneath the glow of the front signage on almost a nightly basis. It is part of a recent wave of eclectic art venues springing up around town that multi functions as a cafe, art gallery, bar, and performance area with an ever rotating mix of events happening on most days, including exhibitions, live music acts, cult movie screenings, artist talks, workshops, or nights dedicated to playing retro video games and even Reggae appreciation parties. Its casually laidback yet dynamic vibe attracts a varied crowd of creative types, art and music lovers, Western and Asian expats of all ages, as well as locals for an alternative hangout venue that is not an overpriced bar or club for a chilled night out.
Jam, 41 Charoen Rat Soi 1 (Soi Rong Nam Kang), Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120. Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6pm-12am
Top Nightlife Spots near Sathorn
Smalls – A favorite late-night bohemian haunt for expats and locals ‘in-the-know’ as a more relaxed, quirky alternative to the ubiquitous bars along Sukhumvit that is both eclectic and classy at once. This revamped old corner townhouse offers seating on multiple levels from the lower ground main bar area to the open air rooftop space with other nooks and crannies in between as part of its charm. This is the kind of place where long conversations over cocktails are facilitated by its chilled ambiance with some non-commercial jazz or instrumental tunes against a dimly-lit backdrop of assorted artwork and French-influenced decor. It is also renowned as one of the best places in town to sample some Absinthe in line with its Parisienne vibe.
Smalls, Suan Phlu Soi 1, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120. Opening hours: Wed-Mon 8.30pm-2am
Maggie Choo’s – Maggie Choo’s is a nightclub with a turn of the century Chinese trading post theme. There’s secret rooms, live music, and girls on swings and above the bar. However, the best features are the treats from the restaurant at the entrance and the live guest performances. Make sure you’re dressed properly and find out which night is gay night in advance (at the moment it’s Sunday’s).
Maggie Choo’s, Novotel Silom, 320 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500. Opening Hours: 7:30-2am, daily.
House on Sathorn – This upscale restaurant and bar is housed in the former Russian Embassy which sits just in front of the W Hotel. The swank setting makes the bar in the newly “old” house a fun way to kick off an evening on the town. If you’re in a group of friends ask about their sharing cocktails. Expect a well dressed crowd and hotel prices.
House on Sathorn, 106 North Sathorn Rd., Silom, Bangrak, 10500. Opening Hours: 12pm-Midnight
Vogue Lounge – Some très chic drinking and dining can be found at the world’s first Vogue Lounge, named in conjunction with the famed fashion magazine by the Conde Nast group, at the upscale MahaNakhon development. Exuding high sophistication and glamor in line with the brand, this cosmopolitan setting encompasses an indoor long bar space and outdoor terrace surrounded by high-rise buildings including the soon-to-be-opened tallest building in Bangkok, the pixellated column that is the MahaNakhorn Tower. The menu here follows a ‘Fashion Food’ concept of premium nibbles in model-sized portions designed for sharing with friends and to complement some of their old-school classic cocktails. Essentially a luxe, exclusive hideaway nestled amongst the skyscraper jungle for the suited-and-booted crowd to drink and party in style when dusk falls.
Vogue Lounge, 6th Fl. MahaNakhon CUBE, 96 Naradhiwas Rajanakarindra Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Daily 5pm-2am
Ce La Vi – Formerly known as Ku De Ta with a new name styled on the French expression C’est la vie (“that’s life”), this stylish combined nightclub, restaurant, and lifestyle destination occupies an unlikely location in an office building, since the majority of Bangkok’s most popular nightclubs tend to be found on the Sukhumvit side of town and as the central business district Sathorn isn’t known as an obvious party hub. However, instead of sweaty packed crowds and run-of-the-mill commercial hip hop and dance tunes, Ce La Vi offers a more upscale clubbing night out with an impressive sound system and performances by local and international DJs, views of the city skyline from the adjoining terrace, and some of the best all-round service experienced by the lovely staff (in stark contrast to their counterparts at the Singapore Ce La Vi).
Ce La Vi, 39th Fl. Sathorn Square Building, 98 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Tue-Thu 6pm-3am, Fri-Sat 9pm-3am
Random Places of Honorable Mention
Lalai Sap Market – Lalai Sap Market, which covers Silom Soi 5, is tucked away behind the corner of Silom and Naradhiwas Roads between Trinity Complex on Naradhiwas 3 and the Bangkok Bank Headquarters. Providing quick eating and shopping options for many of the office workers in the area, the numerous street food carts and outdoor food courts in the vicinity is convenient for those arriving early for breakfast, on their lunch break, or to takeaway mid-day snacks during working hours. A mixture of cheap fashions and accessories alongside fresh produce can also be found here before it starts to wind down in the afternoon. Trinity Mall contains some air-conditioned eateries and shops selling good quality knock-off designer dresses, bags, and other fashionable items for the office wardrobe.
Lalai Sap Market, Enter from the Silom side (Silom Soi 5) or access this popup morning to lunch market from Sathorn (Naradhiwas 3 at Trinity Complex).
Unicorn Cafe – Tucked down Sathorn Soi 8 near Dexter is a cutesy unicorn-themed shop and cafe for a sensory overload of the saccharine kind. This eye-catching space with an explosion of pastel rainbow decor combines a store selling all kinds of items from their own clothing and accessories range to My Little Pony merchandise and a multitude of plush unicorn toys, with a menu of multi-colored foods including desserts, drinks, snacks and savory items including rainbow cakes and spaghetti. Parents with young kids, as well as adults embracing their inner child, are often seen making the most of the photo opportunities this place provides.
Unicorn Cafe, 44/1 Sathorn Soi 8, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm-8pm
Justmag – The moniker stands for the Joint US and Thai Military Advisory Group just beyond the mouth of Sathorn Soi 1. While that name can sound intimidating, the guarded military base has a low key bar serving up a great selection of bottled beer and basic cocktails. Depending on the schedule the restaurant my also have a steak night or some other meat-heavy promotion to be on the lookout for.
Justmag Thai, Sathorn Road just after Sathorn Soi 1, Government Issued ID Required for Entry, Bar Open 3pm on.