Khaosan Road – Thailand’s backpacker heaven, and home to a number of great, affordable bars which are a great way to kick start your travels throughout this beautiful country. Whilst all bars have their own little charms, some really stand out from the crowd. From dingy dives to thumping clubs, here are the best bars you’ll find on and around Khaosan Road.
Bar, Restaurant, Thai, $$$
Nestled around the corner from Khaosan Road itself is Madame Musur, a bar with a rustic northern Thailand vibe thanks to the use of bamboo and wooden furnishing throughout. As well as Thai twists on classic cocktails, there’s a wide range of Thai dishes and snacks available, making it a great place to line your stomach and start your night before going on to finish it elsewhere.
Located right on the road itself is Brick Bar, an ever popular venue with a very talented live band and always an even livelier crowd. Brick Bar is a place where locals and travellers come together for a good, old fashioned singalong, a dance on the tables and, of course, copious amounts of alcohol. One of the more authentic Thai partying experiences on Khaosan.
If the non-stop pulse of EDM music gets a little too much, you could do worse than slink into Hippie De Bar for a couple. A bit of a throwback, with 80s classics and indie anthems on the playlist here, Hippie De Bar has a great, green outdoors space that shows live sports and a comfortable, hippy-esque fairy light-laden interior to boot. With a wide range of beers and cocktails to choose from, it’s the perfect place to base yourself for a night of revelry.
A charming, cosy space filled with vintage furniture, Adhere the 13th is home to one of the finest, most authentic blues bands in the area, and the intimate surroundings make the experience ever more special. Cocktails here are made with great skill – unlike others in the area – and are always a hit with the punters. The tight space means its a great place to meet fellow travellers, and the music provides a great soundtrack to another unforgettable night in Bangkok. Nestled away just a short walk from Khaosan, you’ll come for the beer, but you’ll stay for the blues.
One of the best places for a party on the road is undoubtedly The Club. With three stories of bars, clubs and big dance floors, The Club has everything you need to party long into the night. Resident and international DJs play music that gets people in the mood, and the lighting rigs and lasers help add to the party atmosphere. The drinks are cheap, and the crowd is a mix of locals and backpackers all here to enjoy the night and have a good time. If you want to really let your hair down, then this is the place for you.
With incredibly cheap deals such as three buckets for only 400 baht, there’s little surprise that Oxxi’s Place has long been a favourite amongst the backpacker crowd. The cheap drinks attract a diverse crowd, and with outdoor as well as indoor seating available, before long there’s an inevitable street party going on outside as people make new best friends and party long into the night.
A classic dive bar located on neighbouring Soi Rambuttri, Gypsy’s Lips has everything you could want from bars in this area – cheap drink, strong cocktails and a great, retro playlist. The decor is interesting, with plenty of pretty lamps, a reggae theme, cool music posters and even an old banger of a car serving as an extension of the property. It all comes together to create a fun, friendly and laid-back atmosphere that’s perfectly pleasant to enjoy a few drinks and swap stories in.
Bar, Restaurant, Cafe, Thai, European, North American, $$$
A little more refined than most of the bars in this area, and also more expensive, Streats Cafe offers an alternative for those who don’t want to share plastic stools and fold-away tables with backpackers but still want to drink into the night. The cocktails here are beautifully presented, the decor a touch more elegant and the seating arrangements are much comfier, though it’s still close enough to the action if you have a last minute change of heart during your drink. There’s a wide range of food available here too, from burgers to Thai classics.
This article was originally written by Shameer Guyre in December 2015 and has since been updated.